GREEN BUILDING IN PALO ALTO The Goal of the Palo Alto Green Building initiatives is to design, build, and operate a new generation of efficient, environmentally responsible, and healthy buildings in the City of Palo Alto. The green building requirements reside within PAMC 16.14 and are based on the California Green Building Code. The City believes that the practice of green building can have a significant impact on reducing energy, water, and natural resource consumption, and improve Palo Alto citizens' well-being through improved indoor air quality and comfort. These initiatives are overseen by the Green Building Advisory group and you can find more information about there on their home page. [ more ]
GREEN BUILDING COMPLIANCE PROCESS The City of Palo Alto has developed a streamlined compliance process to meet the requirements of the Palo Alto Green Building related ordinances. The requirements have been defined during the planning, plan check, construction and inspections, and occupancy, Our intent is to enforce the green building ordinance while clarifying the requirements to ensure prompt compliance review. The compliance process has been identified for all building types, sizes, and scope. Click below to determine the requirements that are applicable to your project. [ more ]
CONSTRUCTION & DEMOLITION (C&D) DEBRIS DIVERSION The Development Services Department has deployed the use of Green Halo Systems, an online debris tracking website that has helped contractors to document their diversion of thousands of tons of construction debris from landfill, for recycling or reuse. Construction and demolition (C&D) debris diversion is required for all demolition permits (complete structure and interior non-structural) as well as all building permits with valuations of $25,000 or greater. The website enables contractors to track their project's diversion rate, to ensure compliance with the City's debris diversion requirements outlined in the Green Building section of the municipal code. A minimum diversion rate of 75%-80% is required for covered projects. [more]
GREEN BUILDING REBATES AND INCENTIVES Building green can save you green! Identify financial incentives and for green building features and/or strategies that your project is pursuing. Rebates and incentives are based on the energy and water saving features of a building. The City of Palo Alto Utilities department administers all incentives and rebates. For more information on Rebates and Incentives, you may click here for residential projects and here for non-residential projects or call 650-329-2241 for additional information.
VISIT THE GREEN BUILDING COMPLIANCE PAGE TO VIEW OUR ON-DEMAND TRAININGS! The Development Services department has created a series of on-demand video trainings to help residential and non-residential project applicants understand the requirements and submittals for permit applications. In addition, two videos have been created especially for energy modelers working on both residential and non-residential projects. Visit the Green Building Compliance page to view the trainings.
Palo Alto’s New and Improved Green Building and Energy Reach Code Ordinance – May 13th This session provides an overview of the local amendments to Title 24, Chapter 11 Green Building and Title 24, Chapter 6 Energy for both residential and non-residential projects. The session will review the compliance requirements for projects during planning, permit, inspection, and post-occupancy. Download training presentation
Come learn about Palo Alto’s new green building and energy reach code ordinances! This session will provide an overview of the local amendments to Title 24, Chapter 11 Green Building and Title 24, Chapter 6 Energy for both residential and non-residential projects. The session will review the compliance requirements for projects during planning, permit, inspection, and post-occupancy.