The California Building Standards Commission recently approved “CAL Green,” a new, environmentally friendly building code.  According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the new standards, which go into effect in January of next year, are the most stringent building codes in the nation and apply to new construction.  Builders will be required to install plumbing that reduces indoor water use, recycle 50% of construction waste, use low-pollutant paint, carpet and flooring, and install separate water meters for different uses in non-residential buildings.  In addition, CAL Green requires local officials to inspect heaters, air conditioners and other mechanical equipment in non-residential buildings to ensure efficient operation.  Local jurisdictions are also authorized to retain or adopt more stringent requirements.

More information on CAL Green can be found here.