Environment Code Chapter 7 & San Francisco Green Building Code
San Francisco Green Building Code (SFGBC 2013) sets green building requirements that apply to all new construction in San Francisco, as well as certain major alterations and first time tenant improvements. SFGBC 2013 adopts the mandatory measures in the state green building code (CALGreen) and requires documentation of compliance with either LEED or GreenPoint Rated standards. For example, new commercial construction over 25,000 square feet must be built to LEED BD+C 2009 Gold standards. Certification of private sector projects is encouraged but not required; third party certification is the most common approach, since there is no market recognition or label awarded for code compliance. For details please see San Francisco Department of Building Inspection regulations: Administrative Bulletin AB-093: Implementation of Green Building Regulations.
In addition to the requirements of the San Francisco Green Building Code, in city-owned facilities and leaseholds, new construction and major alterations of 5,000 square feet or more are required unde San Francisco Environment Code Chapter 7 to obtain LEED Gold certification from GBCI. Various additional requirements stricter than the San Francisco Green Building Code (2013) apply as well. For details, please see San Francisco Department of the Environment Regulations.
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