San Francisco Department of the Environment

San Francisco Green Building Code

To ensure that all buildings are healthy, sustainable places to live, work, and learn, the San Francisco Environment Code  requirements do the following:

  • Reduce energy and water use
  • Divert waste from landfill
  • Encourage alternate modes of transportation
  • Support the health and comfort of building occupants in San Francisco

The City’s efforts to advance environmental goals through building design began with the 2008 Green Building Ordinance. Those groundbreaking green building requirements applied to:

  • Newly constructed residential and commercial buildings
  • Major renovations to existing buildings

The ordinance was informed by the recommendations of the Mayor’s Task Force on Green Buildings to reduce the impacts that buildings in San Francisco have on the environment, local infrastructure, and public health.

California’s Building Standards Commission subsequently developed  Title 24 Part 11, the California Green Building Standards Code, or “CALGreen.”  The combination of CALGreen and local requirements is referred to as the San Francisco Green Building Code (SFGBC). SFGBC is regularly updated to maintain alignment with California Green Building Standards Code, and to adopt stricter local requirements, such as:

  • All-Electric New Construction
  • Install solar electric, thermal, or green roof for all new buildings 10 floors in height or less
  • Provide on-site facilities for collection and conveyance of compost, in addition to recycling
  • Wire buildings to be capable of supplying electricity for electric vehicle charging at 100% of new parking spaces
  • Meet city green building requirements tied to the LEED and GreenPoint Rated green building rating systems 

For details on these requirements and tools to help document green building accomplishments, please see the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection Administrative Bulletin AB-093: Implementation of Green Building Regulations.These regulations include summary documents and forms which summarize SFGBC in the context of other sustainability-related state and local codes.

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