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John Carr, City of Palo Alto Building Inspector Specialist, Green Building, Explains the Latest, Most Stringent Regulations

July 11, 2018

In the first of Cody|Brock’s annual summer Lunch ‘N’ Learn series, Project Engineers, Project Managers, Interns, and Superintendents had the opportunity to gain pertinent insights from City of Palo Alto Building Inspector Specialist, Green Building, John Carr. Along with company principals Rich Cody and Charlie Brock, 12 team members attended the highly informative session.

California requires applicable projects to meet the California Green Building Code Mandatory Provisions. The City of Palo Alto has adopted more stringent green building regulations than the State's requirements. For nonresidential projects: CALGreen Tier 1 for tenant improvements and renovations, and CALGreen Tier 2 for new construction. These tiers require increased levels of green building design, particularly in the areas of water and energy, and are in addition to the "CALGreen Mandatory" requirements.

Carr also addressed other key topics, including the Construction and Demolition (C&D) Debris Diversion Program, and the Green Halo Waste Diversion and Recycling Tracking System, a debris tracking website where tags are uploaded to track the percentage of materials being recycled on each project.

Cody|Brock Project Administrator Rachel McGuigan noted the importance of reviewing the Green Building sheets within the drawings at the beginning of each project as a way to preplan passing inspection. She also learned the importance of knowing which dump facilities are accepted by the City of Palo Alto and reviewing this information with subs at the beginning of projects to ensure meeting our recycle percentage requirements.

Third-year Intern Connor Cody commented, “It was very helpful to better understand the job classification requirements for green building tiers, and I appreciated learning that we can use the “tag” from free recycled materials at Recology toward our recycle percentage requirement.”


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