Governor Brown Issues Executive Order Calling for the “Greening” of State Buildings

On April 25, 2012, Governor Brown issued Executive Order B-18-12, directing California state agencies and departments to take immediate steps to “green” the state’s buildings, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve energy efficiency.

Under the Executive Order,  state agencies and departments will be required to:

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 10% by 2015 and 20% by 2020 as measured against a 2010 baseline.
  • Reduce water use by 10% by 2015 and 20% by 2020 as measured against a 2010 baseline.
  • Reduce grid-based energy purchases by 20% by 2018 as compared to a 2003 baseline.

The Executive Order also includes specific requirements for new and existing state buildings:

  • New state buildings and existing state buildings undergoing major renovations (and beginning design after 2025) will be required to be constructed as Zero Net Energy facilities with an interim target for 50% of new facilities beginning design after 2020 to be Zero Net Energy and existing facilities achieving Zero Net Energy for 50% of their square footage by 2025.
  • New state buildings and existing state buildings undergoing major renovations, and which are larger than 10,000 square feet, use on-site power generation such as solar photovoltaic, solar thermal or wind power generation if economically feasible.
  • New state buildings and existing state buildings undergoing major renovations, and which are larger than 10,000 square feet, obtain LEED Silver certification or higher.
  • New and existing state buildings incorporate building commissioning to facilitate improved building efficiency and operations.
  • Implementation of voluntary measures from Division A4.5 and A5.5 of the California Green Building Standards Code.

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