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COTE Presents: Codes and Standards Education and Training

December 11, 2020 @ 12:00 pm 1:30 pm

1.5 LU/HSW with CalGreen, So Cal Gas and Opaki Architecture

This is a live repeat of the September 18 program

FREE to attend



To many architects the new CALGREEN is an additional task on the drawing table to fulfill the regulatory requirements set by the California Green Building Standards Code: Part 11 of Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations.

CALGreen is the newest California Title 24 code addition and is not a stand-alone document for all new construction, major modernization and additions. The purpose is to improve public health, filling the gaps that the multiple codes, from Energy Code, Plumbing Code, Electrical Code, Mechanical Code, and others that do not address with respect to sustainability. Its function is to reinforce newer areas that the State of California is planning or targeting, such as EV Charging Spaces, Construction Site Waste Collection for land fill avoidance, Low VOC Materials, Outdoor Recycled Water Supply Systems and Moisture Control. A comprehensive approach, it requires the project team to follow throughout the design stages, construction and continue after occupancy. Case in point is the “Waste treatment”.

It has a nickname as the “Mini LEED” because of the similar principles, however, LEED certification is voluntary and the achievement levels are identified as “Certified”, “Silver”, “Gold” and “Platinum”. CALGreen is a requirement under the California statewide code. It identifies most of the requirements as “mandatory”, also providing “Tier 1” and “Tier 2” for projects or local agencies to pursue higher performance objectives.

This Code started in 2008, and has issued 2013, 2016 and 2019 versions. In late2020, the California Energy Commission (CEC) will open the public review and comment period for the upcoming 2022 version. The newest Zero Code is in discussion for potential inclusion in the CALGreen 2022.


1. The architect’s role to integrate CALGreen into projects

2. The relationship of CALGreen to other codes and criteria

3. Mandatory criteria and the additional benefits of voluntary measures in CALGreen

4. The CALGreen in relation to the California commitment to AB802 – Global Warming Solutions Act 2006

Presented by:

Ms. Jessica Mack – Principal Partner, Program Development, Okapi Architecture Inc

Ms. Ying Wang, AIA, LEED FELLOW, LEED AP, Well AP – President, Okapi Architecture Inc.