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New green building regulations approved

Posted: Thursday, Oct 1st, 2009

The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a set of rules that will require home building and remodeling projects in unincorporated parts of the county to abide by a set of green building regulations.

The rules, which take effect Jan. 4, will apply to most new homes. They will also apply to smaller-scale remodels and additions, which make up about 85 percent of the building permits the county processes.

The regulations will apply to the unincorporated areas of the county and are similar to those already in effect in Santa Cruz, Capitola, Watsonville and Scotts Valley.

The ordinance carries slightly different rules for small residential projects, such as remodels and additions less than 500 square feet. Anyone applying for a permit will be required to install insulation, use energy-efficient appliances and use environmentally friendly building materials.

Remodels and new home projects of more than 500 square feet will be required to meet several aspects of a comprehensive list of green building features that includes water-conserving landscape design, energy-efficient windows and solar panels.

For the complete article see the 10-01-2009 issue.

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