Green Building Guides
The City of Berkeley aims to remove barriers to green construction, and to promote policies and practices that encourage building green. Berkeley is committed to help green building become business as usual.
Green Building Requirements
This webpage lists green building requirements that help make each project as healthy and energy-and resource-efficient as possible. Also see California State Green Building Code (CAL Green) for mandatory requirements for new residential and nonresidential buildings throughout California. For more information, see Green Building
Driving an electric car in the Bay Area reduces about 70% of the greenhouse gases produced by a conventional car. Find out what permits are needed to get a Plug-in Electric Vehicle (PEV) charging system at your home. Or for businesses, learn how you can encourage electric vehicle adoption by participating in the Non-Residential Plug-In Electric Vehicle Charging Station Pilot Program.
Create a living roof. This webpage provides a basic understanding of green roofs, their benefits and components as well as information on permitting requirements.
Home PerformanceTesting and Improvements
Learn how to improve your home's overall performance through building science and make energy upgrades to lower energy use and bills.
Home Graywater Collection Systems
Recycle your water and use it in your garden. This webpage defines graywater, its benefits and how it can be used.
Indoor Air Quality and Mechanical Ventilation
Replace stale indoor air with fresh air and keep your home safe and healthy.
Learn how to insulate your home for energy efficiency and comfort while saving money on heating and cooling bills.
Rainwater Harvesting Systems for Your Home
Save your rainwater and use it in your garden. This webpage provides information about residential rainwater harvesting systems.
Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Systems
Install solar and harness the sun's energy. See Solar Permitting and Submittal Requirements to find out what you need to get a permit for solar PV installation.
Solar Thermal Systems
Learn how solar thermal can supply your hot water needs.
Reduce your energy needs. Energy efficient buildings feel more comfortable and save you money on your energy bills.
Climate Action Plan
Be part of the solution, take action on climate change. The Berkeley Climate Action Plan is rooted in the vision for a sustainable Berkeley that not only reduces greenhouse gas emissions but also creates a local vibrant, healthy community. Check out our goals and progress at: www.cityofberkeley.info/climateprogress
The sun produces an abundance of free, clean, renewable energy. Increasing the amount of clean renewable energy is a critical component of Berkeley community efforts to reduce greenhouse gases and grow the green economy.
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