The City of Berkeley aims to remove barriers to green construction, and to promote polices and practices that encourage building green. Berkeley is committed to help green building become business as usual.
Green Building RequirementsThis 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.
Electric Vehicles 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.
Green RoofsCreate 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 ImprovementsLearn how to improve your home's overall performance through building science and make energy upgrades to lower energy use and bills.
Home Graywater Collection SystemsRecycle 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 VentilationReplace stale indoor air with fresh air and keep your home safe and healthy.
Insulation Learn how to insulate your home for energy efficiency and comfort while saving money on heating and cooling bills.
Rainwater Harvesting Systems for Your HomeSave 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. Check-out the Solar PV System 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.
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