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Building Better Buildings: An Update on State Sustainable Building Initiatives (Blueprint 2003)

California state government’s sustainable building initiatives and programs, spearheaded by the Sustainable Building Task Force, clearly place the state at the forefront of the nation’s green building movement. Building Better Buildings: An Update on State Sustainable Building Initiatives (Blueprint 2003) is the first in a series of progress reports on the state’s sustainable building efforts. Specifically, the report highlights notable policy and program achievements; describes key Task Force partnerships; provides an in-depth look at several significant sustainable building projects; and details Task Force goals for the coming years.

Accomplishments include:

  • Building the first LEED Gold state-owned office building in the country, the Education Headquarters Building, which is saving taxpayers $500,000 a year in energy costs alone.
  • Impacting the sustainability of K-12 bond funded school construction throughout the state by providing funding and technical assistance to support the work of the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS), including the construction of 13 demonstration high performance schools.
  • Incorporating sustainable building performance standards, such as energy efficiency, in over $2 billion of state construction and renovation contracts.
  • Finalizing the most comprehensive economic analysis of green building developed to date, The Costs and Financial Benefits of Green Building, which demonstrates that sustainable building is cost effective.

Blueprint 2003 highlights the implementation of the Task Force’s strategy and implementation plan, Building Better Buildings: A Blueprint for Sustainable State Facilities (Blueprint 2001).

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Last updated: August 22, 2014
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