COMPLY WITH LA'S EXISTING BUILDING ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENCY ORDINANCE (EBEWE)

During a recent webinar, the L.A. Better Buildings Challenge (LABBC) offered a list of important deadlines and best practices for complying with the City’s energy and water efficiency ordinance:

WATER FIXTURE REPLACEMENT MANDATE - COMPLY BY 2019

A bill passed into law nine years ago, SB 407 (Padilla; Chapter 587, 2009), requires “non-compliant” plumbing fixtures to be replaced with water conserving plumbing fixtures when a property is undergoing additions, alterations or improvements. Applicants seeking to obtain permits for any of these types of work will be required to replace non-compliant fixtures prior to final permit approval or issuance of a certificate of occupancy by the local building department.

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE EXTENDS SOLAR THERMAL PROGRAM

The California state legislature has approved Assembly Bill 797, which extends consumer incentives for solar thermal technologies, and the bill now heads to Governor Brown for signature. According to the California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA), the bill is part of the state’s ongoing efforts to reduce natural gas use, meet greenhouse-gas reduction goals, and support economic development.

CHIEF SUSTAINABILITY OFFICER FOR CITY OF L.A. DISCUSSES NEW ROLE

Recently, Lauren Faber O'Connor met with the BizFed Board of Directors, and reminded the group of the need for all segments of the community to take part in the implementation of the City of L.A. Sustainability pLAn. As the new Sustainability Officer, Ms. O'Connor highlighted the progress that has been made in each of the three major areas of focus: the environment, the economy, and equity. She noted the City has embarked on a four-year update (the pLAn began in 2015) which will fine-tune the strategies to accomplish the long-term goals. The update will be released in 2019. 

BOMA INTERNATIONAL'S BEEP PROGRAM TAKES SUSTAINABILITY TO A NEW LEVEL

The best just got better! The BOMA Energy Efficiency Program, or BEEP© now includes the addition of two new supplementary courses to help property professionals reach their sustainability goals.

Construction and Demolition Diversion Reporting Changes for LEED v.4

Historically the residual debris from Construction and Demolition facilities is ground up and used at landfills as “cover”. They spread this cover, called “fines”, over the working face of the landfill at night to manage the odor and keep the animals away. For 12 hours of usefulness recyclers are given diversion credit for this debris, even though at the end of 12 hours it is bulldozed into the trash where it becomes disposal. Many facilities take advantage of this loophole to increase their diversion rate, making them more attractive to haulers and contractors.

New California Universal Waste Requirements

As BOMA-GLA reported last year, as of January first 2017 CALRecycle rolled out new building codes that will affect every building in Los Angeles. The new code contains an updated construction and demolition recycling requirement, taking the minimum diversion rate from 50% up to 65%, something that should not be too concerning for most building owners and managers.

CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION MEETS WITH BOMA/GLA SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE ON ENERGY EFFICIENCY STANDARDS

The California Energy Commission staff asked to meet with our members to share information about the Title 24 Part 6 state energy standards and how owners can impact the 3-year process for their development. In July, Amie Brousseau of the Cal. Energy Commission met with the Sustainability Committee (in photo above), providing an overview of the Energy Commission’s purpose, the code update process, and important tools available to commercial owners and their consultants.

Here are some key resources for commercial properties:

TOWN HALL FORUMS HELD TO ADDRESS MEMBER CONCERNS WITH CITY OF LA WASTE HAULING FRANCHISE PROGRAM

Town Hall meetings were held in Downtown and the West Side last week to provide details of the program and an opportunity for members to ask questions of Bureau of Sanitation managers and waste haulers. Over 70 members attended these events.

Our member’s questions revealed several important take-aways that owners should be aware of:

recycLA

LA City presents details on the Waste Hauling franchise that is currently rolling out in the Greater Los Angeles Area.  Find out more details and take the Waste Assessment now at RecycLA.

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