METROPOLITAN WATER DISTRICT APPROVES CA WATERFIX

Today the Metropolitan Water District Board of Directors voted to support the California WaterFix, which will provide water security to all of Southern California.

BOMA/GLA has supported the WaterFix twin tunnels plan since its inception and is extremely pleased with the vote. The Board voted 60.83% to support and chose to finance their share of teh WateFix and to also fully fund the rest of the cost as well. 

Southern California willl have consistent, reliable water for years to come. 

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.

GOVERNOR BROWN DOWNSIZES CAL WATERFIX

Governor Jerry Brown’s administration announced a new phased approach to the California Waterfix. The new plan is to build a single tunnel, with a second tunnel possibly years later, rather than the previously proposed two tunnel solution due to inability to secure the necessary funding for the original dual tunnel plan. Funding for even one tunnel has still yet to be fully secured. The new plan is expected to encourage further funding and allow work to begin once environmental clearances and permits are obtained, potentially within the year.

L.A. EXISTING BUILDING ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENCY ORDINANCE COMPLIANCE DEADLINE IS NOVEMBER FIRST

Under the City of LA Existing Building Energy and Water Efficiency Ordinance (EBEWE), owners are required to create the initial 2016 Benchmarking Report by November first. To comply, the property owner must enter whole-building electricity, gas, and water data for calendar year 2016 into Energy Star Portfolio Manager, then submit the Benchmarking Report to the LA Department of Building & Safety.

BOMA/GLA STAFF TESTIFIES BEFORE COUNCIL REGARDING CALIFORNIA WATERFIX

BOMA/GLA's Government Affairs Manager, Andrew Kratzer, testified before the City Council Committee on Energy, Climate Change, and Environmental Justice regarding the California WaterFix project. The WaterFix project is designed to upgrade Southern California's aging water system and provide water security to the area in a sustainable way. 

The WaterFix will lcreate over 100,000 new construction jobs and $7 billion dollars in employee compensation. After its built, the water delivery system will protect almost 1,000,000 statewide jobs. 

BOMA INTERNATIONAL LAUNCHES W2 WASTE AND WATER CHALLENGE

The W2 Water and Waste Challenge is a two-year initiative to encourage commercial real estate practitioners to benchmark water and waste consumption and associated costs, and to implement common practices to improve water performance and reduce waste.

City of L.A. May Extend Energy and Water Efficiency Ordinance Deadline

The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (LADBS) has put forward a recommendation to the Los Angeles City Council to extend the initial benchmarking deadline to November 1, 2017, providing additional time for building owners to comply with the ordinance.

COMPLIANCE DEADLINE DRAWING NEAR FOR CITY OF L.A. BENCHMARKING ORDINANCE

The City of L.A. has begun implementation of the Existing Building Energy and Water Efficiency (EBEWE) ordinance passed last year, and owners have already started receiving letters to comply if their building is over 100,000 sf. The compliance deadline is July 1, 2017.

TRI-CITY WATER ORDINANCES FOR BOTH WINTER AND SUMMER

The BOMA/GLA Northeast Regional Council has published a infographic on the the various water restrictions by city for Pasadena, Burbank and Glendale.

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