Navigating California’s Green Building Codes | Title 24

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By: Amber Schiada, Vice President & Director of Research

5570l13_1California is at the forefront of green building and energy efficiency in commercial real estate.  In 2013, California adopted revised building codes designed to achieve zero net energy in all new residential construction by 2020 and in commercial construction by 2030.

Known as Title 24 (formally, California Code of Regulations, Title 24), the revised codes also impact existing structures during remodeling or major renovations, so virtually every major office building, hotel, hospital, shopping center, public or residential building is likely to have to comply with Title 24 at some point in the next 10 years.

Navigating Title 24 isn’t a simple process.   Nor is navigating any of the many other state and local ordinances with which a landlord must comply.  These include CALGreen, the California Green Building Standards Code, adopted in 2010 and revised in 2013.

There are some benefits for developers and landlords as a result of this complex system of codes, however. For example, projects subject to the mandatory requirements of CALGreen now have a more streamlined documentation process for LEED certification.

To learn more about Green building practices, Title 24 or LEED, contact our Environmental and Sustainability Services specialist Ari Hoffman by email at

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