Free Workshop is Last Chance to Learn About 2011 Building Code Changes

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calgreen building construction codesCalifornia’s Building Standards Code will change in 2011, and all development project and permit applications that are submitted to the City of Long Beach on or after January 1, 2011 must comply with the updated code.

The City of Long Beach is offering one remaining free community workshop before the new code takes effect to provide more information about the changes. The workshop is on Thursday, December 9, 3:00 pm, at the Mark Twain Library Community Room, 1401 E. Anaheim St. Please RSVP by calling 562.570.7636 or emailing LBDS@longbeach.gov.

To publicize the Code updates, the City has hosted two previous free community workshops, sent a mass mailing to local developers, architects and contractors, presented updates at November Board of Examiners, Appeals & Condemnation (BEAC) and City Council meetings, and placed the information on the LBDS website, monthly newsletter and at the permit counter.

The main changes to the code are the introduction of the California Green Building Standards Code (called CALGreen) and the California Residential Code.

CALGreen is the first-in-the-nation mandatory green building code and will require all new buildings in the state to be more energy efficient and environmentally responsible. CALGreen will require that new buildings reduce water consumption by 20 percent, divert 50 percent of construction waste from landfills, and use low pollutant-emitting materials, among other provisions. CALGreen is Part 11 of Title 24 of the California Building Standards Code.

The 2010 California Residential Code will bring California in line with the 2009 International Building, Fire, and Residential Code. The Code will outline standards for one- and two-family dwelling units and town homes, including a key new requirement for residential fire sprinklers in all such dwellings. The City of Long Beach will implement these new state regulations, which will increase fire resistance in homes across California. The 2010 California Residential Code is Part 2.5 of Title 24 of the California Building Standards Code.

Locally, the City of Long Beach has adopted local amendments in order to continue to implement the City’s approved sustainability policies already in place. The Green Building Policy, Construction & Demolition Debris Recycling program, bike parking standards, model landscape ordinance and Low Impact Development requirements make up the City’s local green amendments. The local Fire and Building Code amendments consist of structural seismic provisions, fire-life safety provisions regarding sprinklers and alarms, and administrative provisions.

For more information, visit www.lbds.info. Plan review and permit applications submitted to the City of Long Beach by December 31, 2010 will not be required to comply with the updated codes.

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