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Environmental Quality Regulations and Los Angeles Building Codes


Los Angeles Building Codes

California Building Codes and Los Angeles Building Codes include a number of provisions that address the environmental quality of projects. These provisions must be followed, and they are an integral part of the codes that govern almost every project that is developed in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, developers cannot just follow one simple set of codes. They must adhere to the correct state building codes for their project, as well as the state's environmental codes, and Los Angeles' environmental quality codes. These codes include directives that concern everything from water usage to alternative fuels estimate confidence.

TFor instance, developers who are working on single family homes, duplexes, and town homes that are less than three stories high must adhere to the environmental quality regulations that are outlined in the CRC (California Residential Code), as well as the environmental guidelines that are outlined in other pieces of legislation. Developers who are working on all other types of structures must adhere to the CBC (California Building Code). As most contractors know, in addition to both of these codes, they must also follow the provisions that are outlined by the CGBSC (California Green Building Standards Code).

TThe CGBSC mandates that all homes and buildings must be built using practices that are sustainable and energy efficient. The construction practices on these projects must also strive to use water efficiently, conserve materials, and improve the quality of the environment. Architects, engineers, contractors, and other professionals who are an integral part of the project must utilize all three of these state codes. These professionals must be intimately familiar with these codes to ensure that their proposals are submitted correctly under the provisions of the state building codes. The state will not approve any plans that are not in compliance with all of the applicable building codes. When a developer, a contractor, or other professional submits plans that are not approved, they face delays in their projects. (Click PDF for comp news)

 
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