Sunday, March 23, 2008

San Francisco Considers U.S.'s Strongest Green Building Codes

San Francisco may implement the nation's strongest green building standards, including requirements for clean energy, nontoxic paints and water-efficient fixtures.

City officials say that by 2012, when developers would have to be in full compliance with the law, greener buildings could cut carbon dioxide emissions by 60,000 tons, save 220,000 megawatt hours of electricity and 100 million gallons of drinking water. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a major contributor to global warming.

The Board of Supervisors is next in line to say yea or nay to the law, and then it's on to Mayor Newscom's desk. The Mayor has promised to sign it into law.

More at the San Francisco Chronicle

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