California requires applicable projects to meet the California Green Building Code Mandatory Provisions (“CALGreen Mandatory”) found in Title 24, Part 11. “CALGreen Mandatory” includes green building thresholds in the areas of site development, water efficiency, energy efficiency, green materials, and indoor air quality. The California Energy Code, Title 24, Part 6, is also referenced within the California Green Building Code. The state has developed higher green building thresholds for those cities who are leaders in environmental sustainability and wish to elect higher standards. These thresholds are entitled ” CALGreen Tier 1″ and “CALGreen Tier 2”. These tiers require increased levels of green building design, particularly in the areas of water and energy, and are in addition to the “CALGreen Mandatory” requirements.

Quality Built, LLC offers services ranging from moisture testing of materials to full CALGreen 2013 compliance packages. Quality Built will address the agreed residential mandatory measures and provide the required homeowner document to each homeowner as required, electronically using the powerful Quality Built HomeID® Program. HomeID eliminates the need for multiple paper copies of exactly the same documentation for each home. With HomeID, each homeowner can access client specified documentation that is both applicable to the community and individual homeowner. This will ensure full compliance with CALGreen Mandatory Measures.

Quality Built’s CALGreen Compliance Verification services include verification of the following mandatory measures:




A plan is developed and implemented to manage storm water drainage during construction.


The site shall be planned and developed to keep surface water away from buildings. Construction plans shall indicate how site grading or a drainage system will manage all surface water flows.


Low-rise residential buildings shall meet or exceed the minimum standard design required by the California Energy Standards.


Indoor water use shall be reduced by at least 20 percent using one of the following methods.
1. Water saving fixtures or flow restrictors shall be used.
2. A 20 percent reduction in baseline water use shall be demonstrated.


When using the calculation method specified in Section
4.303.1, multiple showerheads shall not exceed maximum flow rates.


Plumbing fixtures (water closets and urinals) and fittings (faucets and showerheads) shall comply with specified performance requirements.


Automatic irrigation systems controllers installed at the time of final inspection shall be weather-based.


Joints and openings. Annular spaces around pipes, electric cables, conduits or other openings in plates at exterior walls shall be protected against the passage of rodents by closing such openings with cement mortar, concrete masonry or similar method acceptable to the enforcing agency.


A minimum of 50 percent of the construction waste generated at the site is diverted to recycle or salvage.


Where a local jurisdiction does not have a construction and demolition waste management ordinance, a construction waste management plan shall be submitted for approval to the enforcing agency.


An operation and maintenance manual shall be provided to the building occupant or owner.


Any installed gas fireplace shall be a direct-vent sealed-combustion type. Any installed woodstove or pellet stove shall comply with US EPA Phase II emission limits where applicable. Woodstoves, pellet stoves and fireplaces shall also comply with applicable local ordinances.


Duct openings and other related air distribution component openings shall be covered during construction.


Adhesives, sealants and caulks shall be compliant with VOC and other toxic compound limits.


Paints, stains and other coatings shall be compliant with VOC limits.


Aerosol paints and coatings shall be compliant with product weighted MIR limits for ROC and other toxic compounds.


Documentation shall be provided to verify that compliant VOC limit finish materials have been used.


Carpet and carpet systems shall be compliant with VOC limits.


50 percent of floor area receiving resilient flooring shall comply with the VOC-emission limits defined in the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) Low-emitting Materials List or be certified under the Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI) Floor Score program.


Particleboard, medium density fiberboard (MDF) and hardwood plywood used in interior finish systems shall comply with low formaldehyde emission standards.


Vapor retarder and capillary break is installed at slab on grade foundations.


Moisture content of building materials used in wall and floor framing is checked before enclosure.


Exhaust fans which terminate outside the building are provided in every bathroom.


Whole house exhaust fans shall have insulated louvers or covers which close when the fan is off. Covers or louvers shall have a minimum insulation value of R-4.2.


Duct systems are sized, designed, and equipment is selected using the following methods:
1. Establish heat loss and heat gain values according to ACCA Manual J or equivalent.
2. Size duct systems according to ACCA 29-D (Manual D) or equivalent.
3. Select heating and cooling equipment according to ACCA 36-S (Manual S) or equivalent.


HVAC system installers are trained and certified in the proper installation of HVAC systems.


Special inspectors employed by the enforcing agency must be qualified and able to demonstrate competence in the discipline they are inspecting.


Verification of compliance with this code may include construction documents, plans, specifications builder or installer certification, inspection reports, or other methods acceptable to the enforcing agency which show substantial conformance.

  • Fenestration
  • Insulation Verification (QII)
  • Building HVAC Field Verification And Diagnostic Testing
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