This page provides an overview of the City's green building efforts, access to many green building resources, information about green building practices and materials for homeowners and builders, and links to many other green building sites.
Green building practices focus on improving both the environment and the health and comfort of building occupants. Proven green building techniques reduce energy, water, and materials use and improve air quality, temperature control, and access to day-light and views for building occupants. Green buildings have lower operating costs and similar construction costs to conventional buildings. Over the life of the building, significant savings are realized.
Waste Management Plan Instruction Sheet
In response to State-mandated waste reduction goals and as part of the City’s commitment to sustainable development, the City of Long Beach adopted an ordinance that requires certain demolition and/or construction projects to divert at least 60% of waste either through recycling, salvage or deconstruction.
The Construction & Demolition Debris Recycling (C&D) Program, which will take effect on November 5, 2007, will aim to encourage permit applicants to recycle all C&D materials through a refundable performance deposit. This program also encourages the use of green building techniques in new construction and promote reuse or salvaging of recyclable materials in demolition, deconstruction, and construction projects.
A Waste Management Plan (WMP) will now accompany the building permit application for any “Covered Project.” The WMP must be completed and approved prior to permits being issued. The WMP details how the project will meet the 60 percent requirement.
At the conclusion of the project, a final report detailing the amount of reuse, recycling, and disposal actually generated from the project must be submitted and approved prior to the applicant receiving refund of the performance deposit. Projects that do not meet the 60% requirement may receive a partial refund in proportion to actual diversion.
Applicants will be required to submit a Performance Security Deposit as well as pay an administrative review fee. The Performance Security Deposit is either 3% of project value or $51,500, whichever is less (REFUNDABLE). The minimum deposit is $1,545 per project. The Administrative Review Fee is either 1/4% of project value or $2,652, whichever is less. The minimum fee is $129.
Submit the Final Report and Compliance Form portion of the WMP to the Building & Planning Department within 30 days of project completion with total material actually disposed and diverted, by type, in order to receive performance deposit refund. Appropriate documentation must accompany this report in order to comply with this ordinance.
In June 2003, City Council unanimously adopted the City's new Green Building Policy.
The Policy also includes building remodel and retrofit goals, and green infrastructure goals.