Better Building

We are committed to better building practices that put our community’s health first while saving energy and money with innovative and thoughtful methods. Buildings are responsible for 30% of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions, and we are happy to be part of the effort to change that.

Green Building Codes & Standards

Resources for Zero Net Energy Buildings (ZNEs)

  • Buildings are major emitters of greenhouse gases and zero net energy (ZNE) buildings are an innovative approach in construction and design that reduces energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. A ZNE building produces as much energy as it consumes through clean, renewable resources over the course of a year. When committing to a high-efficiency building, ZNE offers benefits such as increasing occupants' comfort and potentially higher resale values.

  • Energy Upgrade California is offers resources on zero net energy buildings. California has set goals for new residential construction to be ZNE in 2020 and new commercial construction to be ZNE in 2030.

  • For a general introduction and guidelines to ZNE, check out the following resources:


  • Build It Green is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote building green.

  • LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) is a green building certification program through the U.S. Green Building Council that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices.

  • The Bay Area Regional Energy Network's Codes and Standards program is a joint effort of Bay Area cities and counties to achieve full compliance with the California Energy Code and provides resources on energy and green building codes.

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