The Building Standards Commission ("BSC") recently initiated formal rulemaking and public review for portions of the 2012 triennial code update to the California Building Standards Code ("Code").
Proposed changes include requiring new construction on existing sites to be subject to provisions of the California Green Building Standards Code ("CalGreen"). Currently, compliance with CalGreen is only required for new construction on new sites while compliance for most other construction is voluntary.
The BSC is currently accepting written comments through October 15, 2012. BSC proposals, including the CalGreen proposal discussed above, can be accessed here. Separately, comments on proposals regarding plumbing, mechanical, electrical, health facility, and administrative standards will be accepted through October 8, 2012; these proposals can be accessed here.
Adopted changes to the Code will go into effect January 1, 2014.