Last Month, the State of California approved the most stringent, “eco-friendly” statewide building code in the United States. The new code will apply to new homes, hospitals, schools and shopping malls, and takes effect next January. It requires builders to divert 50% of construction waste from landfills to recycling, use low-pollutant paints, carpets and floorings and install water-saving plumbing fixtures.
The U.S. Green Building Council opposed the new measure by arguing that it could lead to countless standards and confusion. While that may turn out to be the case for more traditional builders, this code could provide a market advantage for those builders already incorporating green standards and eco-friendly products into their business model.
In any government building solicitations going forward, California will require those environmentally-friendly practices from the winning contractor. With those traditional builders being forced to play “catch-up” in an extremely competitive marketplace, all green builders have the potential to win countless contracts and become an experienced leader in their industry.
If your business provides energy-efficient, eco-friendly products or uses environmentally-friendly practices in general construction or the building industry, you have the ability to take advantage of this new opportunity in California that will undoubtedly provide you with more government business opportunities. More details on California’s new building code is found at here.