Architects, engineers, contractors and building owners who take an active role in the design and construction of projects are encouraged to attend a preview of California's new building codes during a public meeting hosted by the Pasadena Planning Department.
On Jan. 1, 2011, the city will begin enforcing the 2010 California Green Building Standards Code, the 2010 California Residential Code, and the 2010 California Building Code, which are updated every three years to keep current with industry standards.
An overview of the changes and their potential impact on construction projects will be presented on Wednesday, Dec. 15, at 6 p.m. in the city's Permit Center, 175 N. Garfield Avenue.
The free event is sponsored by the Building and Safety Division of the Planning Department.
The new Green Building Standards Code applies to all new buildings and additions and remodels to existing buildings, thereby affecting most of the building projects that the city will review.
Most of the materials currently in use are already meeting the requirements of the new codes, such as high efficiency heating and cooling units, dual-glazed windows, and water-efficient fixtures and appliances.
A representative from Pasadena Water and Power will be on hand to discuss incentives and rebates for water and energy efficiency, and the Planning Department's Sustainability Affairs manager will discuss how the new codes align with the city's sustainability goals.