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Home to many of the world's leaders in the design, construction, and operation of sustainable buildings, San Franciscans are planning, building, and preserving our built environment to balance present needs, future resources, and the history and culture of our past.

Home to many of the world's leaders in the design, construction, and operation of sustainable buildings, San Franciscans are planning, building, and preserving our built environment to balance present needs, future resources, and the history and culture of our past. Read>
As demand for high performance buildings grows, we need tools to give builders, designers, and buyers the confidence that a building is well built or operated efficiently. Read>
A healthy and vibrant urban environment must provide a pleasant, livable habitat for humans while maximizing opportunities to integrate natural processes and ecosystem services with buildings and infrastructure.Read>
Snowmelt from the Sierra Nevada is the primary source of water for San Francisco. To balance the needs of our growing population with winter snowpack reduced by climate change, water efficiency is essential.Read>
In the United States, buildings account for 70% of electricity consumption; in California our homes account for 31% of overall energy use. Read>
The environmental impacts of building materials occur in their extraction, manufacturing, processing and transportation. Read>
Americans spend 80% to 90% of their time indoors, making healthy indoor air quality essential to buildings that are good for the occupants and the planet.Read>

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Green Building Ordinance
San Francisco Building Code 13C integrates requirements in California's Green Building Standards (CALGreen) with stricter local requirements.