Green buildings are the standard in South San Francisco for new construction and major renovations.
To create sustainable high-performance buildings that operate using carbon-free electricity and consume fewer resources.
Policy CP-3.1: Building code maintenance for new and major renovations (energy efficiency).
Regularly update South San Francisco’s building codes to improve the energy performance of new construction and major remodels and to phase in requirements in predicable ways.
Action CP-3.1.1: Incentivize energy efficient new construction.
Provide incentives to encourage new construction to exceed California’s Building Energy Efficiency Standards outlined in Title 24, Part 6.
Action CP-3.1.2: Require non-residential all-electric new construction.
Adopt an ordinance (reach code) requiring all new nonresidential buildings to be all-electric and prohibit new gas infrastructure for new buildings. Exempt occupancies must install electric building systems (e.g., space and water heating equipment) where feasible.
Action CP-3.1.3: Retrofit all-electric in existing buildings during major renovations.
Require residential major renovations to retrofit to all-electric.
Action CP-3.1.4: Require installation of photovoltaic panels.
Require installation of photovoltaic panels on multifamily and nonresidential new construction.
Policy CP-3.2: Building code maintenance for new and major renovations (water efficiency).
Regularly update the City’s building codes to improve the water efficiency of new construction and major renovation.
Action CP-3.2.1: Require high-efficiency indoor water fixture.
Require high-efficiency fixtures in all new construction, like CALGreen Tier 1 or 2.
Action CP-3.2.2: Update landscaping water requirements.
Require all new landscaping to use low-water plants and efficient irrigation, planting native and non-native species that provide valuable resources for native wildlife.
Policy CP-3.3: Encourage the addition of battery storage.
Establish a streamlined approval process for battery storage systems and reduce or eliminate permitting fees to encourage the addition of battery storage.
Policy CP-3.4: Adopt Electric Vehicle charging reach code.
Adopt higher electric vehicle charging requirements than CALGreen for multifamily and nonresidential new construction.
For related policies and implementation actions related to landscape design standards, see Goal ES-5.