Contra Costa County Green Building Program
30 Muir Road
Martinez, CA 94553
Ph: (925) 674-7823
Fx: (925) 674-7250
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Monday - Friday
What is Green Building?
Green building is a “Whole-Systems” approach for
designing and constructing buildings that conserve
energy, water, and material resources and are
healthier, safer, and more comfortable.
In practical terms, green building includes:
Green Building Materials
- Using sun & wind to the building's advantage for natural heating, cooling, & daylighting
- Landscaping with native plants & using water efficiently
- Building quality, durable structures
- Insulating well & ventilating appropriately
- Incorporating salvaged, recycled, & sustainably harvested materials
- Maintaining healthy indoor air quality with
- appropriate building techniques & materials
- Using energy-efficient & water-saving appliances
- & fixtures
- Reducing & recycling construction waste
Click on the Green Building Materials Display to view a
list of Local Distributors and Samples, including:
- Counter Tops, and more
- Green Building Brochure
- Green Building Guidelines - New Home Construction & Home Remodeling
The Guidelines offer cost-effective suggestions to minimize construction-related waste, create healthier and more durable homes, reduce operating costs for homeowners as well as methods to reduce the impacts of building in Contra Costa communities; including solid waste management, water conservation, energy efficiency and resource conservation.
- Single-Family New Construction GreenPoint Checklist
A home that has earned 50 points or meets the minimum requirements in – Energy, Indoor Air Quality, Resources, and Water – can be considered a “green home.”
- Remodeling GreenPoint Checklist
Due to the diversity of remodeling project types, assigning a “total points” value to a project considered to be environmentally friendly is not feasible. However, 25 measures have been highlighted to signify that every effort should bemade to incorporate them into your projects.
- Multi-Family GreenPoint Checklist
The GreenPoint Checklist is a project tool that has been developed to offer building professionals and municipalities a way to track the green features in their housing project. It was developed with input from multifamily housing developers and city housing and building staff. The GreenPoint Checklist is also the basis of GreenPoint Rated, a third-party home rating program offered by Build It Green. For more information about GreenPoint Rated, contact Build It Green at 510-845-0472.
- Green Building Material Resource List
This List provides the names of the manufacturer of each product in the Green Building Materials Display as well as their phone number & website (when available). Additionally, the List contains contact information for local distributors that sell these products.
- Green Building Remodeling Ideas
This publication provides ideas for your home improvement. Published by the San Mateo County's Green Building Program (RecycleWorks).
- Home Builder's Association of Northern California (HBANC) Endorses GreenPoint Rated
Home Builders Association of Northern California officially endorsed Build It Green’s GreenPoint Rated program in January 2008 serving as a major milestone in the mainstreaming of green building. Furthermore, the Association endorsed the adoption of mandatory green building standards in all 101 Bay Area cities and counties based on GreenPoint Rated.
For a list of Agencies with Green Building tips, information, rebates & more Click Here