What is "Green Building"?

Green Building promotes construction that reduces impacts on the environment and creates a healthier environment for building occupants. Green building techniques and materials can be used for both new building construction and remodels. Green Building includes:
  • Energy and water efficient technologies (such as double-pane windows and low-flow toilets)
  • Uses recycled content materials (such as plastic lumber made with recycled plastic containers)
  • Reduces and recycles the amount of Construction & Demolition (C&D) Waste generated by a construction project.

Find out more about Green Building:

Contra Costa County offers free booklets and information on Green Building for new construction and remodeling. Copies of these booklets are available at El Cerrito City Hall and links to these booklets and other information are available at:
Contra Costa County Green Building Program

The following website also provide additional information and green building supply availability:
Build It Green
State of California Information for Construction and Demolition Debris Recycling
LEED (the internationally-recognized green building certification system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council.)

The City of El Cerrito encourages all owners and builders to consider Green Building in their projects. For questions or assistance in how to incorporate green building in your project, please contact:

Building Division at 510-215-4360,
Planning Division at 510-215-4330, or
Recycling Center at 510-215-4350

Note: All construction in California must meet current California Green Building Standards Codes (Cal Green Codes).