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A chance to speak out on green building

Greenbuildingprogram_2The county of Los Angeles is considering adoption of a green building program and is holding a series of public meetings to get comments. Discussions will focus on green building, drought-tolerant landscaping and low-impact development.

Now, you may think: Oh, yeah, green building. Of course. It’s a slam dunk. Full steam ahead.

Hold up. My experience with these things is that there is a powerful coalition of stakeholders who are extremely opposed to green building mandates. Home builders are the main objectors, in my experience. And for good reason. They feel they have too many mandates already: for structural safety and fire safety and energy efficiency and all kinds of restrictions. And now they’re expected to save the planet? Well, yeah, that’s kind of the plan.

So these public meetings are a place for those who will be affected — in the unincorporated areas of the country — to make their preferences known.

Here are the meetings:

Mon., March 24: Santa Clarita, 6 to 8 p.m.
Tues., March 25: East Los Angeles, 6 to 8 p.m.
Thurs., March 27: Los Angeles, 6 to 8 p.m.
Sat., March 29: Palmdale, 3 to 5 p.m.
Mon., March 31: Whittier, 6 to 8 p.m.

Get the locations. Note: Prior meetings were held in Altadena and Calabasas.

Here are some comments and concerns already identified:

• Concern that the county is putting future development standards in the hands of noncounty agencies (such as LEED and Green Point Rated, two certification programs being considered)

• Phase-in period is too slow — or too fast

• Already-too-restrictive building codes that do not allow some green building practices (note: this sounds like a fishy objection to me)

• Too costly

• Need more outreach

Flip through an enlightening PowerPoint presentation of the proposal.

If you can’t make one of the meetings and want to comment, ask a question or get on the mailing list, e-mail zoup@planning.lacounty.gov.


1 Comment on A chance to speak out on green building

  1. sunsetbeachguy // March 20, 2008 at 3:39 pm // Reply

    At the macroeconomic scale, greenbuilding is 100% greenwashing.
    The rebound effect and basic economics (under our current financial & accounting systems) will assure that aggregate ecological destruction remains the same despite what individual buildings do.
    You made this point with your water why save it post from a while ago.

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