Chula Vista adopts green building and remodeling standards

A Chula Vista neighborhood.Last week, the Chula Vista City Council unanimously approved a proposal that includes the first green building standards in the county for all new construction and major renovations. Other cities in San Diego County have green building standards, but only for city-operated buildings.

According to an article in the San Diego Union Tribune, the proposal was developed by the city’s Climate Change Working Group, a commission led by resident Richard Chavez.

The proposal, details of which will be worked out in the next 90 days, includes:

• Developing a solar energy program to help residents and businesses install photovoltaic systems
• Requiring businesses to have regular energy audits
• Facilitating “smart growth”
• Coordinating with local water authorities to convert grass lawns to water-saving rock and shrub landscapes
• Converting the city’s fleet to high-efficiency vehicles

“This is a watershed time, a wonderful thing,” a visibly emotional Councilman Jerry Rindone was quoted in the article. “I’m very proud of the city for what has occurred here.”

More green news: The city of Chula Vista has received funding from the California Energy Commission to implement energy-efficiency measures in six municipal facilities that will include efficient lighting and energy-saving improvements to heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, water pumps and air-handling systems.