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TABLE A5.601
NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS: Green Building Standards Code Proposed Performance Approach
Note: This table is intended only as an aid in illustrating the nonresidential tier structure (Refer to Checklists A5.602, A5.602.1 and A5.602.2 for CALGreen verification guidelines for Mandatory Checklist, Tier 1 Checklist and Tier 2 Checklist.)
CATEGORY ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE GOAL TIER 1 TIER 2
All Minimum Mandatory
(See Mandatory Checklist)
Meet all of the provisions of Chapter 5
(See Tier 1 Checklist)
Meet all of the provisions of Chapter 5
(See Tier 2 Checklist)
DIVISION 5.1
Planning and Design
Designated Parking for Fuel Efficient Vehicles
(Tier 1 and Tier 2 only)
Approx. 35% of total spaces Approx. 50% of total spaces
Electric Vehicle Charging Approx. 30% of total spaces Approx. 45% of total spaces
Cool Roof to Reduce Heat Island Effect Roof Slope < 2:12 SRI 75
Roof Slope > 2:12 SRI 16
Roof Slope < 2:12 SRI 82
Roof Slope > 2:12 SRI 27
1 additional Elective from Division A5.1 3 additional Electives from Division A5.1
DIVISION 5.2
Energy Efficiency
Energy Performance2a, 2b Outdoor lighting power 90% of Part 6 allowance Outdoor lighting power 90% of Part 6 allowance
If applicable, solar water-heating system with minimum solar savings fraction of 0.15 If applicable, solar water-heating system with minimum solar savings fraction of 0.15
Warehouse door seals Warehouse door seals
Comply with day lighting requirements Comply with day lighting requirements
Exhaust heat recovery Exhaust heat recovery
Energy Budget 95% or 90% of Part 6 calculated value of allowance Energy Budget 90% or 85% of Part 6 calculated value of allowance
DIVISION 5.3
Water Efficiency and Conservation
Indoor Water Use 12% Savings 20% Savings
1 additional Elective from Division A5.3 3 additional Electives from Division A5.3
DIVISION 5.4
Material Conservation and Resource Efficiency3
Construction Waste Reduction At least 65% reduction At least 80% reduction
Recycled Content Utilize recycled content materials for 10% of total material cost Utilize recycled content materials for 15% of total material cost
1 additional Elective from Division A5.4 3 additional Electives from Division A5.4
DIVISION 5.5
Environmental Quality
Low-VOC Resilient Flooring 90% of flooring meets VOC limits 100% of flooring meets VOC limits1
Low-VOC Thermal Insulation Comply with VOC limits Install no-added formaldehyde insulation and comply with VOC limits
1 additional Elective from Division A5.5 3 additional Electives from Division A5.5
Additional Measures 1 additional Elective from any division 3 additional Electives from any division
Approximate Total Measures 15 25
  1. Exception: Allowance may be permitted in Tier 2 for up to 5-percent specialty purpose flooring.
  2. Solar water-heating system requirement for newly constructed restaurants as per A5.203.1.1.2.
    Exceptions:
    1. Buildings with a natural gas service water heater with a minimum of 95-percent thermal efficiency.
    2. Buildings where greater than 75 percent of the total roof area has annual solar access that is less than 70 percent. Solar access is the ratio of solar insolation including shade to the solar insolation without shade. Shading from obstructions located on the roof or any other part of the building shall not be included in the determination of annual solar access.
  3. Life cycle assessment compliant with Section A5.409.4 in this code may be substituted for prescriptive measures from Division A5.4.
A5.601.1 Scope
The measures contained in this appendix are not mandatory unless adopted by local government as specified in Section 101.7. The provisions of this section outline means of achieving enhanced construction or reach levels by incorporating additional green building measures for newly constructed nonresidential buildings as well as additions and alterations. In order to meet one of the tier levels designers, builders or property owners are required to incorporate additional green building measures necessary to meet the threshold of each level. Refer to the provisions in Section 301.3 for nonresidential additions and alterations scope and application.
A5.601.2 CALGreen Tier 1
A5.601.2.1 Prerequisites
To achieve CALGreen tier status, a project must meet all of the mandatory measures in Chapter 5 and, in addition, meet the provisions of this section.
A5.601.2.2 Energy Performance
For the purposes of mandatory energy efficiency standards in this code, the California Energy Commission will continue to adopt mandatory standards.
A5.601.2.3 Tier 1
Comply with the energy efficiency requirements in Section A5.203.1.1 and Section A5.203.1.2.1.
A5.601.2.4 Voluntary Measures for Tier 1
In addition to the provisions of Sections A5.601.2.1 and A5.601.2.3 above, compliance with the following voluntary measures from Appendix A5 is required for Tier 1:
  1. From Division A5.1,
    1. Comply with the designated parking requirements for fuel efficient vehicles for a minimum of 35 percent of parking capacity per Section A5.106.5.1.
    2. Electric vehicle (EV) charging [N] and Table A5.106.5.3.1 w/ footnotes.
    3. Comply with thermal emittance, solar reflectance or SRI values for cool roofs in Section A5.106.11.2 and Table A5.106.11.2.1.1
    4. Comply with one elective measure selected from this division.
  2. From Division A5.2 comply with ONE of the following:
    1. Outdoor lighting as described in A5.203.1.1.1.
    2. Service water heating in restaurants as described in A5.203.1.1.2.
    3. Warehouse Dock Seal Doors A5.203.1.1.3.
    4. Daylight Design Power Adjustments 5.203.1.1.4.
    5. Exhaust Air Heat Recovery A5.203.1.1.5.
  3. From Division A5.3,
    1. Comply with the 12-percent reduction for indoor potable water use in Section A5.303.2.3.1.
    2. Comply with one elective measure selected from this division.
  4. From Division A5.4,2
    1. Comply with recycled content of 10 percent of materials based on estimated total cost, or use two products from Table A5.405.4 for at least 75 percent by cost in Section A5.405.4.
    2. Comply with the 65-percent reduction in construction and demolition waste in Section A5.408.3.1.
    3. Comply with one elective measure selected from this division.
  5. From Division A5.5,
    1. Comply with resilient flooring systems for 90 percent of resilient flooring in Section A5.504.4.7.
    2. Comply with thermal insulation meeting 2009 CHPS low-emitting materials list in Section A5.504.4.8.
    3. Comply with one elective measure selected from this division.
  6. Comply with one additional elective measure selected from any division.
1 Cool roof is required for compliance with Tiers 1 and 2 and may be used to meet energy standards in Part 6, exceed energy standards and to mitigate heat island effect.
2 Life cycle assessment compliant with Section A5.409.4 in this code may be substituted for prescriptive measures from Division A5.4.
A5.601.3 CALGreen Tier 2
A5.601.3.2 Energy Performance
For the purposes of mandatory energy efficiency standards in this code, the California Energy Commission will continue to adopt mandatory standards.
A5.601.3.3 Tier 2
Comply with the energy efficiency requirements in Section A5.203.1.1 and Section A5.203.1.2.2.
A5.601.3.4 Voluntary Measures for Tier 2
In addition to the provisions of Sections A5.601.3.1 and A5.601.3.3 above, compliance with the following voluntary measures from Appendix A5 and additional elective measures shown in Table A5.601.3.4 is required for Tier 2:
  1. From Division A5.1,
    1. Comply with the designated parking requirements for fuel efficient vehicles for a minimum of 50 percent of parking capacity per Section A5.106.5.1.
    2.  Electric vehicle (EV) charging [N] and Table A5.106.5.3.2 with footnotes.
    3. Comply with thermal emittance, solar reflectance or SRI values for cool roofs in Section A5.106.11.2 and Table A5.106.11.2.2.1
    4. Comply with three elective measures selected from this division.
  2. From Division A5.2 comply with TWO of the following:
    1. Outdoor lighting as described in A5.203.1.1.1.
    2. Service water heating in restaurants as described in A5.203.1.1.2.
    3. Warehouse Dock Seal Doors A5.203.1.1.3.
    4. Daylight Design Power Adjustments 5.203.1.1.4.
    5. Exhaust Air Heat Recovery A5.203.1.1.5.
  3. From Division A5.3,
    1. Comply with the 20-percent reduction for indoor potable water use in Section A5.303.2.3.2.
    2. Comply with three elective measures selected from this division.
  4. From Division A5.4,2
    1. Comply with recycled content of 15 percent of materials based on estimated total cost, or use two products from Table A5.405.4 for at least 75 percent by cost in Section A5.405.4.1.
    2. Comply with the 80-percent reduction in construction and demolition waste in Section A5.408.3.1.
    3. Comply with three elective measures selected from this division.
  5. From Division A5.5,
    1. Comply with resilient flooring systems for 100 percent of resilient flooring in Section A5.504.4.7.1.
      Exception: Allowance may be permitted in Tier 2 for up to 5-percent specialty purpose flooring.
    2. Comply with thermal insulation meeting 2009 CHPS low-emitting materials list and no added formaldehyde in Section A5.504.4.8.1.
    3. Comply with three elective measures selected from this division.
  6. Comply with three additional elective measures selected from any division.
1 Cool roof is required for compliance with Tiers 1 and 2 and may be used to meet energy standards in Part 6, exceed energy standards and to mitigate heat island effect.
2 Life cycle assessment compliant with Section A5.409.4 in this code may be substituted for prescriptive measures from Division A5.4.
A5.601.4 Compliance Verification
Compliance with Section A5.601.2 or A5.601.3 shall be as required in Chapter 7 of this code. Compliance documentation shall be made part of the project record as required in Section 5.410.2 or 5.410.3.

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