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CGC 2019

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CALIFORNIA GREEN BUILDING STANDARDS CODE — MATRIX ADOPTION TABLE
CHAPTER 1 — ADMINISTRATION
(Matrix Adoption Tables are nonregulatory, intended only as an aid to the code user.
See Chapter 1 for state agency authority and building applications.)
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SFM HCD DSA OSHPD BSCC DPH AGR DWR CEC CA SL SLC
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Adopt entire CA chapter
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amended (amended
sections listed below)
Adopt only those sections
that are listed below
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Chapter/Section
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102 X X X X X X
103 X
104 X
105 X
106 X X X

101.1 Title

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These regulations shall be known as the San Francisco Green Building Code, and may be cited as such, and will be referred to herein as "this code". The San Francisco Green Building Code is Part 11 of thirteen parts of the official compilation and publication of the adoption, amendment and repeal of building regulations to the California Code of Regulations, Title 24, and Chapter 13C of San Francisco Building Inspection Commission Amendments to the California Building Standards Code.

101.2 Purpose

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The purpose of this chapter is to promote the health, safety and general welfare of San Francisco residents, workers, and visitors by minimizing waste of energy, water, and other resources in the construction and operation of buildings in the City and County of San Francisco and by providing a healthy indoor environment. The green building practices required by this chapter will also further the goal of reducing the greenhouse gas emissions in the City and County of San Francisco to 25 percent below 1990 levels by the year 2017, as stated in Board of Supervisors Resolution No. 158-02 and San Francisco Environment Code Chapter 9.

101.3 Scope

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The provisions of this code shall apply to the planning, design, operation, construction, use and occupancy of every newly constructed building or structure, unless otherwise indicated in this code, as well as alterations to existing buildings throughout the City and County of San Francisco.

   While this code references green building programs, the City and County of San Francisco does not confer certification under any green building program.

101.3.1 State-Regulated Regulated Buildings, Structures and Applications

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Provisions of this code shall apply to the following buildings, structures, and applications regulated by state agencies as specified in Sections 103 through 106 of California Green Building Standards Code Title 24 Part 11, modified by local ordinance with supplemental requirements applicable to occupancy types A, B, I, M, E and R as defined by California Building Code Title 24 Section 302 (2019) as amended pursuant to Section 101.7. When adopted by a state agency, the provisions of this code shall be enforced by the appropriate enforcing agency, but only to the extent of authority granted to such agency by statute.

101.4 Appendices

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The codes and standards referenced elsewhere in this code shall be considered part of the requirements of this code to the prescribed extent of each such reference.
The provisions of the California Building Code, California Residential Code, and California Existing Building Code, as applicable, shall apply to the construction, alteration, movement, enlargement, replacement, repair, use and occupancy, location, maintenance, removal and demolition of every structure or any appurtenances connected or attached to such buildings or structures.
The provisions of the California Electrical Code shall apply to the installation of electrical systems, including but not limited to, alterations, repair, replacement, equipment, appliances, fixtures, fittings and appurtenances thereto.
The provisions of the California Mechanical Code shall apply to the installation, alterations, repair and replacement of mechanical systems, including equipment, appliances, fixtures, fittings and/or appurtenances, including ventilating, heating, cooling, air-conditioning and refrigeration systems, incinerators and other energy-related systems.
The provisions of the California Plumbing Code shall apply to the installation, alteration, repair and replacement of plumbing systems, including equipment, appliances, fixtures, fittings and appurtenances where connected to a water or sewage system.
The provisions of CCR, Title 19, Division 1 and CCR, Title 24, Part 2 and Part 9 relating to fire and panic safety as adopted by the Office of the State Fire Marshal shall apply to all structures, processes and premises for protection from the hazard of fire, panic and explosion.
The provisions of the California Energy Code shall apply to the minimum design and construction of buildings for energy efficiency.

101.6.1 Differences

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In the event of any differences between these building standards and the standard reference documents, the text of this Chapter shall govern.
Where a specific provision varies from a general provision, the specific provision shall apply.

101.6.3 Conflicts

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When the requirements of this code conflict with the requirements of any other part of the California Building Standards Code, Title 24, any provision contained elsewhere in the San Francisco Municipal Code, or any regulation or requirement adopted by the Public Utilities Commission or other City agency under its Charter authority, the most restrictive requirement shall prevail.
Explanatory material, such as references to websites or other sources where additional information may be found, is included in this code in the form of notes. Notes are informational only and are not enforceable requirements of this code.

101.7 City, County, or City and County Amendments, Additions or and Deletions

AMENDMENT
This section has been amended at the state or city level.
This code includes the amendments, deletions, and additions to California green building requirements which maintain stricter local green building standards.
  1. The city, county, or city and county shall make express findings for each amendment, addition or deletion based upon climatic, topographical or geological conditions. For the purpose of this section, climatic, topographical or geological conditions include local environmental conditions as established by the city, county, or city and county.
  2. The city, county, or city and county shall file the amendments, additions or deletions expressly marked and identified as to the applicable findings. Cities, counties, cities and counties, and fire departments shall file the amendments, additions or deletions and the findings with the California Building Standards Commission at 2525 Natomas Park Drive, Suite 130, Sacramento, CA 95833.
  3. Findings prepared by fire protection districts shall be ratified by the local city, county, or city and county and filed with the California Department of Housing and Community Development at 9342 Tech Center Drive, Suite 500, Sacramento, CA 95826.
  4. The city, county, or city and county shall obtain California Energy Commission approval for any energy-related ordinances consistent with Public Resources Code Section 25402.1(h)(2) and Title 24, Part 1, Section 10-106. Local governmental agencies may adopt and enforce energy standards for newly constructed buildings, additions, alterations and repairs, provided the California Energy Commission finds that the standards will require buildings to be designed to consume no more energy than permitted by Part 6. Such local standards include, but are not limited to, adopting the requirements of Part 6 before their effective date, requiring additional energy conservation measures, or setting more stringent energy budgets.
The provisions of this code are not intended to prevent the use of any alternate material, appliance, installation, device, arrangement, method, design or method of construction not specifically prescribed by this code, provided that any such alternative has been approved. An alternate shall be approved on a case-by-case basis where the enforcing agency finds that the proposed alternate is satisfactory and complies with the intent of the provisions of this code and is at least the equivalent of that prescribed in this code in planning and design, energy, water, material conservation and resource efficiency, environmental air quality, performance, safety and the protection of life and health. Consideration and compliance provisions for occupancies regulated by adopting state agencies are found in the sections listed below.
  1. Section 1.2.3 in the California Building Code (CBC) for the California Building Standards Commission.
  2. Section 104.11 of Chapter 1, Division II for the Division of the State Architect.
  3. Section 1.8.7, Chapter 1, Division I, of the 2019 California Building Code; and Section 1.8.7, Chapter 1, Division I, of the 2019 California Residential Code for the Department of Housing and Community Development.
  4. Section 7-104, 2019 California Administrative Code for the Office of the Statewide Health Planning and Development.
Only those standards approved by the California Building Standards Commission that are effective at the time an application for a building permit is submitted shall apply to the plans and specifications for, and to the construction performed under, that permit. For the effective dates of the provisions contained in this code, see the appropriate application checklist and the History Note page of this code.

101.10 Mandatory Requirements

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101.10 Equivalency

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Wherever reference is made to the LEED® or GreenPoint Rated systems, a comparable equivalent rating system may be used if approved by the Director. The applicable LEED®, GreenPoint Rated or equivalent versions of performance standards for applications subject to this chapter are:

LEED v4 for Interior Design and Construction (LEED v4 ID+C)

LEED v4 for Building Design and Construction (LEED v4 BD+C)

LEED v4 for Homes Design and Construction

GreenPoint Rated (GPR) Single Family New Home Construction —v8.0

GreenPoint Rated (GPR) Multifamily New Home Construction —v8.0

GreenPoint Rated (GPR) Existing Multifamily —v1.0

     Wherever specific LEED prerequisites or credits are cited, such references are to LEED v4 BD+C. More recent LEED and GreenPoint Rated versions may be used, provided the credits and points achieved are as or at least as stringent as LEED v4 BD+C or GPR v8.0.

     Wherever the LEED or GreenPoint Rated systems include a minimum energy or other performance requirement, the permit applicant may choose to meet the minimum performance requirements with an alternative equivalent method approved by the Director.

     Compliance with any of these requirements may be verified and/or certified by any means, including third-party review or equivalent requirements verified via other rating systems, as approved by the Director.

101.11 Effective Use of This Code

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The following steps shall be used to establish which provisions of this code are applicable to a specific occupancy:

  1. Establish the type of occupancy.
  2. Find the section which covers the established occupancy.
  3. Identify the minimum requirements of this code for the established occupancy in Sections 4 and 5.
  4. Administrative Bulletin 93, provided by the Department of Building Inspection, summarizes how the requirements of San Francisco Green Building Code and relevant local requirements may be met. Appendices to Administrative Bulletin 93 include tabular summaries of required measures, and provide submittal forms.

Construction documents and other data shall be submitted in one or more sets with each application for a permit. Where special conditions exist, the enforcing agency is authorized to require additional construction documents to be prepared by a licensed design professional and may be submitted separately.

Exception: The enforcing agency is authorized to waive the submission of construction documents and other data not required to be prepared by a licensed design professional.

Construction documents shall be of sufficient clarity to indicate the location, nature and scope of the proposed green building feature and show that it will conform to the provisions of this code, the California Building Standards Code and other relevant laws, ordinances, rules and regulations as determined by the enforcing agency.
Documentation of conformance for applicable green building measures shall be provided to the enforcing agency. Alternate methods of documentation shall be acceptable when the enforcing agency finds that the proposed alternate documentation is satisfactory to demonstrate substantial conformance with the intent of the proposed green building measure.

(HCD) Documentation of conformance for applicable green building measures shall be provided to the enforcing agency.All projects shall submit a completed Residential Occupancies Application Checklist that includes Chapter 4 residential mandatory measures and Tier 1 or Tier 2, as applicable. References to the measure-specific documentation used to show compliance shall be included. Alternate methods of documentation shall be acceptable when the enforcing agency finds that the proposed alternate documentation is satisfactory to demonstrate substantial conformance with the intent of the proposed green building measure.

Note: HCD's Residential Occupancies Application Checklist that includes the minimum criteria for documentation is available at: http://www.hcd.ca.gov/building-standards/calgreen/cal-green-forms.shtml.

Specific scope of application of the agency responsible for enforcement, the enforcement agency, and the specific authority to adopt and enforce such provisions of this code, unless otherwise stated.

  1. Application—All occupancies where no state agency has the authority to adopt green building standards applicable to those occupancies.

    Enforcing agency—State or local agency specified by the applicable provisions of law.

    Authority citedHealth and Safety Code Sections 18930.5(a), 18938, and 18940.5.

    Reference—Health and Safety Code, Division 13, Part 2.5, commencing with Section 18901.

  2. Graywater systems. The construction, installation, and alteration of graywater systems for indoor and outdoor uses in nonresidential occupancies.

    Application—All occupancies where no state agency has the authority to adopt green building standards applicable to those occupancies.

    Enforcing agencyState or local agency specified by the applicable provisions of law.

    Authority cited—Health and Safety Code Section 18941.8.

    Reference—Health and Safety Code Section 18941.8
The provisions of this code applicable to buildings identified in this section will be identified in the Matrix Adoption Tables under the acronym BSC-CG.

Specific scope of application of the agency responsible for enforcement, the enforcement agency and the specific authority to adopt and enforce such provisions of this code, unless otherwise stated.

  1. Housing construction.

    Application—Hotels, motels, lodging houses, apartments, dwellings, dormitories, condominiums, shelters for homeless persons, congregate residences, employee housing, factory-built housing and other types of dwellings containing sleeping accommodations with or without common toilet or cooking facilities including accessory buildings, facilities and uses thereto.

    Enforcing agency—Local building department or the Department of Housing and Community Development.

    Authority citedHealth and Safety Code Sections 17921, 17922 and 19990.

    ReferenceHealth and Safety Code Sections 17000 through 17060, 17910 through 17990, and 19960 through 19997.

Specific scope of application of the agency responsible for enforcement, the enforcement agency, and the specific authority to adopt and enforce such provisions of this code, unless otherwise stated.
New building construction and site work on a new or existing site.

Note: The Application of Standards outlined in Title 24, Part 6 supersedes the above application as it applies to the California Energy Code.


Enforcing agency—The Division of the State Architect-Structural Safety (DSA-SS) has been delegated the responsibility and authority by the Department of General Services to review and approve the design and observe the construction of public elementary and secondary schools, and community colleges.

Authority citedEducation Code Sections 17310 and 81142.

ReferenceEducation Code Sections 17280 through 17317, and 81130 through 81147.

  1. Title 24, Part 1, California Code of Regulations:

    Sections 4-301 through 4-355, Group 1, Chapter 4, for public elementary and secondary schools, and community colleges.

  2. Title 24, Part 2, California Code of Regulations:

    1. 2.1. Sections 1.1 and 1.9.2 of Chapter 1, Division I.
    2. 2.2. Sections 102.1, 102.2, 102.3, 102.4, 102.5, 104.9, 104.10 and 104.11 of Chapter 1, Division II.
California Building Standards Code, Title 24, Parts 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 11 and 12, California Code of Regulations, for school buildings and community colleges.

Specific scope of application of the agency responsible for enforcement, enforcement agency and the specific authority to adopt and enforce such provisions of this code, unless otherwise stated.


Application—General acute care hospitals and acute psychiatric hospitals, excluding distinct part units or distinct part freestanding buildings providing skilled nursing or intermediate care services. For structural regulations: Skilled nursing facilities and/or intermediate care facilities except those skilled nursing facilities and intermediate care facilities of single-story, Type V, wood or light steel-frame construction.

Enforcing agency—Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD). The office shall enforce the Division of the State Architect—Access Compliance regulations and the regulations of the Office of the State Fire Marshal for the above-stated facility types.

  1. Title 24, Part 1, California Code of Regulations: Chapters 6 and 7.
  2. Title 24, Part 2, California Code of Regulations: Sections 1.1 and 1.10 of Chapter 1, Division I and Chapter 1, Division II.
California Building Standards Code, Title 24, Parts 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 11 and 12.
For applications listed in Section 106.1, amendments appear in this code preceded with the acronym [OSHPD 1].

AuthorityHealth and Safety Code Sections 127010, 127015, 1275 and 129850.

ReferenceHealth and Safety Code Sections 19958, 127010, 127015, 129680, 1275 and 129675 through 130070.

Specific scope of application of the agency responsible for enforcement, enforcement agency and the specific authority to adopt and enforce such provisions of this code, unless otherwise stated.

Application—Skilled nursing facilities and intermediate care facilities, including distinct part skilled nursing and intermediate care services on a general acute care or acute psychiatric hospital license, provided either are in a separate unit or a freestanding building. For structural regulations: Single-story, Type V skilled nursing facility and/or intermediate care facilities utilizing wood or light steel-frame construction.

Enforcing agency—Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD). The office shall also enforce the Division of the State Architect—Access Compliance regulations and the regulations of the Office of the State Fire Marshal for the above-stated facility type.

  1. Title 24, Part 1, California Code of Regulations: Chapter 7.
  2. Title 24, Part 2, California Code of Regulations: Sections 1.1 and 1.10 of Chapter 1, Division I and Chapter 1, Division II.
California Building Standards Code, Title 24, Parts 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 11 and 12.
For applications listed in Section 106.2, amendments appear in this code preceded with the acronym [OSHPD 2].

AuthorityHealth and Safety Code Sections 127010, 127015, 1275 and 129850.

ReferenceHealth and Safety Code Sections 127010, 127015, 1275 and 129680.

Specific scope of application of the agency responsible for enforcement, enforcement agency and the specific authority to adopt and enforce such provisions of this code, unless otherwise stated.

Application—Correctional treatment centers.

Enforcing agency—Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD). The office shall also enforce the Division of the State Architect—Access Compliance regulations and the regulations of the Office of the State Fire Marshal for the above-stated facility types.

  1. Title 24, Part 1, California Code of Regulations : Chapter 7.
  2. Title 24, Part 2, California Code of Regulations: Sections 1.1 and 1.10 of Chapter 1, Division I and Chapter 1, Division II.
California Building Standards Code, Title 24, Parts 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 11 and 12.
For applications listed in Section 106.3, amendments appear in this code preceded with the acronym [OSHPD 4], unless the entire chapter is applicable.

AuthorityHealth and Safety Code Sections 127010, 127010, 127015 and 129790.

ReferencesHealth and Safety Code Sections 127010, 127015, 1275, and 129675 through 130070.

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