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Division 4.1 Planning and Design

4.101.1 Scope

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The provisions of this division outline planning, design and development methods that include environmentally responsible site selection, building design, building siting and development to protect, restore1 enhance the environmental quality of the site, respect the integrity of adjacent properties and promote the health, safety and welfare of San Francisco residents.

The following terms are defined in Chapter 2.

FRENCH DRAIN.

WATTLES.

Section 4.103 Site Selection

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Section 4.103 Requirements for Group R Occupancy Buildings

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4.103.1 New Low-Rise Residential Buildings

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4.103.1.1 Rating Requirements

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New residential buildings must be GreenPoint Rated and applicants must submit documentation demonstrating that a minimum of 75 GreenPoints from the GreenPoints Single Family New Construction Checklist or the GreenPoints Multifamily New Construction Checklist will be achieved. Alternatively, this rating requirement may be met by obtaining LEED Silver certification.

4.103.1.2 Stormwater Management

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Projects subject to this section shall meet the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission stormwater management requirements.

4.103.2 New High-Rise Residential Buildings

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4.103.2.1 Rating Requirement

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Permit applicants must submit documentation to achieve LEED® "Silver" certification. Alternatively, this rating requirement may be met by obtaining the GreenPoint Rated designation and submitting documentation demonstrating that a minimum of 75 GreenPoints from the GreenPoint Rated Multifamily New Construction checklist will be achieved.

4.103.2.2 [Reserved]

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4.103.2.3 Construction Debris Management

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Permit applicants must submit documentation verifying the diversion of a minimum 75 percent of the projects construction and demolition debris. The waste management plan necessary to meet this requirement shall be updated as necessary and shall be accessible during construction for examination by the Department of Building Inspection. Permit applicants must also meet the requirements of San Francisco Environment Code Chapter 14 and San Francisco Building Code Chapter 13B (Construction and Demolition Debris Recovery Program.)

4.103.2.4 Stormwater Management

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Projects subject to this section shall meet the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission stormwater management requirements.

4.103.2.4.1 Construction Activity Stormwater Pollution Prevention

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All projects, whether greater or lesser than one acre, must develop and implement construction activity pollution prevention and site run-off controls adopted by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.

4.103.3 Major Alterations to Existing Group R Occupancy Buildings

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4.103.3.1 Rating Requirement

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Permit applicants must submit documentation to achieve a LEED® Gold rating. Alternatively, this rating requirement may be met by obtaining the GreenPoint Rated designation and submitting documentation demonstrating that a minimum of 75 GreenPoints from the GreenPoint Rated Multifamily checklist will be achieved. Major alterations applying to less than 80% of the building's gross floor area may alternately obtain the GreenPoint Rated Elements designation and submit documentation demonstrating that 49 points from the GreenPoint Rated Multifamily checklist have been achieved.

4.103.3.2 Low-Emitting Materials

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Alterations utilizing LEED must submit documentation verifying that low-emitting materials are used, subject to on-site verification, meeting at least the following categories of materials covered under LEED EQ Credit Low-Emitting Materials wherever applicable: interior paints and coatings applied on-site, interior sealants and adhesives applied on site, flooring, and composite wood.

     Alterations utilizing GreenPoint Rated must submit documentation to verify the use of low-emitting materials meeting the GreenPoint Rated Multifamily New Homes measures for low-emitting coatings, adhesives and sealants, and carpet systems.

4.103.3.3 Electric Vehicle Charging

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Sections 4.106.4 through 4.106.4.2.6 of this Chapter shall apply to all newly-constructed buildings and associated newly-constructed parking facilities for passenger vehicles and trucks, and to major alterations to existing Group R occupancy buildings where electrical service to the building will be upgraded. In major alterations where existing electrical service will not be upgraded, the requirements of Sections 4.106.4 through 4.106.4.2.6 shall apply to the maximum extent that does not require an upgrade to existing electrical service.

Section 4.104 Site Preservation

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Section 4.104 Historic Preservation

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4.104.1 On-Site Retention of Historical Features

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For alterations of buildings determined to be historical resources, after demonstrating compliance with all applicable codes, including the 2019 California Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24, Part 6) and the 2019 California Historical Building Code (Title 24, Part 8), the minimum points or credits required under this chapter shall be reduced for retention and in-situ reuse or restoration of certain character defining features, as described in Table 4.104A. Retention includes the rehabilitation and repair of character-defining features that conform to the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.

TABLE 4.104.A
SIGNIFICANT HISTORICAL ARCHITECTURAL FEATURES PERCENT RETAINED* ADJUSTMENT TO MINIMUM LEED POINT REQUIREMENT ADJUSTMENT TO MINIMUM GREEN- POINTS REQUIREMENT
Windows @ principal façade(s) 100% 4 15
Other windows At least 50% 1 3
Other windows 100% 2 6
Exterior doors @ principal façade(s) 100% 1 3
Siding or wall finish @ principal façade(s) 100% 1 4
Trim & casing @ wall openings on principal façade(s) 100% 1 3
Roof cornices or decorative eaves visible from right-of-way 100% 1 3
Sub-cornices, belt courses, water tables, and running trim visible from right-of-way 100% 1 3
Character-defining elements of significant interior spaces 100% 4 15
Other exterior ornamentation (e.g. cartouches, corbels, quoins, etc.) visible from
right-of-way
80% 1 3

4.104.2 Adjustment to Green Credit for Retention of Historic Features

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Where the historical resource is a portion of the total project, the LEED or GreenPoint Rated requirement shall be adjusted to equal the percentage of gross floor area of the historical resource compared to the total project gross floor area.

Section 4.105 Deconstruction and Reuse of Existing Structures

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Section 4.105 Demolition of Existing Structures

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4.105.1 Adjustments to Rating Requirements for Building Demolition and Density

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Applications subject to the San Francisco Green Building Code, whereby construction of a new building is proposed within five years of the demolition of a building on the site, where such demolition occurred after the effective date of the Green Building Ordinance - November 3, 2008 - the sustainability requirements for new buildings pursuant to the San Francisco Green Building Code shall be increased as follows:

4.105.1.1 LEED® Projects

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For projects attaining a LEED® certification:
  1. Where the building demolished was an historical resource, the required points shall be increased by 10 points.
  2. Where the building demolished was not an historical resource, the required points shall be increased by 6 additional points.
  3. Where the building demolished was not an historical resource and the number of dwellings in the residential portion of the replacement structure are tripled, the required points shall be increased by 5 additional points.

4.105.1.2 Greenpoint Rated Projects

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For projects attaining GreenPoint Rated:
  1. Where the building demolished was an historical resource, the required points shall be increased by 25 additional points.
  2. Where the building demolished was not an historical resource, the required points shall be increased by 20 additional points.
  3. Where the building demolished was not an historical resource and the number of dwellings in the residential portion of the replacement structure are tripled, the required points shall be increased by 17 additional points.
Preservation and use of available natural resources shall be accomplished through evaluation and careful planning to minimize negative effects on the site and adjacent areas. Preservation of slopes, management of storm water drainage and erosion controls shall comply with this section.

Projects which disturb less than one acre of soil and are not part of a larger common plan of development which in total disturbs one acre or more, shall manage storm water drainage during construction. In order to manage storm water drainage during construction, one or more of the following measures shall be implemented to prevent flooding of adjacent property, prevent erosion and retain soil runoff on the site.

  1. Retention basins of sufficient size shall be utilized to retain storm water on the site.
  2. Where storm water is conveyed to a public drainage system, collection point, gutter or similar disposal method, water shall be filtered by use of a barrier system, wattle or other method approved by the enforcing agency.
  3. Compliance with a lawfully enacted storm water management ordinance.
Note: Refer to the State Water Resources Control Board for projects which disturb one acre or more of soil, or are part of a larger common plan of development which in total disturbs one acre or more of soil.

(Website: https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/stormwater/construction.html)

Construction plans shall indicate how the site grading or drainage system will manage all surface water flows to keep water from entering buildings. Examples of methods to manage surface water include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Swales
  2. Water collection and disposal systems
  3. French drains
  4. Water retention gardens
  5. Other water measures which keep surface water away from buildings and aid in groundwater recharge.

Exception: Additions and alterations not altering the drainage path.

4.106.4 Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging for New Construction and Major Alterations

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New construction and major alterations shall comply with Sections 4.106.4.1, 4.106.4.2, or 4.106.4.3, to provide electrical capacity and infrastructure to facilitate future installation and use of EV chargers, such that the project will be capable of providing EV charging services at 100% of off-street parking spaces provided for passenger vehicles and trucks. Electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) shall be installed in accordance with the San Francisco Building Code and the San Francisco Electrical Code, subject to the following exceptions:


Exceptions:
  1. On a case-by-case basis, where the Director has determined EV charging and infrastructure are not feasible based upon one or more of the following conditions:
    1. Where there is no commercial power supply.
    2. Where there is evidence substantiating that meeting the requirements will alter the local utility infrastructure design requirements on the utility side of the meter so as to increase the utility side cost to the homeowner or the developer by more than $400 per parking space. In such cases, buildings subject to Section 4.106.4 shall maximize the number of EV Charging Spaces, up to a utility side cost of a maximum of $400 per space. Cost shall be determined by dividing the increase in local utility infrastructure cost attributable to compliance with this section by the sum of parking spaces and EV Charging Spaces.
  2. Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) and Junior Accessory Dwelling Units (JADU) without additional parking facilities.
  3. In major alterations, where there is evidence substantiating that meeting the requirements of this section presents an unreasonable hardship or is technically infeasible, the Director may consider an appeal from the project sponsor to reduce the number of EV Charging Spaces required or provide for EV charging elsewhere.
  4. Where a project is undertaken specifically to meet the City's Mandatory Seismic Retrofit Program as required under Chapter 4A, 4B, or 4D of the San Francisco Existing Building Code.

4.106.4.1 New One-And-Two-Family Dwellings and Townhouses With Attached or Adjacent Private Garages

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For each parking space, install a 40-Amp 208 or 240-volt branch circuit, including raceway, electrical panel capacity, overprotection devices, wire, and termination point such as a receptacle. The termination point shall be in close proximity to the proposed EV charger location. Raceways are required to be continuous at enclosed, inaccessible, or concealed areas and spaces. Raceway for each circuit shall not be less than trade size 1 (nominal 1-inch inside diameter).

4.106.4.1.1 Identification

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The service panel or subpanel circuit directory shall identify the overcurrent protective device space(s) reserved for future EV charging as "EV READY" for full circuits and otherwise "EV CAPABLE". The raceway termination location shall be permanently and visibly marked as "EV READY" for full circuits and otherwise "EV CAPABLE".

4.106.4.2 New Multifamily Dwellings and Major Alterations

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If residential parking is available, one hundred (100) percent of the total number of parking spaces on a building site, provided for all types of parking facilities, shall be electric vehicle charging spaces (EV spaces) capable of supporting future EVSE. Calculations for the required number of EV spaces shall be rounded up to the nearest whole number.

Construction documents shall indicate the location of proposed EV spaces. Where common use parking is provided at least one EV space shall be located in the common use parking area and shall be available for use by all residents.
When EV chargers are installed, EV spaces required by Section 4.106.4.2.2, Item 3, shall comply with at least one of the following options:
  1. The EV space shall be located adjacent to an accessible parking space meeting the requirements of the California Building Code, Chapter 11A, to allow use of the EV charger from the accessible parking space.
  2. The EV space shall be located on an accessible route, as defined in the California Building Code, Chapter 2, to the building.
Exception: Electric vehicle charging stations designed and constructed in compliance with the California Building Code,Chapter 11B, are not required to comply with Section 4.106.4.2.1.1 and Section 4.106.4.2.2, Item 3.

Note: Electric vehicle charging stations serving public housing are required to comply with the California Building Code, Chapter 11 B.

4.106.4.2.2 Electric Vehicle Charging Space (EV Spaces) Dimensions

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Unless otherwise specified by Planning Code Section 154, EV spaces shall be designed to comply with the following:

  1. The minimum length of each EV space shall be 18 feet (5486 mm).
  2. The minimum width of each EV space shall be 9 feet (2743 mm).
  3. One in every 25 EV spaces, but not less than one, shall also have an 8-foot (2438 mm) wide minimum aisle. A 5-foot (1524 mm) wide minimum aisle shall be permitted provided the minimum width of the EV space is 12 feet (3658 mm).

    1. Surface slope for this EV space and the aisle shall not exceed 1 unit vertical in 48 units horizontal (2.083 percent slope) in any direction.
    2. Notwithstanding any other applicable requirements, when an EV charger is installed serving an accessible parking space, the space may be considered a parking space if the duration of stay is not subject to any limitations different from those generally applied to other publicly accessible parking spaces in the same parking area. If the duration of stay in an accessible space equipped with an EV charger is subject to limitations different from those generally applied to other publicly accessible parking spaces in the same parking area, the space is not a parking space.
  4. Accessible spaces must meet the dimensions specified above, Planning Code Section 154, or other applicable accessibility requirements. whichever would result in the largest space size.

4.106.4.2.3 Single EV Space Required

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Where a single EV space is required, install a full circuit with a minimum of 40-Amp 208 or 240 Volt capacity, including listed raceway, sufficient electrical panel capacity, overcurrent protection devices, wire, and termination point such as a receptacle. The termination point shall be in close proximity to the proposed EV charger location. The raceway shall not be less than trade size 1 (nominal 1-inch inside diameter).

4.106.4.2.4 Multiple EV Spaces Required

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  1. For a minimum of 10% of EV Spaces and in no case less than two EV Spaces when the total number of EV Spaces is two or more, install a full circuit with minimum of 40-Amp 208 or 240 Volt capacity per EV Space, including listed raceway, sufficient electrical panel service capacity, overcurrent protection devices, wire, and suitable listed termination point such as a receptacle. The termination point shall be in close proximity to the proposed EV charger location. Calculations for the number of EV Spaces shall be rounded up to the nearest whole number.
  2. Branch circuit panelboard(s) shall be installed at each parking level with service capacity to deliver a minimum 40 amperes at 208 or 240 volts multiplied by 20% of the total number of EV Spaces. The panelboard(s) shall have sufficient space to install a minimum of one 40-ampere dedicated branch circuit and overcurrent protective device per EV Space up to a minimum of 20% of the total number of EV Spaces. The circuits and overcurrent protective devices shall remain reserved exclusively for EV charging.

    Exception: Circuits and overcurrent protective devices in panelboards not located on the same level may contribute to the requirements of 4.106.4.2.4(b), provided the circuits are reserved exclusively for EV charging. For example, the circuit serving an EV Space dedicated to a condominium owner may connect to the electrical panelboard of the corresponding condominium.
  3. For all EV Spaces not required to install full circuits or raceway per Section 4.106.4.2.4(a):
    1. Either:
      1. Provide sufficient space for future installation of additional electrical panelboard(s) to support a 40 ampere 208 or 240 Volt capacity branch circuit and overcurrent protection device per EV Space, or equivalent consistent with Section 4.106.4.2.4.1; or
      2. Provide space in installed electrical panelboard(s) to support installation of a 40 ampere 208 or 240 Volt capacity branch circuit and overcurrent protection device per EV Space, or equivalent consistent with Section 4.106.4.2.4.1.
    2. Install raceway or sleeves where penetrations to walls, floors, or other partitions will be necessary to install panels, raceways, or related electrical components necessary per site conditions for future installation of branch circuits. All such penetrations must comply with applicable codes, including but not limited to the San Francisco Electrical Code and the San Francisco Fire Code.
  4. Construction documents, including electrical engineering and design related documents, shall demonstrate that the electrical service capacity and electrical system, including any on-site distribution transformer(s), can charge EVSE at a minimum of 20% of the total number of EV Spaces simultaneously, at the full rated amperage of the EVSE or a minimum of 40 amperes per branch circuit, as modified by Section 4.106.4.2.4.1 Electric Vehicle Fast Charging Spaces. As appropriate, construction documents shall provide information on raceway method(s), wiring schematics, anticipated EV load management system design(s), and electrical load calculations.

    NOTES:
    1. Electric vehicle charging infrastructure and housing are critical priorities for the City and County of San Francisco. Where provisions of this Section 4.106.4.2.4 require the installation of an electrical transformer, and such transformer cannot be accommodated on the project site due to the combination of project site dimensions, San Francisco Building Code, San Francisco Electrical Code, and applicable utility regulations, the Director of Public Works is encouraged to issue a Sidewalk Vault Encroachment Permit, provided that the fronting property owner complies with all requirements governing street occupancy, including but not limited to the San Francisco Public Works Code and Department of Public Works Order 165,553.
    2. An EV load management system may be necessary in order to provide EV charging at more than 20% of EV Spaces.
    3. This section does not require EV chargers to be installed.

4.106.4.2.4.1 Electric Vehicle (EV) Fast Charging Spaces

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  1. Installation of one EV Fast Charger may reduce the number of EV Spaces required under Section 4.106.4.2.4(a) by up to five EV Spaces, provided that the project includes at least one EV Space equipped with a full circuit able to deliver 40-Amp 208 or 240 Volt capacity to the EV Space, including listed raceway, sufficient electrical panel capacity, overcurrent protection devices, wire, and suitable listed termination point such as a receptacle.

         The electrical panel board(s) provided at each parking level served by EV Fast Chargers shall have sufficient capacity to supply each EV Fast Charger with a minimum of 30 kW AC in addition to the capacity to serve any remaining EV Spaces required under Section 4.106.4.2.4(a) with a minimum of 40 amperes per circuit at 208 or 240 volts per EV Space.
  2. After the requirements of 4.106.4.2.4(a) are met, each planned EV Fast Charger may reduce the number of planned EV Spaces required under 4.106.4.2.4(c) by up to five spaces. Electrical engineering design and construction documents shall indicate the raceway termination point and proposed location of future EV fast charger spaces and EV fast chargers. Electrical engineering design and construction documents shall also provide information on amperage of EV fast chargers, raceway method(s), wiring schematics, and electrical load calculations to verify that the electrical panel service capacity and electrical system has sufficient capacity to simultaneously operate all installed EV fast chargers at the full rated amperage of the EV fast charger(s) and simultaneously serve any remaining spaces required by 4.106.4.2.4(a). Raceways and related components that are planned to be installed underground, enclosed, inaccessible, or in concealed areas and spaces shall be installed at the time of original construction.

4.106.4.2.5 Identification

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The service panel or subpanel circuit directory shall identify the overcurrent protective device space(s) reserved for future EV charging purposes as "EVSE READY" for full circuits and otherwise "EVSE CAPABLE" in accordance with the California Electrical Code. The raceway termination location or receptacle shall be permanently and visibly marked as "EVSE READY" for full circuits and otherwise "EVSE CAPABLE," until such time as EVSE are installed.
All newly constructed hotels and motels shall provide EV spaces capable of supporting future installation of EVSE. The construction documents shall identify the location of the EV spaces.

Notes:
  1. Construction documents are intended to demonstrate the project's capability and capacity for facilitating future EV charging.
  2. There is no requirement for EV spaces to be constructed or available until EV chargers are installed for use.
  3. A parking space served by electric vehicle supply equipment or designed as a future EV charging space shall count as at least one standard automobile parking space for the purpose of complying with any applicable minimum parking space requirements established by a local jurisdiction. See Vehicle Code Section 22511.2 for further details.
The number of required EV spaces shall be based on the total number of parking spaces provided for all types of parking facilities in accordance with Table 4.106.4.3.1. Calculations for the required number of EV spaces shall be rounded up to the nearest whole number.

TABLE 4.106.4.3.1

TOTAL NUMBER OF PARKING SPACES NUMBER OF REQUIRED EV SPACES
0—9 0
10—25 1
26—50 2
51—75 4
76—100 5
101—150 7
151—200 10
201 and over 6 percent of total
The EV spaces shall be designed to comply with the following:
  1. The minimum length of each EV space shall be 18 feet (5486 mm).
  2. The minimum width of each EV space shall be 9 feet (2743 mm).
When a single EV space is required, the EV space shall be designed in accordance with Section 4.106.4.2.3.
When multiple EV spaces are required, the EV spaces shall be designed in accordance with Section 4.106.4.2.4.
The service panels or subpanels shall be identified in accordance with Section 4.106.4.2.5.
In addition to the requirements in Section 4.106.4.3, EV spaces for hotels/motels and all EVSE, when installed, shall comply with the accessibility provisions for EV charging stations in the California Building Code, Chapter 11B.

Division 4.2 Energy Efficiency

For the purposes of mandatory energy efficiency standards in this code, the California Energy Commission will continue to adopt mandatory standards.

4.201.2 Renewable Energy and Better Roofs

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  1. Newly constructed Group R occupancy buildings which are 4 occupied floors or greater, and less than or equal to 10 or fewer occupied floors and which apply for a building permit on or after January 1, 2017 shall install solar photovoltaic systems and/or solar thermal systems in the solar zone required by California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 24, Part 6 Section 110.10.
  2. The minimum solar zone area for the project shall be calculated under Title 24, Part 6, Section 110.10(b) through (e), as applicable, and Residential Compliance Manual Chapter 7 or Nonresidential Compliance Manual Chapter 9, as applicable, except as provided below.
    1. For High Rise Multifamily Buildings and Hotel/Motel Occupancies, Exceptions 3 and 5 to Title 24, Part 6, Section 110.10(b)1B may be applied in the calculation of the minimum solar zone area. Exceptions 1, 2, and 4 may not be applied in the calculation. For High Rise Multifamily Buildings and Hotel/Motel Occupancies subject to Planning Code Section 149, Exception 5 may be applied in the calculation of the minimum solar zone area, and Exceptions 1, 2, 3, and 4 may not be applied in the calculation.
    2. Buildings with a calculated minimum solar zone area of less than 150 contiguous square feet due to limited solar access under Exception 5 to Title 24, Part 6, Section 110.10(b)1A or Exception 3 to Title 24, Part 6, Section 110.10(b)1B are exempt from the solar energy requirements in this Section 4.201.2.
  3. The sum of the areas occupied by solar photovoltaic collectors and/or solar thermal collectors must be equal to or greater than the solar zone area. The solar zone shall be located on the roof or overhang of the building, or on the roof or overhang of another structure located within 250 feet of the building or on covered parking installed with the building project. Solar photovoltaic systems and solar thermal systems shall be installed in accord with: all applicable State code requirements, including access, pathway, smoke ventilation, and spacing requirements specified in CCR Title 24, Part 9; all applicable local code requirements; manufacturer's specifications; and the following performance requirements:
    1. Solar photovoltaic systems: The total nameplate capacity of photovoltaic collectors shall be at least 10 WattsDC per square foot of roof area allocated to the photovoltaic collectors.
    2. Solar thermal systems: Single family residential solar domestic water heating systems shall be OG-300 System Certified by either the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC) or the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO). Solar thermal systems installed in all Group R occupancy buildings other than single family residences shall use collectors with OG-100 Collector Certification by SRCC or IAPMO, shall be designed to generate annually at least 100 kBtu per square foot of roof area allocated to the solar thermal collectors. Systems with at least 500 square feet of collector area shall include a Btu meter installed on either the collector loop or potable water side of the solar thermal system.
  4. Approval by the Planning Department of compliance with the Better Roof requirements, including the Living Roof alternative, as provided in Planning Code Section 149, shall be accepted for compliance with San Francisco Green Building Code Section 4.201.2(a) through (c). The requirements of CCR Title 24, Part 6, Section 110.10 for the solar zone shall still apply.

Division 4.3 Water Efficiency and Conservation

4.201.3 Energy Performance

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  1. All-electric buildings. A newly constructed all-electric building shall be designed and constructed such that the Total Energy Design Rating and Energy Efficiency Design Rating for the proposed building are no greater than the corresponding Energy Design Ratings for a Standard Design Building compliant with California Title 24 Part 6 Energy Standards.
  2. Mixed-fuel low-rise residential buildings. A newly constructed mixed-fuel low-rise residential building shall:
    1. Be designed and constructed such that the Energy Efficiency Design Rating for the proposed building is no greater than the Energy Efficiency Design Rating for the Standard Design Building; and
    2. Be designed and constructed such that the Total Energy Design Rating for the proposed building is 14 or less, as calculated by compliance software approved by the California Energy Commission.

      Exception: Mixed-fuel low-rise residential buildings with limited solar access are excepted if a photovoltaic (PV) system meeting the minimum requirements as specified in California Energy Standards Joint Appendix JA11 is installed on all available areas of 80 contiguous square feet or more with effective annual solar access. Effective annual solar access shall be 70% or greater of the output of an unshaded PV array on an annual basis, wherein shade is due to existing permanent natural or human-made barriers external to the dwelling, including but not limited to trees, hills, and adjacent structures.
  3. Mixed-fuel high-rise residential buildings. A newly constructed mixed-fuel high-rise residential building shall be designed and constructed such that the Energy Budget for the proposed building is no greater than 90% of the Title 24 Part 6 Energy Budget for the Standard Design Building as calculated by compliance software approved by the California Energy Commission.
The provisions of this chapter shall establish the means of conserving water used indoors, outdoors and in wastewater conveyance.
Plumbing fixtures (water closets and urinals) and fittings (faucets and showerheads) shall comply with Sections 4.303.1.1, 4.303.1.2, 4.303.1.3, and 4.303.1.4.

Note: All noncompliant plumbing fixtures in any residential real property shall be replaced with water-conserving plumbing fixtures. Plumbing fixture replacement is required prior to issuance of a certificate of final completion, certificate of occupancy, or final permit approval by the local building department. See Civil Code Section 1101.1, et seq., for the definition of a noncompliant plumbing fixture, types of residential buildings affected and other important enactment dates.

The effective flush volume of all water closets shall not exceed 1.28 gallons per flush. Tank-type water closets shall be certified to the performance criteria of the U.S. EPA WaterSense Specification for Tank-type Toilets.

Note: The effective flush volume of dual flush toilets is defined as the composite, average flush volume of two reduced flushes and one full flush.

The effective flush volume of wall-mounted urinals shall not exceed 0.125 gallons per flush. The effective flush volume of all other urinals shall not exceed 0.5 gallons per flush.
Showerheads shall have a maximum flow rate of not more than 1.8 gallons per minute at 80 psi. Showerheads shall be certified to the performance criteria of the U.S. EPA WaterSense Specification for Showerheads.
When a shower is served by more than one showerhead, the combined flow rate of all showerheads and/or other shower outlets controlled by a single valve shall not exceed 1.8 gallons per minute at 80 psi, or the shower shall be designed to allow only one shower outlet to be in operation at a time.

Note: A hand-held shower shall be considered a showerhead.
The maximum flow rate of residential lavatory faucets shall not exceed 1.2 gallons per minute at 60 psi. The minimum flow rate of residential lavatory faucets shall not be less than 0.8 gallons per minute at 20 psi.
The maximum flow rate of lavatory faucets installed in common and public use areas (outside of dwellings or sleeping units) in residential buildings shall not exceed 0.5 gallons per minute at 60 psi.
Metering faucets when installed in residential buildings shall not deliver more than 0.2 gallons per cycle.

The maximum flow rate of kitchen faucets shall not exceed 1.8 gallons per minute at 60 psi. Kitchen faucets may temporarily increase the flow above the maximum rate, but not to exceed 2.2 gallons per minute at 60 psi, and must default to a maximum flow rate of 1.8 gallons per minute at 60 psi.

Note: Where complying faucets are unavailable, aerators or other means may be used to achieve reduction.

When installed, shall meet the requirements in the California Code of Regulations, Title 20 (Appliance Efficiency Regulations), Sections 1605.1(h)(4) Table H-2, Section 1605.3(h)(4)(A), and Section 1607(d)(7), and shall be equipped with an integral automatic shutoff.

FOR REFERENCE ONLY: The following table and code section have been reprinted from the California Code of Regulations, Title 20 (Appliance Efficiency Regulations), Section 1605.1(h)(4) and Section 1605.3(h)(4)(A).

TABLE H-2
STANDARDS FOR COMMERCIAL PRE-RINSE SPRAY VALVES MANUFACTURED ON OR AFTER JANUARY 28, 2019
PRODUCT CLASS
[spray force in ounce force (ozf)]
MAXIMUM FLOW
RATE (gpm) 
Product Class 1 (≤ 5.0 ozf)

1.00

Product Class 2 (> 5.0 ozf and ≤ 8.0 ozf)

1.20

Product Class 3 (> 8.0 ozf)

1.28

Title 20 Section 1605.3(h)(4)(A): Commercial prerinse spray valves manufactured on or after January 1, 2006, shall have a minimum spray force of not less than 4.0 ounces-force (ozf) [113 grams-force (gf)].

Submeters shall be installed to measure water usage of individual rental dwelling units in accordance with the California Plumbing Code.
Plumbing fixtures and fittings shall be installed in accordance with the California Plumbing Code, and shall meet the applicable standards referenced in Table 1701.1 of the California Plumbing Code.
Residential developments shall comply with a local water efficient landscape ordinance or the current California Department of Water Resources' Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (MWELO), whichever is more stringent.

Notes:
  1. The Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (MWELO) is located in the California Code of Regulations, Title 23, Chapter 2.7, Division 2.

    MWELO and supporting documents, including a water budget calculator, are available at: https:// www.water.ca.gov/

Division 4.4 Material Conservation and Resource Efficiency

The provisions of this chapter shall outline means of achieving material conservation and resource efficiency through protection of buildings from exterior moisture; construction waste diversion; employment of techniques to reduce pollution through recycling of materials; and building commissioning or testing, adjusting and balancing.
Annular spaces around pipes, electric cables, conduits or other openings in sole/bottom plates at exterior walls shall be protected against the passage of rodents by closing such openings with cement mortar, concrete masonry or a similar method acceptable to the enforcing agency.

Recycle and/or salvage for reuse a minimum of 65 percent of the nonhazardous construction and demolition waste in accordance with either Section 4.408.2, 4.408.3 or 4.408.4, or meet a more stringent local construction and demolition waste management ordinance.

Exceptions:

  1. Excavated soil and land-clearing debris.
  2. Alternate waste reduction methods developed by working with local agencies if diversion or recycle facilities capable of compliance with this item do not exist or are not located reasonably close to the jobsite.
  3. The enforcing agency may make exceptions to the requirements of this section when isolated jobsites are located in areas beyond the haul boundaries of the diversion facility.

Submit a construction waste management plan in conformance with Items 1 through 5. The construction waste management plan shall be updated as necessary and shall be available during construction for examination by the enforcing agency.

  1. Identify the construction and demolition waste materials to be diverted from disposal by recycling, reuse on the project or salvage for future use or sale.
  2. Specify if construction and demolition waste materials will be sorted on-site (source-separated) or bulk mixed (single stream).
  3. Identify diversion facilities where the construction and demolition waste material will be taken.
  4. Identify construction methods employed to reduce the amount of construction and demolition waste generated.
  5. Specify that the amount of construction and demolition waste materials diverted shall be calculated by weight or volume, but not by both.

Utilize a waste management company, approved by the enforcing agency, which can provide verifiable documentation that the percentage of construction and demolition waste material diverted from the landfill complies with Section 4.408.1.

Note: The owner or contractor may make the determination if the construction and demolition waste materials will be diverted by a waste management company.

Projects that generate a total combined weight of construction and demolition waste disposed of in landfills, which do not exceed 3.4 pounds per square foot of the building area shall meet the minimum 65 percent construction waste reduction requirement in Section 4.408.1.
Projects that generate a total combined weight of construction and demolition waste disposed of in landfills, which do not exceed 2 pounds per square foot of the building area, shall meet the minimum 65 percent construction waste reduction requirement in Section 4.408.1.
Documentation shall be provided to the enforcing agency which demonstrates compliance with Section 4.408.2, Items 1 through 5, Section 4.408.3 or Section 4.408.4.

Notes:
  1. Sample forms found in "A Guide to the California Green Building Standards Code (Residential)" located at http://www.hcd.ca.gov/building-standards/calgreen/cal-green-form.shtml may be used to assist in documenting compliance with this section.
  2. Mixed construction and demolition debris (C&D) processors can be located at the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle).

At the time of final inspection, a manual, compact disc, web-based reference or other media acceptable to the enforcing agency which includes all of the following shall be placed in the building:

  1. Directions to the owner or occupant that the manual shall remain with the building throughout the life cycle of the structure.
  2. Operation and maintenance instructions for the following:

    1. Equipment and appliances, including water-saving devices and systems, HVAC systems, photovoltaic systems, electric vehicle chargers, water-heating systems and other major appliances and equipment.
    2. Roof and yard drainage, including gutters and downspouts.
    3. Space conditioning systems, including condensers and air filters.
    4. Landscape irrigation systems.
    5. Water reuse systems.
  3. Information from local utility, water and waste recovery providers on methods to further reduce resource consumption, including recycle programs and locations.
  4. Public transportation and/or carpool options available in the area.
  5. Educational material on the positive impacts of an interior relative humidity between 30—60 percent and what methods an occupant may use to maintain the relative humidity level in that range.
  6. Information about water-conserving landscape and irrigation design and controllers which conserve water.
  7. Instructions for maintaining gutters and downspouts and the importance of diverting water at least 5 feet away from the foundation.
  8. Information on required routine maintenance measures, including, but not limited to, caulking, painting, grading around the building, etc.
  9. Information about state solar energy and incentive programs available.
  10. A copy of all special inspection verifications required by the enforcing agency or this code.
  11. Information from CAL FIRE on maintenance of defensible space around residential structures.
Where 5 or more multifamily dwelling units are constructed on a building site, provide readily accessible area(s) that serves all buildings on the site and are identified for the depositing, storage and collection of nonhazardous materials for recycling, including (at a minimum) paper, corrugated cardboard, glass, plastics, organic waste, and metals, or meet a lawfully enacted local recycling ordinance, if more restrictive.

Exception: Rural jurisdictions that meet and apply for the exemption in Public Resources Code Section 42649.82 (a)(2)(A) et seq. are not required to comply with the organic waste portion of this section.

Division 4.5 Environmental Quality

The provisions of this chapter shall outline means of reducing the quantity of air contaminants that are odorous, irritating and/or harmful to the comfort and well-being of a building's installers, occupants and neighbors.
Any installed gas fireplace shall be a direct-vent sealed-combustion type. Any installed woodstove or pellet stove shall comply with U.S. EPA New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) emission limits as applicable, and shall have a permanent label indicating they are certified to meet the emission limits. Woodstoves, pellet stoves and fireplaces shall also comply with applicable local ordinances.
At the time of rough installation, during storage on the construction site and until final startup of the heating, cooling and ventilating equipment, all duct and other related air distribution component openings shall be covered with tape, plastic, sheetmetal or other methods acceptable to the enforcing agency to reduce the amount of water, dust and debris, which may enter the system.

TABLE 4.504.1
ADHESIVE VOC LIMIT1, 2
Less Water and Less Exempt Compounds in Grams per Liter
ARCHITECTURAL APPLICATIONS VOC LIMIT
Indoor carpet adhesives 50
Carpet pad adhesives 50
Outdoor carpet adhesives 150
Wood flooring adhesive 100
Rubber floor adhesives 60
Subfloor adhesives 50
Ceramic tile adhesives 65
VCT and asphalt tile adhesives 50
Drywall and panel adhesives 50
Cove base adhesives 50
Multipurpose construction adhesives 70
Structural glazing adhesives 100
Single-ply roof membrane adhesives 250
Other adhesives not specifically listed 50
SPECIALTY APPLICATIONS  
PVC welding 510
CPVC welding 490
ABS welding 325
Plastic cement welding 250
Adhesive primer for plastic 550
Contact adhesive 80
Special purpose contact adhesive 250
Structural wood member adhesive 140
Top and trim adhesive 250
SUBSTRATE SPECIFIC APPLICATIONS  
Metal to metal 30
Plastic foams 50
Porous material (except wood) 50
Wood 30
Fiberglass 80
  1. If an adhesive is used to bond dissimilar substrates together, the adhesive with the highest VOC content shall be allowed.
  2. For additional information regarding methods to measure the VOC content specified in this table, see South Coast Air Quality Management District Rule 1168.

Finish materials shall comply with this section.

TABLE 4.504.2
SEALANT VOC LIMIT
Less Water and Less Exempt Compounds in Grams per Liter
SEALANTS VOC LIMIT
Architectural 250
Marine deck 760
Nonmembrane roof 300
Roadway 250
Single-ply roof membrane 450
Other 420
SEALANT PRIMERS  
Architectural  
     Nonporous 250
     Porous 775
Modified bituminous 500
Marine deck 760
Other 750

Adhesives, sealants and caulks used on the project shall meet the requirements of the following standards unless more stringent local or regional air pollution or air quality management district rules apply:

  1. Adhesives, adhesive bonding primers, adhesive primers, sealants, sealant primers, and caulks shall comply with local or regional air pollution control or air quality management district rules where applicable or SCAQMD Rule 1168 VOC limits, as shown in Table 4.504.1 or 4.504.2, as applicable. Such products also shall comply with the Rule 1168 prohibition on the use of certain toxic compounds (chloroform, ethylene dichloride, methylene chloride, perchloroethylene and trichloroethylene), except for aerosol products, as specified in Subsection 2 below.
  2. Aerosol adhesives, and smaller unit sizes of adhesives, and sealant or caulking compounds (in units of product, less packaging, which do not weigh more than 1 pound and do not consist of more than 16 fluid ounces) shall comply with statewide VOC standards and other requirements, including prohibitions on use of certain toxic compounds, of California Code of Regulations, Title 17, commencing with Section 94507.
Architectural paints and coatings shall comply with VOC limits in Table 1 of the ARB Architectural Suggested Control Measure, as shown in Table 4.504.3, unless more stringent local limits apply. The VOC content limit for coatings that do not meet the definitions for the specialty coatings categories listed in Table 4.504.3 shall be determined by classifying the coating as a Flat, Nonflat or Nonflat-high Gloss coating, based on its gloss, as defined in subsections 4.21, 4.36, and 4.37 of the 2007 California Air Resources Board, Suggested Control Measure, and the corresponding Flat, Nonflat or Nonflat-high Gloss VOC limit in Table 4.504.3 shall apply.
Aerosol paints and coatings shall meet the Product-weighted MIR Limits for ROC in Section 94522(a)(2) and other requirements, including prohibitions on use of certain toxic compounds and ozone depleting substances, in Sections 94522(e)(1) and (f)(1) of California Code of Regulations, Title 17, commencing with Section 94520; and in areas under the jurisdiction of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District additionally comply with the percent VOC by weight of product limits of Regulation 8, Rule 49.

Verification of compliance with this section shall be provided at the request of the enforcing agency. Documentation may include, but is not limited to, the following:

  1. Manufacturer's product specification.
  2. Field verification of on-site product containers.

All carpet installed in the building interior shall meet the requirements of the California Department of Public Health, "Standard Method for the Testing and Evaluation of Volatile Organic Chemical Emissions from Indoor Sources Using Environmental Chambers," Version 1.2, January 2017 (Emission testing method for California Specification 01350).

See California Department of Public Health's website for certification programs and testing labs.

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CCDPHP/DEODC/EHLB/IAQ/Pages/VOC.aspx


TABLE 4.504.3
VOC CONTENT LIMITS FOR ARCHITECTURAL COATINGS2, 3
Grams of VOC per Liter of Coating,
Less Water and Less Exempt Compounds
COATING CATEGORYVOC LIMIT
Flat coatings50
Nonflat coatings100
Nonflat-high gloss coatings150
SPECIALTY COATINGS
Aluminum roof coatings400
Basement specialty coatings400
Bituminous roof coatings50
Bituminous roof primers350
Bond breakers350
Concrete curing compounds350
Concrete/masonry sealers100
Driveway sealers50
Dry fog coatings150
Faux finishing coatings350
Fire resistive coatings350
Floor coatings100
Form-release compounds250
Graphic arts coatings (sign paints)500
High temperature coatings420
Industrial maintenance coatings250
Low solids coatings1120
Magnesite cement coatings450
Mastic texture coatings100
Metallic pigmented coatings500
Multicolor coatings250
Pretreatment wash primers420
Primers, sealers, and undercoaters100
Reactive penetrating sealers350
Recycled coatings250
Roof coatings50
Rust preventative coatings250
Shellacs
     Clear 730
     Opaque 550
Specialty primers, sealers and undercoaters100
Stains250
Stone consolidants450
Swimming pool coatings340
Traffic marking coatings100
Tub and tile refinish coatings420
Waterproofing membranes250
Wood coatings275
Wood preservatives350
Zinc-rich primers340
  1. Grams of VOC per liter of coating, including water and including exempt compounds.
  2. The specified limits remain in effect unless revised limits are listed in subsequent columns in the table.
  3. Values in this table are derived from those specified by the California Air Resources Board, Architectural Coatings Suggested Control Measure, February 1, 2008. More information is available from the Air Resources Board.

All carpet cushion installed in the building interior shall meet the requirements of the California Department of Public Health, "Standard Method for the Testing and Evaluation of Volatile Organic Chemical Emissions from Indoor Sources Using Environmental Chambers," Version 1.2, January 2017 (Emission testing method for California Specification 01350).

See California Department of Public Health's website for certification programs and testing labs.

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CCDPHP/DEODC/EHLB/IAQ/Pages/VOC.aspx

All carpet adhesive shall meet the requirements of Table 4.504.1.

Where resilient flooring is installed, at least 80 percent of floor area receiving resilient flooring shall meet the requirements of the California Department of Public Health, "Standard Method for the Testing and Evaluation of Volatile Organic Chemical Emissions from Indoor Sources Using Environmental Chambers," Version 1.2, January 2017 (Emission testing method for California Specification 01350).

See California Department of Public Health's website for certification programs and testing labs.

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CCDPHP/DEODC/EHLB/IAQ/Pages/VOC.aspx

Hardwood plywood, particleboard and medium density fiberboard composite wood products used on the interior or exterior of the building shall meet the requirements for formaldehyde as specified in ARB's Air Toxics Control Measure for Composite Wood (17 CCR 93120 et seq.) as shown in Table 4.504.5.

TABLE 4.504.5
FORMALDEHYDE LIMITS1
Maximum Formaldehyde Emissions in Parts per Million
PRODUCTCURRENT LIMIT
Hardwood plywood veneer core0.05
Hardwood plywood composite core0.05
Particleboard0.09
Medium density fiberboard0.11
Thin medium density fiberboard20.13
  1. Values in this table are derived from those specified by the California Air Resources Board, Air Toxics Control Measure for Composite Wood as tested in accordance with ASTM E1333. For additional information, see California Code of Regulations, Title 17, Sections 93120 through 93120.12.
  2. Thin medium density fiberboard has a maximum thickness of 5/16 inch (8 mm).

Verification of compliance with this section shall be provided as requested by the enforcing agency. Documentation shall include at least one of the following:

  1. Product certifications and specifications.
  2. Chain of custody certifications.
  3. Product labeled and invoiced as meeting the Composite Wood Products regulation (see CCR, Title 17, Section 93120, et seq.).
  4. Exterior grade products marked as meeting the PS-1 or PS-2 standards of the Engineered Wood Association, the Australian AS/NZS 2269, European 636 3S, and Canadian CSA O121, CSA O151, CSA O153 and CSA O325 standards.
  5. Other methods acceptable to the enforcing agency.
Buildings shall meet or exceed the provisions of the California Building Standards Code.
Concrete slab foundations required to have a vapor retarder by the California Building Code Chapter 19 or concrete slab-on-ground floors required to have a vapor retarder by the California Residential Code, Chapter 5, shall also comply with this section.

A capillary break shall be installed in compliance with at least one of the following:

  1. A 4-inch-thick (101.6 mm) base of 1/2 inch (12.7 mm) or larger clean aggregate shall be provided with a vapor retarder in direct contact with concrete and a concrete mix design, which will address bleeding, shrinkage, and curling, shall be used. For additional information, see American Concrete Institute, ACI 302.2R-06.
  2. Other equivalent methods approved by the enforcing agency.
  3. A slab design specified by a licensed design professional.

Building materials with visible signs of water damage shall not be installed. Wall and floor framing shall not be enclosed when the framing members exceed 19 percent moisture content. Moisture content shall be verified in compliance with the following:

  1. Moisture content shall be determined with either a probe-type or contact-type moisture meter. Equivalent moisture verification methods may be approved by the enforcing agency and shall satisfy requirements found in Section 101.8 of this code.
  2. Moisture readings shall be taken at a point 2 feet (610 mm) to 4 feet (1219 mm) from the grade stamped end of each piece to be verified.
  3. At least three random moisture readings shall be performed on wall and floor framing with documentation acceptable to the enforcing agency provided at the time of approval to enclose the wall and floor framing.

Insulation products which are visibly wet or have a high moisture content shall be replaced or allowed to dry prior to enclosure in wall or floor cavities. Wet-applied insulation products shall follow the manufacturers' drying recommendations prior to enclosure.

Each bathroom shall be mechanically ventilated and shall comply with the following:

  1. Fans shall be ENERGY STAR compliant and be ducted to terminate outside the building.
  2. Unless functioning as a component of a whole house ventilation system, fans must be controlled by a humidity control.

    1. Humidity controls shall be capable of adjustment between a relative humidity range of ≤ 50 percent to a maximum of 80 percent. A humidity control may utilize manual or automatic means of adjustment.
    2. A humidity control may be a separate component to the exhaust fan and is not required to be integral (i.e., built-in).

Notes:

  1. For the purposes of this section, a bathroom is a room which contains a bathtub, shower, or tub/ shower combination.
  2. Lighting integral to bathroom exhaust fans shall comply with the California Energy Code.
Heating and air-conditioning systems shall be sized, designed and have their equipment selected using the following methods:
  1. The heat loss and heat gain is established according to ANSI/ACCA 2 Manual J—2016 (Residential Load Calculation), ASHRAE handbooks or other equivalent design software or methods.
  2. Duct systems are sized according to ANSI/ACCA 1 Manual D—2016 (Residential Duct Systems), ASHRAE handbooks or other equivalent design software or methods.
  3. Select heating and cooling equipment according to ANSI/ACCA 3 Manual S—2014 (Residential Equipment Selection) or other equivalent design software or methods.
Exception: Use of alternate design temperatures necessary to ensure the systems function are acceptable.
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