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CALIFORNIA GREEN BUILDING STANDARDS CODE — MATRIX ADOPTION TABLE
CHAPTER 5 — NONRESIDENTIAL MANDATORY MEASURES
DIVISION 5.1 — PLANNING AND DESIGN
(Matrix Adoption Tables are nonregulatory, intended only as an aid to the code user.
See Chapter 1 for state agency authority and building applications.)
Adopting agency BSC BSC-
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SFM HCD DSA OSHPD BSCC DPH AGR DWR CEC CA SL SLC
1 2 1/AC AC SS 1 1R 2 3 4 5
Adopt entire CA chapter X
Adopt entire chapter as
amended (amended
sections listed below)
Adopt only those sections
that are listed below
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Chapter/Section
5.101 X
5.102 Definitions X
5.106.4.2 and subsections X
5.106.5.3 X
5.106.8 X
5.106.10 X
5.106.12 X

Division 5.1 Planning and Design

5.101.1 Scope

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

Section 5.103 Site Selection

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Section 5.103 Requirements for Group A, B, I, E and M Buildings

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5.103.1 New Large Commercial Buildings

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5.103.1.1 Rating Requirement

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Permit applicants must submit documentation to achieve LEED "Gold" certification.

5.103.1.2 Indoor Water Use Reduction

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Permit applicants must submit documentation verifying that project meets maximum prescriptive fixture flow rates in accordance with the California Plumbing Code. The project must also achieve the LEED WE Prerequisite Indoor Water Use Reduction (WEp2) and a minimum 30 percent reduction in the use of indoor potable water, as calculated to meet the LEED WE credit Indoor Water Use Reduction (WEc2).

5.103.1.3 Construction Waste Management

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Permit applicants must submit documentation verifying the diversion of a minimum 75 percent of the project's construction and demolition waste, as calculated to meet LEED MR Prerequisite Construction and Demolition Waste Management Planning and LEED MR Credit Construction and Demolition Waste Management. 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.)1 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.

5.103.1.4 Commissioning

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Permit applicants must submit documentation verifying that the facility has been or will meet the criteria necessary to achieve CALGreen section 5.410.2 and Option 1 of LEED EA credit (Enhanced Commissioning), in addition to LEED EA Prerequisite (Fundamental Commissioning) and Verification.

5.103.1.6 Stormwater Management

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Projects subject to this section shall meet the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission stormwater management requirements. All new building projects must develop and implement an Erosion and Sediment Control Plan or Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan and implement site run-off controls adopted by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission as applicable.

5.103.1.7 Energy Performance

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5.103.1.8 Temporary Ventilation and IAQ Management During Construction

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Permit applicants must submit documentation verifying that an Indoor Air Quality Management Plan is prepared and implemented which meets LEED EQ Credit Construction Indoor Air Quality Management and Title 24 Part 11 Sections 5.504.1 and 5.504.3.

5.103.1.9 Low-Emitting Materials

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Permit applicants 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.

5.103.1.10 CALGreen Mandatory Measures

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The following measures are mandatory in California for new non-residential buildings. Optionally, similar LEED credits can be used as alternative compliance paths, as noted below:

Title 24 Part 11 Section(s) Topic/Requirement Alternate Compliance Option:
5.106.8 Light pollution reduction Meet LEED SS Credit Light Pollution
Reduction
5.508.1.2 Halons not allowed in HVAC,
refrigeration and fire suppression
equipment.
Meet LEED EA Credit Enhanced
Refrigerant Management, and
additionally document that all HVAC&R
systems do not contain CFCs or halons.

5.103.3 Major Alterations to Existing Non Residential Buildings

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5.103.3.1 Rating Requirement

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Permit applicants must submit documentation to achieve LEED "Gold" certification.

5.103.3.2 Low Emitting Materials

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

5.103.3.3 Electric Vehicle Charging

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Section 5.106.5.3 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 A, B, I, and M occupancy buildings where electrical service to the building will be upgraded. In major alterations where existing electrical service will not be upgraded, all requirements under Section 5.106.5 shall apply to the maximum extent that:
  1. does not require upgrade to existing service; and
  2. the Director does not determine that compliance with Section 5.106.5.3.3 and Title 24 Chapter 11B, if applicable, is technically infeasible, as defined in California Building Code Chapter 2, Section 202.

5.103.4 New Large Commercial Interiors

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5.103.4.1 Rating Requirement

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Permit applicants must submit documentation to achieve LEED "Gold" certification.

5.103.4.2 Low Emitting Materials

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

Section 5.104 Site Preservation

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Section 5.104 Historic Preservation

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5.104.1 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 5.104A. 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 5.104.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

5.104.2 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 point 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 5.105 Deconstruction and Reuse of Existing Structures

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Section 5.105 Demolition of Existing Structures

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5.105.1 Adjustments to Rating Requirements

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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 November 3, 2008, the sustainability requirements for new buildings pursuant to the San Francisco Green Building Code shall be increased as follows:

5.105.1.1 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, which is 10% of the total available in the LEED® rating system, absent demolition.
  2. Where the building demolished was not an historical resource, the required points shall be increased by 6 additional points, which is 10% of the maximum total required points under this chapter, absent demolition.
  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, which is 8% of the maximum total required points under this chapter, absent demolition.

5.105.1.2 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.
Newly constructed projects and additions which disturb less than one acre of land and are not part of a larger common plan of development or sale shall prevent the pollution of stormwater runoff from the construction activities through one or more of the following measures:
Comply with a lawfully enacted stormwater management and/or erosion control ordinance.
Prevent the loss of soil through wind or water erosion by implementing an effective combination of erosion and sediment control and good housekeeping BMP's.

  1. Soil loss BMP's that should be considered for implementation as appropriate for each project include, but are not limited to, the following:

    1. Scheduling construction activity during dry weather, when possible.
    2. Preservation of natural features, vegetation, soil, and buffers around surface waters.
    3. Drainage swales or lined ditches to control stormwater flow.
    4. Mulching or hydroseeding to stabilize disturbed soils.
    5. Erosion control to protect slopes.
    6. Protection of storm drain inlets (gravel bags or catch basin inserts).
    7. Perimeter sediment control (perimeter silt fence, fiber rolls).
    8. Sediment trap or sediment basin to retain sediment on site.
    9. Stabilized construction exits.
    10. Wind erosion control.
    11. Other soil loss BMP's acceptable to the enforcing agency.
  2. Good housekeeping BMP's to manage construction equipment, materials, non-stormwater discharges, and wastes that should be considered for implementation as appropriate for each project include, but are not limited to, the following:

    1. Dewatering activities.
    2. Material handling and waste management.
    3. Building materials stockpile management.
    4. Management of washout areas (concrete, paints, stucco, etc.).
    5. Control of vehicle/equipment fueling to contractor's staging area.
    6. Vehicle and equipment cleaning performed off site.
    7. Spill prevention and control.
    8. Other housekeeping BMP's acceptable to the enforcing agency.
Comply with all lawfully enacted stormwater discharge regulations for projects that (1) disturb one acre or more of land, or (2) disturb less than one acre of land but are part of a larger common plan of development or sale.

Note: Projects that (1) disturb one acre or more of land, or (2) disturb less than one acre of land but are part of a larger common plan of development or sale must comply with the postconstruction requirements detailed in the applicable National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Construction and Land Disturbance Activities issued by the State Water Resources Control Board or the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board (for projects in the Lake Tahoe Hydrologic Unit).


The NPDES permits require postconstruction runoff (postproject hydrology) to match the preconstruction runoff (pre-project hydrology) with the installation of postconstruction stormwater management measures. The NPDES permits emphasize runoff reduction through on-site stormwater use, interception, evapotranspiration, and infiltration through nonstructural controls, such as Low Impact Development (LID) practices, and conservation design measures. Stormwater volume that cannot be addressed using nonstructural practices is required to be captured in structural practices and be approved by the enforcing agency.

Refer to the current applicable permits on the State Water Resources Control Board website at: www.waterboards.ca.gov/ constructionstormwater. Consideration to the stormwater runoff management measures should be given during the initial design process for appropriate integration into site development.
For buildings within the authority of California Building Standards Commission as specified in Section 103, comply with Section 5.106.4.1. For buildings within the authority of the Division of the State Architect pursuant to Section 105, comply with Section 5.106.4.2.
[BSC-CG] Comply with Sections 5.106.4.1.1 and 5.106.4.1.2; or meet the applicable local ordinance, whichever is stricter.

If the new project or an addition or alteration is anticipated to generate visitor traffic, provide permanently anchored bicycle racks within 200 feet of the visitors' entrance, readily visible to passers-by, for 5 percent of new visitor motorized vehicle parking spaces being added, with a minimum of one two-bike capacity rack.

Exception: Additions or alterations which add nine or less visitor vehicular parking spaces.

For new buildings with tenant spaces that have 10 or more tenant-occupants, provide secure bicycle parking for 5 percent of the tenant-occupant vehicular parking spaces with a minimum of one bicycle parking facility.
For additions or alterations that add 10 or more tenant-occupant vehicular parking spaces, provide secure bicycle parking for 5 percent of the tenant vehicular parking spaces being added, with a minimum of one bicycle parking facility.
For new shell buildings in phased projects provide secure bicycle parking for 5 percent of the anticipated tenant-occupant vehicular parking spaces with a minimum of one bicycle parking facility.
Acceptable bicycle parking facility for Sections 5.106.4.1.2, 5.106.4.1.3, and 5.106.4.1.4 shall be convenient from the street and shall meet one of the following:
  1. Covered, lockable enclosures with permanently anchored racks for bicycles;
  2. Lockable bicycle rooms with permanently anchored racks; or
  3. Lockable, permanently anchored bicycle lockers.
Note: Additional information on recommended bicycle accommodations may be obtained from Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates.
[DSA-SS] For public schools and community colleges, comply with Sections 5.106.4.2.1 and 5.106.4.2.2.
Provide permanently anchored bicycle racks conveniently accessed with a minimum of four two-bike capacity racks per new building.

Provide permanent, secure bicycle parking conveniently accessed with a minimum of two staff bicycle parking spaces per new building. Acceptable bicycle parking facilities shall be convenient from the street or staff parking area and shall meet one of the following:

  1. Covered, lockable enclosures with permanently anchored racks for bicycles;
  2. Lockable bicycle rooms with permanently anchored racks; or
  3. Lockable, permanently anchored bicycle lockers.

In new projects or additions or alterations that add 10 or more vehicular parking spaces, provide designated parking for any combination of low-emitting, fuel-efficient and carpool/van pool vehicles as follows:

TABLE 5.106.5.2
TOTAL NUMBER OF PARKING SPACES NUMBER OF REQUIRED SPACES

0-9

0

10-25

3

26-50

6

51-75

9

76-100

12

101-150

18

151-200

21

201 and over

At least 12 percent of total1

  1. Calculation for spaces shall be rounded up to the nearest whole number.
Note: Designated parking for clean air vehicles shall count toward the total parking spaces required by the local enforcing agencies.

Paint, in the paint used for stall striping, the following characters such that the lower edge of the last word aligns with the end of the stall striping and is visible beneath a parked vehicle:

CLEAN AIR/
VANPOOL/EV

Note: Vehicles bearing Clean Air Vehicle stickers from expired HOV lane programs may be considered eligible for designated parking spaces.

5.106.5.3 Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging [N]

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In new construction and major alterations, 100% of off-street parking spaces in buildings and facilities provided for passenger vehicles and trucks shall be EV Spaces capable of supporting future EVSE. Electrical engineering design and construction documents shall indicate the location of all proposed EV spaces. When EVSE is installed, it shall be in accordance with the San Francisco Building Code and the San Francisco Electrical Code.

5.106.5.3.1 Single Charging Space Requirements [N]

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When a single EV Space is required per Section 5.106.5.3.3, install a full branch circuit with a minimum of 40-Amp 208 or 240 Volt capacity, including listed raceway, electrical panel 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. The raceway shall not be less than trade size 1 (nominal 1-inch inside diameter). The circuit shall be installed in accordance with the San Francisco Electrical Code and the San Francisco Building Code.

5.106.5.3.2 Multiple Charging Space Requirements [N]

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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 for exclusive use by electric vehicle charging.
  3. For all EV Spaces not required to install full circuits or raceways per Section 5.106.5.3.2(a):
    1. Either:
      1. Provide space for future installation of additional electrical panelboards to support a 40 ampere 208 or 240 Volt capacity branch circuit and overcurrent protection device per EV Space, or equivalent consistent with Section 5.106.5.3.2.1; 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 5.106.5.3.2.1.
    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 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 the electrical service capacity of the 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, whichever is greater. As appropriate, construction documents shall provide information on raceway method(s), wiring schematics, anticipated EV load management system design(s), and electrical load calculations.
    Exceptions:
    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 directly related to the implementation of this Section may increase the utility side cost to the developer by more than $400 per parking space. In such cases, buildings subject to Section 5.106.5.3.2 shall maximize the number of EV Spaces, up to a maximum utility side cost 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 Electric Vehicle Charging Spaces.
    3. In major alterations, where there is evidence substantiating that meeting the requirements of this section present an unreasonable hardship or is technically infeasible, the Director may upon request from the project sponsor consider an appeal to reduce the number of EV Spaces required.


Note: This section does not require installation of EVSE.

The intent of sizing electrical service to provide 40 amperes at 208 or 240 Volts to at least 20% of spaces simultaneously is to provide the option to utilize listed EV Load Management Systems to provide Level 2 EV charging at 100% of parking spaces. A listed EV Load Management system manages the available capacity in a safe manner, such as allocating 36 amperes at 208 or 240 volts to vehicles in 20% of the total number of EV Charging Stations simultaneously, or allocating 8 amperes to vehicles in 100% of parking spaces, or similar. Given the capacity required by this Section, individual EV chargers may be installed in up to 20% of parking spaces before an EV load management system is necessary.

5.106.5.3.2.1 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 5.106.5.3.2(a) by up to 10 EV Spaces, provided the project includes at least one EV Space equipped with a full circuit able to deliver 40 Amps at 208 or 240 volts 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 Electric Vehicle fast charger with a minimum of 30 kW AC in addition to the capacity to serve any remaining EV spaces with a minimum of 8-amperes at 208 or 240 volts per EV Space simultaneously, with a minimum of 40 amperes per circuit.
  2. After the requirements of 5.106.5.3.2(a) and (b) are met, each planned EV Fast Charger may reduce the number of planned EV Spaces required under 5.106.5.3.2(c) by up to 10 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), and wiring schematics. Electrical engineering design and construction documents shall also provide 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 with the full rated amperage of the EV fast charger(s), and simultaneously serve a minimum of 40 amps per branch circuit to any remaining EV spaces required by Section 5.106.5.3.2(a). Raceways and related components that are planned to be installed in underground, enclosed, inaccessible, or otherwise concealed areas or spaces, shall be installed at the time of original construction.

5.106.5.3.3 EV Charging Space Calculation [N]

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5.106.5.3.3 EV Space Slope, Dimensions, and Location

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Design and construction documents shall indicate how many accessible EVCS would be required under Title 24 Chapter 11B Table 11B-228.3.2.1, if applicable, in order to convert all EV Spaces required under 5.106.5.3.2 to EVCS, excluding the exceptions in 5.106.5.3.2. Design and construction documents shall also demonstrate that the facility is designed so that compliance with accessibility standards will be feasible for accessible EV Spaces at the time of EVCS installation. Surface slope for any area designated for accessible EV Spaces shall meet slope requirements in section 11B-812.3 at the time of original building construction and vertical clearance requirements in Section 11B-812-4, if applicable.
Exception: Accessibility requirements of Section 5.106.5.3.3 shall not apply to buildings that are not covered under Title 24 Part 2 Chapter 11B. In addition, all applicable exceptions to Chapter 11B shall apply to this Section 5.106.5.3.3.

Note: Section 5.106.5.3.3, above, requires that the project be prepared to comply with accessibility requirements applicable at the time of EVSE installation. Section 11B-812 of the 2019 California Building Code requires that a facility providing EVCS for public and common use also provide one or more accessibility EVCS as specified in Table 11B-228.3.2.1. Chapter 11B regulates accessibility in certain buildings and facilities, including but not limited to accessibility in public buildings, public accommodations, commercial buildings, and publicly funded housing (see section 1.9 of Part 2 of the California Building Code). Section 11B-812.4 requires that "Parking spaces, access aisles and vehicular routes serving them shall provide a vertical clearance of 98 inches (2489 mm) minimum." Section 11B-812.3 requires that parking spaces and access aisles meet maximum slope requirements of 1 unit vertical in 48 units horizontal (2.083% slope) in any direction at the time of new building construction or renovation. Section 11B-812.5 contains accessible route requirements.

5.106.5.3.4 [N] Identification

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The service panel or subpanel(s) circuit directory shall identify the reserved overcurrent protective device space(s) for future EV charging as "EVSE READY" for full circuits and otherwise "EVSE CAPABLE." 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.
Future charging spaces qualify as designated parking as described in Section 5.106.5.2 Designated parking for clean air vehicles.
Note: Future electric vehicle charging spaces shall count toward the total parking spaces required by the local enforcing agencies.

[N] Outdoor lighting systems shall be designed and installed to comply with the following:

  1. The minimum requirements in the California Energy Code for Lighting Zones 0-4 as defined in Chapter 10, Section 10-114 of the California Administrative Code; and
  2. Backlight (B) ratings as defined in IES TM-15-11 (shown in Table A-1 in Chapter 8);
  3. Uplight and Glare ratings as defined in California Energy Code (shown in Tables 130.2-A and 130.2-B in Chapter 8) and
  4. Allowable BUG ratings not exceeding those shown in Table 5.106.8 [N], or

Comply with a local ordinance lawfully enacted pursuant to Section 101.7, whichever is more stringent.

Exceptions:

  1. Luminaires that qualify as exceptions in Sections 130.2(b) and 140.7 of the California Energy Code.
  2. Emergency lighting.
  3. Building facade meeting the requirements in Table 140.7-B of the California Energy Code, Part 6.
  4. Custom lighting features as allowed by the local enforcing agency, as permitted by Section 101.8 Alternate materials, designs and methods of construction.
  5. Luminaires with less than 6,200 initial luminaire lumens.
 
TABLE 5.106.8 [N]
MAXIMUM ALLOWABLE BACKLIGHT, UPLIGHT AND GLARE (BUG) RATINGS1,2
ALLOWABLE RATING LIGHTING ZONE LZ0 LIGHTING ZONE LZ1 LIGHTING ZONE LZ2 LIGHTING ZONE LZ3 LIGHTING ZONE LZ4
Maximum Allowable Backlight Rating (B)          
Luminaire greater than 2 mounting heights (MH) from property line  N/A No Limit No Limit No Limit No Limit
Luminaire back hemisphere is 1 — 2 MH from property line  N/A B2 B3 B4 B4
Luminaire back hemisphere is 0.5 — 1 MH from property line  N/A B1 B2 B3 B3
Luminaire back hemisphere is less than 0.5 MH from property line  N/A B0 B0 B1 B2
Maximum Allowable Uplight Rating (U)          
For area lighting3  N/A U0 U0 U0 U0
For all other outdoor lighting, including decorative luminaires  N/A U1 U2 U3 U4
Maximum Allowable Glare Rating (G)          
Luminaire greater than 2 MH from property line  N/A G1 G2 G3 G4
Luminaire front hemisphere is 1 — 2 MH from property line  N/A G0 G1 G1 G2
Luminaire front hemisphere is 0.5 — 1 MH from property line  N/A G0 G0 G1 G1
Luminaire front hemisphere is less than 0.5 MH from property line  N/A G0 G0 G0 G1
  1. IESNA Lighting Zones 0 are not applicable; refer to Lighting Zones as defined in the California Energy Code and Chapter 10 of the California Administrative Code.
  2. For property lines that abut public walkways, bikeways, plazas and parking lots, the property line may be considered to be 5 feet beyond the actual property line for purpose of determining compliance with this section. For property lines that abut public roadways and public transit corridors, the property line may be considered to be the centerline of the public roadway or public transit corridor for the purpose of determining compliance with this section.
  3. General lighting luminaires in areas such as outdoor parking, sales or storage lots shall meet these reduced ratings. Decorative luminaires located in these areas shall meet U-value limits for "all other outdoor lighting."
Luminaires within 2MH of a property line shall be oriented so that the nearest property line is behind the fixture, and shall comply with the backlight rating specified in Table 5.106.8 based on the lighting zone and distance to the nearest point of that property line.
Exception: Corners. If two property lines (or two segments of the same property line) have equidistant points to the luminaire, then the luminaire may be oriented so that the intersection of the two lines (the corner) is directly behind the luminaire. The luminaire shall still use the distance to the nearest point(s) on the property lines to determine the required backlight rating.
For luminaires covered by 5.106.8.1, if a property line also exists within or extends into the front hemisphere within 2MH of the luminaire then the luminaire shall comply with the more stringent glare rating specified in Table 5.106.8 based on the lighting zone and distance to the nearest point on the nearest property line within the front hemisphere.
Notes:
  1. See also California Building Code, Chapter 12, Section 1205.7 for college campus lighting requirements for parking facilities and walkways.
  2. Refer to Chapter 8 (Compliance Forms, Worksheets and Reference Material) for IES TM-15-11 Table A1, California Energy Code Tables 130.2-A and 130.2-B.
  3. Refer to the California Energy Code for requirements for additions and alterations.

Construction plans shall indicate how site grading or a 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.

[DSA-SS] Shade trees shall be planted to comply with Sections 5.106.12.1, 5.106.12.2, and 5.106.12.3. Percentages shown shall be measured at noon on the summer solstice. Landscape irrigation necessary to establish and maintain tree health shall comply with Section 5.304.6.
Shade tree plantings, minimum No. 10 container size or equal, shall be installed to provide shade over 50 percent of the parking area within 15 years.
Exceptions: The surface parking area covered by solar photovoltaic shade structures, or shade structures, with roofing materials that comply with Table A5.106.11.2.2 in Appendix A5, are not included in the total area calculation.
Shade tree plantings, minimum No. 10 container size or equal shall be installed to provide shade of 20% of the landscape area within 15 years.
Exception: Playfields for organized sport activity are not included in the total area calculation.
Shade tree plantings, minimum No. 10 container size or equal shall be installed to provide shade over 20 percent of the hardscape area within 15 years.
Exception: Walks, hardscape areas covered by solar photovoltaic shade structures, and hardscape areas covered by shade structures with roofing materials that comply with Table A5.106.11.2.2 in Appendix A5, are not included in the total area calculation.

Division 5.2 Energy Efficiency

CALIFORNIA GREEN BUILDING STANDARDS CODE — MATRIX ADOPTION TABLE
CHAPTER 5 — NONRESIDENTIAL MANDATORY MEASURES
DIVISION 5.2 — ENERGY EFFICIENCY
(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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amended (amended
sections listed below)
Adopt only those sections
that are listed below
Chapter/Section
For the purposes of mandatory energy efficiency standards in this code, the California Energy Commission will continue to adopt mandatory building standards.

5.201.1.1 Energy Performance

AMENDMENT
This section has been amended at the state or city level.
  1. All-electric buildings. A newly constructed all-electric non-residential building shall demonstrate the Energy Budget for the proposed building is no greater than the Energy Budget calculated for the Standard Design Building meeting California Title 24 Part 6 Energy Standards.
  2. Mixed-fuel buildings. A newly constructed mixed-fuel non-residential building shall demonstrate 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 meeting California Title 24 Part 6 Energy Standards.
    Exception: Buildings consisting primarily of occupancy F, L, or H are exempt from this Section.

5.201.1.2 Renewable Energy and Better Roofs

AMENDMENT
This section has been amended at the state or city level.
  1. Newly constructed buildings of nonresidential occupancy which are 2000 square feet or greater in gross floor area, are of 10 or fewer occupied floors, and 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 Title 24, Part 6 Section 110.10.
  2. The required solar zone area for the project shall be calculated under California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 24, Part 6, Section 110.10(b) through (e), and Nonresidential Compliance Manual Chapter 9, as provided below:
    1. Buildings subject to Planning Code Section 149 may apply Exception 5 to Title 24, Part 6, Section 110.10(b)1B in the calculation of the minimum solar zone area and may not apply Exceptions 1, 2, 3, and 4 in the calculation.
    2. Buildings not subject to Planning Code Section 149 may apply Exceptions 3 and 5 in the calculation of the minimum solar zone area and may not apply Exceptions 1, 2, and 4 in the calculation. Such buildings with a calculated minimum solar zone area of less than 150 contiguous square feet due to limited solar access under Exception 3 are exempt from the solar energy requirements in this Section 5.201.1.2.
  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 and 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: Solar thermal systems installed to serve non-residential building occupancies shall use collectors with OG-100 Collector Certification by the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC) or the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), shall be designed to generate annually at least 100 kBtu per square foot of roof area allocated to the solar thermal collectors, and, for 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 5.201.1.2(a) through (c). The requirements of CCR Title 24, Part 6, Section 110.10 for the solar zone shall still apply.

5.201.1.3 Renewable Energy

AMENDMENT
This section has been amended at the state or city level.
Permit applicants constructing new buildings of 11 floors or greater must submit documentation verifying either:
  1. Acquisition of renewable on-site energy (demonstrated via EA Credit Renewable Energy Production) or purchase of green energy credits (demonstrated via EA Credit Green Power and Carbon Offsets) OR
  2. Enhance energy efficiency (demonstrated via at least 5 LEED points under EA Credit Optimize Energy Performance) in addition to compliance with Title 24 Part6 2019 California Energy Standards.
CALIFORNIA GREEN BUILDING STANDARDS CODE — MATRIX ADOPTION TABLE
CHAPTER 5 — NONRESIDENTIAL MANDATORY MEASURES
DIVISION 5.3 — WATER EFFICIENCY AND CONSERVATION
(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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Adopt entire chapter as
amended (amended
sections listed below)
Adopt only those sections
that are listed below
X
Chapter/Section
5.301.1 X
5.302.1 Definitions X
5.303.3.1 X
5.303.3.2 X
5.303.3.3 X
5.303.3.4 X
5.303.6 X
5.304.6 and subsections X
The provisions of this chapter shall establish the means of conserving water used indoors, outdoors and in wastewater conveyance.
Separate submeters or metering devices shall be installed for the uses described in Sections 5.303.1.1 and 5.303.1.2.
Separate submeters shall be installed as follows:
  1. For each individual leased, rented, or other tenant space within the building projected to consume more than 100 gal/day (380 L/day), including, but not limited to, spaces used for laundry or cleaners, restaurant or food service, medical or dental office, laboratory, or beauty salon or barber shop.
  2. Where separate submeters for individual building tenants are unfeasible, for water supplied to the following subsystems:
    1. Makeup water for cooling towers where flow through is greater than 500 gpm (30 L/s).
    2. Makeup water for evaporative coolers greater than 6 gpm (0.04 L/s).
    3. Steam and hot-water boilers with energy input more than 500,000 Btu/h (147 kW).
A separate submeter or metering device shall be provided for any tenant within a new building or within an addition that is projected to consume more than 1,000 gal/day.
Plumbing fixtures (water closets and urinals) and fittings (faucets and showerheads) shall comply with the following:

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 floor-mounted or 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.

Lavatory faucets shall have a maximum flow rate of not more than 0.5 gallons per minute at 60 psi.
Kitchen faucets shall have a maximum flow rate of not more than 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.
Wash fountains shall have a maximum flow rate of not more than 1.8 gallons per minute/20 [rim space (inches) at 60 psi].
Metering faucets shall not deliver more than 0.20 gallons per cycle.
Metering faucets for wash fountains shall have a maximum flow rate of not more than 0.20 gallons per cycle/ 20 [rim space (inches) 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), Section 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)].

Disposers shall either modulate the use of water to no more than 1 gpm when the disposer is not in use (not actively grinding food waste/no-load) or shall automatically shut off after no more than 10 minutes of inactivity. Disposers shall use no more than 8 gpm of water.

Note: This code section does not affect local jurisdiction authority to prohibit or require disposer installation.
For those occupancies within the authority of the California Building Standards Commission as specified in Section 103, the provisions of Sections 5.303.3 and 5.303.4 shall apply to new fixtures in additions or areas of alteration to the building.
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 and in Chapter 6 of this code.
Nonresidential 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.
  2. MWELO and supporting documents, including a water budget calculator, are available at: https:// www.water.ca.gov/.
For public schools and community colleges, landscape projects as described in Sections 5.304.6.1 and 5.304.6.2 shall comply with the California Department of Water Resources Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (MWELO) commencing with Section 490 of Chapter 2.7, Division 2, Title 23, California Code of Regulations, except that the evapotranspiration adjustment factor (ETAF) shall be 0.65 with an additional water allowance for special landscape areas (SLA) of 0.35.

Exception: Any project with an aggregate landscape area of 2,500 square feet or less may comply with the prescriptive measures contained in Appendix D of the MWELO.
New construction projects with an aggregate landscape area equal to or greater than 500 square feet.
Rehabilitated landscape projects with an aggregate landscape area equal to or greater than 1,200 square feet.

Division 5.4 Material Conservation and Resource Efficiency

CALIFORNIA GREEN BUILDING STANDARDS CODE — MATRIX ADOPTION TABLE
CHAPTER 5 — NONRESIDENTIAL MANDATORY MEASURES
DIVISION 5.4 — MATERIAL CONSERVATION AND RESOURCE EFFICIENCY
(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
1 2 1/AC AC SS 1 1R 2 3 4 5
Adopt entire CA chapter X
Adopt entire chapter as
amended (amended
sections listed below)
Adopt only those sections
that are listed below
X
Chapter/Section
5.401.1 X
5.402.1 Definitions X
5.407 and subsections X
5.408.1 and subsections X
5.410.1 X
5.410.1.2 X
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 and adjusting.
Provide a weather-resistant exterior wall and foundation envelope as required by California Building Code Section 1402.2 (Weather Protection), manufacturer's installation instructions or local ordinance, whichever is more stringent.
Employ moisture control measures by the following methods.
Design and maintain landscape irrigation systems to prevent spray on structures.
Design exterior entries and/or openings subject to foot traffic or wind-driven rain to prevent water intrusion into buildings as follows:

Primary exterior entries shall be covered to prevent water intrusion by using nonabsorbent floor and wall finishes within at least 2 feet around and perpendicular to such openings plus at least one of the following:

  1. An installed awning at least 4 feet in depth.
  2. The door is protected by a roof overhang at least 4 feet in depth.
  3. The door is recessed at least 4 feet.
  4. Other methods which provide equivalent protection.
Install flashings integrated with a drainage plane.
Recycle and/or salvage for reuse a minimum of 65 percent of the nonhazardous construction and demolition waste in accordance with Section 5.408.1.1, 5.408.1.2 or 5.408.1.3; or meet a local construction and demolition waste management ordinance, whichever is more stringent.

Where a local jurisdiction does not have a construction and demolition waste management ordinance that is more stringent, submit a construction waste management plan that

  1. Identifies the construction and demolition waste materials to be diverted from disposal by efficient usage, recycling, reuse on the project or salvage for future use or sale.
  2. Determines if construction and demolition waste materials will be sorted on-site (source-separated) or bulk mixed (single stream).
  3. Identifies diversion facilities where construction and demolition waste material collected will be taken.
  4. Specifies 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 that can provide verifiable documentation that the percentage of construction and demolition waste material diverted from the landfill complies with this section.

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

Exceptions to Sections 5.408.1.1 and 5.408.1.2:

  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.
  3. Demolition waste meeting local ordinance or calculated in consideration of local recycling facilities and markets.
The combined weight of new construction disposal that does not exceed two pounds per square foot of building area may be deemed to meet the 65 percent minimum requirement as approved by the enforcing agency.
Documentation shall be provided to the enforcing agency which demonstrates compliance with Sections 5.408.1.1 through 5.408.1.3. The waste management plan shall be updated as necessary and shall be accessible during construction for examination by the enforcing agency.

Notes:
  1. Sample forms found in "A Guide to the California Green Building Standards Code (Nonresidential)" located at https://www.dgs.ca.gov/BSC/Resources/ Page-Content/Building-Standards-CommissionResources-List-Folder/CALGreen may be used to assist in documenting compliance with the waste management plan.
  2. Mixed construction and demolition debris (C&D) processors can be located at the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle).
Additions and alterations to a building or tenant space that meet the scoping provisions in Section 301.3 for nonresidential additions and alterations, shall require verification that Universal Waste items such as fluorescent lamps and ballast and mercury containing thermostats as well as other California prohibited Universal Waste materials are disposed of properly and are diverted from landfills. A list of prohibited Universal Waste materials shall be included in the construction documents.

Note: Refer to the Universal Waste Rule link at: https:// dtsc.ca.gov/universalwaste/
100 percent of trees, stumps, rocks and associated vegetation and soils resulting primarily from land clearing shall be reused or recycled. For a phased project, such material may be stockpiled on site until the storage site is developed.

Exception: Reuse, either on-or off-site, of vegetation or soil contaminated by disease or pest infestation.

Notes:
  1. If contamination by disease or pest infestation is suspected, contact the County Agricultural Commissioner and follow its direction for recycling or disposal of the material. (www.cdfa.ca.gov/exec/county/county_contacts.html)
  2. For a map of known pest and/or disease quarantine zones, consult with the California Department of Food and Agriculture. (www.cdfa.ca.gov)
Provide readily accessible areas that serve the entire building and are identified for the depositing, storage and collection of non-hazardous 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 42649.82 (a)(2)(A) et seq. shall also be exempt from the organic waste portion of this section.
All additions conducted within a 12-month period under single or multiple permits, resulting in an increase of 30 percent or more in floor area, shall provide recycling areas on site.

Exception: Additions within a tenant space resulting in less than a 30-percent increase in the tenant space floor area.

Space allocation for recycling areas shall comply with Chapter 18, Part 3, Division 30 of the Public Resources Code. Chapter 18 is known as the California Solid Waste Reuse and Recycling Access Act of 1991 (Act).

Note: A sample ordinance for use by local agencies may be found in Appendix A of the document at the CalRecycle's web site.

For new buildings 10,000 square feet and over, building commissioning shall be included in the design and construction processes of the building project to verify that the building systems and components meet the owner's or owner representative's project requirements. Commissioning shall be performed in accordance with this section by trained personnel with experience on projects of comparable size and complexity. For I-occupancies that are not regulated by OSHPD or for I-occupancies and L-occupancies that are not regulated by the California Energy Code Section 100.0 Scope, all requirements in Sections 5.410.2 through 5.410.2.6 shall apply.

Note: For energy-related systems under the scope (Section 100) of the California Energy Code, including heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) systems and controls, indoor lighting systems and controls, as well as water heating systems and controls, refer to California Energy Code Section 120.8 for commissioning requirements.


Commissioning requirements shall include:
  1. Owner's or owner representative's project requirements.
  2. Basis of design.
  3. Commissioning measures shown in the construction documents.
  4. Commissioning plan.
  5. Functional performance testing.
  6. Documentation and training.
  7. Commissioning report.
Exceptions:
  1. Unconditioned warehouses of any size.
  2. Areas less than 10,000 square feet used for offices or other conditioned accessory spaces within unconditioned warehouses.
  3. Tenant improvements less than 10,000 square feet as described in Section 303.1.1.
  4. Open parking garages of any size, or open parking garage areas, of any size, within a structure.
Note: For the purposes of this section, unconditioned shall mean a building, area, or room which does not provide heating and or air conditioning.


Informational Notes:
  1. IAS AC 476 is an accreditation criteria for organizations providing training and/or certification of commissioning personnel. AC 476 is available to the Authority Having Jurisdiction as a reference for qualifications of commissioning personnel. AC 476 does not certify individuals to conduct functional performance tests or to adjust and balance systems.
  2. Functional performance testing for heating, ventilation, air conditioning systems and lighting controls must be performed in compliance with the California Energy Code.

[N] The expectations and requirements of the building appropriate to its phase shall be documented before the design phase of the project begins. This documentation shall include the following:

  1. Environmental and sustainability goals.
  2. Building sustainable goals.
  3. Indoor environmental quality requirements.
  4. Project program, including facility functions and hours of operation, and need for after hours operation.
  5. Equipment and systems expectations.
  6. Building occupant and operation and maintenance (O&M) personnel expectations.

[N] A written explanation of how the design of the building systems meets the OPR shall be completed at the design phase of the building project. The Basis of Design document shall cover the following systems:

  1. Renewable energy systems.
  2. Landscape irrigation systems.
  3. Water reuse systems.

[N] Prior to permit issuance a commissioning plan shall be completed to document how the project will be commissioned. The commissioning plan shall include the following:

  1. General project information.
  2. Commissioning goals.
  3. Systems to be commissioned. Plans to test systems and components shall include:

    1. An explanation of the original design intent.
    2. Equipment and systems to be tested, including the extent of tests.
    3. Functions to be tested.
    4. Conditions under which the test shall be performed.
    5. Measurable criteria for acceptable performance.
  4. Commissioning team information.
  5. Commissioning process activities, schedules and responsibilities. Plans for the completion of commissioning shall be included.
[N] Functional performance tests shall demonstrate the correct installation and operation of each component, system and system-to-system interface in accordance with the approved plans and specifications. Functional performance testing reports shall contain information addressing each of the building components tested, the testing methods utilized, and include any readings and adjustments made.
[N] A systems manual and systems operations training are required, including Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) requirements in California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 8, Section 5142, and other related regulations.

[N] Documentation of the operational aspects of the building shall be completed within the systems manual and delivered to the building owner or representative. The systems manual shall include the following:

  1. Site information, including facility description, history and current requirements.
  2. Site contact information.
  3. Basic operations and maintenance, including general site operating procedures, basic troubleshooting, recommended maintenance requirements, site events log.
  4. Major systems.
  5. Site equipment inventory and maintenance notes.
  6. A copy of verifications required by the enforcing agency or this code.
  7. Other resources and documentation, if applicable.

[N] A program for training of the appropriate maintenance staff for each equipment type and/or system shall be developed and documented in the commissioning report and shall include the following:

  1. System/equipment overview (what it is, what it does and with what other systems and/or equipment it interfaces).
  2. Review and demonstration of servicing/preventive maintenance.
  3. Review of the information in the systems manual.
  4. Review of the record drawings on the system/ equipment.
[N] A report of commissioning process activities undertaken through the design and construction phases of the building project shall be completed and provided to the owner or representative.
Testing and adjusting of systems shall be required for new buildings less than 10,000 square feet or new systems to serve an addition or alteration subject to Section 303.1.
Note: For energy-related systems under the scope (Section 100) of the California Energy Code, including heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) systems and controls, indoor lighting system and controls, as well as water heating systems and controls, refer to California Energy Code Section 120.8 for commissioning requirements and Sections 120.5, 120.6, 130.4, and 140.9(b)3 for additional testing requirements of specific systems.

Develop a written plan of procedures for testing and adjusting systems. Systems to be included for testing and adjusting shall include, as applicable to the project:

  1. Renewable energy systems.
  2. Landscape irrigation systems.
  3. Water reuse systems.
Perform testing and adjusting procedures in accordance with manufacturer's specifications and applicable standards on each system.
In addition to testing and adjusting, before a new space-conditioning system serving a building or space is operated for normal use, balance the system in accordance with the procedures defined by the Testing Adjusting and Balancing Bureau National Standards; the National Environmental Balancing Bureau Procedural Standards; Associated Air Balance Council National Standards or as approved by the enforcing agency.
After completion of testing, adjusting and balancing, provide a final report of testing signed by the individual responsible for performing these services.
Provide the building owner or representative with detailed operating and maintenance instructions and copies of guaranties/warranties for each system. O & M instructions shall be consistent with OSHA requirements in CCR, Title 8, Section 5142, and other related regulations.
Include a copy of all inspection verifications and reports required by the enforcing agency.

Section 5.5 Environmental Quality

CALIFORNIA GREEN BUILDING STANDARDS CODE — MATRIX ADOPTION TABLE
CHAPTER 5 — NONRESIDENTIAL MANDATORY MEASURES
DIVISION 5.5 — ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
(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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1 2 1/AC AC SS 1 1R 2 3 4 5
Adopt entire CA chapter X
Adopt entire chapter as
amended (amended
sections listed below)
Adopt only those sections
that are listed below
X
Chapter/Section
5.501.1 X
5.502.1 Definitions X
5.504.3 X
5.504.4 X
5.504.4.1 X
Table 5.504.4.1 X
Table 5.504.4.2 X
5.504.4.3 X
5.504.4.3.1 X
Table 5.504.4.3 X
5.504.4.3.2 X
5.504.4.4 and subsections X
5.504.4.5 X
Table 5.504.4.5 X
5.504.4.6 X
5.504.5.3 X
5.505 X
5.506.1 X
5.507.4 and subsections X
5.508.1 and subsections X
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.
Install only a direct-vent sealed-combustion gas or sealed wood-burning fireplace, or a sealed wood-stove or pellet stove, and refer to residential requirements in the California Energy Code, Title 24, Part 6, Subchapter 7, Section 150. Woodstoves, pellet stoves and fireplaces shall comply with applicable local ordinances.
Woodstove and pellet stoves 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.
The permanent HVAC system shall only be used during construction if necessary to condition the building or areas of addition or alteration within the required temperature range for material and equipment installation. If the HVAC system is used during construction, use return air filters with a Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) of 8, based on ASHRAE 52.2-1999, or an average efficiency of 30 percent based on ASHRAE 52.1-1992. Replace all filters immediately prior to occupancy, or, if the building is occupied during alteration, at the conclusion of construction.
At the time of rough installation and during storage on the construction site 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 dust, water and debris which may enter the system.
Finish materials shall comply with Sections 5.504.4.1 through 5.504.4.6.

Adhesives, sealants, and caulks used on the project shall meet the requirements of the following standards:

  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 Tables 5.504.4.1 and 5.504.4.2. 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 one 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.

TABLE 5.504.4.1
ADHESIVE VOC LIMIT1,2
Less Water and Less Exempt Compounds in Grams Per Liter

ARCHITECTURAL APPLICATIONSCURRENT VOC LIMIT
Indoor carpet adhesives50
Carpet pad adhesives50
Outdoor carpet adhesives150
Wood flooring adhesive100
Rubber floor adhesives60
Subfloor adhesives50
Ceramic tile adhesives65
VCT and asphalt tile adhesives50
Drywall and panel adhesives50
Cove base adhesives50
Multipurpose construction adhesives70
Structural glazing adhesives100
Single-ply roof membrane adhesives250
Other adhesive not specifically listed50
SPECIALTY APPLICATIONS
PVC welding510
CPVC welding490
ABS welding325
Plastic cement welding250
Adhesive primer for plastic550
Contact adhesive80
Special purpose contact adhesive250
Structural wood member adhesive140
Top and trim adhesive250
SUBSTRATE SPECIFIC APPLICATIONS
Metal to metal30
Plastic foams50
Porous material (except wood)50
Wood30
Fiberglass80
  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, http://www.arb.ca.gov/DRDB/SC/CURHTML/R1168.PDF.

TABLE 5.504.4.2
SEALANT VOC LIMIT
Less Water and Less Exempt Compounds in Grams per Liter

SEALANTSCURRENT VOC LIMIT
Architectural250
Marine deck760
Nonmembrane roof300
Roadway250
Single-ply roof membrane450
Other420
SEALANT PRIMERS
Architectural
Nonporous250
Porous775
Modified bituminous500
Marine deck760
Other750

Note: For additional information regarding methods to measure the VOC content specified in these tables, see South Coast Air Quality Management District Rule 1168.

Architectural paints and coatings shall comply with VOC limits in Table 1 of the ARB Architectural Coatings Suggested Control Measure, as shown in Table 5.504.4.3, 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 5.504.4.3 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 5.504.4.3 shall apply.

TABLE 5.504.4.3
VOC CONTENT LIMITS FOR ARCHITECTURAL COATINGS2, 3
Grams of VOC per Liter of Coating, Less Water and Less Exempt Compounds

COATING CATEGORYCURENT 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
     Clear730
     Opaque550
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.
Aerosol paints and coatings shall meet the PWMIR Limits for ROC in Section 94522(a)(3) and other requirements, including prohibitions on use of certain toxic compounds and ozone depleting substances, in Sections 94522(c)(2) and (d)(2) 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#material

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#material

All carpet adhesive shall meet the requirements of Table 5.504.4.1.
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 (ATCM) for Composite Wood (17 CCR 93120 et seq.) Those materials not exempted under the ATCM must meet the specified emission limits, as shown in Table 5.504.4.5.

TABLE 5.504.4.5
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 or European 636 3S standards.
  5. Other methods acceptable to the enforcing agency.

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#material

Documentation shall be provided verifying that resilient flooring materials meet the pollutant emission limits.
In mechanically ventilated buildings, provide regularly occupied areas of the building with air filtration media for outside and return air that provides at least a Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) of 13. MERV 13 filters shall be installed prior to occupancy, and recommendations for maintenance with filters of the same value shall be included in the operation and maintenance manual.

Exception: Existing mechanical equipment.
Installed filters shall be clearly labeled by the manufacturer indicating the MERV rating.
Where outdoor areas are provided for smoking, prohibit smoking within 25 feet of building entries, outdoor air intakes and operable windows and within the building as already prohibited by other laws or regulations; or as enforced by ordinances, regulations or policies of any city, county, city and county, California Community College, campus of the California State University, or campus of the University of California, whichever are more stringent. When ordinances, regulations or policies are not in place, post signage to inform building occupants of the prohibitions.
Buildings shall meet or exceed the provisions of California Building Code, CCR, Title 24, Part 2, Sections 1202 (Ventilation) and Chapter 14 (Exterior Walls). For additional measures, see Section 5.407.2 of this code.
For mechanically or naturally ventilated spaces in buildings, meet the minimum requirements of Section 120.1 (Requirements For Ventilation) of the California Energy Code, or the applicable local code, whichever is more stringent, and Division 1, Chapter 4 of CCR, Title 8.
For buildings or additions equipped with demand control ventilation, CO2 sensors and ventilation controls shall be specified and installed in accordance with the requirements of the California Energy Code, Section 120.1(c)(4).

Employ building assemblies and components with Sound Transmission Class (STC) values determined in accordance with ASTM E90 and ASTM E413 or Outdoor-Indoor Sound Transmission Class (OITC) determined in accordance with ASTM E1332, using either the prescriptive or performance method in Section 5.507.4.1 or 5.507.4.2.

Exception: Buildings with few or no occupants or where occupants are not likely to be affected by exterior noise, as determined by the enforcement authority, such as factories, stadiums, storage, enclosed parking structures and utility buildings.

Exception: [DSA-SS] For public schools and community colleges, the requirements of this section and all subsections apply only to new construction.

Wall and roof-ceiling assemblies exposed to the noise source making up the building or addition envelope or altered envelope shall meet a composite STC rating of at least 50 or a composite OITC rating of no less than 40, with exterior windows of a minimum STC of 40 or OITC of 30 in the following locations:

  1. Within the 65 CNEL noise contour of an airport.

    Exceptions:

    1. Ldn or CNEL for military airports shall be determined by the facility Air Installation Compatible Land Use Zone (AICUZ) plan.
    2. Ldn or CNEL for other airports and heliports for which a land use plan has not been developed shall be determined by the local general plan noise element.
  2. Within the 65 CNEL or Ldn noise contour of a freeway or expressway, railroad, industrial source or fixed-guideway source as determined by the Noise Element of the General Plan.
Buildings exposed to a noise level of 65 dB Leq-1-hr during any hour of operation shall have building, addition or alteration exterior wall and roof-ceiling assemblies exposed to the noise source meeting a composite STC rating of at least 45 (or OITC 35), with exterior windows of a minimum STC of 40 (or OITC 30).
For buildings located as defined in Section 5.507.4.1 or 5.507.4.1.1, wall and roof-ceiling assemblies exposed to the noise source making up the building or addition envelope or altered envelope shall be constructed to provide an interior noise environment attributable to exterior sources that does not exceed an hourly equivalent noise level (Leq-1Hr) of 50 dBA in occupied areas during any hour of operation.
Exterior features such as sound walls or earth berms may be utilized as appropriate to the building, addition or alteration project to mitigate sound migration to the interior.
An acoustical analysis documenting complying interior sound levels shall be prepared by personnel approved by the architect or engineer of record.

Wall and floor-ceiling assemblies separating tenant spaces and tenant spaces and public places shall have an STC of at least 40.

Note: Examples of assemblies and their various STC ratings may be found at the California Office of Noise Control: http://www.toolbase.org/PDF/CaseStudies/stc_icc_ratings.pdf.

Installations of HVAC, refrigeration and fire suppression equipment shall comply with Sections 5.508.1.1 and 5.508.1.2.
Install HVAC, refrigeration and fire suppression equipment that do not contain CFCs.
Install HVAC, refrigeration and fire suppression equipment that do not contain Halons.

New commercial refrigeration systems shall comply with the provisions of this section when installed in retail food stores 8,000 square feet or more conditioned area, and that utilize either refrigerated display cases, or walk-in coolers or freezers connected to remote compressor units or condensing units. The leak reduction measures apply to refrigeration systems containing high-global-warming potential (high-GWP) refrigerants with a GWP of 150 or greater. New refrigeration systems include both new facilities and the replacement of existing refrigeration systems in existing facilities.

Exception: Refrigeration systems containing low-global warming potential (low-GWP) refrigerant with a GWP value less than 150 are not subject to this section. Low-GWP refrigerants are nonozone-depleting refrigerants that include ammonia, carbon dioxide (CO2), and potentially other refrigerants.

Piping compliant with the California Mechanical Code shall be installed to be accessible for leak protection and repairs. Piping runs using threaded pipe, copper tubing with an outside diameter (OD) less than 1/4 inch, flared tubing connections and short radius elbows shall not be used in refrigerant systems except as noted below.
Threaded connections are permitted at the compressor rack.
Copper tubing with an OD less than 1/4 inch may be used in systems with a refrigerant charge of 5 pounds or less.
One-fourth-inch OD tubing shall be securely clamped to a rigid base to keep vibration levels below 8 mils.

Double-flared tubing connections may be used for pressure controls, valve pilot lines and oil.

Exception: Single-flared tubing connections may be used with a multiring seal coated with industrial sealant suitable for use with refrigerants and tightened in accordance with manufacturer's recommendations.

Short radius elbows are only permitted where space limitations prohibit use of long radius elbows.
Valves and fittings shall comply with the California Mechanical Code and as follows.
For vessels containing high-GWP refrigerant, a rupture disc shall be installed between the outlet of the vessel and the inlet of the pressure relief valve.
A pressure gauge, pressure transducer or other device shall be installed in the space between the rupture disc and the relief valve inlet to indicate a disc rupture or discharge of the relief valve.
Only Schrader access valves with a brass or steel body are permitted for use.
For systems with a refrigerant charge of 5 pounds or more, valve caps shall be brass or steel and not plastic.
If designed for it, the cap shall have a neoprene O-ring in place.

Chain tethers to fit over the stem are required for valves designed to have seal caps.

Exception: Valves with seal caps that are not removed from the valve during stem operation.

Refrigerated service cases holding food products containing vinegar and salt shall have evaporator coils of corrosion-resistant material, such as stainless steel; or be coated to prevent corrosion from these substances.
Consideration shall be given to the heat transfer efficiency of coil coating to maximize energy efficiency.
Refrigerant receivers with capacities greater than 200 pounds shall be fitted with a device that indicates the level of refrigerant in the receiver.
The system shall be pressure tested during installation prior to evacuation and charging.
The system shall be charged with regulated dry nitrogen and appropriate tracer gas to bring system pressure up to 300 psig minimum.
Check the system for leaks, repair any leaks, and retest for pressure using the same gauge.
The system shall stand, unaltered, for 24 hours with no more than a +/- one pound pressure change from 300 psig, measured with the same gauge.
The system shall be evacuated after pressure testing and prior to charging.
Pull a system vacuum down to at least 1000 microns (+/- 50 microns), and hold for 30 minutes.
Pull a second system vacuum to a minimum of 500 microns and hold for 30 minutes.
Pull a third vacuum down to a minimum of 300 microns, and hold for 24 hours with a maximum drift of 100 microns over a 24-hour period.
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