Silver Oak Named First Commercial Production Winery to Receive LEED Platinum

OAKVILLE, Calif. — Silver Oak Winery has been named the first commercial production winery in the world to earn LEED Platinum certification, the USGBC’s highest level of recognition.

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C.W. Driver Completes Net-Zero Construction of Alpine Library

ALPINE, Calif. — C.W. Driver Companies, based in Pasadena, Calif., has completed construction on one of San Diego County’s first Zero Net Energy (ZNE) buildings, the Alpine Library in Alpine. C.W.

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Marin County Plans Green Hospital for 2020

GREENBRAE, Calif. — Major work is underway for an expansion at Marin General Hospital (MGH) in Greenbrae. The new $394 million hospital will replace MGH with a four-story, 260,000-square-foot hospital building; a five-story, 100,000-square-foot ambulatory services building; and two parking garages. The facility will also strive to achieve LEED Silver or LEED Gold certification upon completion in 2020. Groundbreaking for the new facility is set to take place in January 2016.

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California Approves Multiple Green Energy Reforms

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Governor Jerry Brown signed several major pieces of energy legislation last week, keeping California on the cutting edge of the green industry boom.

Senate Bill 594 (SB 594) allows utility customers to apply the financial credit from solar installations to their overall energy bill for a plot or connected plots. Previously a utility customer could only apply credits from a solar array to the meter the installation was attached to.

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CalGreen Codes Get An Upgrade

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California has made headlines again in terms of environmental building practices. In January 2011, the state became the first in the country to create statewide green building codes with the CalGreen Building Code.

As of July 1, a set of improvements and enhancements to the code took effect that set higher standards for saving energy, conserving water and improving indoor air quality.

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California’s First Sustainable Utility Campus Completes First Phase

BURBANK, Calif. — Burbank Water and Power and AHBE Landscape Architects have completed the first phase of the state’s first sustainable utility campus.

Leaders of the water and electricity company saw an opportunity to go green when they replaced the power plant and substations on their campus in 2005.

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