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Office of Energy & Sustainable Development (OESD)
Office of Energy & Sustainable Development (OESD)

Programs for Residents Topic Listing

Building Energy Saving Ordinance (BESO) - BESO requires building owners and homeowners to complete and publicly report comprehensive energy assessments to uncover energy saving opportunities. The assessments are conducted by registered energy assessors who provide tailored recommendations on how to save energy and link building owners to incentive programs for energy efficiency upgrade projects, such as Energy Upgrade California. Energy efficiency improvements are voluntary and encouraged. BESO is required prior to sale of a house or whole building under 25,000 square feet, and on a phased-in schedule for multifamily and commercial buildings. [more...]

Energy Rebate & Incentive Programs - The City of Berkeley is committed to helping residents and businesses save energy and lower utility costs. Energy efficiency upgrades can make your home or building healthier and more comfortable. See how Berkeley is working to meet its Climate Action Plan goals for Building Energy. The links below include energy-saving rebates and assistance. See a list of energy efficiency incentives here and below:      [more...]

Solar - https://www.cityofberkeley.info/solarpvpermitguide/ [more...]

Residential Electric Vehicle Charging Stations   - This page contains information about charging an EV at home in a garage or on an existing driveway. If you lack an off-street parking space, but are interested in home charging, please see our Residential Curbside EV Charging Pilot [more...]

PACE - Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing [more...]

Green Building Guides  - The City of Berkeley aims to remove barriers to green construction, and to promote policies and practices that encourage building green. Berkeley is committed to help green building become business as usual.  [more...]

Green Building Requirements - Building Sustainably Green buildings provide healthy, comfortable building interiors that maximize savings through the efficient use of energy and water and limit construction impacts on the natural environment. The City of Berkeley requires that new buildings, alterations, and additions meet the requirements of the California State Green Building Code (CALGreen). Documentation of compliance with CALGreen must be provided with plans submitted for building permits and can be provided with these customized City of Berkeley CALGreen checklists:CALGreen New Residential Checklist [more...]

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