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A green building is sited, designed, constructed and operated to enhance the well being of its occupants and to support a healthy community and natural environment. Green building and remodeling makes your home healthier and more comfortable, saves on utility bills, and improves resale values. While you can take steps to green your home any time, remodels offer opportunities to go deeper and make even more rewarding improvements.

To learn more about how to integrate sustainability into your next project, check out the Green Building Guides and see what the City of Berkeley mandates as part of its Green Building Requirements.

Energy Efficiency: Improved comfort and lower energy
An energy-efficient house reduces greenhouse gas emissions, lowers utility bills, and improves comfort.

Solar: Use renewable energy
Generate electricity from sunlight and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Water Conservation: Protection and conservation of water supplies
Reducing water consumption conserves limited water supplies and saves energy. Controlling stormwater protects the San Francisco Bay and our local creeks and watersheds.

Healthy Indoor Environment: Breathe clean, fresh air
Reducing pollutants inside the home creates a safe, pleasant and healthy environment.

Waste Reduction and Resource Conservation:
Conservation of building materials and careful handling of construction and demolition debris saves valuable resources such as wood and landfill space.

Green Building Agencies

City of Berkeley Office of Energy and Sustainable Development
Learn about green building requirements and check out green permit guides.

Build It Green 
Consider getting your remodel green certified, see Green Building Guidelines and Rating Systems

U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
Consider getting your project LEED green certified.

Savings By Design offers no-cost design assistance, analysis and resources to help building owners and design teams with energy-efficient building design. Find incentives at PG&E rebates.

East Bay Municiple Utility District (EBMUD)
Check out water efficient products and tips.

Find out where to recycle any item, learn about rebates from Energy Upgrade California

Bay Friendly Gardening
Information about environmentally friendly gardening choices and water-smart landscaping.

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