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Greener Than Thou: Greentopia Now!

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Greener Than Thou is our report on San Francisco’s obsession with all things green, giving credit where credit is due and calling bullshit when the need arises. Feeling morally superior on the green front? Testify!

In the very near future, San Francisco's building codes might become much, much greener. Ultra-green building standards proposed by the mayor's Green Building Task Force were unanimously approved by the SF Building Inspection Commission and, pending approval by the Board of Supervisors, will be signed into law later this year. As predicted last month, Mayor Gavin Newsom and his arch-nemesis Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin are actually going to play nice on this one — the Peskin-proposed alternative plan will be integrated into the mayor's proposal. The rules will be implemented almost immediately, although requirements will be phased into the current building code over the next 4 years, giving the industry time to adjust to the new costs. So what's going to change? Glad you asked: New residential buildings climbing over 75 feet high, new commercial buildings larger than 5,000 square feet, and building renovations over 25,000 square feet will be required to meet LEED standards, while all new residential construction must include solar-heated water and low-V.O.C. paints. Question: will the hundreds of new pages' worth of new codes be printed on recycled paper?
· S.F. moves to greenest building codes in U.S. [SF Gate]
· Greener Than Thou: City Dukes it Out Over LEED Law [Curbed SF]