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Resource Efficient ‘Green’ Design

The Rolling Hills Estates City Council encourages its residents, business owners, and developers to consider the incorporation of resource efficient or “green” elements into remodel or new construction projects. The City Council adopted two resolutions on June 16, 2006 which encourage environmentally sensitive design within the City. Each of these resolutions is described below, and links to associated documents are provided.

First, Resolution No. 2103 adopts the Alameda County New Home Construction Green Building Guidelines as a City reference document. These guidelines summarize ways that sustainable design elements can be incorporated into remodel or new construction projects and provides a self-tracking green points system to indicate the number and type of green elements that are utilized. The resolution further encourages larger residential new construction and mixed-use projects to apply for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System® national certification to recognize sustainable design elements.

Second, Resolution No. 2104 adopts the Ahwahnee Water Principles for Resource-Efficient Land Use. These principles indicate stewardship actions that cities and counties can take to reduce costs and improve the reliability and quality of our water resources. The City Council will remain cognizant of these principles in forming policies that affect our precious water resources.

Residents, business owners, and developers are also encouraged to visit websites of City utility providers for conservation tips and to learn about various rebates or other offers available for using energy efficient products. For information, please contact California Water Service, Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas Company, and the South Bay Energy Resource Center.

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