Green Building Guidelines

Green building is a “Whole-Systems” approach for designing and constructing buildings that conserve energy, water, and material resources and are healthier, safer, and more comfortable.

In practical terms, green building includes:

  • Using sun & wind to the building's advantage for natural heating, cooling, & day lighting
  • Landscaping with native plants & using water efficiently
  • Building quality, durable structures
  • Insulating well & ventilating appropriately
  • Incorporating salvaged, recycled, & sustainably harvested materials
  • Maintaining healthy indoor air quality with appropriate building techniques & materials
  • Using energy-efficient, water-saving appliances & fixtures
  • Reducing & recycling construction waste

     A wealth of information on green building is available in the Green Building Guidelines for New Construction and Home Remodeling. The City of Antioch has hard copies of these guidelines available at the Building Department Permit Counter or by emailing Julie Haas-Wajdowicz. Both booklets are also available for download at

The Contra Costa County Builder’s Guide to Reuse & Recycling

The Contra Costa County Builder’s Guide to Reuse & Recycling was developed to provide local building contractors with information about recycling facilities and services that recover rather than dispose of jobsite debris. The Builder’s Guide can be viewed online at the following link: As an alternative to the Builder’s Guide, local building contractors can also visit the following Contra Costa website: This website includes a list of the construction and demolition materials that can be recycled. Clicking on the material you want to recycle will bring up a list of local companies that accept that material for recycling.


Effective January 1, 2014, California’s Green Building Standards Code (CAL Green) will be revised. The City of Antioch will be updating its Construction and Demolition Ordinance to bring its code in line with the updated Green Building Standards Code. The current Construction and Demolition Ordinance requires that any project valued at $75,000 or greater is subject to the ordinance. The C&D Ordinance will be updated so that projects that meet the following requirements will be subject to the ordinance:

  • All new structures in the City of Antioch
  • Additions or Alterations with total project costs equal to or greater than $75,000
  • Demolition of any structure or portion of a structure larger than 120 square feet

Visit the following site to learn more about the 2014 changes to CAL Green:

Learn More about Green Building





Green Resource Center

  • Fact sheets, referrals, case studies, events listings, other green building links, & in-depth info about green building materials & strategies
  • Workshops & presentations

Bay Area Build it Green

  • Continuing education & networking for public agencies, non-profits, & building professionals
  • Listing of certified green architects & building contractors
  • Materials Database: extensive listing of green products, materials, & technologies available in the Bay Area
  • Green Home Tours, workshops, & presentations
  • Access to Ask an Expert Hotline. A service that provides customized responses to green building questions for building professionals and the general public

Build Green Now

  • Green building resources for the general public, design & building professionals, & public agencies
  • Green Building Guidelines for renovations & new construction that have been adopted by, or serve as the basis for, many green building programs in the San Francisco Bay Area

Waste Reduction & Recycling

  • Construction & Demolition: ordinance & waste diversion guidelines for builders
  • Recycling resources for Contra Costa county
  • Green building resource links

United States Green Building Council (USGBC)

  • Extensive collection of green building resources: market research, publications, presentations, & links to additional resources
  • LEED ® Rating System info: case studies, training, certification, & workshops






Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)

  • Visit the “Save Money” tab on the PG&E pages “For My Business” or “For My Home” to find rebates and incentives for green building
  • Energy efficiency information for California residents, business, & industry








Energy Upgrade California

  • Tools to help find rebates and incentives for small businesses and residents looking to upgrade to energy efficient products
  • Information for small businesses and residents on the best ways to save money while meeting California’s energy efficiency and clean energy goals

Energy Star

  • Info on energy efficient buildings, appliances, & equipment
  • ENERGY STAR appliances & building strategies often qualify for rebates

DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Building Technologies Program

  • Support for R&D activities to improve the energy efficiency of buildings
  • Tools, guidelines, training, & access to technical & financial resources

H20 Water Saver

  • A virtual encyclopedia of water saving tips for indoor & outdoor uses
  • Access to Smart From the Start. A california water conservation program that provides user-friendly tools and landscape templates to assist new homeowners and developers design and install beautiful, water-smart landscapes



EPA Water Efficiency Program

  • Extensive info & resources on how to use water more efficiently
  • This program is applicable to all water users ranging from homeowners to governments

EPA Indoor Air Quality

  • Extensive info & resources on indoor air quality
  • IAQ INFO: hotline to help locate the appropriate info, 800-438-4318

Health House

  • For Consumers: info on IAQ concerns & tip sheets to help identify & reduce pollutants in the home
  • For Builders: guidelines & Registered House Builder training for building homes with better IAQ