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California set to adopt green building standards, so why are environmentalists not so happy?

January 11, 2010 | 10:10 am

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California is expected to adopt the nation's first statewide green building code this week, reports Times staff writer Margot Roosevelt:

The proposed code, likely to be adopted Tuesday, would slash water use, mandate the recycling of construction waste, cut back on polluting materials and step up enforcement of energy efficiency in new homes, schools, hospitals and commercial buildings statewide.

The problem? Environmental groups such as the Sierra Club and Natural Resources Defense Council say the regulations fall short of standards already set by dozens of jurisdictions, including the cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco. Check out this morning's story

-- Craig Nakano

Photo: A unit in Rock Row, a townhouse development in Eagle Rock that was certified under the LEED for Homes program. To see our archived photo gallery of the project, click hereCredit: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

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