Mountain View Green Building Code (MVGBC)

The Mountain View Green Building Code (MVGBC) amends the State-mandated California Green Building Code (CalGreen) to include local green building standards and requirements for private development. The MVGBC applies green building requirements per building type and threshold to new construction, residential additions and commercial/industrial tenant improvements and includes energy efficiency standards that exceed the 2008 Building Energy Efficiency Standards.

The MVGBC does not require formal certification from a third-party organization. Instead, projects will be required to be designed and constructed to “meet the intent” of a third-party rating system.

If you are planning to submit an application for a construction permit in the City of Mountain View check the below Table 101.10 and confirm whether or not you will be required to meet the MVGBC requirements. For questions contact the Building Division at (650) 903-6313. 

For Projects Submitted as of January 1, 2017.

Table 101.10 Mandatory Green Building Requirements

MVGBC Requirements Sheets

2016 Residential Submittal Sheet 2016 Commercial Submittal Sheet
Project Type Energy Requirement1 Green Building Standard and Requirement
Residential Projects (Single Family, Multi-Family)
New Construction
New Residential < 5 units Title 24, Part 6 Mandatory CALGreen Requirements
New Residential > 5 units Title 24, Part 6 Meet the intent of 70 GreenPointRated points and Mandatory CALGreen Requirements
Additions & Alterations
Additions and Alterations Title 24, Part 6 Mandatory CalGreen Requirements
Mixed Use Projects
New Construction
New Residential < 5 units and New Nonresidential Use < 25,000 square feet Title 24, Part 6 for Residential and Non-residential Residential and Non-residential criteria as applicable to each component of the project.
New Residential > 5 units and New Nonresidential Use > 25,000 square feet Title 24, Part 6 for Residential and Non-residential Residential and Non-residential criteria as applicable to each component of the project.
Non-Residential Projects
New Construction
New Nonresidential Buildings < 5,000 square feet Title 24, Part 6 Mandatory CALGreen Requirements
New Nonresidential Buildings 5,000 - 25,000 square feet Title 24, Part 6 Meet the intent of LEED® Certified and Mandatory CALGreen Requirements
New Nonresidential Buildings > 25,000 square feet Title 24, Part 6 Meet the intent of LEED® Silver and Mandatory CALGreen Requirements
Tenant Improvements
Building additions of 1,000 square feet or greater, and/or building alteration with a permit valuation of $200,000 or above Title 24, Part 6 Mandatory CALGreen Requirements

 

For Projects Submitted from January 1, 2014 thru December 31, 2016.

MVGBC Requirements Sheets
2013 Residential Submittal Sheet 2013 Commercial Submittal Sheet
Table 101.10 Mandatory Green Building Requirements
Project Type Energy Requirement1 Green Building Standard and Requirement
Residential Projects (Single Family, Multi-Family)
New Construction
New Residential < 5 units Title 24, Part 6 Mandatory CalGreen Requirements
New Residential > 5 units Title 24, Part 62 Meet the intent of 70 GreenPointRated points and Mandatory CalGreen Requirements
Additions & Alterations
Additions and Alterations Title 24, Part 6 Mandatory CalGreen Requirements
Mixed Use Projects
New Construction
New Residential < 5 units and New Non-residential Use < 25,000 square feet Title 24, Part 6 for Residential and     Non-residential Residential and Non-residential criteria as applicable to each component of the project.
New Residential > 5 units and New Non-residential Use > 25,000 square feet Title 24, Part 6 for Residential and     Non-residential Residential and Non-residential criteria as applicable to each component of the project.
Non-Residential Projects
New Construction
New Non-residential Buildings < 5,000 square feet Title 24, Part 6 Mandatory CalGreen Requirements
New Non-residential Buildings 5,000 - 25,000 square feet Title 24, Part 6 Meet the intent of LEED® Certified and Mandatory CalGreen Requirements
New Non-residential Buildings > 25,000 square feet Title 24, Part 6 Meet the intent of LEED® Silver and Mandatory CalGreen Requirements
Tenant Improvements
Building additions of 1,000 square feet or greater, and/or building alteration with a permit valuation of $200,000 or above Title 24, Part 6 Mandatory CalGreen Requirements

CSCDA California First

Mountain View businesses can now take advantage of low-cost financing to make “green” improvements to their properties, i.e. be green and save green! The CaliforniaFIRST program offers low-cost, long-term financing for commercial energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation upgrades that are permanently affixed to a building. Property owners agree to repay the cost of improvements through a line item on their property tax bill over the life of the upgrade, up to 20 years. Eligible non-residential properties include commercial, industrial, and multi-family (5 or more units). For more information or to apply for financing, visit http://www.californiafirst.org/.

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