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California will require mandatory inspection of energy systems in non-residential buildings

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Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger announced on 12th January 2010 that the California Building Standards Commission unanimously adopted the first mandatory Green Building Standards Code (CALGREEN) requiring all new buildings in the state to be more energy efficient and environmentally responsible. Taking effect on 1st January 2011, the CALGREEN Code will require that new buildings constructed in California reduce water consumption by 20 percent, divert 50 percent of construction waste from landfills and install low pollutant-emitting materials. It will also require mandatory inspections of air-conditioning, heat and mechanical equipment for non-residential buildings over 10,000 square feet (929 m²), except hospitals, to ensure that all are working at their maximum capacity and according to their design efficiencies.