Building greener homes voluntarily has proven popular in Portola Valley, planning officials say, and now the Town Council is considering requiring residents to choose from a weighted list of "build it green" elements to incorporate into additions and new construction.
The council, appropriately, plans to discuss the topic in the very green community hall at 765 Portola Road at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 10, after celebrating the green-building honor awarded to the new Town Center complex.
An example: A high-efficiency irrigation system would be worth three points; adding a rainwater harvesting system would add one point to the total. Go to is.gd/9YqVH for more information. The staff report to the council starts on page 51. The Build it Green checklist begins on page 62.
The minimum threshold of points would vary with the size of the project, and larger projects would require the use of professionals to certify that the project's point count reflects actual efficiency.
Institutional and no-residential projects would have to meet standards developed by the U.S. Green Building Council for its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, with the LEED level varying by project size.
The Town Center received a LEED platinum, the highest rating.