Tonight: Portola Valley council holds public hearing on green building mandates


The Portola Valley Town Council is seeking feedback from the public tonight (May 12) in a hearing on a proposed green building ordinance.

The law would require residents engaged in major remodels or additions or new construction to choose from a weighted list of "build it green" elements. Points would be awarded for each element, and homeowners would be required to meet a minimum threshold of points.

The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Historic Schoolhouse at 765 Portola Road. Also on the agenda are a possible council tour of the Town Center tonight to evaluate the effectiveness of artificial lighting, and survey results on water use on town fields and at Town Center.

On the green-building point system, an example: A high-efficiency irrigation system would be worth three points; adding a rainwater harvesting system would add one point to the total.

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 non-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.

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