The first phase of implementing new green building standards in Menlo Park was delayed after the City Council on June 14 unanimously asked staff to revise the proposed ordinance.
The ordinance would require new construction currently subject to California's green building standards to exceed the state's required energy efficiency by 15 percent. Builders would need to test heating and cooling ducts for leaks and install cool roofs that meet certain standards for reflecting sunshine and releasing absorbed heat. The council wants the ordinance to state that alternative methods could be used for cool roofs on residential homes.
The state energy commission must approve the ordinance before it goes into effect, a process expected to take approximately three months once the city adopts it.
The ordinance would fulfill a goal stated in the city's climate action plan to exceed the state's green building standards.
According to the staff report, the City Council will review the climate action plan at its July 19 meeting, which will start at 7 p.m. in council chambers at the Civic Center at 701 Laurel St. The ordinance is also expected to return to council that night.