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Green Building Information

Green Building is a sustainability-driven approach to construction that reduces environmental impacts, improves efficiency, and creates a healthier environment for building occupants. Green building techniques and materials can be used for both new building construction and remodels.

Green Building practices include:

  • Energy and water efficient technologies (such as double-paned windows and low-flow toilets)
  • The use of recycled content materials (such as plastic lumber made with recycled plastic containers)
  • Construction and Demolition (C&D) plans that recycle materials and reduce waste generated by a construction project


California Green Building Standards Code - referred to as CALGreen - is the first statewide mandatory green building code in the country.  CALGreen mandates that all building construction and demolition projects, and certain additions and alteration projects to recycle and/or salvage a minimum 50 percent of the nonhazardous construction and demolition (C&D) debris generated during the project.   

To view the City’s updated C&D ordinance and additional resources, visit the C&D Recycling Program page. Find more information about CalGreen on the Building Standards Commission website.

Additional Resources

CalRecycle's Green Building Basics
Build it Green
Contra Costa County Green Building Program
California Building Officials

The City of Martinez encourages all owners and builders to consider a Green Building approach to future building projects. For questions or assistance in determining how to incorporate green building into your project, please contact the City’s Building Division at 925-372-3550.