Office of Energy and Sustainable Development
Office of Energy and Sustainable Development

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Building Energy Saving Ordinance (BESO) - BESO replaced RECO/CECO 
Effective December 1, 2015, Berkeley's Building Energy Saving Ordinance (BESO), Berkeley Municipal Code 19.81, replaced both the Residential and Commercial Energy Conservation Ordinances (RECO and CECO). BESO requires Berkeley building owners to complete energy efficiency opportunity assessments and publicly report the building's energy efficiency information with the goal of helping building owners save energy and motivating them to participate in whole-building energy efficiency programs, such as Energy Upgrade California. [more...]

Energy Efficiency - The City of Berkeley is committed to helping residents and businesses save energy and lower utility costs. Energy efficiency upgrades can make your home or building healthier and more comfortable. See how Berkeley is working to meet its Climate Action Plan goals for Building Energy. The links below include energy-saving rebates and assistance. See a list of energy efficiency incentives here and below:      [more...]

Solar  - The sun produces an abundance of free, clean, renewable energy. In fact, in just one hour, the sun generates more energy than the entire world uses in a year. Solar power harnesses this energy. Increasing the amount of clean renewable energy is a critical component of Berkeley community efforts to reduce greenhouse gases and grow the green economy. [more...]

Green Building Guides  - The City of Berkeley aims to remove barriers to green construction, and to promote policies and practices that encourage building green. Berkeley is committed to help green building become business as usual.  [more...]

Green Building Requirements - Building Sustainably Green buildings provide healthy, comfortable building interiors that maximize savings through the efficient use of energy and water and limit construction impacts on the natural environment. The City of Berkeley requires that new buildings, alterations, and additions meet the requirements of the California State Green Building Code (CALGreen). Documentation of compliance with CALGreen must be provided with plans submitted for building permits and can be provided with these customized City of Berkeley CALGreen checklists: [more...]

Georgetown University Energy Prize -  Berkeley's $5 million Energy Competition 
The City of Berkeley is a semifinalist in the Georgetown University Energy Prize, a friendly competition between small and medium sized cities to save energy over a two year period. The competition officially began on January 1, 2015, and will continue through December 31, 2016. The city that wins will receive $5 million. In order to win, Berkeley will need to be the community that reduces the most overall energy use in homes, city buildings, and schools. [more...]

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