Green Building

Green building is a whole systems approach to the design, construction and operation of buildings that employs materials and methods that promote natural resource conservation, energy efficiency, and a good indoor air quality. Statewide mandatory requirements related to energy, water, and materials usage within the built environment are established within the California Energy Code and the California Green Building Code (CALGreen).

Cities can modify the codes to add more restrictive provisions based on local conditions as necessary, so long as they are found to be "cost-effective", or that the benefits outweigh the costs over the measure lifetime. Such modifications to the Energy Code and CALGreen are known as "reach codes".  Below are a summary of mandatory and reach code measures in Fremont: 

CALGreen Mandatory Measures for Construction

 The 2016 CALGreen sets forth mandatory measures for the following building types:
  • All new construction
  • Residential additions/alterations that increase the building's conditioned area
  • Non-residential additions greater than 1,000 square feet
  • Non-residential alterations valued at $200,000 and more
Mandatory measure checklists must be included on a plan sheet for all projects subject to these measures. 

Electric Vehicle Readiness

Under 2016 CALGreen, new residential and commercial developments are required to be "EV Capable", meaning they fulfill certain basic requirements that provide for future electric vehicle infrastructure installations. In order to better support Fremont's existing EV ownership levels as well as promote further EV adoption, the City of Fremont adopted an EV reach code that goes significantly beyond the CALGreen mandatory measures to require:

  • Residential and non-residential new construction projects and additions where additional parking spaces are provided must include "EV Ready" parking spaces equipped with the electrical raceway, wiring, and electrical circuit. (FMC 15.48.030 & FMC 15.48.040)
  • Single-family residential projects must provide one EV Ready parking spaces per each dwelling unit. (FMC 15.48.050)
  • Multifamily residential projects of 3 units or more and all non-residential projects must provide EV Readiness for approximately 10 percent of the total number of new parking spaces. This is equivalent to the Tier 2 CALGreen option for non-residential developments. (FMC 15.48.050 & FMC 15.48.060)
  • All "EV Ready" parking spaces must also be equipped with the EV charging unit. (FMC 18.183.172 & FMC 18.183.174)

Commercial Outdoor Lighting

To promote the use of high-efficiency LED lighting in outdoor applications, the City of Fremont adopted a reach code that reduces the maximum allowable wattages of outdoor lighting fixtures in new Commercial construction projects and major retrofits. (FMC 15.44.030)

Construction and Demolition Debris Requirements

Chapters 4 and 5 of 2016 CALGreen require that applicants recycle and/or salvage for reuse a minimum of 65% of the non-hazardous construction and demolition waste in accordance within this code.

City of Fremont requires that applicants recycle and/or reuse 100% of asphalt and concrete and recycle 65% of the remaining material generated. All plant and tree debris shall be separated from the other material and 100% of the plant and tree material shall be composted. (FMC 8.40)

Applicants shall only use debris boxes from Republic Services. Contact Republic Services at (510) 657-3500
Applicants will need to complete the following forms and submit them along with the permit application.  

Solar Photovoltaic Permits

As an incentive to promote green building practices and reduce community greenhouse gas emissions, the City of Fremont adopted resolutions to reduce solar panel permit costs for both residential and commercial projects. See Solar Panel Installations on how to get a permit.