Green building is a “Whole-Systems” approach for designing and constructing buildings that conserve energy, water, and material resources and are healthier, safer, and more comfortable. 

In practical terms, green building includes:
Using sun & wind to the building's advantage for natural heating, cooling, & daylighting
Landscaping with native plants & using water efficiently
Building quality, durable structures 
Insulating well & ventilating appropriately
Incorporating salvaged, recycled, & sustainably harvested materials (Recycled Content Construction Products on-line catalog)
Maintaining healthy indoor air quality with appropriate building techniques & materials
Using energy-efficient & water-saving appliances & fixtures
Reducing & recycling construction waste

Click to View Enlargement


Green Building Brochure
(PDF* file)
Green Building Guidelines - New Home Construction & Home Remodeling
The Guidelines offer cost-effective suggestions to minimize construction-related waste, create healthier and more durable homes, reduce operating costs for homeowners as well as methods to reduce the impacts of building in Contra Costa communities; including solid waste management, water conservation, energy efficiency and resource conservation.

Green Building New Homes Green Points Calculator 
(XLS file)
A home that has earned 50 points or more across the 3 main green building categories – Indoor Air Quality, Energy Efficiency and Resource Efficiency – can be considered a “green home.”
Remodeling Green Points Calculator 
(XLS file)
Due to the diversity of remodeling project types, assigning a “total points” value to a project considered to be environmentally friendly is not feasible. However, 25 measures have been highlighted to signify that every effort should be made to incorporate them into your projects.

Green Building Material Resource List (PDF* file)
This List provides the names of the manufacturer of each product in the Green Building Materials Display as well as their phone number & website (when available).  Additionally, the List contains contact information for local distributors that sell these products.

Green Building Remodeling Ideas
(PDF* file)
This publication provides ideas for your home improvement.  Published by the San Mateo County's Green Building Program (RecycleWorks). 
Home Builders Association of Northern California Endorses GreenPoint Rated
  * NEW *
Home Builders Association of Northern California officially endorsed Build It Green’s GreenPoint Rated program in January 2008 serving as a major milestone in the mainstreaming of green building. Furthermore, the Association endorsed the adoption of mandatory green building standards in all 101 Bay Area cities and counties based on GreenPoint Rated. 

*  PDF files can only be viewed using the Adobe Acrobat reader which is free and can be downloaded here:

[ Green Building Program ] [ Green Building Links ] [ Green Building Guidelines ] [ Green Building Materials

Home ] Recycling & Reuse Guides ] Free Resources ] Composting & Grasscycling ] Composting Workshops ] [ Green Building Program ] Construction & Demolition Debris ] Recycling Market Development Zone ] Environmental Action Program for Schools ]  

Kids' Stuff ]
Parks Recycling Program ] Why reduce waste? ] Events ] Links ]


Phone: 925-674-7203
Fax: 925-674-7250
County Recycling Hotline: 1 (800) 750-4096 -or-

Contra Costa County Department of Conservation & Development
30 Muir Road
Martinez, CA 94553

This website is provided for information purposes only and is not meant to be exclusive or exclusionary in any way.  Information on this website should not be construed as a recommendation or endorsement by the County.  The County does not vouch for the capabilities, trustworthiness or performance of any individual, business or institution listed on this website.  Although we strive to provide a comprehensive listing of reuse and recycling options, it should not be regarded as complete with respect to the services, institutions or products it lists.  The County is not liable for errors or omissions and can not guarantee the accuracy of information regarding materials accepted, services or other details.   

IMPORTANT - Call vendors/companies first to verify accuracy of information.

If you have any suggestions or problems using our website, please let us know using our Website Feedback Form.

Legal Disclaimers/Notices