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City green so far

  1. 1. City Codes and Going Green Paul Freedman City of Columbus – Department of Development Building Services Division – Code Development 757 Carolyn Avenue, Columbus, OH 43224 (614) 645-0704 [email_address]
  2. 2. What we have done so far! <ul><li>Parking Code Rewrite </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduce Overall Parking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Set Cap of Parking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increase Landscaping Requirements </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Recycling Demolition Debris </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Track Percentages of Debris that is Recycled </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Economic Development Incentives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Look Outside of Codes Towards Incentives </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. What we have done so far! <ul><li>Live by Example </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Greenview Estates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>City Facility Mandate </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Internal Policy Changes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fleet Changes - Anti-Idling and Retrofits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stormwater Management Manual </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Introducing the Building Code <ul><li>Building codes are statewide mandated codes – for the most part, no local changes </li></ul><ul><li>Building codes do not stand alone… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Zoning Code, Housing Code, Fire Code, etc… </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The good news, the codes are fairly permissive </li></ul>
  5. 5. Introducing the Zoning Code <ul><li>Locally based – no true national model </li></ul><ul><li>No two zoning codes are alike </li></ul><ul><li>Completely local within confines of case law and enabling legislation </li></ul><ul><li>Code works in conjunction with the adopted zoning map </li></ul>
  6. 6. All The Codes Fit to Print <ul><li>Zoning Code </li></ul><ul><li>Housing Code </li></ul><ul><li>Fire Code </li></ul><ul><li>Nuisance Abatement Code </li></ul><ul><li>Utilities Code </li></ul><ul><li>Transportation Code </li></ul><ul><li>Recreation and Parks Code </li></ul>
  7. 7. Going Green – Practical Problems and Responses <ul><li>Lack of contractor familiarity with new products and procedures </li></ul><ul><li>Become accustomed to questioning the code - what does it actually allow or prohibit? </li></ul><ul><li>Misinformation/Misapplication </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wrong products/wrong application lead to problems blamed on the building code </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Poor execution or limited site options – Front Yard Setback Example </li></ul><ul><li>What is green – Backup Generators?? </li></ul>
  8. 8. The Good News <ul><li>Building codes as mentioned are permissive </li></ul><ul><li>Zoning Codes and other local codes can be changed locally or varied with a local hearing </li></ul><ul><li>Contractor training is improving </li></ul><ul><li>New technologies are moving into the mainstream </li></ul><ul><li>Greater acceptance of green design </li></ul><ul><li>Building green buildings will create a pool of qualified professionals and encourage others to adopt the same methods </li></ul>

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