California CHPS Documentation Requirements Released for Comment

(Sacramento, CA, Friday, July 11, 2014) – The California CHPS Documentation Format is now available for public review. The comment period will be open until July 25, 2014, 5:00 PM.

Please note, only the documentation requirements are open for review, not the underlying Criteria behind them. The final draft of the 2014 CA-CHPS Criteria may be downloaded here.

“This is the first time that CHPS has provided an opportunity for users (school and design teams) to weigh in on the method of demonstrating compliance with the CHPS Criteria,” said Bill Orr, Executive Director of CHPS. “We believe doing so offers a higher level of transparency, and will result in a better end product in terms of ease of use.”

The proposed CA CHPS Documentation Format takes a “Plan and Spec Approach” to demonstrating compliance. All verification requirements are built into the Criteria, the verification requirements can be reviewed in conjunction with the credit in one place, and there are no surprises or more information to be requested by the verifier.

“We sought to make the documentation requirements clear, easy to use, and only ask for information that is really necessary,” said Aaron Jobson, Co-Chair of the CA-CHPS Committee. “But if there are areas for improvement, we want to hear about it from those who will be using these documents.”

The Plan and Spec approach was debuted by CHPS in the 2012 HI-CHPS Criteria and is being used effectively in California by local jurisdictions to implement the California Green Building Code (CALGreen), saving time and money for cities and counties and design teams during the green building documentation process.

Comments may be submitted using the online form. Up to five comments may be submitted per form. Additional comments may be made by completing an additional form. Comments in any other format may not be considered.

Download the public review draft of the California CHPS Documentation Requirements, and CA-CHPS Documentation Summary.

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