Green Building Program Gains Traction in L.A.

Apr 29, 2008

L.A.'s Mayor signs Green Building Program ordinance into effect at Elleven and Luma

Elleven, California's first LEED Gold condominiums

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa signed into law a new initiative aimed at making development more eco-friendly.

This new Green Building Program “will require developers of large projects throughout the city to meet sustainability standards estimated to cut energy usage by 15%. The law is expected to affect about 150 projects each year, including the majority of new buildings downtown, said Claire Bowin of the city Planning Department,” writes Anna Scott of Los Angeles Downtown News.

Fittingly, the mayor signed the ordinance on the terrace that connects the South Group's Elleven and Luma, California's first condominiums to receive LEED Gold rating. A third building from the developer, Evo, scheduled to open this summer, is designed to meet similar standards.

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