The county of Sonoma Permit and Resource Management Department, or PRMD, is trying to figure out whether projects that reuse nontoxic, nonpathogenic wastewater from washing machines or single fixtures, such as showers and sinks, for underground irrigation can qualify for financing under the Sonoma County Energy Independence Program, or SCEIP, according to Bob Herr, liquid waste specialist for PRMD.
On Aug. 4, the California Building Standards Commission officially adopted the "laundry to landscape" greywater systems standard as Chapter 16A of Title 24 in the state plumbing code. The body adopted it as an emergency measure in June because of the declared drought.
"There is talk about SCIEP money being used for greywater systems," Mr. Herr said. "The hitch is that they need to take out a permit, but greywater systems now do not need a permit. So we need to figure out a way to verify the work has been done under the program."
The department also is concerned about proper design and installation of greywater systems that now don't need a permit. So a pamphlet is expected to be available soon online at www.sonoma-county.org/prmd and in the PRMD office with information on the new state guidelines. Details on systems and the new standards are available from Oasis Design at www.oasisdesign.net/greywater/law/california/currentcode/, which was a major proponent of the law change.
Measure A in Mendocino County, which would simplify entitlements for the 800,000-square-foot Redwood Crossings shopping center north of Ukiah proposed by Developers Diversified Realty, received only 37.7 percent of the votes cast on Tuesday, with 62.2 percent against the project.
Vermont-based engineering services firm Hallam-ICS selected Quattrocchi Kwok Architects of Santa Rosa out of a pool of more than 100 firms worldwide to be part of a team serving a $30 million, five-year contract with the U.S. General Services Administration for building information modeling, or BIM, services nationwide.
Fireman's Fund Insurance Co. earned gold-level LEED Existing Building certification, the second-highest level, for its three-building headquarters campus in Novato. The company brought in CB Richard Ellis to guide the project, which started last December. LEED point-getters included a U.S. EPA Energy Star score of 94, energy-efficient bulbs and ballasts plus direct digital controls on the heating and cooling system.
Cotati-based Stony Point Rock Quarry has been in talks with Santa Rosa-based KriStar Enterprises over integration of KriStar's low-impact development stormwater-management products with a bioswale product the quarry is developing after the September acquisition of Grab N' Grow.
The city of Napa plans to hold its second Downtown Napa Specific Plan workshop Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. at Native Sons of the Golden West Hall, 937 Coombs St.
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