Though the Drought Might Seem over, San Franciscans Should Still Prepare

Jeremy Kanler April 10, 2017

San Francisco. It’s a city that many people would kill to live in: and with the cost of living superseding even a world capital such as the “Big Apple” that really isn’t a surprise.

San Francisco is hip, cool, on trend, and always in the know. The weather, though not always as perfect as it’s southern San Diego cousin, is moderate and warm when compared to the rest of the country.

Still, there are things in San Francisco that can annoy even the most devout San Franciscan. In this case: the California Green Building Code for water conservation.

What does the California Green Building Code even mean?

Well if we pay attention to politics, like most of us do these days, we would know that the  California Green Building Code is not exactly new.

Enacted in 2014, effective January 1st, the law demands a higher standard of compliance when it comes to residential water conservation. In layman’s terms, this means: if we decided in 2013 that we wanted to remodel our home, we would now have to follow the more stringent law. By stringent, we mean the standards preceding 2014 were more lax than they are now in 2017. The law, of course, still being in place.

For many of us, this might be a no brainer: the law was created three years ago after all. But still, like many of us, we might not follow these conservation laws closely, unless we had been planning on remodeling our bathrooms and kitchens right before this law was created.

How do we follow the California Green Building Code?

A simple enough question to ask, with varying degrees of answers. The simple way to follow the new water conservation law, is to the basics:

  • toilets that use more than 1.6 gallons of water per flush
  • showerheads with a flow of more than 2.5 gallons per minute
  • faucets that emit more than 2.2 gallons per minute.

Exceeding any of these values will go against the California Green Building Code. Annoying? Yes. But considering our near constant state of drought, it’s definitely needed.

How can we turn the California Green Building Code into a positive?

Whether we were a homeowner that planned to remodel our master suite or hallway bathroom right before this law was enacted or a person that had the idea of remodeling their home’s bathrooms today, turning this seemingly annoying government implementation into a positive isn’t as hard as you may think.

In fact, even though we might have wanted a light cosmetic remodel of our master suite or hallway bathroom before the California Green Building Code destroyed our plan, this scenario could still turn out into our favor.

Since we obviously must comply with the law (or risk who knows when going against it), you might as well go all the way if we already have to replace our toilet, sink, and shower head in the process.

In fact, why not spend a little more money in order to turn our seemingly dim and unexciting bathroom into a luxury we ourselves can enjoy. Though not only ourselves, but even possible future home-buyers: enticing them with freshly update law complied bathrooms.

In the San Francisco market, and nearly the entire Bay Area as a whole, it doesn’t take much to entice someone to want to buy our home (if you ever feel the need to leave the Bay Area, which in itself is ludicrous).

But still. From the need to comply to the law, and the fact that any advantage, especially a luxury one, will put our place in front of others when buyers think of them: isn’t that in itself worth the upgrade.

Yes heated floors, and relaxation features  such as large bathtubs, wireless speakers, and spa-like amenities may not entice everyone: but it’s more than likely to entice just about most people. Who doesn’t like a wow factor after all?

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