Los Angeles Adopts Sustainable Building Ordinance
By Mitch Menzer and Elisa Paster
The Los Angeles City Council recently adopted and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa signed into law an ordinance requiring new private development to meet green building standards. In doing so, Los Angeles joins scores of other cities around the United States that have adopted green building requirements. However, Los Angeles is the largest city to mandate green building for new private development. The new ordinance will require all developers, architects and property owners in Los Angeles to understand these new regulations and adapt their development practices.