The Greening of SLO County

Have you heard of SLO Greenbuild? They?are a?non profit organization with a? a holistic approach to the design , construction, ?and operation of structures.? It has three primary goals. 1.Healthy living environments 2Resource conservation and 3.Energy efficiency. Consisting of local builders, architects, engineers, landscape architects and other?members of the community providing educational resources for anyone interested in learning how to incorporate greener building techniques into their project. Sample materials are available at the County of San Luis Obispo permit center. Anyone can sign up for a free peer review of their project by SLO Greenbuild. Peer review will incorporate suggestions and a check list for including green technology into a project.

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SLO COUNTY-FREE SECONDARY DWELLING HOUSE PLANS PROGRAM

The San Luis Obispo County Planning Department worked with the local chapter of the American?Institute ?of Architects, Workforce Housing Coalition, and the builders exchange to put on a design competiton?among local licensed?architects to come up with a well designed secondary dwelling. Ten winning home designs were chosen out of 29 submittals. Plans were then reviewed by structural engineers and energy consultants for compliance with codes, and then processed through the Building Department for plan check. Stock plans for a secondary dwelling will have reduced building permit ?fees as well.

The winning house plans will soon be available to the public at no charge (other than coping costs) for those properties who qualify for a secondary dwelling. Free house plans?must be used for secondary housing only. At this time this program is available to the residents of the incorporated areas of San Luis Obispo County.


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