Construction & Materials

Many buildings are involved in construction projects on a somewhat frequent basis and this is a great way to start implementing environmentally friendly practices at your site. The following will provide further information on green construction and local or state requirements relating to this topic.

Commercial Construction Recycling Requirements

Content provided by WG Construction

The different cities within Santa Clara County have their own programs for dealing with construction and demolition debris. The purpose of these programs is to recycle and salvage construction and demolition (C&D) debris. C&D debris comprises a significant portion of the waste stream that can be diverted from the landfill, thereby conserving resources, protecting our environment, and extending landfill life. Below are links to the cities which have published online information regarding their programs.

Campbell, Monte Sereno, Saratoga, and Town of Los Gatos
Toward the bottom of this page you will see information on roll-off and debris boxes.

Cupertino Construction & Demolition Recycling

Mountain View Construction & Demolition Debris Diversion Ordinance

Palo Alto: Green Building Regulations

Palo Alto: Approved Facilities List for C&D Debris

San Jose CDDD Program: Construction & Demolition Diversion Deposit Program

Santa Clara Construction & Demolition Debris Recycling Program

San Mateo County:

Sunnyvale Construction & Demolition Waste,
Toward the bottom of this link you will find a section on construction and demolition waste

Jobsite Construction Demolition Disposal & Recycling (at Zanker)
Demolition debris processing, concrete recycling, wood waste recycling, gypsum wallboard recycling, yard trimmings processing and composting, asphalt shingle processing.

Jobsite Hauling Services for Recycling Carpet
Carpet is a petroleum based product and accounts for over 3.5% of the waste disposed of in our U.S. landfills or over 4 billion pounds per year! GreenWaste Carpet Recycling provides jobsite delivery services of carpet recycling collection bins and trailers right to you project! Saves you working space and storage, gets you in and out of the job faster, reduces transportation costs back and forth to your disposal site and RECYCLES your carpet with CERTIFICATION!

Ask about their Carpet Tile recycling & palletizing programs!
Phone 408.938.4958 or email for a quote today!

Frequently Asked Questions regarding California's new Green Building Code

Green Building Product Resources

Here is a link to over 1,500 green building products including environmental data, manufacturing information and links to additional resources:

Selecting Paint

Content provided by ProFormance Painting

Green paints no longer refer to the color, but the chemical make-up of the paints specified.  In the past 15 years, paint manufacturers have had to develop a myriad of resins and solvents to make their products more environmentally friendly while maintaining the application properties required by painters.  The three main areas of innovation for Green coatings have been Zero Volatile Organic Compound paints, Water/Oil hybrids and Heat Reflective exterior paints.

Volatile Organic Compounds refer to the ingredients in paints that have been proven to cause health problems. These include respiratory ailments, skin irritations and in extreme cases, cancer.  Paint companies have aggressively researched manufacturing processes to remove these from all paints.  Currently, all major paint manufactures have a line of Zero V.O.C paints for architectural use.  Architectural use includes gypsum wallboard, suspended ceiling tiles and wood trim.  A fact to keep in mind when specifying Zero V.O.C. paints, is that only a couple paint companies have Zero V.O.C. colorants or tints. The darker the color, the less Green that paint is going to be.  The most recent advancements in Zero V.O.C. coatings have come in the light industrial market.  Companies like Rust-oleum, are manufacturing Zero V.O.C. primers, coatings for exterior metal, such as boiler plates and air conditioning units, and two component epoxies for walls and floors. Today, only the most extreme of environments require a paint that has any Volatile Organic Compounds.

The next innovation in Green coatings has been the development of Water/Oil Hybrid resins. I know what you are asking, “How can any paint containing oil be Green?” Good question.  The advancement has come from a food by product, soy beans.  The resins and oil from soy beans can be formulated into an excellent paint product.  These paints feature all of the properties of oil based paints of yesteryear, good flow and leveling, excellent adhesion, but in a low V.O.C. formula. The last reason these products are deemed Green is because they are manufactured from a renewable resource.

The last Green paint development has come in the past 5 years. Heat Reflective Coatings. These are paints that can actually keep your building cooler by reflecting UV rays from the exterior walls, thus requiring fewer cycles from the building’s air-conditioning unit.  The limitation on these type of paints is color range, usually only 6-9 colors.  The track record of these products is extremely limited and the reduction of the reflective properties over the life of the coating is not thoroughly documented.

Paint companies are constantly making improvements and advancements in Green Coatings.  Government regulations and LEED tax credits are insuring that these will continue. There is a Green paint for nearly every painting project, so be sure to ask your painting vendor to provide the most environmentally friendly coating for whatever job you have.



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