CEQA Mitigation Strategies
Compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) can be extremely costly and burdensome for developers and builders. Though ConSol does not provide CEQA documentation services, developers and their CEQA consultants can leverage our experience and expertise in energy-efficient and sustainable design to develop cost-effective, technology-based compliance and environmental impact mitigation strategies.
ConSol also supports developers’ CEQA consultants with detailed analyses to quantify the costs and building energy use, and practical implementation guides for building emission mitigation strategies. ConSol’s participation helps to ensure that not only is compliance met, but that it is done in the most cost-effective and efficient manner possible.
We are experts in forecasting the energy efficiency, energy use, and greenhouse gas impacts of proposed projects. ConSol provided the analyses used to win a California Supreme Court case for a large development in Southern California (with over 20,000 homes and buildings) by demonstrating that the developer could meet CEQA compliance without substantial changes to their development plan, and by instead developing innovative solutions for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
As environmental regulations in California continue to gather strength and as the State moves toward its decarbonization goals, CEQA compliance will only become more challenging. Bringing ConSol on board early in the process can result in faster approvals and more cost-effective and marketable CEQA compliance solutions.
ConSol can help developers and CEQA consultants with:
- CEQA strategy for buildings with a focus on decarbonization/electrification
- Micro-grid, community solar, and distributed energy resource (DER) strategies, design, and analyses
- Estimated energy use for building design
- Energy-efficient/sustainable building design with detailed cost analysis
- Demand response and grid-attached storage applications and strategies
- Greenhouse gas emission estimates for buildings