The Federation of California Builders Exchanges (CalBX) is a partnership of regional California Builders Exchanges committed to providing comprehensive and streamlined plan room services and other specific industry benefits to our collective members within our state’s increasingly complex and demanding business/regulatory climate. Below is a collection of resources that our members have found useful.
Contracting in California
Labor Enforcement Task Force (LEFT) battles the underground economy. They have created a brochure to help legally-operating contractors follow California contractor’s license law, and employment law. Get the brochure here, and follow the law. Ignorance of the law won’t help you avoid the fines, penalties and civil litigation.
Employers – see our additional information specific to employment in California.
Public Works in California
Don’t bid public works/prevailing wage jobs until you know what’s involved. It’s easy to lose your shirt. Use the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) website to learn more.
“Skilled and Trained Workforce” – learn about California’s strange definition of a “skilled and trained workforce” and how it applies to >$1million jobs bidding Lease/Leaseback, Design/Build or Best Value. Click to read overview.
Prevailing Wage Rates
Apprentice Requirements for Public Works Jobs
Federal Davis Bacon Prevailing Wage Labor Law
Here’s a good read! 149 pages on Prevailing Wage law – California Prevailing Wage Laws Feb 2016.
Tip! A very useful and easy-to-follow eBook for contractors: Blueprint to California’s Prevailing Wage, A Contractors Guide. Written by Western Electrical Contractors Association (WECA) for any merit-shop contractor. Click to find:
Amazon Kindle (best choice for Kindle devices)
Apple iBook (best choice for iPads or iPhones)
Interactive PDF (best choice for desktop and laptop computers or other mobile devices)
California Building Codes
- 2016 Standards
- 2019 Standards
- Climate Zone map
- Outdoor Lighting Zones
- Solar Reflectance Index (SRI)
- Certified Equipment, Products and Devices
- Title 24 training
- HVAC Changeout
- AB758 / Energy Efficient retrofits
- Educational Resources
Certification and Training:
Electrician Certification: Find the rules and regs at the DIR’s Electrician Certification website
Fire Sprinkler Fitter Certification. Starts July 1, 2017! Get the full story at the State Fire Marshall Automatic Extinguishing System webpage.
Acceptance Test Technician Certification Training: Get the most current list of providers at the Energy Commission’s ATTCP webpage.
More Regulation Resources
Wildland Urban Interface Zone Codes (State Fire Marshal) and http://osfm.fire.ca.gov/codedevelopment/wildfireprotection.php
Ask the Building Department: If you have a question about how a city or county enforces a code, contact them directly. Use the CSLB’s list of links to Building Departments throughout the state.
Report incidents and near misses at DIRT. All is confidential, reporting is required.