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As the state’s leading center for assessing the environmental impacts of motor vehicles and other mobile equipment, CARB’s new laboratory will now take its place as one of the premier vehicle emissions testing facilities in the world. The new lab will accommodate testing for passenger cars, motorcycles, trucks and buses, lawn and garden equipment, small off-road engines, and marine engines.

To support the state’s climate initiatives and determined to demonstrate the highest standards of sustainable practices, CARB designed and constructed the new Southern California Headquarters – Mary D. Nichols Campus to be a green building for the future. By integrating sustainable and energy efficient measures throughout, the 19-acre, 402,000 square-foot facility achieves Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification, and zero-net energy (ZNE) performance, and California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen) Tier 2 standards. At 402,000 square feet, it is the largest Zero-Net Energy (ZNE) building in the United States.

“Every element of the new Southern California Headquarters – Mary D. Nichols Campus, from the laboratory and vehicle testing cells to the stunning architecture, reflects the high standards and notable achievements CARB is recognized for around the world,” said CARB Chair Liane Randolph. “This new headquarters will be the incubator of innovative regulatory thinking and research, playing a pivotal role in the transition of transportation in California to zero-emission technologies. That will ensure that we accelerate our actions to protect those communities hardest hit by emissions from heavy truck traffic and freight transport.