Osama Younan is the Executive Officer for the City of Los Angeles, Department of Building and Safety (LADBS), where he oversees all the bureaus: Plan Check and Engineering Bureau, Inspection Bureau, Code Enforcement Bureau, Technology Services Bureau, and Resource Management Bureau. He also oversees the Development Services Case Management Division and has been with LADBS for 30 years.
Younan developed and implemented several streamlining and innovative initiatives that have significantly improved operational efficiency and customer service for the LADBS. These initiatives include the Online Plan Check and Permitting for Solar Photovoltaic Systems (received the Mayor’s Civic Innovation Award), Online Electric Vehicle Charger Permits (received the Mayor’s Civic Innovation Award), and E-Permit for Online Issuance of Permits that do not require plan review (received the City of Los Angeles Productivity Improvement Award.)
Younan is also the Chief Sustainability Officer for LADBS where he represents the Department on Green Building and sustainability policies and practices. He was the lead person in the development and adoption of the Los Angeles Green Building Codes and he created the Department’s Green Building Division. He was the lead person in the development and adoption of the City’s 2016 Water Conservation Ordinance.
Osama Younan is a licensed Mechanical Engineer with the State of California. He is also a LEED Accredited Professional with the U.S. Green Building Council. Younan worked very closely with the Governor’s Office on developing the State of California Solar Permitting Guidebook. He has chaired and served on many committees including the Green Building Code Advisory Committee for the California Building Standards Commission which provides recommendations on the development of the CALGreen Code, the International Accreditation Service Technical Advisory Sustainability Council, ASHREA Standard 189.1 “Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings” Committee; the International Green Construction Code (IGCC), and the Green Building Committee for the Los Angeles Basin Chapter which represents 89 jurisdictions throughout Southern California.