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Proposed Reach Codes Pending Approval

The California Energy Commission (CEC) may approve the City’s reach code ordinance in January. If approved the ordinance will go into effect Jan. 14, 2021.

Reach codes affect residential and nonresidential new construction. They do not apply to remodels or alterations.

Reach codes will make effective the following changes:

  • Gas appliances are not permitted. Gas appliances can be cooking range, water heater, space heater, fireplace, pool equipment, etc.
  • Solar panels are required for all new buildings.
  • Electric vehicle chargers, preliminary wiring or conduit, are required for all new building parking lots.

Background and Purpose

To help achieve environmental goals, many communities have adopted “reach codes.” These are local energy codes for building design and construction that go beyond minimum state requirements. The codes help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by promoting electric versus natural gas energy use. The City proposed a phased program that would start with all electric construction for new buildings.

For more information

Contact the Building Division at 408-730-7444.

December 18, 2020