2022 Building Electrification & EV Infrastructure Reach Code Initiative

Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE), Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE), East Bay Community Energy (EBCE), Alameda County, Santa Clara County and the San Mateo County Office of Sustainability (OOS) are joining together to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions within their service territories by developing forward-thinking building and transportation electrification reach codes. If your city is interested in adopting a reach code please see the model reach codes and resources for building electrification and electric vehicle infrastructure below. Once you are ready to adopt a reach code, visit the City Participation section to request support from your respective community choice aggregator (CCA).

Visit us here to stay in touch and for the latest updates on reach code resources and events as we finalize our content.

City Participation & PCE/SVCE/EBCE Support

Cities are encouraged to participate and avail themselves of the technical support by completing the “Stay in Touch” section below. To learn more about PCE & SVCE’s $10,000 incentive, review the letter of intent below. Please contact Blake Herrschaft (PCE), Alero Moju (OOS) or Zoe Elizabeth (SVCE) for eligibility.

SVCE: Letters of Intent were sent to your City Manager’s office. Please reach out to your CCA with specific questions.

EBCE also encourages their member agencies to apply for the Municipal Electrification Assistance (MEA) program for up to $10,000 in technical assistance or gap funding. To learn more, please visit https://ebce.org/mea/ or contact energyefficiency@ebce.org.

Model Reach Codes Recommendations

The following building electrification reach code language is based on the anticipated Investor-Owned Utilities Codes and Standards Program (IOU’s C&S) cost effectiveness studies. These studies will be listed under Supporting Resources.

Do you have any feedback you would like to share on our model codes or other aspects of our Initiative? We would appreciate your input!

Building Electrification

Energy Performance Approach
(Source Energy Margin) Model Code

This model reach code was designed to mitigate legal risk by providing compliance pathways for all-electric and mixed-fuel buildings. The amendment is for Title 24 Part 6 of the California Code of Regulations, and can be used for Single Family, Multifamily, and Non-Residential New Construction buildings. It leverages a Design Rating, which is a carbon-based performance metric used to regulate energy performance. San Luis Obispo, San Jose, and Santa Cruz have adopted reach codes similar to this model code.

Updated January 2024

Existing Buildings
Electrification Ordinances

Existing Building Electrification is more complex, higher cost, and has more equitable deployment considerations than new construction electrification. We encourage cities to use the below framework, model codes, and policy planning tools and reach out to our team for support when they are getting started:

Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

Building on the stakeholder engagement learnings of 2019 building code cycle, we offer a Zoning Code amendment that exceeds the adopted 2022 Title 24 Part 11 Green Building Standards (also referred to as CALGreen). Similar to the All-Electric Municipal Ordinance, this zoning code amendment is not tied to the building code cycle and can be adopted indefinitely. The model code enhances charging accessibility while meeting driver needs, minimizing costs, and allowing for limited exceptions. Dozens of cities adopted a similar model code in 2019 under a CALGreen building code amendment.

This code amendment has also been translated into a 2022 CALGreen building code amendment.

Updated October 2022

Reach Code Support Resources

What Are Reach Codes?

Every three years, cities and counties across the state can adopt local reach codes in line with the new Building Standards Code (Standards) or Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations. Cities and counties may adopt building codes more advanced than those required by the state, which are known as reach codes.

Reach codes aim to update local building codes concurrently with the state-required adoption of the 2022 Standards. The previous adoption cycle with new Standards took effect January 1, 2020. The next reach code adoption cycle, to coincide with the 2022 Title 24 Standards will go into effect January 1, 2023.

Cities may also choose to adopt municipal code amendments that transcend the building code cycle and can be adopted indefinitely.

Why Establish Reach Codes?

The benefits of greenhouse gases (GHG) free electricity can best be realized by electrification of new and existing buildings and transportation vehicles. Electrification transitions buildings and vehicles away from natural gas and gasoline to clean energy provided by PCE, SVCE and EBCE. By developing electrification reach codes, cities can save energy and reduce GHG emissions in San Mateo, Santa Clara County and Alameda County. All-electric buildings are safer and healthier to live in along with being cost effective, especially when adopted at the new construction stage.

It is most efficient for cities to coordinate adoption of reach codes with the adoption of the new 2022 building code, taking effect January 1, 2023.

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Process & Timeline

*Letter of Intent for $10,000 support grant from your local CCA

**Payment of $10,000 support grant from your local CCA

***Only required for Part 6 submissions

Policymaking Resources

Design Guidelines for Home Electrification

Click here to view the Design Guidelines for Home Electrification


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