At its first Business Meeting of 2023 on January 25, the Energy Commission approved two new reach codes from the Cities of Encinitas and Piedmont. Both jurisdictions focused on measures pertaining to existing buildings. A summary of each city's approved provisions includes:
City of Encinitas
City of Piedmont
Visitors can browse our website for detailed information about adopted reach codes throughout the state (map view or the adopted ordinances list).
The Cost Effectiveness Explorer team is happy to announce that data from the 2022 Nonresidential New Construction Cost-effectiveness Study is now available in the online tool!
This statewide study examined the cost-effectiveness of six measure packages that included electrification, energy efficiency, load flexibility, solar photovoltaic (PV) and battery storage requirements for nonresidential buildings that exceed the 2022 California Building Energy Efficiency Standards Title 24, Part 6 (note that the Explorer tool presents only code-compliant packages).
The building prototypes analyzed include a medium-sized office building (3 stories, 53, 628 ft2), a medium-sized retail building (1-story, 24,563 ft2), a quick service restaurant (1-story, 2,501 ft2), and a small hotel (4-story, 42,554 ft2).
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March 6: Energy Commission Monthly Business Meeting
March 8: 3C-REN Training: 2022 Energy Code: Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)
March 8: Statewide Reach Codes webinar: Results from the 2022 Multifamily New Construction Cost-Effectiveness Study
March 16: 3C-REN webinar: Inflation Reduction Act Part 2: Stacking IRA funds with 3C-REN Incentives for Buyers and Sellers (Real Estate Focus)
March 16: CivicWell 31st Annual Policymaker's Conference. Asilomar Hotel and Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove CA
March 21: BayREN Regional Forum: Decarbonization: Implications for Gas System & What Local Govts are Doing
March 29: BayREN Training: Residential Alterations
The Statewide Reach Codes Program collaborated with several regional and national organizations to host a recent webinar focused on existing building reach code development efforts. The collaborators included BayREN, Building Decarbonization Coalition, 3C-REN, and the California Climate and Energy Collaborative.
The webinar, held Tuesday February 7, 2023, featured Andrea Chow, Sustainability Analyst for the City of San Mateo, Brian Reyes, Sustainability Planner for the Marin County Community Development Agency, and Christine Tam, Senior Resource Planner for the City of Palo Alto Utilities Department. Gray Gautereaux, Energy Program Manager for Tri-County Regional Energy Network (3C-REN) moderated.
After a brief overview of state level policy efforts, the webinar turned to the local experiences of these three jurisdictions in crafting and implementing reach code measures for existing buildings.
Chow described San Mateo’s ordinance, which includes:
Tam summarized the City of Palo Alto’s ordinance, which includes:
Reyes outlined the County of Marin’s efforts summarized here:
The session concluded with a moderated discussion amongst the panelists, addressing questions submitted by attendees.
On the topic of exemptions, Chow shared that while the jurisdiction focused on “intervention points” where electrification would be most relevant, because cost was such an important concern of stakeholders, the city ultimately drafted an economic hardship exemption. Reyes noted that the County conducted extensive outreach specifically to renters to determine its approach to exemptions. Tam observed that in Palo Alto, zoning requirements impacted some of the existing building provisions and the planning department was addressing those issues.
All three panelists shared their thoughts on the importance of outreach. Reyes described the stakeholder mapping that staff conducted at the County as well as the efforts to fully engage both internal and external populations. Chow noted that outreach must be broad-based to capture the attention of as many stakeholders as possible. Tam shared that one of Palo Alto’s tools is an advisory group whose members represent a range of stakeholders and can act as a ‘braintrust’ for local staff.
Each of the panelists also emphasized the importance of using existing resources to supplement the local staff work. These included partnering with different departments internally as well as external partners such as CCAs and RENs, other jurisdictions, and the statewide program for model language, outreach programs, and technical resources.
Copies of the presentation materials are available here. A recording of the webinar is available here.
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