All Electric Reach Code

The City of Santa Rosa is exploring the development of a reach code that would require all new residential construction of 3-stories and below in the City have to be all electric.

What is a Reach Code?

Per Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations, California cities and counties must adopt new Building Standards Code every three years; however, at any time, those cities and counties may choose to adopt their own local codes that "reach" (or go beyond) those California building standards and requirements.

Reach codes may be prescriptive or performance. Prescriptive codes require one or more specific energy efficiency measures, solar photovoltaic (PV), electric vehicle (EV), or battery storage. Performance Codes require a building to perform more efficiently based on accepted computer modeling and allow trade-offs between energy efficiency measures, solar PV, EV, or battery storage.

Why is Santa Rosa exploring a Reach Code?

One of the items deemed a City Council tier 1 priority is the implementation of a Climate Action Plan. In order to implement a plan, the City has created the Climate Action Subcommittee (CAS), which is charged with providing guidance and oversight of the implementation and update of the City’s Municipal Climate Action Plan and the Community Climate Action Plan with a goal of reducing the local greenhouse gas emissions and ensuring long-term sustainability and resilience from climate change and its effects.

One avenue to pursue that goals of a climate action plan is the reduction of burning of fossil fuels, including natural gas, in new developments and redevelopment of existing structures. In addition to reducing fossil fuels, all-electric buildings can be safer and healthier to work and are cost effective, especially when designed at the new construction stage. 

Direction was provided by the CAS and then subsequently by the full Council to evaluate an All-Electric Reach code in conjunction with the Building Code update.  


Anticipated Timeline

Date
Meeting
Resources
September 3, 2019City Council Climate Action Plan Subcommittee
September 19, 2019
3 to 5 pm
Builder Roundtable
Utility Field Office Training Rooms 

September 24, 2019City Council Study Session
October 22, 2019City Council Meeting - First Reading
November 19, 2019City Council Meeting - Second Reading
January 2020Reach Code in effect (if adopted)
*Date depends on California Energy Commission Review


How to Participate

Join one of the meetings listed above. Agendas and important documents will be posted closer to the meeting dates.

City of Santa Rosa Climate Action Subcommittee


Resources