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All-electric buildings and transportation is safer, healthier and more cost effective — especially in new construction.
To encourage electrification, EBCE is supporting the development of “reach codes,” forward-thinking building and transportation codes that go beyond what is required by the state. To support Cities in the development of a reach code, EBCE has launched the Municipal Electrification Assistance Program; Cities can apply to receive technical assistance to support the development of a new Reach Code ordinance, or can request assistance to facilitate implementation of an existing Reach Code.
Better public health
Reach Codes make public health a top priority
When they go all-electric, buildings, vehicles, and off-road equipment transition from carbon-based fuels such as natural gas, gasoline, and diesel to clean energy provided by EBCE. By developing reach codes, cities in Alameda County can do their part to save energy and reduce GHG emissions.
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.
Several cities within Alameda County have utilized reach codes, including Albany, Berkeley, Fremont, Hayward, and Oakland.
Reach codes may include:
One or more specific energy efficiency measures are required, such as high-efficiency all-electric heating equipment.
Requires that a building must perform more efficiently, based on accepted computer modeling. Performance codes allow trade-offs between energy efficiency measures.
How To Participate
Cities are encouraged to participate and receive technical support. Let us know what type(s) of reach codes your city is interested in developing.
Model Code and Staff Reports
Materials from April 23/24th Alameda Reach Code Meetings in Fremont and Berkeley
Technical assistance for multifamily developments
EBCE has retained the services of the Association for Energy Affordability (AEA) to provide free technical assistance to electrify high rise multi-family buildings under development in EBCE territory.
For more information, contact:
Senior Director, Local Development, Electrification and Innovation