Reach Codes

East Bay Community Energy is working together with our participating Cities and the County of Alameda to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions within our service territory by developing forward-thinking building and transportation electrification reach codes.

In support of cities and the county, EBCE is providing extensive technical assistance plus a $10,000 incentive to each city that brings a reach code to their council.

Learn about EBCE’s technical assistance program for high rise multi family 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.

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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 2019 Standards. The previous adoption cycle with new Standards took effect January 1, 2017. The next reach code adoption cycle, to coincide with the 2019 Title 24 Standards that go into effect January 1, 2020, must be adopted by cities and counties by the end of calendar year 2019. Reach codes may include:

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Prescriptive Codes

Require one or more specific energy efficiency measures, such as high efficiency all electric heating equipment.

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Performance Codes

Require a building to perform more efficiently based on accepted computer modelling and allow trade-offs between energy efficiency measures

Several cities within Alameda County have utilized reach codes in the past similar to this effort, including Albany, Berkeley, Fremont, Hayward, and Oakland.

Why Establish Reach Codes?

The benefits of GHG-free electricity can best be realized by electrification of new and existing buildings and the transportation sector. Electrification transitions buildings, vehicles, and off-road equipment from inherently carbon-based fuels such as natural gas, gasoline, and diesel to clean energy provided by EBCE. By developing electrification reach codes, cities can save energy and reduce GHG emissions in 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.

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How To Participate

Cities are encouraged to participate and avail themselves of the technical support by completing the “Stay in Touch” section below.

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