Government Affairs Roundtable: How Will Reach Codes Affect Your Business?
What are Reach Codes?
Reach Codes are local building energy codes that reach beyond state minimum requirements for energy use in building design and construction through measures such as electrification of buildings and electrical vehicle infrastructure.
How will this affect your business?
The City will be developing local policy that goes above and beyond what the state currently requires for building code regarding natural gas use and electric vehicles.
New construction will cover both commercial and residential, however different requirements may be set for commercial and residential based on feedback.
The City Council has to adopt the policy with a goal of getting it adopted before Oct 2022.
Local reach code policy would need to be updated/renewed every 3 years (each building code cycle).
The City is evaluating the impact on businesses and the local economy and will be making policy recommendations based on YOUR feedback. As a valued business in San Leandro, we hope you will join us!
The City of San Leandro is reaching out to businesses who work with building codes and utilize natural gas, including developers, contractors, restaurants and manufacturers, to get their feedback. Prior to adopting a Reach Code, the City is evaluating the impact on businesses and the local economy, as well as performing a Cost Effectiveness Study. San Leandro's Reach Code is being developed following the approval of the 2021 Climate Action Plan to address climate change by saving energy and reducing emissions. Every three years, cities and counties across California adopt new Building Standards Code (Standards) or Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations. Cities can also choose to adopt local reach codes on top of these Standards. Several cities within Alameda County have utilized reach codes, including Albany, Berkeley, Fremont, Hayward, and Oakland, joining 50+ other cities across California to push for initiatives such as electrification of buildings and electric vehicles.