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October 08, 2018
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Request for Energy Reach Code Cost Effectiveness Study for T24 2019 - Due October 22

Energy “reach codes” are local ordinances that support energy efficiency and Climate Action Plans by strengthening building energy requirements. Many cities are researching options to better encourage electrification, efficiency, and renewable energy. Prior to adopting local energy requirements, state law requires a public finding that the proposal is cost-effective. Staff from San Francisco, Marin County, Sonoma County, Santa Monica, and Berkeley – with input from BayREN and NRDC – have developed a joint request for the Statewide Codes and Standards program to develop provide a Title 24 2019 Reach Code Cost Effectiveness Report. 

The requested study could be referenced to support the adoption of a range of reach codes under T24 2019, such as: 

  • A reach code that provides a choice between all-electric or very-efficient mixed fuel – similar to reach codes adopted by Palo Alto and Marin County under T24 2016. 

  • All-electric only, an option that several city councils have requested information about.


The analysis would be completed at no cost or obligation to local governments; utility ratepayer funds are available for this purpose – they just need a clear request. The more local governments support the request, the clearer the case for investing in the study. 

  Downey Building Operator Certification

Building Operator Certification (BOC) is a professional credential in energy efficiency that employers across the country recognize and reward. today, thousands of BOC-trained engineers and technicians are on the job, saving energy and money. Building operators reduce their annual utility costs by instituting energy conservation practiced they learned through BOC training and certification. 

Register now for the Downey BOC level I course. Class begins on Tuesday, October 30, 2018. 

Discounted tuition is offered to local governments. Contact Melanie Danuser ( for more information.



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