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The City of Santa Clara and Silicon Valley Power support California’s march toward carbon neutrality by adopting building codes that will result in safer and more energy efficient buildings, increase our electric vehicle charging infrastructure and reduce our carbon footprint. Reach Codes that promote and incentivize energy efficiency and electrification in buildings allow cities the ability to lead the way to a healthier and more sustainable future. 

What are Reach Codes? 

Every three years, cities and counties across the state adopt the new Building Standards Code (Standards) or Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations. Reach Codes are local building energy codes that “reach” beyond the state minimum requirements for energy use in building design and construction. By doing so, opportunities are created for local governments to pave the way on clean air, climate solutions and renewable energy opportunities, while creating a roadmap for other local government agencies to take action as well.

Community Input

Reach codes have been filed with the California Energy Commission and if approved, will go into effect in July 2020. Two workshops were held so that local building industry (developers, trades), advocates and city staff could learn how the proposed Reach Codes and how they will affect Santa Clara residents and businesses.