MBCP is committed to supporting our member jurisdictions in the implementation of Reach Codes. The goal of the Reach Code Incentive Program is to incentivize MBCP member jurisdictions to adopt and codify Reach Codes that support building electrification.
MBCP is offering a onetime incentive payment of $15,000 to MBCP member jurisdictions
to offset staff costs associated with the adoption of a reach code ordinance.
MBCP member jurisdictions enrolled in MBCP service as of January 2020 are eligible for funding. MBCP will evaluate future program funding opportunities for jurisdictions enrolling in MBCP electricity service in 2021. General eligability guidelines include the following:
The jurisdiction must complete a second reading, adopt an ordinance, and codify the ordinance into the local building code (the ordinance must go into effect)
Reach codes must exceed the minimum requirements established in Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations
Reach codes must involve a building electrification component *
Reach codes can include requirements for residential and/or non-residential sectors
Reach codes can include requirements for new construction and/or existing retrofits
*MBCP will determine eligibility for each jurisdiction’s reach code on a case-by-case basis. MBCP reserves the right to reject any request if staff determines that a proposed reach code does not meet the guidelines of the program.
How to receive funding
Contact MBCP staff regarding interest in the Reach Code Incentive program using the contact information below.
Provide MBCP Energy Program staff with a copy of an “agenda ready” staff/board report for the first reading of the reach code ordinance, including all associated attachments.
After the 2nd reading of the ordinance, provide MBCP staff with confirmation that the ordinance has been adopted (e.g. completed board order or resolution)
Provide MBCP with accounts payable information.
Incentive payment will be issued within 30 days of the start date of the reach code ordinance (i.e. when the code goes into effect).
What is a Reach Code?
In California, cities and counties have the authority to adopt local building codes that exceed the minimum requirements established in Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations, often referred to as “reach codes”. While cities and counties are required to adopt new building codes every three years to align with the state’s standards set in Title 24, they can choose to adopt reach codes at any time. Reach codes can support electrification, electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure, renewable energy, and/or energy efficiency in order to can reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and save energy.
Why pass a Reach Code?
The ability to adopt these ordinances allows local jurisdictions to aggressively pursue their local Climate Action Plan goals, which also align with the California Energy Commission’s goal of achieving zero net energy (ZNE) for all new residential construction by 2020, and for all new nonresidential construction by 2030. In addition, reach codes help local governments play a critical role in helping California achieve its GHG emissions reductions goals to reduce statewide GHG emissions by 40% below 1990 levels by 2040 (Senate Bill 32).
Local MBCP Member Agency Example:
City of Santa Cruz
Effective July 1st, 2020 a Natural Gas Prohibition (with some exceptions) will go into place at the City of Santa Cruz. Builders will be prohibited from applying for permits for land uses that include gas infrastructure – gas piping to heat water, space, food, etc.
Exemptions to the ordinance include the allowable use of natural gas only for food preparation in restaurants, for space conditioning and water heating in accessory dwelling units < 750 sq. ft. in area, for industrial process heat applications, and where the project without natural gas is not in the public interest or is not feasible.
Resources and References
- BAYREN Process for Reach Code Development & adoption (Link)
- California Energy Codes & Standards Local Government Energy Ordinance Resources and Toolkit (Link)
- California Energy Codes & Standards Local Government Energy Ordinance Resources & references (Link)
- City of Carlsbad CEC application document (Link)
- California Energy Codes & Standards Local Government Energy Ordinance Additional Resources (Link)
- 2019 Adopted Code Matrix (Link)
- Building Decarbonization Coalition Summary of Active Reach Code Efforts (Link)
- California Codes and Standards Reach Codes Program Statewide Cost Effectiveness Studies (Link)
- E3 Study: Residential Building Electrification in California (Link)
- UC Carbon Neutral Buildings Cost Study (Link)
- Synapse Energy Economics study: Decarbonization of Heating Energy Use in California Buildings (Link)
- Presentation on Building Decarbonization (Link)