Member Agency Reach Code Program

3CE is committed to supporting our member jurisdictions in the implementation of Reach Codes. The goal of the Reach Code Incentive Program is to incentivize 3CE member jurisdictions to adopt and codify Reach Codes that support building electrification. 
3CE is offering a onetime incentive payment of $15,000 to 3CE member jurisdictions 
to offset staff costs associated with the adoption of a reach code ordinance.  

Program Eligibility

3CE member jurisdictions enrolled in 3CE service as of January 2020 are eligible for funding. 3CE will evaluate future program funding opportunities for jurisdictions enrolling in 3CE electricity service in 2021. General eligability guidelines include the following:
      1. 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)
      2. Reach codes must exceed the minimum requirements established in Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations
      3. Reach codes must involve a building electrification component * 
      4. Reach codes can include requirements for residential and/or non-residential sectors
      5. Reach codes can include requirements for new construction and/or existing retrofits

 *3CE will determine eligibility for each jurisdiction’s reach code on a case-by-case basis. 3CE 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

      1. Contact 3CE staff regarding interest in the Reach Code Incentive program using the contact information below.
      2. Provide 3CE 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.
      3. After the 2nd reading of the ordinance, provide 3CE staff with confirmation that the ordinance has been adopted (e.g. completed board order or resolution)
      4. Provide 3CE with accounts payable information.
      5. 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).
3CE Energy Programs Contact Information:
Phone: 831-641-7201

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 3CE 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