CCCE is committed to supporting our member jurisdictions in the implementation of Reach Codes. The goal of the Reach Code Incentive Program is to incentivize CCCE member jurisdictions to adopt and codify Reach Codes that support building electrification. CCCE is offering a onetime incentive payment of $15,000 to CCCE member jurisdictions to offset staff costs associated with the adoption of a reach code ordinance.
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.
Benefits of Going Electric
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).
CCCE member jurisdictions enrolled in CCCE service as of January 2020 are eligible for funding. CCCE will evaluate future program funding opportunities for jurisdictions enrolling in CCCE electricity service in 2021. General eligibility 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
*CCCE will determine eligibility for each jurisdiction’s reach code on a case-by-case basis. CCCE 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 CCCE staff regarding interest in the Reach Code Incentive program using the contact information below.
Provide CCCE 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 CCCE staff with confirmation that the ordinance has been adopted (e.g. completed board order or resolution)
Provide CCCE 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).