Green Building Reach Codes Updates for 2023
City staff has been working with the County of Marin and other local stakeholders to develop model Green Building “reach codes”, which are local building energy code amendments that require greater energy efficiency and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions than the State codes. These happen every three years and this code cycle includes reach codes that require new buildings to be all-electric with some exceptions. Staff is developing a policy snapshot that is in draft form, which you can find by clicking here.
You can learn more about the process and County adopted Model Reach Codes here. To date, Fairfax and Corte Madera have adopted similar reach codes, and other Marin jurisdictions are considering them as well. Click here to learn more information about reach codes in California, and click here to find a listing of reach codes passed in California. Here is a statement from our local electricity provider MCE Clean Energy on how shifting to an all electric future impacts the grid. Learn more about building electrification and support and incentives at Switch is On.
On Monday, November 7 the City Council will hold a study session on the reach code proposal. Anyone from the public may attend, and you can find out how on the Meetings Page. If requested, staff will bring a reach code to Council for consideration before the end of the year.