2019 Energy Reach Code Study
City of Palo Alto 2019 Energy Reach Code Cost-Effectiveness Analysis
The 2019 Energy Reach Code Cost-Effectiveness Analysis focuses on building electrification and reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in buildings. The study analyzes building design strategies that are more stringent than the upcoming California Energy Code, which is targeted for enforcement starting January 1st, 2020. For the analysis, the study considers measures developed by the Architecture 2030 organization, also known as the “Zero Code”. The study found that building electrification is cost-effective in specific new residential and commercial construction scenarios.
The cost-effectiveness study was developed in accordance with the city’s Sustainability Implementation Plan (SIP) with support from the Palo Alto Green Building Advisory Group (GBAG). The Palo Alto GBAG is comprised of architects, contractors, engineers, green building professionals, energy modelers, and environmentalists. The GBAG Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), a sub-committee of the GBAG, participated in a vetting effort to explore building electrification and energy efficiency measures along with other green building subject areas. The study addresses several goals within the city-wide Sustainability and Climate Action Plan (S/CAP).