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2019 Energy Reach Code

In December 2019, Palo Alto City Council approved a building reach code ordinance that mandates building electrification and energy efficiency for all new construction projects. The 2019 energy Reach Code has the following requirements for new construction projects:

-  Residential: all electric with electric appliances that meet Title 24 code with the exception of accessory dwelling units (ADU's)

-  Non-Residential: all electric with electric appliances that that meet Title 24 code; if a new construction project is a mixed-fuel project, then it must exceed compliance margins of 12% above state baseline efficiencies for office/retail buildings, and 5% above state baseline efficiencies for all other non-residential buildings (Section 16.17.080). 

This ordinance will apply to new construction projects starting April 1 2020.

What are reach codes?  

Reach codes are building codes adopted by cities and counties that meet or exceed California's Building Standards (or Title 24).

Palo Alto has a history of leadership in the area of sustainability and energy efficiency. Palo Alto has a history of leadership in the area of sustainability and energy efficiency. Since 2008, Palo Alto has adopted a local green building and energy reach code requirements that are more aggressive than the State's requirements in order to meet the City's sustainability goals.  

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