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Reach Codes in San Jose
In September 2019, San José City Council approved a building reach
ordinance that encourages building electrification and energy efficiency, requires solar-readiness on nonresidential buildings, 
and requires electric vehicle (EV)-readiness 
and EV equipment installation. 

In October 2019, Council approved an ordinance prohibiting natural gas infrastructure in new detached accessory dwelling units, single-family, and low-rise multi-family buildings that would supplement the reach code ordinance. 

Both of these ordinances will apply to new construction starting January 1, 2020. See summary of how these ordinances apply to the various building types.

What Are Reach Codes?
Reach codes are building codes that are more advanced than those required by the state. Every three years, cities and counties across California adopt new Building Standards Code (Standards) or Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations. Cities can also choose to adopt local reach codes, on top of these Standards, at anytime.   

Why Establish Reach Codes?
Climate Smart San José is the community’s approved climate action plan. The plan makes San José one of the first major cities to have greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets aligned with the international Paris Agreement. Reach codes that support energy efficiency, electrification, and renewable energy can save energy and reduce GHG emissions.

San José can reduce emissions by powering new and existing buildings and vehicles with GHG-free electricity. Instead of burning natural gas and gasoline to operate buildings and vehicles, they can run on clean electricity provided by San José Clean Energy (SJCE). SJCE's base power mix is on track to be 100 percent carbon neutral by 2021, which will mean virtually no GHG emissions (associated with energy use) for all-electric buildings. All-electric buildings are not just cleaner to operate, they are also safer and healthier to live in and are cost-effective, especially when designed at the new construction stage.

Learn more about building electrification initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality in this presentation on building decarbonization.

Upcoming Events
Future reach code trainings and informational workshops will be posted here.

Contact us if you have any questions. Fill out the Reach Code Stakeholder Notification Form to be added to our notification list.

Previous Public Meetings

Tuesday, October 29 – City Council Time: 1:30 p.m. PDT Location: Council Chambers Council memo and attachments
• Tuesday, September 17 – City Council Time: 1:30 p.m. PDT Location: Council Chambers    2019 Council Memo and Attachments
Monday, September 9  Transportation and Environment Committee Meeting Time: 1:30 p.m. PDT Location: City Hall
    2019 Transportation and Environment Committee Memo and Attachments
• Wednesday, July 10 – Final Reach Code Development Meeting    Time: 1- 5 p.m. PDT (Agenda | Presentation)   Location: City Hall Rotunda  Tuesday, June 25 – San José Reach Code for Residential New Construction Time: 5 - 8 p.m. PDT (Agenda Presentation) Location: City Hall
 Monday, June 24 – Community and Economic Development (CED) Committee, Reach Code Update Presentation Time: 1:30 p.m. PDT (CED Committee Memo | Presentation) Location: City Hall
• Tuesday, June 4 – San José Reach Code for Commercial New Construction    Time: 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. PDT (Agenda | Presentation)   Location: City Hall
Wednesday, May 29
– Introduction to Reach Codes in San José
  Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. PDT (Agenda | Presentation)
  Location: City Hall 


   • Overview of Council-approved San José Reach Code
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Reach Code Ordinances (adopted by local governments across California)
• Statewide Cost-Effectiveness Study - Residential
• Statewide Cost-Effectiveness Study - Non-residential