The City of Gilroy, in partnership with Silicon Valley Clean Energy, is hosting a virtual community meeting to discuss state-mandated changes to the City’s building codes and the possibility of adopting reach codes. The meeting will include a brief presentation about the mandated codes and the possible reach codes. A Q&A will follow the presentation.
Feedback from the community meeting will be used to develop a set of possible reach codes for consideration for adoption by the Gilroy City Council. We anticipate that this item will come before the City Council for discussion this summer.
✅ Virtual Community Meeting: Building Codes and Possible Reach Codes
✅ When: April 27, 2022, at 6:00 PM
✅ Zoom Link: https://rebrand.ly/ReachCodes
✅ Spanish language interpretation will be provided
Every three years, cities and counties throughout California are required to adopt local building codes in line with the new Building Standards Code or Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations. In addition, cities and counties may adopt building codes more advanced than those required by the state, known as reach codes. A reach code is a local building energy code that “reaches” beyond the state minimum requirements for energy use in building design and construction, creating opportunities for local governments to lead the way on clean air, climate solutions, and the renewable energy economy.
By adopting reach codes that incentivize energy efficiency and electrification in buildings, cities can lead the way to a healthier and more sustainable future through:
🟢 Cleaner air and improved public health: reducing the use of natural gas combustion in homes and instead, using electrification, avoids prolonged exposure to natural gas fumes, which can lead to respiratory issues like asthma
🟢 More affordable housing: all-electric homes cost less to build and operate than homes powered by natural gas
🟢 Lower climate impact: powering buildings with renewable energy reduces CO2 emissions