2022 Building Reach Codes Update

Building Reach Code Updates

California leads the country in energy and resource conservation through the adoption of building codes. Every three years, the California Energy Commission (CEC) along with the Building Standards Commission (BSC) makes edits to the International Building Code series to create the California Building Code series, inclusive of separate codes for each construction discipline: Building, Residential, Fire, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Energy, and Cal Green. Benefits to the restrictive measures put into these codes allows the CEC to: reduce carbon outgas, conserve water and energy, ensure clean water and air, limit environmental degradation. Efforts continue each year to increase performance efficiencies of buildings we construct.

The CEC and the BSC writes one building code for the entire state and encourages each city or county to adopt more restrictive Reach Codes that will further protect human life and conserve state resources specific to each region regarding: population, potential disaster, climate, available resources and energy. 

What are 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 clear air, climate solutions, and the renewable energy economy. while creating roadmaps for other local governments to take action as well. 

How often does California update their Reach Codes?

Every three years, cities and counties across the state can adopt local reach codes in line with the new Building Standards Code (Standards) or Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations.

What are some examples of Reach Codes?

  1. Prescriptive Reach Codes
  2. Performance Reach Codes
  3. Hybrid Reach Codes
Requiring solar panels on one or more types of new buildings
Requiring reduced outdoor lighting 
Requiring cool roofs

Upcoming Meetings

City Council Meeting (Consider Adoption) [Tentative] 

Date: November 1, 2022

Time: 7:30 PM

Meeting Materials: Coming soon!

Meeting Link: Coming soon!

Presentation Materials: Coming soon!

Community Meeting (Gathering Community Input) 

Date: October 17, 2022

Time: 6:00pm

Meeting (Through Zoom Link Only): 2022 Building Reach Code Updates (Zoom)

Presentation Materials: Coming soon!

Past Meetings

City Council Meeting 

Date: October 4, 2022

Meeting Materials: Click here 

Meeting Link: Click here  

Where Can I Learn More?

More information about the project will be provided periodically on this page. You may join upcoming webinars/public workshops for the latest information on Reach Code Update status and published documents.