The California Codes and Standards (C&S) Reach Codes program provides technical support to local governments considering adopting a local ordinance (reach code) intended to support meeting local and/or statewide energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals. The program facilitates adoption and implementation of the code, by providing resources such as cost-effectiveness studies, model language, sample findings, and other supporting documentation.
What Are Local Ordinances?
Local Government – Local Energy Ordinance Resources and Toolkit
Local energy ordinances require buildings to be more efficient than the existing statewide standards. In order for an energy reach code to be enforceable, local jurisdictions are required by law to submit an application package that includes the proposed ordinance language and documentation that the ordinance is cost-effective to the Energy Commission for approval prior to filing with the Building Standards Commission (CBSC). The C&S program created the documents posted here to help streamline ordinance adoption.