Prescriptive (Single-Measure) Ordinance Opportunities

The following measures have been demonstrated to be cost-effective, and therefore may present straightforward options for a local ordinance.  These measures may be adopted individually, or in combination with other measures or requirements.  For each option below, we present a summary (details the measure, options for a proposed ordinance, potential scope and application, documentation requirements, and implementation considerations); a cost-effectiveness analysis; and model code language.

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Existing Low-Rise Residential Cost-Effectiveness Study - Substantial Remodels (Climate Zone 11 only)

Analysis of economic feasibility of requiring existing homes undergoing substantial remodels to install a list of prescriptive measures if not included in work scope.

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Cool Roofs (Residential and Nonresidential New Construction and Retrofits)

Cool Roofs reduce cooling loads within individual buildings by reflecting more solar radiation than a traditional roof. In addition, cool roofs also provide a neighborhood benefit, helping to mitigate the Urban Heat Island Effect.

Please Note: The Ordinance Summary and Model Language documents are not yet available. Please check back with us soon!

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Outdoor Lighting (Nonresidential New Construction and Retrofits)

In addition to energy savings, reducing outdoor lighting energy usage also helps mitigate light pollution as new fixtures must comply with backlight, uplight and glare requirements. Analysis of reducing the maximum allowed lighting levels in seven specific outdoor lighting applications, including Drive-Up Windows, Outdoor Sales Frontages and Sales Lots, Non-Sales Canopies, Vehicle Service Station Hardscapes, Outdoor Dining, and Primary Entrances to 24-hour and emergency occupancies including hospitals and police stations.

Please Note: The Ordinance Summary and Model Language documents are not yet available. Please check back with us soon!

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Electric Vehicles Summary

Local ordinances supporting electric vehicles may focus on enhancing the CalGreen’s requirements for electrical infrastructure preparedness, or may actually require installation of electric vehicle service equipment (EVSE, or “EV chargers”).

Please Note: The Ordinance Summary and Model Language documents are not yet available. Please check back with us soon!

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Photovoltaics (PV) System (California Energy Commission Model Solar Ordinance)

Designed for local jurisdictions considering solar PV ordinances to reach beyond the mandatory requirements of the current 2016 Standards.The proposed ordinance language and supporting study are provided as a resource to local jurisdictions wishing to pursue a solar ordinance that satisfies Title 24, Part 1, Section 10-106 and is consistent with the statewide standards for solar photovoltaics currently being developed by the CEC Building Standards Office. BAAQMD's Solar Toolkit contains additional information and resources.

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