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2019 Local Energy Ordinances

In preparation for the January 1, 2020 effective date of the 2019 Building Energy Efficiency Standards, the California Codes and Standards Reach Codes Program provides technical support to jurisdictions that wish to adopt a local energy ordinance (reach code). 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.

When you download a file, be sure to select “Yes, email me local codes news.” to receive notifications when new versions of the studies are released or new resources become available.

The cost-effectiveness analyses and reports below support ordinances that require residential new construction and nonresidential new construction projects to exceed the 2019 minimum state code requirements.

2019 Residential New Construction Cost-effectiveness Study (released 8-1-2019)

2019 Nonresidential New Construction Cost-effectiveness Study (released 7-25-2019)

2019 Passive House Equivalency (Low-rise residential only)

This targeted analysis documents the performance of projects that meet minimum Passive House requirements as compared to the efficiency measure packages analyzed in the 2019 Residential New Construction Cost-effectiveness Study.  The scope is limited to newly constructed low-rise multifamily projects and is a collaborative effort between Passive House California (PHCA) and the Statewide Reach Codes Team.

2019 Passive House Equivalency Analysis (8-16-2019)

2020 Vision: Reach Codes Best Practices Workshops

2019 New Construction Cost-effectiveness Studies

2019 Sample CEC "Commitment to Enforce" Letters

2019 New Construction Model Ordinance Templates

2019 New Construction Model Ordinance Overview

2019 Fuel-Neutral Model Ordinance Language v2.5 (9-25-2019)

2019 Electric-Preferred Model Ordinance Language v2.5 (9-25-2019)

Appendix 1: Compliance Values (included in Model Language docs)

Appendix 2: Electric-Readiness Supplement (10-29-2019)

Appendix 2: Electric Equivalency References

Appendix 3: Reserved

Appendix 4: Electric Heat Compliance Supplement

Appendix 5: AC Units Heat Pump Ready Supplement (included in Appendix 2)

Appendix 6: Low-Rise Prescriptive Summary Tables

This program is funded by California utility customers and administered by Pacific Gas and Electric Company, San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E®), Southern California Gas Company, and Southern California Edison Company under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission and in support of the California Energy Commission.
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