The San Francisco Bay Area is renowned for its spectacular scenery, innovation, and commitment to sustainability. Demonstrating the latter is the recent adoption of its second cycle of reach codes by the peninsula city of San Mateo. A community of nearly 110,000 residents perched between the western shore of San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean 25 miles south of San Francisco, the city boasts a robust and diverse economy, with jobs in the technology, health care, financial services, government, and retail trade sectors.
Back in 2016, San Mateo had been one of the first cities in the state to adopt a reach code package for the 2016 Building Efficiency Standards cycle. Recognizing that these reach codes would be expiring at the end of 2019, the City pursued a new package of ordinances. “The City wanted to maintain the momentum we achieved during this first code cycle,” said Andrea Chow, Sustainability Analyst. “Doing so by adopting new reach ordinances that would take up seamlessly on January 1, 2020 from the previous package was a no-brainer for us.”