The panel began with Drozdowicz providing an overview of the CEC's role in reach code adoption and the elements of the reach code development and adoption process. Attendees then heard from two jurisdictions about their unique reach code development experiences.
In describing the Palo Alto experience, Ballash, Assistant Building Official for the City, noted the City's long history with reach code development and implementation, going back to its adoption of CALGreen in 2008 as a mandatory code. Currently, Palo Alto is implementing a new all-electric reach code for residential construction as well as planning to extend these electrification requirements to commercial and ADU construction later this year.
The Chula Vista experience, described by Conservation Specialist Cory Downs, is quite different. This jurisdiction is developing a range of specific measures to drive energy efficiency in ways best suited to the needs of the community. Downs also discussed the role of City Council in probing the proposed ordinances to help determine the suitability for the local community.
Both Ballash and Downs emphasized the important role of stakeholder engagement throughout the process in helping identify the best fit between community needs and reach code development.
The session continued with a discussion of available, no-cost resources for jurisdictions at all stages of the process. Misti Bruceri, lead for the statewide reach code team, described a range of tools, from cost-effectiveness studies and model language to a robust new website (see middle column for story) and staff resources for consultation and engagement.
In concluding the session, Drozdowicz provided a snapshot of adopted codes and the range of provisions seen by the CEC in its review and approval, ranging from:
Solar thermal systems
Battery storage or prewire for battery storage
Low carbon concrete
LEED or Green Point Rated certified
Retrofits on the horizon
The complete presentation is available here. The SEEC Forum continues through November with weekly sessions. More information is available here.