“We had never pursued reach codes before,” noted Mike Grim, CAP Administrator, City of Carlsbad, “but we had a clear mandate and Carlsbad residents are strongly committed to preserving an outdoors-oriented lifestyle that would benefit from an ambitious ordinance package.”
The City team, led by Grim and David de Cordova, Principal Planner, collaborated with TRC Solutions, the Center for Sustainable Energy, and the Statewide Codes & Standards Program to develop Carlsbad-specific cost-effectiveness studies.
This analysis is required by the California Energy Commission (CEC) before a City may adopt local energy ordinances that exceed the stringency of the state’s Building Efficiency Standards (Title 24), to demonstrate that the development community, commercial tenants, and homeowners will not be unduly burdened by such ordinances.
“The cost-effectiveness analyses were extremely helpful in identifying the parameters of the actual proposed ordinances,” states de Cordova. “We were able to very accurately frame realistic guidelines based on the findings of these studies.” The team also found the Codes & Standards team helpful in facilitating vital working conversations with CEC personnel to work through issues as ordinance drafting was underway.
The final package of ordinances was adopted by the Carlsbad City Council on March 12, 2019 and submitted for CEC approval, which occurred in August 2019. The ordinances have varying effective dates, but all are effective by January 1, 2020, the effective date of the California Building Code (Title 24).