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New “Reach Codes” Proposed

To help achieve environmental goals, many communities have adopted “reach codes.” These are local energy codes for building design and construction that go beyond minimum state requirements. The codes help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by promoting electric versus natural gas energy use. The City is proposing a phased program that would start with all electric construction for new buildings. Remodels, improvements and chargers for electric vehicles would come later. The codes apply to both residential and nonresidential buildings.

The public can comment on the program through two online surveys available until Aug. 10. Two short videos on the City’s YouTube channel explain the proposed codes. Final recommendations will include community input and the City's Climate Action goals. The Sustainability (Aug. 17) and Planning (Sept.14) commissions will review the program first. Then, the City Council will consider adopting the reach codes program on Oct. 27. Email us to receive updates or provide feedback.

July 24, 2020

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