Reach Codes are amendments to the Energy and Green Building Standards Codes that aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). Adopting Reach Codes create opportunities for local governments to lead initiatives on climate change solutions, clean air, and renewable energy. Cities can choose to adopt local amendments to the Building Energy Codes that are more restrictive on natural gas infrastructure than those required by the State of California. Redwood City is considering adopting Reach Codes to decrease GHGs for new buildings.
The City seeks feedback from stakeholders to evaluate how the proposed Reach Codes may impact residents, businesses, and developers prior to adopting an ordinance. Stakeholder input on proposed local amendments to the Energy and Green Building Standards Codes will provide further guidance toward adopting Reach Codes.
The City Council is investigating an all-electric Reach Codes ordinance, which could include certain exceptions. City staff will incorporate community feedback on the Reach Codes and possible exceptions as it develops its final recommendation to the City Council, tentatively scheduled to be heard on August 27, 2020.
The survey should take approximately 5 minutes to complete. Your responses will remain anonymous. Data from the surveys will be synthesized and the overall results will be used to assist the strategic planning process. For more information, go here www.redwoodcity.org/reachcodes.