2019 Reach Code Initiative

The City of Gilroy is exploring the development of reach codes to electrify buildings and provide electrical vehicle infrastructure.

What Are Reach Codes?
Reach codes are building codes that are more advanced than those required by the state. Every three years, cities and counties across California adopt new Building Standards Code (Standards) or Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations. Cities can also choose to adopt local reach codes, on top of these Standards, at anytime.

Reach codes may include:

            • Prescriptive Codes: Require one or more specific energy efficiency measures, solar photovoltaic (PV), electric vehicle (EV), or battery storage
            • Performance Codes: Require a building to perform more efficiently based on accepted computer modeling and allow trade-offs between energy efficiency measures, solar PV, EV, or battery storage

Several Bay Area cities have utilized reach codes in the past, including San Jose, Palo Alto, and Morgan Hill.

Why Establish Reach Codes?
Reach codes that support energy efficiency, electrification, and renewable energy can save energy and reduce GHG emissions.

Gilroy can reduce emissions by powering new and existing buildings and vehicles with GHG-free electricity. Instead of burning natural gas and gasoline to operate buildings and vehicles, they can run on clean electricity provided by Silicon Valley Clean Enerfy. All-electric buildings are safer and healthier to live in and are cost effective, especially when designed at the new construction stage.

Process and Timeline
It is most efficient for a city and for local development projects to coordinate adoption of reach codes with the adoption of the new 2019 CA Building Code, taking effect January 1, 2020.

The process and timeline below align with a January 1, 2020 potential reach code start date.

 • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

BayREN’s Guide to Understanding and Adopting Reach Codes

Reach Code Ordinances (adopted by local governments across California)

Statewide Cost-Effectiveness Study - Residential

Statewide Cost-Effectiveness Study - Non-residential