Peninsula Reach Codes2019-10-10T10:08:13-08:00

Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE), Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) and the San Mateo County Office of Sustainability (OOS) are joining together to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions within their service territories by developing forward-thinking building and transportation electrification reach codes.

In support of municipalities and counties in PCE & SVCE service territory, PCE & SVCE are providing extensive technical assistance plus a $10,000 incentive to each city that brings reach codes to their council.

PCE/OOS/SVCE Recommended Reach Codes

The building electrification reach code language is based on the current IOU C&S Program draft cost effectiveness studies included below.  Any CEC induced changes will be according to this timeline and integrated into future language.

Building Electrification Model Reach Codes:

  • Climate Zone 3 Language (link)
  • Climate Zone 4 Language (link)

Electric Vehicle Model Reach Code Language, Version Date: July 10, 2019 (link)

Supporting Materials


  • 5/29/19 PCE/OOS/SVCE Building Model Code Webinar (Video / Slides)
  • 6/6/19 Electric Vehicle Reach Codes Webinar (Video / Slides)


IOU C&S Program Draft 2019 Reach Code Cost Effectiveness Studies:

Note, other entities in California are likewise developing reach codes. However, the above reach codes are recommended and supported by PCE/OOS/SVCE and their consultants.

Tools Currently Under Development:

  • Building Department Checklists (multifamily, nonresidential)
  • Cost Effectiveness Informational Chart
  • Electric Vehicle Cost Effectiveness Analysis

City Participation & the PCE/SVCE $10k Incentive

Cities are encouraged to participate and avail themselves of the technical support by completing the “Stay in Touch” section below. To obtain the $10,000 incentive, complete the letter of intent and submit the draft codes to city council.

For additional questions or specifics on the letter of intent, please contact Rafael Reyes (PCE), Rachael Londer (OOS) or John Supp (SVCE).

PCE: Download Letter of Intent
SVCE: Download Letter of Intent

What Are Reach Codes?

Every three years, cities and counties across the state can adopt local reach codes in line with the new Building Standards Code (Standards) or Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations. Cities and counties may adopt building codes more advanced than those required by the state, which are known as reach codes.

Reach codes aim to update local building codes concurrently with the state-required adoption of the 2019 Standards. The previous adoption cycle with new Standards took effect January 1, 2017. The next reach code adoption cycle, to coincide with the 2019 Title 24 Standards that go into effect January 1, 2020, must be adopted by cities and the County by the end of calendar year 2019. Reach codes may include:

  • Prescriptive Codes: Require one or more specific energy efficiency measures
  • Performance Codes: Require a building to perform more efficiently based on accepted computer modelling and allow trade-offs between energy efficiency measures

Several cities within San Mateo County and Santa Clara County have utilized reach codes in the past similar to this effort, including Palo Alto and San Mateo.

Why Establish Reach Codes?

The benefits of greenhouse gases (GHG) free electricity can best be realized by electrification of new and existing buildings and transportation vehicles. Electrification transitions buildings and vehicles away from natural gas and gasoline to clean energy provided by PCE & SVCE. By developing electrification reach codes, cities can save energy and reduce GHG emissions in San Mateo and Santa Clara County. All-electric buildings are safer and healthier to live in along with being cost effective, especially when adopted at the new construction stage.

It is most efficient for cities to coordinate adoption of reach codes with the adoption of the new 2019 building code, taking effect January 1, 2020.

PCE and SVCE are launching additional initiatives to support building electrification beyond reach codes.
PCE EV Charging Incentives
SVCE Decarbonization Strategy

Video: Why an Electric Home Is Better

Process & Timeline

Item Date
Cost Effectiveness Study Review Mar 2019
Review Code Options Mar 2019
Select Code Options* Apr 2019
Draft Amendments Apr 2019
External Stakeholder Input May 2019
EV Model Code Language Published 6/13/2019
Complete Building Electrification Model Code Language Published 6/28/2019
Final Cost Effectiveness Study Release (excluding HRMF) 7/10/2019
Final Building Electrification Model Code Language (minor updates per final c/e results) 7/15/2019
Submit for Council Review** Aug 2019
Application to Energy Commission (not for EV code) Oct 2019
File with Building Standards Commission Dec 2019
New Code Effective Jan 2020

*Letter of Intent for $10,000 support grant from SVCE or PCE
**Payment of $10,000 support grant from SVCE or PCE



Can a city receive the $10k for just an EV reach code or a building reach code? Does it require both code amendments to qualify?2019-02-25T23:22:53-08:00

A city will receive the $10k once their respective city council votes on the reach code(s).  While statewide goals suggest cities would be well served to adopt both building and EV reach codes at this time, the $10k is a single sum paid for a building reach code, EV reach code, or both.

Does a city have to participate with the PCE/SVCE/OOS support system to qualify for the $10k?2019-02-25T22:02:46-08:00

Any city receiving electrical generation service from either PCE or SVCE in which their city council votes on an all-electric building reach code or an EV infrastructure reach code is eligible so long as the vote occurs before December 31, 2019.  Please contact Sven ( or John ( with additional questions.

We missed the January Kickoff and the March Charette. Is it too late?2019-02-25T22:03:22-08:00

Not at all. The reach code effort has multiple stages in which participation may occur.

Does it matter which charrette I/my company attends?2019-02-26T17:06:05-08:00

No, the charrettes are essentially a brainstorming exercise on building electrification and EV infrastructure reach codes. Residents and businesses are encouraged to attend the charrette with their respective community choice energy provider (PCE or SCVE).

Stay in Touch

Past Events

  • June 24th – Reach Code Peer Cities Working Group (San Mateo County Jurisdictions)
    Time: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM PDT
  • June 6th – Electric Vehicle Charging: Draft Reach Code Language Release
    Time: 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM PDT, Location: Webinar
  • May 29th – Draft Reach Code Language Release
    Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM PDT, Location: Webinar
  • April 24th – Reach Code Measures Announcement
    Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM PDT, Location: Webinar
    Repeat of April 11th Session
  • April 11th – Reach Code Measures Announcement
    Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM PDT, Location: Webinar
  • April 2nd – 2019 Reach Codes Studies: Technical Review
    Time: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM PDT, Location: Webinar
  • March 27th – 2019 PCE, SVCE & OOS Reach Code Working Group, Redwood City – Additional Session
    Time: 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM PDT, Location: Peninsula Clean Energy, 2075 Woodside Road, Redwood City, CA 94061
  • March 20th – 2019 SVCE Reach Code Charrette, Santa Clara County
    Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM PST, Location: Auditorium, County Service Building 2, 1555 Berger Drive, San Jose, CA 95112
    Event Flyer
  • March 19th – 2019 PCE Reach Code Charrette, San Mateo County
    Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM PST, Location: City of San Mateo Downtown Public Library, 55 West 3rd Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94402
  • March 8th – PCE, SVCE & OOS Reach Code Cost Effectiveness Findings/Update Webinar
    Time: 11 AM – 12 PM PST, Location: Webinar & Live at PCE with lunch and discussion to follow.
  • March 7th – BayREN Workshop on Energy Reach Codes
    Time: 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM PST, Location: Bay Area Metro Center, 375 Beale Street, San Francisco, CA 94105