By offering your voice to support the adoption of the Reach Building Code you can help make a difference in buildings emissions for all new construction in San Luis Obispo.
Please submit letters/comments of support to the City Council and/or attend the Council meeting on September 3, 2019 and speak in support of adopting the draft reach code.
The public meeting starts at 6:00 p.m. in the San Luis Obispo City Hall. If you have any questions or need more information.
Sustainability Manager Chris Read would be delighted to speak with you. Phone: (805) 781-7151 Email: email@example.com.
Why Should You Care about Reach Building Codes?
You are probably aware that building codes set minimum design and construction standards for homes, buildings, and other structures. Buildings last a long time—from decades to hundreds of years, and the performance and energy use of a home or building is built-in at the time it is designed.
In California, Title 24 of the Code of Regulations sets the building code standards for all jurisdictions statewide. However, local governments can adopt more stringent requirements, which are known as reach codes.
The City of San Luis Obispo is considering a reach building code that will require new homes and buildings to be electric-retrofit-ready. Developers will have the flexibility to build mixed-fuel buildings (electric and gas) if they choose not to build all-electric, although I cannot imagine why they would want to add cost and complexity to their projects. And it will be easy for homeowners and building owners to switch to all-electric in the future.
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