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Reach Codes

Timing:  Burlingame staff introduced  Reach Code ordinances to City Council on July 6, 2020, and they were adopted on August 17, 2020. They have been approved  by the California Energy Commission, on October 16th, 2020, and are currently in effect for all new submissions for new construction. 

First step
: Read through the 2020 Reach Code Summary to determine if your project is subject to a Reach Code, and if so, determine which one applies.  

Second step:  Choose the appropriate Reach Code checklist. Incorporate the required elements into the design of your project. Refer to the checklist for submittal requirements.

New Single Family 2020 Reach Code Checklist
New Low Rise  Multi  Family 2020 Reach Code Checklist
New Commercial or High Rise Residential 2020 Reach Code Checklist

What is a Reach Code?  Reach Codes are requirements that go beyond the standard building codes. The timing of Reach Codes is often in conjunction with the triennial code cycle of the California Building Codes, but this is not required.   FAQ

Why Adopt a Reach Code? To expedite implementation of measures to lessen climate change by lowering carbon emissions, in conjunction with Burlingame’s Climate Action Plan.

History: Burlingame first adopted a Reach Code in 2009. It was superseded by the California Green Building Standards Code, (CALGREEN) in 2013, then by the 2016 CALGREEN codes. Burlingame currently enforces the 2019 CALGREEN standards, and the 2020 Reach Codes. 

Content: Burlingame has adopted reach codes for single family, multi-family, and non-residential construction.  These codes ban natural gas for space heating, water heating, clothes drying, cooking, and fireplaces, with the exception that restaurants may use natural gas for cooking, and single family homes may use natural gas for indoor or outdoor cooking, and fireplaces. The reach codes require Photo-voltaic systems on commercial and multi-family construction, and increase the requirements for Electric Vehicle charging infrastructure.

Contact Us: If you would like further information about the Reach Codes, Green Building in general, or the 2019 CalGreen codes, contact Green Building Specialist Joe McCluskey by email or by phone at 650-558-7273. For information about Burlingame’s Climate Action Plan, please contact Sustainability Coordinator Sigalle Michael by email.

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