News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 06/18/2015
Subject :

New Energy Reach Code Ordinance Effective Date Postponed Until July
Contact : Peter Pirnejad, Development Services Director    (650) 329-2349
Palo Alto, CA – On April 20, the Palo Alto City Council unanimously approved both a new green building ordinance and a new energy reach code ordinance. The Green Building Ordinance has been approved by the Building Standards Commission and is effective for projects submitting for permit on or after June 22, 2015. However, the Energy Reach Code Ordinance, with an original effective date of June 22, has been pushed back pending California Energy Commission action.  The City's Development Services Department will notify stakeholders once the new date for the Energy Reach Code enforcement is finalized.  It is expected to be implemented by mid-July.   

The ordinances outline local amendments to the 2013 California Green Building Code, Title 24, Chapter 11 and the 2013 California Energy Code, Title 24, Chapter 6.  The California Green Building Code addresses requirements related to site design, water efficiency, materials, and air quality. The Energy Code addresses requirements related to energy efficiency. These ordinances will impact both residential and non-residential projects.

For more information about the changes to the green building and energy ordinances, follow this link.  To support the design and construction community in the adoption of the new regulations, the Development Services department will be rolling out a series of on-demand trainings for use by the community. These trainings will become available on the Development Services webpage shortly after the effective date of Green Building Ordinance.