2022 Green Building Model Reach Code and Ordinance Development
The County of Marin, City of San Rafael, City of San Anselmo, and MCE clean energy have joined together to bolster Marin’s ambitious green building efforts. The team is developing a green building model (prototype) ordinance that exceeds State minimum standards, otherwise known as a “reach code”. Learning resources and implementation and enforcement materials will also be available for all twelve jurisdictions countywide to utilize and download.
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Model Reach Code Approach
The following goals reflect a starting point in the development of Marin's model reach codes:
- To develop City, Town, and County all-electric reach codes for completely new buildings, including residential, multifamily, and commercial
- To develop City, Town, and County reach codes for remodels of existing residences, including single and multifamily buildings
- To develop these reach codes for whole building projects only. It WILL NOT require appliance swaps at the time of replacement, otherwise known as "time of burnout"
- To adopt uniform building codes countywide that are consistent across all jurisdictions.
Details of Marin's Proposed Green Building Model Reach Code Ordinance Approach illustrates how we will meet these goals.
Process and Timeline
This countywide effort began September 2021. If adopted, reach codes will amend each jurisdiction’s local building requirements. Building code amendments will ideally be adopted by council via an ordinance by September 2022. In concert with the State’s standards, the amended building code will go into effect January 1, 2023.
Proposed Model Reach Code
(Under Development) The first draft should be available approximately July 2022.