Reach Codes Development

What is a Reach Code?

A Reach Code is a local building energy code which reaches beyond the minimum requirements of the state energy requirements. Adopting more stringent energy requirements for building design and construction can allow a local government to reduce emissions, lower utility bills, provide safer buildings, and improve public health. 

Reach Codes give local governments the opportunity to act as a leader and set pathways for other governments to follow.

 

Why adopt Reach Codes in the City of South Lake Tahoe?

South Lake Tahoe is committed to demonstrating leadership in climate resilience. With the 2017 passing of Resolution 2017-26, the City committed to reducing emissions to: 

50% below 2015 levels by 2030

80% below 2015 levels by 2040

In 2020, South Lake Tahoe adopted its first Climate Action Plan (CAP) and conducted two Greenhouse (GHG) Gas Inventories. The 2015 Baseline Greenhouse Gas Inventory revealed Building Energy to be the largest source of emissions in the City. Considering this, the adoption of a Reach Code was identified as a priority in Strategy 11 of the CAP.

Reach Codes offer an opportunity not only to reduce emissions, but to lower costs and create a healthier built environment in the City of South Lake Tahoe. 

 

Development Timeline 

  • Stakeholder Outreach (October-November 2021)

  • General Public Input (January-February 2022)

  • Technical Analysis  (February-April 2022)

  • Draft Ordinance Feedback (May-July 2022)

  • Revision and Adoption (August-October 2022)


Reach Codes Brochure (PDF)