2019 Energy Reach Code

The City is taking strides to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in our buildings by way of electrification. Electrification is the process of converting fossil fuel operated equipment and appliances to electricity (i.e. vehicles, space heating, water heating).   The Healdsburg Electric Dept. provides low-carbon electricity to our customers that will continue to decline in carbon intensity to meet California’s mandate of carbon-free electricity by 2045. In order to avoid future greenhouse gas emissions, a reach code that promotes electrification can minimize GHG impacts. 

What is a Reach Code?

In California, Title 24 of the Code of Regulations sets the building code standards for all jurisdictions statewide. The Energy Code (Part 6 of Title 24) regulates building energy efficiency such as building insulation, heating and cooling systems, and lighting. Local governments can adopt more stringent energy efficiency requirements through the development of reach codes. 

A reach code must be at least as stringent as the statewide code and must meet the following requirements:

1. As a minimum, reach codes must be cost effective. Meaning that the money saved from the reduced energy costs must cover initial cost increases (if any) within the standard lifetime of the additional energy efficiency measures.

2. Must be approved by the California Energy Commission.

3. Needs to be reviewed and re-approved every three years with the code cycle.

What Reach Code did the City adopt? 

Electric space and water heating: Requires electric heating appliances (i.e. heat-pump water and space heating) in new buildings. The policy allows fossil gas for cooking, fireplaces and pool heaters. 

Click here to see the full ordinance. 

Click here to see the CA Energy Commission Resolution approving Healdsburg’s 2019 Energy Reach Code

What building types does the reach code apply to?

New Construction Low-Rise Residential

•New construction single family residential

•New construction of a detached accessory dwelling unit

•Multifamily residential properties under 4 stories 

New Construction Nonresidential Buildings

•Multifamily residential properties with 4 stories or more




•Industrial Buildings 

Major Renovations and Significant Remodels

•Defined as removal of any structure’s exterior wall area and roof/ceiling area, exposes 75% or more of the entire building’s existing conditioned space.


Codes & Standards Statewide Cost Effectiveness Studies (Residential and Non-residential)

Appliances & Technology  

Heat Pump HVAC  - List of models and specifications

Heat Pump Water Heaters - List of models and specifications 

Cooking - List of  models and prices

Fireplaces - List of models and prices

Dryers - List of models and prices

Landscaping - List of models and prices

Additional Information

Reach Code Basics presentation - Felicia Smith, City of Healdsburg

Efficient Electric Technology presentation - Amy Rider, Archamy Consulting

Reach Code Cost Effectiveness presentation- Ted Tiffany, Guttman & Blaevoet


Please send any written questions or feedback to conservation@healdsburg.gov.