Five New California Reach Codes You Should Know

Five New California Reach Codes You Should Know

Since the 2019 California Building Code update in January, 2020, several jurisdictions throughout California have adopted local reach codes to push the boundaries on sustainable buildings and design. Knowing whether a jurisdiction has a reach code in place could help...
Hidden Challenges of Heat Pump Water Heaters

Hidden Challenges of Heat Pump Water Heaters

Complying with heat pump water heaters in California is more difficult than it may seem. The technology can be 2.5 to 3 times more efficient than natural gas, but that does not always make compliance easier. The proposed Joint Appendix JA13 would change that and allow...
Hot Water Heating in the All-Electric Building

Hot Water Heating in the All-Electric Building

With decarbonization of our grid, all-electric “reach-codes”, and the proliferating move away from fossil fuels, there will be a need for cost-effective, electric domestic hot water heating for all projects, not just single family homes. Most of our buildings today...
City of San Jose All Electric Ordinance Clarified

City of San Jose All Electric Ordinance Clarified

The City of San Jose all electric ordinance is not that “all electric”. Recently the City of San Jose announced their intent to steer the city’s energy use in all new buildings to rely solely on electricity starting with the 2019 Energy Code. This was an aggressive...