Local Ordinances
Exceeding the 2008 Building Energy Efficiency Standards

Public Resources Code Section 25402.1(h)2 and Section 10-106 of the Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Standards) establish a process which allows local adoption of energy standards that are more stringent than the statewide Standards. This process allows local governments to adopt and enforce energy standards before the statewide Standards effective date, require additional energy conservation measures, and/or set more stringent energy budgets. Local governments are required to apply to the Energy Commission for approval, documenting the supporting analysis for how the local government has determined that their proposed Standards will save more energy than the current statewide Standards and the basis of the local government's determination that the local standards are cost-effective. Once the Energy Commission staff has verified that the local standards will require buildings to use no more energy than the current statewide Standards and that the documentation requirements in Section 10-106 are met, the application is brought before the full Energy Commission for approval.

Please note that under the authority of Section 10-106, only those local ordinances that have been approved by the Energy Commission are legally enforceable.

The California Energy Commission commends the following local agencies that have adopted energy ordinances requiring more stringent energy requirements than those set by California's 2008 Building Energy Efficiency Standards Title 24, Part 6.

Local Ordinances Date Approved Documents (PDF files)
Anselmo, City of December 1, 2010 Application to the Energy Commission
Letter to the Energy Commission
Belmont, City of July 13, 2011 Ordinance Adopting the Energy Efficiency Standards
Climate Zone 3 Cost Effectiveness Report
Burlingame, City of December 29, 2010 City of Burlingame Draft Green Building Ordinance
Letter to the Energy Commission
Climate Zone 3 Energy Cost Effictiveness Study
Chula Vista, City of March 14, 2012

December 16, 2009

Local Ordinance Application: City of Chula Vista

Chula Vista Application to Energy Commission
Chula Vista Letter Regarding Title 24 Standards
Cotati, City of July 13, 2011 Letter to the Commission
Application to Energy Commission
Ordinance of the City Council Adding Chapter 14.04.130, Local Energy Efficiency Standards
Ordinance Amending 14.04.130 in its Entirety and Adopting by Reference Codes
Cupertino, City of March 20, 2013 Letter to the Commission
Application to Energy Commission
Daly City, City of December 29, 2010 Green Building Ordinance
Cost Effectiveness Study
Fremont, City of June 15, 2011 Adoption Letter of Energy Efficiency Standards
Application to Energy Commission
Glendale, City of August 15, 2012 Application to Energy Commission
Goleta, City of December 29, 2010 Application to the Energy Commission
Letter to the Energy Commission
Hayward, City of March 23, 2011 Letter to the Energy Commission
City of Hayward Green Building Ordinance
Attachment XI Green Building Amendment Resolution
Attachment XII Amendment of Green Building Ordinance
Attachment XII Green Building Checklist
Healdsburg, City of September 7, 2011 Request for City Council Action
City of Healdsburg Ordinance
City of Healdsburg Green Building Ordinance Energy Cost-Effectiveness Study
Lancaster, City of December 11, 2013 Submittal to the California Energy Commission (105 pages, 4.1 mb)
Los Altos, City of May 5, 2010 Los Altos Application to Energy Commission
Los Altos Letter to Energy Commission
Malibu, City of August 10, 2011 Application to Energy Commission
Manhattan Beach, City of May 4, 2011 City of Manhatan Beach Adoption of Energy Efficiency Standards
City of Manhattan Beach Ordinance 2136, Construction and Energy Code Amendments
Cost Effective Study for Locally Adopted Energy Efficiency Ordinances
Marin, County of May 5, 2010 Marin County Letter to Energy Commission
Marin County Application
Marin County Amendments Letter
Menlo Park, City of November 30, 2011 City of Menlo Park Green Building Ordinance and the Building Energy Efficiency Standards
Climate Zone 3 Cost-Effectiveness Study
Morgan Hill, City of January 27, 2010 Morgan Hill Application to Energy Commission
Morgan Hill Letter to Energy Commission
Mountain View, City of June 29, 2011 Application to Energy Commission
Napa, City of May 18, 2011 City of Napa Adoption of Energy Efficiency Standards
City of Napa Application to Energy Commission
Oakland, City of September 22, 2010 Application to the Energy Commission
Palo Alto, City of December 16, 2009 Palo Alto Application to Energy Commission
Pacifica, City of May 18, 2011 City of Pacifica Adoption of Energy Efficiency Standards
City of Pacifica Application to Energy Commission
Petaluma, City of June 15, 2011 Adoption Letter of Energy Efficiency Standards
City of Petaluma 2393 NCS Building Code
Building Code Ordinance Part 1
Building Code Ordinance Part 2
Energy Cost-Effectiveness Report
Portola Valley, Town of December 29, 2010 Green Building Ordinance
Letter to the Energy Commission
Additional Follow-Up Letter
San Mateo County Green Building Ordinance Energy Cost-Effectiveness Study
Redwood, City of May 5, 2010 Redwood City Letter to Energy Commission
Redwood City Ordinance
Energy Cost-Effectiveness Study
Richmond, City of December 16, 2009 Richmond Application to Energy Commission
Richmond Green Building Ordinance
San Carlos, City of December 12, 2012




December 29, 2010
Adoption Letter to the Energy Commission
Amendments and Modifications to the Ordinance
San Carlos Green Building Ordinance Compliance Matrix


Green Building Ordinance
PG&E Climate Zone 3 Cost Effectiveness Study
Letter to the Energy Commission
San Francisco, City and County of December 29, 2010 Letter to the Energy Commission
Green Building Ordinance
2010 San Francisco Building Code
Amendments to the 2010 California Green Building Standards Code
Standard Findings for San Francisco Building Standards Code Amendments
Climate Zone 3 Energy Cost-Effectiveness Study
San Jose, City of December 16, 2009 San Jose Application to Energy Commission
Green Building Ordinance
San Luis Obispo, County of October 10, 2012 Board of Supervisors Hearing Notice
Board of Supervisors Minutes from August 21, 2012
Notice of General Rule Exemption
Cover Letter from the Building Permit Department
Energy Cost-Effectiveness Study - Zone 4
Energy Cost-Effectiveness Study - Zone 5
Green Building Ordinance for Adoption
Findings and Resolution
Clarification Letter
San Mateo, City of July 13, 2011 Letter to the Commission
Resolution 155(2010) Adopting Energy Efficiency Standards
Ordinance for Adopting of Energy Efficiency Standards
San Mateo Cost Effectiveness Report
San Rafael, City of May 5, 2010 San Rafael Application
San Rafael Ordinance
Santa Clara, County of December 15, 2010 Locally Adopted Energy Standards
Letter to the Energy Commission
Local Ordinance
Green Building Ordinance
Green Building Attachment 1
Santa Monica, City of February 8, 2012 Application to the Energy Commission
Climate Zone 6 Cost-Effectiveness Study
Green Building Ordinance Amendment Draft
Santa Rosa, City of July 13, 2011 Application to Energy Commission
Sebastopol, City of December 15, 2010 Application to the Energy Commission
Local Ordinance 1040
Green Building Ordinance
Simi Valley, City of August 25, 2010 City of Simi Valley Request for Approval
Cost Effectiveness Study
Sonoma, City of December 29, 2010 City of Sonoma Application to the Energy Commission
Letter to the Energy Commission
Sonoma, County of May 4, 2011 Green Building Resolution
Sonoma County Application to Energy Commission
Tiburon, Town of July 13, 2011 Adoption Letter of Energy Efficiency Standards
Application to Energy Commission
Union City, City of February 10, 2010 Union City Application to Energy Commission
Union City Letter to Energy Commission
West Sacramento, City of September 22, 2010 Application to the Energy Commission
Cost Effectiveness Study
Windsor, Town of September 7, 2011 Application to Energy Commission

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