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Energy Policies & Reach Codes

Energy policies and reach codes are tools local governments can use to reach climate action and energy goals.

Reach codes can be complicated. BayREN has put together information, resources and tools to support your work on energy policies and reach codes:

How to Adopt a Reach Code

For those getting started with reach codes, BayREN provides information on legal requirements, the reach code process and the steps and timeline. Get started

Existing Buildings

Addressing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions from existing buildings will be essential to meet state and local goals. Find resources

Housing Elements and Energy

Local governments updating their Housing Elements can improve housing quality and affordability and also strengthen their approach to climate action by ensuring their Housing Elements address energy.  Get started

Wildfire Recovery & Energy Efficiency

BayREN offers resources for homeowners and local government staff seeking to improve the energy efficiency and resilience of homes when rebuilding after wildfires. Find resources

Energy Target & Benchmark Tool

This free web service can be used to set building energy performance targets for construction and renovation projects, and to benchmark performance after construction. Learn about the tool