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City Forum | Possible Building Code Changes
January 29, 2020 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
The City of Piedmont is holding a town hall-style Forum on the evening of January 29th, and follow-up workshops on Feb 12th and 26th, to get input from the Piedmont community about possible changes to the local building code. Staff is researching ways to reduce natural gas use in buildings and to increase solar panel installations, both to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to increase residential resiliency to power outages and other effects of climate change.
On January 1, 2020, new statewide standards codified by the California Energy Commission (CEC) for building energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions went into effect. The new standards include more stringent energy efficiency requirements and solar panel installation for new residential buildings. The CEC is encouraging local governments to adopt local ordinances in order to meet higher standards for energy efficiency which help achieve increased savings of energy and money, further reduce emissions, and support jurisdictions in their efforts to meet their Climate Action goals.