On Tuesday evening, December 3, the Milpitas City Council voted unanimously in favor of all-electric reach codes for new construction and electric vehicle infrastructure. Milpitas voted to adopt local amendments to state building code (known as establishing a “Reach Code”), to encourage the development of healthier, safer, emissions-free buildings.
“Restricting emissions in new construction is essential to preserving our community,” said Carmen Montano, City of Milpitas Councilmember and SVCE Board Member. “Milpitas is committed to ensuring a healthy and safe environment for everyone.”
These reach codes focus on transitioning new buildings and transportation to clean electricity, moving away from fossil fuels. The codes will result in new buildings that improve air quality and promote public health, while offering economic savings. In a phased approach, the Milpitas City Council approved two tracks for developers: all electric (preferred) or mixed-fuel (electricity and natural gas) with all-electric readiness. SVCE provides support to its member cities in their consideration of reach codes that will lead to a cleaner, safer future.
“Milpitas is taking important action against carbon emissions,” said Girish Balachandran, SVCE CEO. “Joining a growing movement among fellow Santa Clara County cities, Milpitas is a part of a strong movement to create a more sustainable Silicon Valley.”
Milpitas joins fellow Santa Clara County cities, Morgan Hill, Mountain View and San Jose, with adopting reach codes. Nine other SVCE member communities are also considering reach codes this year. Statewide, there are more than 50 communities considering reach codes to address carbon pollution from new construction. Learn more at svcleanenergy.org/reach-codes.