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electrification of new construction 

The Sacramento City Council adopted the Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Infrastructure Ordinance on April 20, 2021, and the New Building Electrification Ordinance on June 1, 2021. In addition, on June 1, Council also adopted a Resolution establishing a framework for existing building electrification and directing the evaluation of water conservation and green job opportunities.

Both of the ordinances are reach codes.  Reach codes are local building energy codes that “reach” beyond the state minimum requirements for energy use in building design and construction.  In addition, both ordinances leverage SB100 (which mandates that electric utilities in California provide carbon neutral electricity by 2045) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution from burning fossil fuels in vehicles and inside buildings.

The Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Infrastructure Ordinance amends Title 15 of the Sacramento City Code (Buildings and Construction) to require higher levels of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in new construction starting in 2023 and also amends Title 17 of Sacramento City Code (the Planning and Development Code) to establish parking incentives for zero emission carsharing and EV charging infrastructure beyond the requirements.

The New Building Electrification Ordinance amends Title 15 of Sacramento City Code to make local amendments to the California Building Standards Code requiring:

  • Building permit applications filed on or after January 1, 2023, for newly constructed buildings that are three stories or less to be all-electric buildings.
  • Building permit applications filed on or after January 1, 2026, for newly constructed buildings that are four stories or more to be all-electric buildings.

Limited Exemptions - The New Building Electrification Ordinance provides the following limited exemptions to electrification requirements for building permit applications filed on or before December 31, 2025:

  • A limited exemption for ground floor food establishments for cooking equipment only.
  • A limited exemption for manufacturing process loads only within a manufacturing or industrial facility.
  • A limited exemption for regulated affordable housing when virtual net energy metering is not available, for water heating only.

Infeasibility Waiver Process:  To provide additional flexibility for new construction which codified exemptions cannot provide, the New Building Electrification Ordinance provides for an infeasibility waiver process that will allow the Building Official to waive all-electric requirements for the portions of the project where all-electric is demonstrated by the project applicant to be infeasible.

The effective dates for both the EV Charging Infrastructure Ordinance and the New Building Electrification are as follows:

  • New buildings which are one-three stories: January 1, 2023.
  • New buildings which are four-stories or more: January 1, 2026
  • EV parking and carsharing incentives: May 20, 2021 (30 days from adoption)

EV Parking and ZEV Carsharing Incentives:  If you are a developer who is interested in receiving credit for additional electric vehicle parking or zero-emission carsharing, please see the Administrative Parking Permit Form, CDD-0167.

Infeasibility Waiver Guidance Document - Technical Panel

As part of the preparation for implementing the New Building Electrification Ordinance, city staff are convening an advisory technical panel that will be tasked with vetting barriers where technologies are not yet market-ready for electrification and providing input on an Infeasibility Waiver Guidance Document that will be developed for electrifying new construction. The members of the technical panel have been selected, including 14 representatives of stakeholder groups as approved by City Council on June 1, 2021, and the Technical Panel will convene early next year.  City Council will adopt the final Infeasibility Waiver Guidance Document in Fall 2022, prior to the Ordinance going into effect.

Topic-Based Webinar Series on Building Electrification

As part of an extensive community engagement process, the City hosted a series of topic-based events/webinars on building electrification. The purpose of the series was educational, but also provided a forum for city staff to receive input from the community and stakeholders with subject-matter experts present.   

Documents:

Staff Reports:

Cost Effectiveness Studies:

Other Resources:

A Business Guide to Beneficial Electrification

Implementation & Next Steps:

  • Convene a Technical Panel to provide input into the development of guidelines for the consideration of infeasibility waivers.
  • Develop informational materials for the development community on new building electrification.
  • Develop a pathway for existing building electrification, including additional community outreach and retaining a consultant.

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