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Support for Reach Code

From: domainremoved <Cristina>
Date: Mon, 26 Aug 2019 09:37:39 -0700 (PDT)

Honorable Mayor Mueller and City Council Members,

I am writing to thank you for your leadership on climate action, with the proposed Reach Codes (“updated building codes and local amendments to the 2019 California Energy Code to require higher levels of building electrification and solar production for newly constructed buildings to reduce greenhouse gas emissions”).

Adopting Reach Codes is the single biggest climate action that the city can take this year. Reach Codes enable all-electric, carbon free buildings that make our homes and buildings safer, healthier, and more affordable, as well as helping us meet our climate action plan goals. It will also future proof our city against expensive and uncertain supplies of natural gas. This action makes Menlo Park a leader and role model for cities throughout the region and beyond.

The Reach Code will benefit our city by:

1. Saving money – All-electric homes save at least $6,000 in construction costs.
2. Improving health and safety by avoiding indoor pollution and highly flammable combustion sources inside our homes & buildings.
3. Making a highly visible and practical step forward to address the climate crisis, by breaking the cycle of fossil fuel dependency in buildings. Each new electric home saves up to 4 tons of carbon per year.

All electric reach codes will be a strong market signal to spur development of more carbon free, electric solutions for existing homes. I hope you will support the Reach Codes as an important climate action to phase out fossil natural gas fuel use in our homes and buildings. Let’s work together towards a fossil free and climate-stable future.

Warm regards,

Cristina Kinney

48 Kent Place, Menlo Park
Received on Mon Aug 26 2019 - 09:30:23 PDT

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