Building codes changing for new apartments (EV infrastructure)

Conveniently charging cheaply at home is a major benefit of owning an EV, but home charging isn’t possible for many who live in multi-family housing. Last month, California’s CalGreen Building Code Commission voted unanimously to increase EV charging infrastructure in new apartments, condos, hotels, motels and non-residential parking garages (workplaces, commercial sites, etc.).

The new building codes include more ambitious “Tier 1” and “Tier 2” requirements that cities can easily adopt if they wish to. Previously to accelerate EV adoption, particularly in underserved communities, Sacramento has supported the more aggressive Tier 2 requirements. Sacramento should continue this direction with the new CalGreen Tier 2 requirements in new construction. These are:

  • Hotels, Motels, Apartments, Condos with less than 20 units: 40% of parking spaces have EV infrastructure
  • Hotels, Motels, Apartments, Condos with 20 or more units: 55% of parking spaces have EV infrastructure
  • Non-Residential: 45% of parking spaces have EV infrastructure

These start January 1, 2023 for all new California construction. See a summary of the new building codes here.

Does apartment or condo living discourage EV ownership?

January 2022

From the Sacramento Electric Vehicle Association, a member organization of ECOS

Charging an EV can be challenging for someone living in an apartment or condo. If you have put off buying an EV because you live in multifamily housing, or if you’ve had difficulty with charging an EV in that environment, please tell us about your experiences and perspectives. We’re gathering the information to help us advocate for more charging infrastructure in multifamily housing. Contact us at news[at]SacEV[dot]org.

ECOS Orientation 1/27

Come learn what ECOS is all about! Join us Thursday, January 27 at 6pm via Zoom to get a broad overview of what ECOS does, why it matters and what you can do to help! If you are curious about what environmental issues in the Sacramento region look like in 2022, join us! We will cover ECOS objectives, committees and more.

Link to join: ECOS ZOOM #1
To phone in: 669-900-6833, Meeting ID: 665 616 4155