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.

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Local Development and EV Charging Stations – Dec 13

Join ECOS Monday December 13, 2021 at 6:00pm for one or both of the discussions on our agenda:

  • A review of active development projects in the Sacramento area, and discussion of whether ECOS should support or oppose any of them
  • Proposed state and local zoning changes to assure enough electric vehicle charging stations will be available in new multi-family housing, with a presentation by Guy Hall, President of SacEV

Click here for the agenda.

Click here to join this Zoom meeting.

Learn About the California Mobility Center Dec 9

Please join ECOS’ Transportation, Air Quality & Climate Change (TAQCC) Committee for its regular monthly meeting, on Thursday, December 9th. Details about joining this meeting using “Zoom” are provided below.

Our featured speaker will be Mark Rawson, Chief Operating Officer of the California Mobility Center, which was officially launched in March 2021. CMC is a nonprofit, public-private business acceleration hub that aspires to become a leading global innovation and commercialization center and to set the pace in electric mobility. Its headquarters will be located at The Hub: Sacramento State Research Park, located southeast of Sac State on the other side of Highway 50, and its Board includes representatives from Sac State, SMUD, Microsoft, UC Davis, and other prominent organizations.

The balance of the meeting will be devoted to updates on other active issues: the proposed citizens intiiatve to put a Sacramento County transportation tax on the November 2022 ballot, Sacramento County and City Climate Action Plans, Sacramento City Transportation Priorities Plan, the proposed expansion of the CapCity bridge over the American River, and other topics you may raise.

Note: This is the final meeting of TAQCC as presently constituted, since it will be folded into a new Climate Change Committee in the restructuring of ECOS committees. The initial meeting of the Climate Change Comittee will be the first Thursday in January, the same time and date previously scheduled for TAQCC.

When: Thursday, December 9th, 2021 at 6 pm
Where: Videoconference, hosted by Zoom
Link to join TAQCC Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85805612058
To phone in: 1-669 900 6833, Meeting ID: 858 0561 2058

Sacramento Climate Action Plan: draft ready for public review!

March 12, 2021

Sacramento County’s draft Communitywide Climate Action Plan (CAP), which addresses greenhouse gas reductions and climate change adaptation, is now available for public review.

An online workshop on the draft CAP will take place via Zoom at the Sacramento County Environmental Commission (SEC) meeting on Monday, March 15, at 6 p.m. The workshop will be an opportunity for the public and the SEC to provide feedback on the draft CAP.

Learn more


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CA Code Update for EV Charging Infrastructure

On December 16, 2020, the Environmental Council of Sacramento (ECOS) submitted comments on the proposed changes to Title 24, Part 11 of the 2022 CALGreen Building Code for the 2021 Triennial Code Adoption Cycle.

In our letter, we recommended that the code update include this:

A working and signed Level 1 outlet (110–120 V) shall be installed at each parking space associated with new residential construction.

This simple provision would provide low-cost infrastructure that works for any EV. It would ensure that Californians living in any type of new housing – low-income, high-income, mixeduse, multifamily, single-family — have convenient access to EV battery charging.

Click here to view our letter.


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