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October 22, 2010 > Public input sought for residential energy conservation ordinance

Public input sought for residential energy conservation ordinance

Submitted By Amelia Schmale

The City of Hayward's Council Sustainability Committee will hold a special meeting in the Council Chamber at City Hall on Monday, October 25 from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. to solicit community input in the development of a Residential Energy Conservation Ordinance (RECO).

The City will also show a movie before the meeting titled "The Next Frontier, Engineering the Golden Age of Green," starting at 5:30 p.m.

The City's Climate Action Plan (CAP), which was adopted in July 2009, recommends a RECO. The CAP aims to reduce the City's greenhouse gas emissions below 2005 levels by 12.5 percent by 2020 and by 82.5 percent by 2050. The RECO could reduce emissions from energy consumption by existing homes, which account for approximately 13 percent of Hayward's emissions.

RECO, still under development, may require all homes to have certain energy efficiency improvements installed by a certain date. Compliance may also be triggered by an addition/remodel or sale of a property.

Improvements under consideration include attic insulation, duct sealing, floor insulation and air sealing with estimated costs at or below $3,000. The City is making every effort to coordinate with groups like PG&E that offer financial incentives for such measures that may reduce the cost. City Staff will also recommend that the ordinance contains exemptions based on income and/or disabilities.

Presentation of a draft ordinance is tentatively scheduled for to the Sustainability Committee in early 2011 and to the City Council in the Spring of 2011.

For more information, visit www.hayward-ca.gov/forums/RECO/recoforum.shtm or go to www.hayward-ca.gov and click on the "Green Hayward" button. Alternatively, contact Amelia Schmale at (510) 583-4208 or by email at amelia.schmale@hayward-ca.gov

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