Local Government Resources
BayREN helps the Bay Area's local governments reduce energy and water use for a more resilient and sustainable future.
We support local governments by:
- Offering assistance to develop and adopt local energy policies and building codes
- Providing training and resources for implementation and enforcement of the California Energy Code and local reach codes
- Supplying no-cost technical assistance to help municipal buildings reach Zero Net Energy
- Organizing quarterly Bay Area Regional Forums on a variety of energy and emission reduction topics
- Providing water utilities with a turnkey water efficiency program to help your customers save water and money
Tools, trainings, and resources for building department staff in support of energy code enforcement.
Resources for policymakers and staff developing, adopting, and implementing energy policies and codes.
Free engineering assistance and recommendations for saving energy and reducing the carbon footprint of municipal buildings.
BayREN’s Water Upgrades Save program offers municipal water utilities a proven way to promote water efficiency — and to help your customers save money.
Your county’s BayREN lead advocates for your county’s needs and provides your jurisdiction with outreach and training.
Codes & Standards Resources
Building department staff and others can use these resources to learn about the barriers to energy code enforcement and efforts to measure code compliance:
- 2021 BayREN Codes and Standards Survey of Building Departments
- Permit Resource Opportunity Program (PROP) Report: This report represents the collaborative efforts of the nine San Francisco Bay Area Counties and 15 Bay Area building departments to learn about energy code enforcement barriers and challenges, identify successful enforcement strategies, and gather data about the impact of discrepancies on building performance.
- 2013 BayREN Codes and Standards Survey Report
Wildfire Recovery & Energy Efficiency: BayREN offers resources for homeowners and local government staff seeking to improve the energy efficiency and resilience of homes when rebuilding after wildfires.