Public sentiment is in favor of more stringent reach codes in San Mateo around new construction and home renovations to eliminate gas, with most speakers at an Aug. 30 meeting supporting the city’s potential updates.
Polling at the end of the meeting following discussions found the vast majority strongly supported stricter electric reach codes around home renovations, new construction and electric vehicle infrastructure. More than 80% strongly supported requiring heat pump water heater installation for projects, including a water heater replacement in homes, requiring new pools to use electric or solar heating, and prohibiting extending the use of gas fire pits, grills and water heating in residences. About 89% supported requiring panel capacity for future electrification during panel upgrades in residential buildings. The poll had 25 respondents of the 35 people who attended the meeting, with 59% feeling the currently proposed codes did not go far enough, while 26% thought it would be enough to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Only 15% felt it went too far.