Office of Energy and Sustainable Development
Office of Energy and Sustainable Development

Programs for Residents Topic Listing

Building Energy Saving Ordinance (BESO) - BESO to replace RECO/CECO 
Effective December 1, 2015, Berkeley's Building Energy Saving Ordinance (BESO), Berkeley Municipal Code 19.81, will replace both the Residential and Commercial Energy Conservation Ordinances (RECO and CECO). With BESO, the RECO/CECO requirements of installing energy and water efficiency improvement measures, will no longer be required. Instead, BESO requires that Berkeley building owners complete energy assessments and publicly report the building's energy efficiency information. The transition from RECO/CECO to BESO will occur between October 9, 2015 and December 1, 2015. [more...]

Energy Efficiency - The City of Berkeley is committed to helping residents and businesses save energy and lower utility costs. Energy efficiency upgrades can make your home or building healthier and more comfortable. See how Berkeley is working to meet its Climate Action Plan goals for Building Energy. The links below include energy-saving rebates and assistance. See a list of energy efficiency incentives here and below:      [more...]

Solar  - The sun produces an abundance of free, clean, renewable energy. In fact, in just one hour, the sun generates more energy than the entire world uses in a year. Solar power harnesses this energy. Increasing the amount of clean renewable energy is a critical component of Berkeley community efforts to reduce greenhouse gases and grow the green economy. [more...]

Green Building Guides  - The City of Berkeley aims to remove barriers to green construction, and to promote polices and practices that encourage building green. Berkeley is committed to help green building become business as usual.  [more...]

Multifamily Buildings - Saving Energy & Money in Multifamily Properties [more...]

Green Building Requirements - Building Sustainably Green buildings provide healthy, comfortable building interiors that maximize savings through the efficient use of energy and water and limit construction impacts on the natural environment. The City of Berkeley requires that new buildings, alterations, and additions meet the requirements of the California State Green Building Code (CALGreen). Documentation of compliance with CALGreen must be provided with plans submitted for building permits and can be provided with these customized City of Berkeley CALGreen checklists: [more...]

PACE - Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing [more...]

Residential Energy Conservation Ordinance (RECO) - The purpose of RECO is to increase the energy and water efficiency in Berkeley residences. Compliance with RECO measures saves money, increases the comfort and reduces the amount of greenhouse emissions in homes.  [more...]

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