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 every home.  This ordinance, adopted originally in 1987, and revised on January 1, 1992, contributes to the Berkeley Climate Action goal of reducing Berkeley's overall greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by the year 2050. 

When is RECO compliance required?  RECO applies to all homes, residential areas of mixed-use buildings, tenants-in-common, condominiums, multi-family properties, live-work spaces and boarding houses (including the common areas/common systems) and must be complied with upon the following triggers:

To find out if a residential property is in compliance with RECO, please email the Building and Safety Department via email at:  The City maintains records for each residential property in Berkeley.

Please note that insulation installation (excluding blown-in wall) requires a Building Permit from the Building and Safety Division. For more information about insulation, see: Insulation.

RECO Forms Form A applies to all homeowners, whether selling, transferring or renovating.  Please look through other form details to see if Forms B-D or the Knob and Tube Wiring Forms apply to your home.

To schedule a RECO audit for your home sale, please call Community Energy Services Corporation (CESC) at 510-981-9819 or visit the CESC website. CESC is the only authorized RECO auditor for City of Berkeley properties.

Energy Upgrade California is rebate program that allows homeowners to make energy efficiency upgrades. Rebates range from $1,000 - $4,000 and many are compatible with RECO.  To find out more about other energy efficiency see: Energy Efficiency


Commercial spaces also must comply with an energy conservation ordinance, see: CECO (Commercial Energy Conservation Ordinance).

RECO/CECO Update On September 10, 2013, City Council adopted a resolution directing staff to initiate a public process to update the City's existing Residential Energy Conservation Ordinance (RECO) and Commercial Energy Conservation Ordinance (CECO) laws. BESO was adopted into law on unanimous consent on March 10, 2015 and will replace RECO/CECO starting on December 1, 2015 (starting on October 9, sellers have the choice of complying with RECO or BESO). For more information, see: or contact Billi Romain at   

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