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  • EV-READY BUILDING STANDARDS SET TO TAKE EFFECT 7/1/15

    Posted: February 6, 2015 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    In response to an Executive Order issued by the Governor in late-2012, the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) and the Department of Housing & Community Development (HCD) have adopted regulations to require the installation of Electric Vehicle (EV) ready infrastructure.  As opposed to installing fully operational (and costly) charging stations for electric vehicles, these “EV-ready” building standards would be limited to items which would facilitate the later installation of the charging stations at a significantly reduced cost.

    For example, new commercial buildings having parking lots containing more than 49 spaces will be required to have an electrical panel with enough empty plug slots to allow for the later installation of EV charging equipment.  In addition, there will also need to be one-inch wide conduit (piping) provided for the later installation of the wiring connecting the electrical panel with a point in close proximity to the designated EV service space.

    Environmental organizations and the Air Resource Board (ARB) had argued for the installation of fully functioning EV charging facilities, however, after hearing concerns expressed by us, the CBSC has chosen to move forward with only “EV-ready” regulations.  Doing this also helps avoid issues related to disabled accessibility that will take much longer to resolve.

    For commercial building parking facilities, the required number of EV-Ready parking spaces shall be 1 EV-ready space for every 50 parking spaces.

    These new EV-Ready building standards will apply to projects for which the permit application is submitted to the local building department on or after July 1, 2015.



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