HAYWARD -- The City Council Sustainability Committee will meet Monday night to continue discussing an ordinance that would require property owners to comply with energy and water efficiency requirements.
The Residential Energy Conservation Ordinance would apply to single-family, duplex and multifamily dwellings.
City officials say the measure would help save on energy costs, create jobs, increase home values and improve comfort and safety for home occupants. It also would benefit the environment, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and conserving water.
The ordinance could require compliance only when a house is sold or remodeled, or it may provide a fixed deadline for all homes -- 10 years after it is approved, for example.
Berkeley, Palo Alto, Rohnert Park, and Marin and San Francisco counties already have approved such a law.
The proposed ordinance is part of the city's Climate Action Plan, which aims to lower greenhouse gases from a 2005 baseline of 1,183,279 metric tons of emissions — cutting them by 12.5 percent by 2020 and 82.5 percent by 2050.
The plan, adopted by the council in July 2009, also calls for the reduction of electricity consumption by 65 percent and natural gas consumption by 50 percent by 2050.
The first public meeting about the ordinance was held in August, and officials plan to submit a draft ordinance to the council in spring 2011.
The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 777
Before the meeting, there will be a screening of the movie "The Next Frontier: Engineering the Golden Age of Green," from 5:30-6:30 p.m.