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AB-1239 Building standards: electric vehicle charging infrastructure.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 04/18/2017 04:00 AM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 17, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 1239


Introduced by Assembly Member Holden

February 17, 2017


An act to amend Section 18941.10 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to building standards.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1239, as amended, Holden. Building standards: electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
The California Building Standards Law provides for the adoption of building standards by state agencies by requiring all state agencies that adopt or propose adoption of any building standard to submit the building standard to the California Building Standards Commission for approval and adoption. That law requires the Department of Housing and Community Development to propose mandatory building standards for the installation of future electric vehicle charging infrastructure for parking spaces in multifamily dwellings. That law also requires the department and the commission to use specified provisions of the California Green Building Standards Code as a starting point for those mandatory building standards.
This bill would instead require the department and the commission to adopt mandatory building standards that include specified mandatory provisions. regarding electric vehicle capable parking spaces for multifamily housing and parking structure construction and renovation, as specified.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 18941.10 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:

18941.10.
 (a) (1) The commission shall, commencing with the next triennial edition of the California Building Standards Code (Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations) adopted after January 1, 2014, adopt, approve, codify, and publish mandatory building standards for the installation of future electric vehicle charging infrastructure for parking spaces in multifamily dwellings and nonresidential development.
(2) For purposes of paragraph (1), the Department of Housing and Community Development shall propose mandatory building standards for the installation of future electric vehicle charging infrastructure for parking spaces in multifamily dwellings and submit the proposed mandatory building standards to the commission for consideration.
(b) (1) In proposing and adopting mandatory building standards under this section, the Department of Housing and Community Development and the commission shall use Sections A4.106.6, A4.106.6.1, A4.106.6.2, A5.106.5.1, and A5.106.5.3 of the California Green Building Standards Code (Part 11 of Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations) as the starting point for the mandatory building standards and amend those standards as necessary.
(2) In proposing and adopting mandatory building standards under this section, the Department of Housing and Community Development and the commission shall actively consult with interested parties, including, but not limited to, investor-owned utilities, municipal utilities, manufacturers, local building officials, commercial building and apartment owners, and the building industry.
(3) In proposing and adopting mandatory building standards under this section, the Department of Housing and Community Development and the commission shall adopt standards that allow for annual increases in electric vehicle capable parking spaces to 20 percent of all parking spaces in new multifamily housing by 2024.
(4) In proposing and adopting mandatory building standards under this section, the Department of Housing and Community Development and the commission shall adopt standards that require existing multifamily housing and parking structures to meet building standard codes, regarding electric vehicle capable parking spaces during major renovations or construction involving parking areas.
(5) In proposing and adopting mandatory building standards regarding electric vehicle capable parking spaces under this section, the Department of Housing and Community Development and the commission shall actively consult with interested parties, including the State Air Resources Board and the California Energy Commission.

SECTION 1.Section 18941.10 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:
18941.10.

(a)(1)The commission shall, commencing with the next triennial edition of the California Building Standards Code (Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations) adopted after January 1, 2014, adopt, approve, codify, and publish mandatory building standards for the installation of future electric vehicle charging infrastructure for parking spaces in multifamily dwellings and nonresidential development.

(2)For purposes of paragraph (1), the Department of Housing and Community Development shall propose mandatory building standards for the installation of future electric vehicle charging infrastructure for parking spaces in multifamily dwellings and submit the proposed mandatory building standards to the commission for consideration.

(b)(1)The Department of Housing and Community Development and the commission shall adopt the following as mandatory building standards:

(A)With respect to new construction, the following:

(i)New construction shall comply with Sections 4.106.4.1. and 4.106.4.2 of the Green Building Standards Code (Part 11 of Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations) to facilitate future installation of electric vehicle charging stations.

(ii)Electric vehicle supply equipment shall be installed in accordance with Article 625 of the California Electrical Code (Part 3 of Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations).

(iii)Exemptions from the requirements of this subparagraph may be granted on a case-by-case basis if the local enforcing agency determines that an electrical vehicle charging station and infrastructure are not feasible based on either or both of the following conditions:

(I)There is no commercial power supply.

(II)There is evidence substantiating a finding that meeting the requirements of this subparagraph will alter the local utility infrastructure design requirements on the utility side of the meter so as to increase the utility side cost to the homeowner or the developer by more than four hundred dollars ($400) per dwelling unit.

(B)With respect to new one- or two-family dwellings and townhouses with attached private garages, the following:

(i)Each dwelling unit shall have installed a listed raceway to accommodate a dedicated 208/240-volt branch circuit. The raceway shall not be less than trade size 1 (nominal one-inch inside diameter). The raceway shall originate at the main service panel or subpanel and shall terminate into a listed cabinet, box, or other enclosure that is in close proximity to the proposed location of an electric vehicle charger. Raceways shall be continuous at enclosed, inaccessible, or concealed areas and spaces.

(ii)The service panel or subpanel shall provide capacity to install a dedicated branch circuit of 40 amperes minimum and spaces reserved to permit the installation of a branch circuit overcurrent protective device. The service panel or subpanel circuit director shall identify the overcurrent protective device space reserved for future electric vehicle charging stations as “EV CAPABLE.” The raceway termination location shall be permanently and visibly marked as “EV CAPABLE.”

(C)With respect to new multifamily dwellings, if 17 or more multifamily dwelling units are constructed on a building site, at least 3 percent of the total number of parking spaces provided for all types of parking facilities, but in no event fewer than one space, shall be electric vehicle charging spaces capable of supporting future electric vehicle supply equipment. Calculations for the required number of electric vehicle spaces shall be rounded up to the nearest whole number.

(D)With respect to electric vehicle charging space locations, the following:

(i)Construction documents shall indicate the location of proposed electric vehicle spaces. At least one electric vehicle space shall be located in common use areas and available for use by all residents.

(ii)When electric vehicle chargers are installed, electric vehicle spaces required by Section 4.106.4.2.2 of the Green Building Standards Code (Part 11 of Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations) shall meet at least one of the following criteria:

(I)The electric vehicle space is located adjacent to an accessible parking space meeting the requirements of Chapter 11A of the California Building Code (Part 2 of Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations) to allow use of the electric vehicle charger from the accessible parking space.

(II)The electric vehicle space shall be located on an accessible route, as defined in Chapter 11A of the California Building Code (Part 2 of Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations), to the building.

(E)With respect to electric vehicle charging space dimensions, the following:

(i)The minimum length of each electric vehicle charging space shall be 18 feet (5,486 millimeters).

(ii)The minimum width of each electric vehicle charging space shall be 9 feet (2,743 millimeters).

(iii)One in every 25 electric vehicle charging spaces, but in no event fewer than one space, shall also have an 8-foot (2,438-millimeter) wide minimum aisle. If the electric vehicle space is at least 12 feet (3,658 millimeters) wide, that space may provide a 5-foot (3,658-millimeter) wide minimum aisle. The surface slope for this electric vehicle space and the aisle shall not exceed 1 unit vertical in 48 units horizontal (2.083 percent slope) in any direction.

(F)With respect to electric vehicle spaces generally, the following:

(i)If a single electrical vehicle space is required, the following shall apply:

(I)A listed raceway capable of accommodating a 208/240-volt dedicated branch circuit shall be installed. The raceway shall not be less than trade size 1 (nominal one-inch inside diameter).

(II)The raceway shall originate at the main service panel or subpanel and shall terminate into a listed cabinet, box, or other enclosure that is in close proximity to the proposed location of an electric vehicle space. Construction documents shall identify the raceway termination point.

(III)The service panel or subpanel shall provide capacity to install a dedicated branch circuit of 40 amperes minimum and spaces reserved to permit the installation of a branch circuit overcurrent protective device.

(ii)If multiple electrical vehicle spaces are required, the following shall apply:

(I)Construction documents shall identify the raceway termination point and provide information on amperage of future electric vehicle supply equipment, raceway methods, wiring schematics, and electrical load calculations to verify that the electrical panel service capacity and electrical system, including any on-site distribution transformers, have sufficient capacity to simultaneously charge all electric vehicles at all required electric vehicle spaces at the full rated amperage of the electric vehicle supply equipment.

(II)Plan designs shall be based on a 40-ampere minimum branch circuit.

(III)Raceways and related components that are planned to be installed underground or in enclosed, inaccessible, or concealed areas and spaces shall be installed at the time of original construction.

(iii)The service panel or subpanel circuit director shall identify the overcurrent protective device space reserved for future electric vehicle charging stations as “EV CAPABLE.” The raceway termination location shall be permanently and visibly marked as “EV CAPABLE.”

(2)In proposing and adopting mandatory building standards under this section, the Department of Housing and Community Development and the commission shall actively consult with interested parties, including, but not limited to, investor-owned utilities, municipal utilities, manufacturers, local building officials, commercial building and apartment owners, and the building industry.