3.2.7 Improving State and Local Building Energy Codes

LPDD Recommendation: “State legislatures should follow the lead of states like California, Hawaii, and Washington in developing advanced building and energy codes that significantly reduce the energy used by new buildings”

LPDD Recommendation: “Within the authority granted to them under state law and state building code requirements, local legislative bodies should adopt advanced building and energy codes that drive down carbon use in buildings.”

LPDD Model Law: EV-Ready Commercial Building Code

Would require new or significantly altered commercial, industrial, or multi-family residential buildings to be equipped with the installation of Level 2 electric vehicle supply equipment in proximity to parking spaces.

Honolulu’s Bill 25

Includes building code amendments requiring new buildings to be solar ready and that a portion of parking be EV-ready.

RAP Report, Principle of Smart Heat Electrification

Surveys policies that impact smart heat electrification, including electricity pricing, energy efficiency obligations, carbon intensity standards, financial support schemes, building codes, appliance standards, and labeling. 

Marin County Green Building ordinance

Offers 3 updated compliance pathways: one for all electric construction, one for limited mixed fuel (gas stoves) construction, and mixed fuel construction.