New residential and commercial building construction will be required to utilize all-electric power, starting with projects that file permits in 2021.
Explores recent actions to electrify buildings, breaking down the legal mechanics of local laws and the role of state laws in facilitating or constraining local policies, particularly natural gas bans in California and Massachusetts.
Analyzes 12 case studies and surveys the different policy options before local communities before offering model code language on building electrification.
Seattle's Executive Order 2020-01, among other things, bans the use of natural gas and other fossil fuels in all new city-owned buildings, and calls for a plan to transition existing buildings away from fossil fuels by 2021.
Requires all new residential buildings to be all-electric, while nonresidential and high-rise residential buildings are electric preferred.
All construction permit applications for new buildings in the city must submit a declaration that their design is “Natural Gas-Free.”
Supports pilot strategies to scale up the full electrification of building heating and cooling systems. Eight cities are currently participating with the Initiative.
Morgan Hill adopted a gas prohibition ordinance in 2019. Its gas-free commitment is similar to Berkeley’s in that it’s based on health and safety grounds, but it goes a step further by immediately impacting more buildings.
In 2019, Brisbane passed a mandatory all electric reach code for new construction. There are exemptions for cooking appliances, but the code requires pre wiring throughout the building so a transition from gas to electric in the future is possible.
Requires electrification for new residential and commercial buildings.