The City is seeking your input on a proposed policy to require all-electric new buildings starting in 2023.
You’re invited to provide your feedback on the 2022 Update to the City’s Clean Energy Program for New Buildings!
The City's award-winning Climate Action Plan is one of the most ambitous in the nation and includes all-electric new buildings as a key strategy to achieving carbon neutrality by 2035. Since 2020, the City has had policy in place that encourages all-electric new buildings and has resulted in the successful permitting or construction of new all-electric buildings and has resulted in the successful permitting or construction of over a hundred new all-electric housing units ranging from deed restricted affordable apartments to custom single-family homes.
The City is updating the policy in 2022 to achieve the Council and community's goal of carbon neutrality by 2035. Council has provided strategic direction on an all-electric new building policy that if adopted, would go into effect January 1, 2023. The specifics of this policy include:
- It applies to all building types.
- It only applies to new buildings, defined as "structues that have never before been occupied".
- Exemptions or alternative compliance pathways will be available for projects that provide substantial public benefit for which there are no reasonable electric alternatives (e.g. certain types of cooking equipment, industrial processes, etc.).
For more information about the proposed Clean Energy Program for New Buildings policy, please watch this informational video.
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