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California Forging Ahead on Zero Emission Buildings

Expert BlogCaliforniaPierre Delforge

The California Energy Commission (CEC) took a major stride toward zero-carbon emissions buildings in the 2022 update of the statewide building energy code that will require new buildings to use less energy and cut carbon pollution.

Electricity a Smarter Choice than Low-Carbon Gas in CA Homes

Expert BlogMerrian Borgeson
Electric heat is the clear winner over low-carbon gas as a climate solution for buildings in California, according to a new study released by the state. Using clean electricity to heat buildings and hot water is cheaper, less risky, and…

Study: CA Needs a Safe, Managed Transition Away from Gas

Expert BlogPierre Delforge, Merrian Borgeson
California needs a “natural” (fossil) gas transition strategy to shield Californians from sharply higher heating, protect workers, and meet the state’s climate targets. These are the starkly clear implications of the preliminary findings of a study presented at today’s California…

CA Local Governments Take Lead on Zero-Emission Buildings

Expert BlogPierre Delforge
The City of Los Angeles just released its new Sustainability Plan that includes ambitious emissions standards for new buildings to be zero-emission by 2030 and all existing buildings by 2050. With its population of 4 million, L.A.’s leadership on cutting…

California Puts Buildings in Energy Policy Spotlight

Expert BlogPierre Delforge
California took another pioneering step in tackling carbon emissions from millions of homes and commercial buildings across the state today. The California Energy Commission's latest policy report puts reducing the climate and air pollution from buildings front and center for…

Electric Heat Pumps Can Slash Emissions in California Homes

Expert BlogPierre Delforge
Using high-efficiency electric heat pumps instead of gas for residential heating needs in California could cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in half or more, according to a new NRDC analysis published in the Electricity Journal [link]. This makes heat pumps…

New Report: Heating Is Next Clean Energy Frontier in CA

Expert BlogPierre Delforge
Clean space and water heating technologies such as heat pumps and solar thermal have the potential to save Californians more than $1,500 upon installation and hundreds of dollars on annual utility bills afterward. In particular, super-high-efficiency heat pump technology is…