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CA Clean Buildings Progress Report: 2022

Expert BlogCaliforniaKiki Velez, Merrian Borgeson
California’s progress offers a roadmap for transitioning to healthy, clean, and efficient buildings. What's next for the decarbonization leader?

Building for “a Climate Damn Emergency”

Expert BlogCaliforniaPierre Delforge
The California Energy Commission is working on its 2022 update to the state building code, which encourages all-electric new construction. NRDC and a broad coalition supports the CEC's direction, but asks it to go further to help fight the climate…

Will California Lead on Pollution-Free Construction?

Expert BlogPierre Delforge
California's 2022 CEC state building code update should unleash a cleaner, cheaper, and faster way to build homes, helping to mitigate the climate crisis and alleviate our state’s housing affordability challenges.

California Moves Toward Smart and Efficient Water Heating

Expert BlogCalifornia, United StatesPierre Delforge
California has just adopted an energy code specification for grid-friendly and super-efficient water heaters that will help decarbonize buildings and the electric grid while saving Californians money on their utility bills.

Don’t Let Gas Provide False Sense of Climate Security

Expert BlogSheryl Carter
In the midst of our climate crisis, and unprecedented calls for action, 2019 is turning out to be another record year for climate warming greenhouse gas pollution. And we are still not on track to meet our emissions-reduction goals.

We Know How to Cut Climate Pollution But Need Political Will

Expert BlogUnited StatesLara Ettenson

According to a new analysis by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)—Halfway There: Energy Efficiency Can Cut Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Half by 2050—the great news is that we already have the tools to affordably…

San Jose’s Proposed Building “Reach Code,” Explained

Expert BlogCalifornia, San Jose (California)Pierre Delforge, Maria Stamas

San Jose is reaching for a modern, more sustainable building energy code this September with an important opportunity before its City Council members: to adopt requirements for builders that will provide San Jose residents with clean, affordable energy in buildings…

Global Effort to Decarbonize Buildings Is Accelerating

Expert BlogInternationalMerrian Borgeson

Efficient electrification of heating and strong investment in energy efficiency are the lowest cost and best paths to decarbonize our buildings, in the U.S. and around the world.

Berkeley Passes Nation’s 1st All-Electric Building Ordinance

Expert BlogPierre Delforge
Berkeley, CA, City Council passed a historic ordinance last night requiring that new buildings be built all-electric beginning Jan. 1, 2020. This new law means no gas hook-ups will be installed in new houses, apartments, and commercial buildings. Existing buildings…