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Comprehensive Building Decarbonization Leg: How does this affect you and your community residents?

Upcoming sustainability and decarbonizing building standards aim to reduce natural gas fuel use; steer towards power saving electrified utilities. Depending on your local government’s individual rollout requirements, your community may soon be facing a very pricey utility retrofit project that may even cause resident displacements. Tri State wants to make sure that you and your residents stay informed of local action towards carbon neutrality and decarbonization efforts.

If you’re in Montgomery County, the proposed Bill 13-22 requires the County Executive to issue all-electric building standards for new construction, major renovations, and additions by January 1, 2024.

If you’re in DC, this legislation would require the County Executive to develop all-electric building standards with exemptions for certain systems and uses. In addition, income-restricted housing and schools have an extended timeline. Clean Energy DC is the District’s proposal to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at least 50% below 2006 levels by 2032, and to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. “While net-zero energy codes will reduce fossil fuel use in new buildings, the District must retrofit a significant portion of its existing buildings to increase their efficiency and reduce their fossil fuel reliance. Retrofits at this scale require well-financed, data-driven, and carefully targeted programs.” – Clean Energy DC Report, available at https://doee.dc.gov/.

Because of this new legislation, we’re seeing installation of new heat pump water heaters trending…


Find out more about the pro’s and cons of installing new heat pump water heaters and retrofitting natural gas utilities to power saving electric through the betterbuildingssolutioncenter.energy.gov website.

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