A 5-Step Roadmap to Zero-Emissions Buildings in California

California has laid a strong foundation for energy efficiency in new buildings. Now the state needs to figure out how to help the entire building sector meet a carbon-neutral future by 2045. A new report offers a five-point path forward, addressing barriers that have held back progress toward clean energy homes and businesses.

State lawmakers last year approved a path-breaking “zero net electricity” building energy code and two historic bills aimed at decarbonizing buildings, which account for a quarter of California’s overall emissions. While California’s has made remarkable progress in growing clean energy’s share of power generation, which has already exceeded the 2020 target of 33 percent set by its renewables portfolio standard, and has set a goal to reach 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2045, most buildings remain reliant on fossil fuels, particularly for space and water heating. About 90 percent of furnaces and hot water heaters in the state are fueled by gas or propane.

The just-released roadmap from the Building Decarbonization Coalition (BDC), a group that brings together key actors in the public and private sectors, focuses on the market and policy advances needed to take our homes and businesses to the next level and bring buildings in line with the state’s ambitious 2030 and 2045 climate goals.

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published on www.nrdc.org

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