Substitute electric heating and cooling infrastructure in new buildings powered by cleaner electricity is linked to significantly lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and is cost competitive because of the cost savings associated with all electric designs that avoid new gas infrastructure. Prohibiting installation of natural gas infrastructure results in elimination of associated GHG emissions in new buildings and reduces health and safety hazards produced by combustion and transport of natural gas.
The Building Decarbonization Coalition maintains a listing of jurisdictions in the United States that have adopted similar ordinances prohibiting methane infrastructure in some or all new buildings. As of January 2023, 99 jurisdictions in 11 states have taken action to decarbonize buildings within their respective jurisdictions.
Goal: Reduce carbon and methane emissions by prohibiting natural gas infrastructure in new buildings
Measurement: Percent decline in CO2e emissions from new buildings
Time to Implement: Estimated less than 1 year
Berkeley Ordinance Number 7,672-N.S.
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