California Forging Ahead on Zero Emission Buildings

Published by NRDC: Hopeful climate news came from Sacramento, CA as the California Energy Commission (CEC) took a major stride toward zero-carbon emissions buildings in the 2022 update of the statewide building energy code it just adopted. Energy use in buildings is responsible for a quarter of California’s climate pollution, and seven times more toxic nitrogen oxide air pollution than all the state’s power plants.

In the United States, states and cities have the ability to adopt their own building energy code. NRDC partnered with New Buildings Institute to develop a building decarbonization model stretch code that helps states and cities accelerate their own transition off fossil fuels.

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