Electrifying idea for cleaner buildings

Published by Consulting-Specifying Engineer: Building electrification refers to the use of electric technology where fuel sources were traditionally used. It’s the oil-fired furnace or the water heater, cooking stove, or clothes dryer that uses natural gas or propane. Those appliances can be replaced with all-electric heat pumps, heat recovery chillers, induction stoves, solar thermal-assisted water heaters, ultrasonic clothes dryers, and other equipment.

The status, availability, and effectiveness of dozens of those electric technologies were recently reviewed by the New Buildings Institute and the Building Decarbonization Coalition in their “Building Electrification Technology Roadmap.”

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