Natural gas legislation: What multifamily developers, owners need to know

Published by Constructive Dive: Bans on natural gas hookups in new buildings are spreading across the country. In 2019, Berkeley, California, was the first city to ban natural gas hookups in new buildings. So far, 77 cities in 10 states have taken some form of local government action, with most of those cities in California. At the same time, however, 20 states have passed statewide bans on natural gas bans, preventing local governments from enacting similar restrictions. “Any point of change in how we do things creates a little bit of upheaval in the system,” said Kim Cheslak, director of codes at New Buildings Institute, a Portland, Oregon-based nonprofit focused on improving the energy performance of commercial buildings.

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