In California, residential and commercial buildings are one of the largest sources of carbon emissions for cities and counties, and natural gas accounts for about half of building energy use. Many of the State’s local governments are considering options for reducing natural gas emissions in their climate action plans, building codes, general plans to meet State and local emission, decarbonization or zero emission building goals. Approaches range from incentives to lower natural gas use in existing buildings, to incorporating more renewable natural gas supplies, to various types of reach codes or municipal codes focused on encouraging electrification in new construction.
This first “Office Hours” hosted by the Statewide Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator, Angie Hacker, featured a panel of expert representatives from the following organizations:
- Building Standards Office, California Energy Commission
- Building Decarbonization Coalition
- Southern California Gas Company
- Local governments leading on this issue