Economic, environmental and health benefits of all-electric buildings
More than 52 percent of the gas emissions from residential buildings constructed between 2023 and 2030 could be eliminated by passing electrification policies in just 63 metropolitan areas and their surrounding counties. That’s one of the takeaways from a recent report by Stand.earth Research Group, Lead Locally and SAFE Cities that looks at the impacts that gas-free buildings can have on the environment, human health and the economy.
Buildings, which account for between 60 and 80 percent of emissions in many U.S. cities, “must be a core focus for local and higher levels of government as we endeavor to move our communities towards clean, renewable energy,” wrote the authors of the report.
Methods such as preventing gas hookups in new developments, incentivizing the use of electric appliances and HVAC systems, or establishing/strengthening building performance standards are all valid and i