San Francisco Board of Supervisors votes unanimously to ban gas in new buildings

San Francisco has already banned natural gas for any new city-owned building. Berkeley banned gas in new buildings last year. Natural gas accounts for roughly 40% of San Francisco’s overall emissions of greenhouse gases and 80% of building emissions. Requiring cleaner, all-electric buildings in new construction will increase building safety, reduce emissions citywide, and improve indoor air quality, Mandelman said. …

Indoor air pollution with gas stoves

Gizmodo, Oct 2020 One recent report found that gas stoves spew out levels of air pollution inside that would be illegal under outdoor regulations. “It’s really a cocktail of emissions that they put out,” Brady Seals, senior associate of building electrification at the Rocky Mountain Institute who co-authored the study, said. “There’s the emissions from the gas itself, the main ones of which are …

Griffith: If households were to electrify everything from their cars to their heaters, backed by renewable energy sources, they could cut their energy bills by a third and save $1,050-$2,585 per year – even after the cost of financing the switch

We’ve often heard that decarbonizing our households, by switching all our fossil-fueled machines to electric ones, would be prohibitively expensive. But Rewiring America’s new study, No Place Like Home: Fighting Climate Change (and Saving Money) by Electrifying America’s Households, by Saul Griffith, PhD and Sam Calisch, PhD, offers hope and highlights an opportunity. If households were to electrify everything from …

Getting Off Gas Must Benefit Those Burdened by Pollution

October 20, 2020 Michele Knab HassonMerrian Borgeson NRDC https://www.nrdc.org/experts/merrian-borgeson/getting-gas-must-benefit-those-burdened-pollution Leading California equity groups are calling on the state to take stronger steps to support healthier, more affordable, fossil fuel-free homes, especially for low-income renters and Black, Brown and Indigenous communities. Protecting the health of Californians most impacted by pollution and structural racism, and combating climate change, requires new policies to prioritize them in …

Fossil Gas Has No Future in Low-Carbon Buildings

Over 20 California cities took steps to phase out fossil fuels in buildings, along with Brookline, Massachusetts. Cities in a handful of other states may follow suit next year. America has done this before: in forty years, coal went from the majority heating fuel in American homes to nearly gone in 1980. But this time, we have only thirty years, if that. January …

Replacing water heaters, heating, and AC with heat pumps powered by solar

NPR October 18, 2020, DAN CHARLES Twitter , Download https://www.npr.org/2020/10/18/916586592/fighting-climate-change-one-building-at-a-time Donnel Baird stands in front of a building where his company, BlocPower, has installed energy-saving heating and solar panels. “Solar panels aren’t just for rich people, or for White people. They’re for everybody,” Baird says.Dan Charles/NPR When Donnel Baird was in his twenties, he had twin passions, and he didn’t …

USGBC expands green building resilience resources

Cailin Crowe, Smart Cities Dive, Oct. 2, 2020 The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), alongside the Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), released an expanded suite of resources and resilience tools to support green building initiatives, helping cities and businesses mitigate the economic effects of COVID-19 and the worsening impacts of climate change.  USGBC and GBCI’s available resources include the “LEED for cities and …

More than 1 in 3 US rooftops are suitable for solar: 30 million rooftops should be in next relief bill

350 Colorado’s Take on the Governor’s Roadmap + Why 30 Million Solar Rooftops Should Be In the Next Relief Bill https://ilsr.org/why-30-million-solar-rooftops-should-be-in-the-next-relief-bill/ by JOHN FARRELL 10 April 2020 As the federal government looks to a second (or even third) stimulus bill, Congress should consider a huge opportunity to pay Americans that pays back: solar rooftops. Somewhat more than one in three home …

Leveraging the Health Care Benefits of Energy-Efficient Housing

https://info.ornl.gov/sites/publications/Files/Pub124723.pdf The healthcare industry has the potential to be a strong ally in the effort to reduce the energy burdens of low-income households. Problems associated with high energy burdens often include adverse health effects. Insufficient heating and cooling systems and leaky homes can cause hypothermia and heat stress. Improper air filtration, cracked heat exchangers, and poor ventilation can exacerbate asthma …

How Sweden Is Transforming Homes Into Power Stations

One example is in the city of Ludivika where 1970s flats have recently been retrofitted with the latest smart energy technology. 48 family apartments spread across 3 buildings have been given photovoltaic solar panels, thermal energy storage and heat pump systems. A micro energy grid connects it all, and helps charge electric cars overnight. The result is a cluster of ‘prosumer’ …