Takoma Park, Maryland Debates Ban of All New Sales of Gas-fired Stoves, Water heaters, Dryers, Lawn Mowers and Leaf Blowers – Replacement with Electric Versions Required by 2030

February 23rd, 2020 by Steve Hanley, Clean Technica Takoma Park, Maryland is a city of 17,000 just outside Washington, DC. Known for its liberal politics, it is sometimes referred to as the “Berkeley of the East.” Like many US cities, it is concerned the federal government is not doing enough to address the challenge of an overheating planet and so, all politics …

Efficient, PreFab ADUs and Design Considerations

LA Times, Feb 2020 When it comes to good ADU design and, Peterson said, “Tall ceilings, long sightlines, windows facing toward the garden, and creating an indoor-outdoor connection using windows and sliding doors” create a sense of space many crave. A great room, encompassing the lion’s share of the home’s square footage and incorporating an open-plan kitchen, living and dining …

More than half a million new customers are added to the US gas system each year. Why states need to ban gas hookups in new construction (5 charts)

The building sector’s climate impact does not receive enough scrutiny. That will change in 2020, the author writes. MIKE HENCHEN, RMI, in GreenTechMedia, Feb 17, 2020 A growing number of American cities are enacting electrification measures to limit gas use. 24 Fossil fuels, primarily gas, are a fixture in millions of American homes and businesses, but the building sector’s climate …

LEED Platinum City Denver and Paris’ transformation to a city where needs met within a 15-minute bike ride or 20 minute walk

Denver and Paris are leading cities in a climate and sustainability transformation. Paris needs to become a “15-minute city.” That’s the message from the manifesto of Mayor Anne Hidalgo, who is seeking re-election this March. Hidalgo has been leading a radical overhaul of the city’s mobility culture since taking office in 2014, and has already barred the most polluting vehicles from entry, …

Fossil Gas Has No Future in Low-Carbon Buildings

January 6, 2020  |  By Mark Silberg, RMI States and cities across the country are beginning to grapple with a persistent source of carbon emissions that has largely gone ignored: burning fossil fuels in buildings. While the electric power sector nationally has reduced emissions more than 25 percent, there has been no change in carbon emissions from direct fossil fuel use in …

Why some cities are targeting gas stoves to fight climate change

Why building electrification, and removing gas from new and retrofitted homes, has become a movement By Patrick Sisson  Feb 4, 2020 Ever since the Green New Deal became a key talking point and policy goal of progressive politicians last year, there’s been a renewed push to make American homes and buildings better for the environment. For a growing number of municipalities and local leaders, …

California Moves to Tackle Another Big Emissions Source: Fossil Fuel Use in Buildings

States are incentivizing the swapping out of natural-gas water heaters for those using cleaner electricity.JUSTIN GERDES FEBRUARY 04, 2020, GreenTechMedia Onsite use of fossil fuels in buildings accounts for 15 percent of California’s greenhouse gas emissions. 15 California regulators have allocated $45 million to incentives for heat pump water heaters through 2025, in another step on the path toward the state’s 2045 carbon neutrality goal. …

Building electrification in CO

November 18, 2019 Boulder, Colorado. A Boulder campaign is making a pitch to residents that they can save money and breathe easier by switching from gas.  Comfort, not climate, is the central message of a campaign in Colorado to persuade homeowners to switch from natural gas to electricity for heating and other indoor purposes. The joint program sponsored by Boulder …

Flash treatment of carbon-based waste, from banana peels to chunks of coal, produces high-quality graphene that can be used in concrete and strong plastics

Coal to concrete? Scientists report chemical breakthrough E&E News | Parker Shea Feb 2020 Rice University researchers have discovered a way to convert coal, petroleum coke, plastic or any carbon-based waste into a substance that they say can slash emissions cheaply from some of the most energy-intensive industries, such as concrete and cement manufacturing. The resulting “flash graphene” can bind …

It’s time to ban demolition and design for deconstruction

Lloyd Alter January 17, 2020 Oliver Wainright of the Guardian calls for a rethink of the way we put buildings together and take them apart. “Ban Demolition” is a tag on TreeHugger because we have long argued for renovation and reuse, especially in this era when we worry about the upfront carbon emissions of new construction. Oliver Wainwright of the …