California updates building code to make it more energy efficient

Signal of change / California updates building code to make it more energy efficient

By Ella-Louise Micallef / 18 Apr 2018

California has put forth its proposed changes to building standards, which seek to make buildings more energy efficient. The standards, effective in January 2020, will require new homes to install rooftop solar panels, have energy efficient attics and walls, improved windows and doors, and properly installed insulation.

So what?

This is a big step forward to help reduce the carbon footprint of California’s homes and buildings, whilst further strengthening California’s position as a clean energy leader. The proposed new code would mean any new homes built after 2020 would achieve a “zero-net electricity” status, whilst also achieving savings for homeowners on utility bills.

Sources

https://www.nrdc.org/experts/pierre-delforge/ca-2020-building-code-draft-zero-net-electricity-new-homes

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