Oakland's City Council has set ambitious climate targets that require electrifying the building stock as rapidly as possible. As an important first step, the City is exploring electrification-based building reach codes to include in its 2019 code updates. East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) is providing support and commissioned a cost-effectiveness study of all-electric new construction that shows both upfront and lifetime cost effectiveness for nearly all building types.
On June 13, 2019, Oakland and Berkeley convened a workshop with local market-rate and affordable multifamily housing developers and electrification experts to discuss the feasibility and benefits of building electrification and get feedback on how we can craft electrification policies that don’t inhibit the development of housing. This meeting was an opportunity for developers to learn about building electrification and to discuss their questions and concerns with staff. The focus was not on energy code issues, but rather backing up to focus on the why and how of building electrification, including the technical and financial feasibility. This page will be updated with progress, resources, and upcoming events.
Explore these resources and articles to learn about Building Electrification:
- Sign up for Bay Area SunShares' Educational Webinar: If you’ve ever thought about installing solar or battery storage but don’t know where to start, Bay Area SunShares is here to help!
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