California has been a leader in building energy efficiency since the late 1970s, but state officials readily acknowledge that much more can be done to decarbonize buildings.
The California Energy Commission (CEC), the agency responsible for updating the state’s Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency Standards, is beginning a concerted push toward zero-emission buildings. The CEC hosted a first-of-its-kind workshop on the topic last month.
As it happens, a team at the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) has been doing some deep thinking about zero-emission buildings. SMUD has amassed practical experience in the area, as Greentech Media reported last month, by offering rebates for new or retrofitted all-electric homes.