LANDMARK GREEN BUILDINGS BILL PASSES FIRST HURDLE
First in the Nation Zero Energy Measure Would Dramatically Reduce Carbon Emissions from California Homes
The California Assembly Natural Resources Committee is trying to pass AB 2112, the Residential Buildings Zero Net Energy Bill. The bill, sponsored by Global Green USA and authored by Lori Saldaña (D- San Diego) will require all new residential buildings to be net zero energy by the year 2020.
“Energy use in buildings is the largest single global warming pollution source in the United States–accounting for 48% of all greenhouse gas emissions nationally,” said Global Green policy director Mary Luevano “Urgent action is needed to address the climate crisis and AB 2112 is a huge step in the right direction.”
The term “zero net energy building” describes a building that implements both energy efficient design features and clean onsite energy generation that combine to result in no net gas or electricity purchases annually.
“The state is committed to reducing greenhouse gases from fossil fuel power generation,” Saldaña said. “Incorporating energy saving technology and onsite renewable power generation like solar into new residential construction will make a significant contribution to the achievement of those objectives.”
Net zero buildings also significantly lower utility costs for residents. Lower energy consumption means less stress on the power grid, reducing the vulnerability to the rolling blackouts Californians experienced in 2000.
AB 2112’s next test will be in the Assembly Appropriations Committee where it will be heard next month. The model for this legislation is the Solara project in Poway, California; the first apartment community in California fully powered by the sun. Global Green USA was the primary green consultant on the Solara project.
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