As of 2023 Los Angeles requires all new residential and commercial buildings to be built all-electric.
L.A. became the 69th Californian city to enforce an ordinance requiring all new buildings to be powered entirely by electricity.
In an effort to reduce the carbon emissions of its buildings, the city has mandated all new buildings use electric appliances instead of those powered by fossil fuels. This means that induction cooking must replace gas, and heat pumps must be used instead of traditional heating and air conditioning systems. By adopting these measures, the city hopes to lower its buildings’ carbon emissions.
“LA’s buildings account for 43% of our carbon emissions – more than any other sector.” said Councilmember Nithya Raman, and continues “Today, my colleagues and I introduced a motion to require all new residential and commercial buildings in LA to be built to achieve zero-carbon emissions, a critical move toward a green economy.”
The city of Los Angeles has environmental goals, referred to as L.A.’s Green New Deal, which include achieving a zero carbon grid, zero carbon transportation, zero carbon buildings, zero waste, and zero wasted water by 2050. These measures are being taken in an effort to improve the city’s sustainability and reduce its impact on the environment.
In addition to the 68 other cities in California, New York, and Washington also have requirements to electrify new buildings that take effect in 2023. States coast-to-coast are looking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and transition to cleaner energy sources by investing in better technologies_