Electrification and Energy Codes Primer

Buildings make up almost 40 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Technologies that decarbonize our
building stock can provide a massive opportunity to mitigate the impact of climate change and curb future
emissions. There are large opportunities for emissions reductions and cost savings by pursuing energy
efficiency together with electrification. One critical aspect of decarbonization is ensuring all new buildings are prepared for electricity-powered equipment. Removing combustion equipment reduces exposure to harmful pollutants, improving indoor air quality. The concept of electric readiness and electrification
is becoming popular in local and state-wide energy codes across the country and is being incorporated
into future national model energy codes. For instance, the second draft of the 2024 International Energy
Conservation Code (IECC) includes requirements for installation of new electrical branch circuits for future
electric appliance installation near cooking products, household clothes dryers, and water heaters that are
currently using fuel gas or liquid fuel.

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