As states create and implement long-term climate goals, they must directly address decarbonization for the building sector to reduce carbon emissions from construction and operation. Decarbonization is a holistic approach to achieving greenhouse gas reductions and energy savings across all sectors and industries like transportation, manufacturing, and buildings. Building decarbonization can most effectively be addressed through the implementation of updated energy codes and stretch or reach codes that help reduce energy consumption, create healthier indoor environments, achieve savings, and reduce carbon emissions beyond base code minimums. Updated energy codes and stretch codes promote building decarbonization by focusing on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and strategic electrification.
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