Dear Monica: I read that electric power will soon be required for all new buildings instead of natural gas. What are the changes coming? Lisa G.
Dear Lisa: The California Energy Commission has proposed the changes to the Building Code. If passed they will take effect January 1, 2023. Changes include: Encouraging electric heat pump technology for space and water heating; Establishing electric-ready requirements for single-family homes; Expanding solar photovoltaic (PV) system and battery storage standards to make clean energy available onsite; and Strengthening ventilation standards to improve indoor air quality. It will be voted on in December by the California Building Standards Commission.