West leading the way on building codes?

This is something that we should hope to see spread globally, but it would be a tremendous step forward toward something like Architecture 2030 if California adopts its proposed building codes.  The proposal: 

  • all new residential housing developments  energy self-sufficient by 2020
  • all new commercial buildings be “zero net energy” by 2030.

Wow …

The residential code would be, evidently, the equivalent of a 500 megawatt plant and the commercial impact around two power plants.  Three power plants taken off the grid?  That is a start.

Now, the question becomes what would be California’s vision for existing infrastructure … 

Tip of the hat to Green Wombat.

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