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.
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.