The Clean New Buildings Climate Act
On March 6, 2023, the Howard County Council passed the Clean New Buildings Climate Act (CB5-2023) to put the county on the pathway to all-electric new buildings. The Act requires the County Executive to report to the Council on the changes needed to building codes to require electrification of new buildings, as well as major renovations and additions. The County will likely take up legislation to enact the changes into law in 2024.
Passing the Clean New Buildings Climate Act (click to expand)
Electrify HoCo is partnering with the youth group Electrify Our Future to build strong community support for electrification of new and renovated buildings. During this phase of the #ElectrifyHoCo campaign, we will be spreading the word about passage of the Clean New Buildings Climate Act (CB5-2023) and the urgent need to Electrify HoCo.
EXPLORE THE BENEFITS OF ELECTRIFICATION
Climate Benefits (click to expand)
Good For the Climate:
HEALth Benefits (click to expand)
Fossil Fuels are Dirty and Dangerous
Homes with gas stoves have nitrogen dioxide concentrations up to 400% higher than homes with electric stoves!
Gas stoves release the same pollution as an idling car!
Living in a home with a gas stove increases a child’s risk of having asthma by 42%
Gas stoves are a Primary Source of Pollution Inside the Home
Gas stoves release several hazardous pollutants, notably nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide.
Any exposure to nitrogen dioxide can cause respiratory effects.
Lower-income households may be at higher risk of exposure to gas stove pollution.
Gas stoves leak climate-warming methane even when they’re off.
Economic benefits (click to expand)
Electrification is affordable:
All-electric new construction is more affordable to build in most cases and generally more affordable to maintain than buildings that use fossil fuels.
Highly efficient and effective electric appliances are readily available to meet the heating, cooling, and cooking demands of Howard County buildings.
All-electric new buildings typically have the lowest construction and operating costs.