California’s largest affordable housing program adopts all-electric requirement

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Pushing for an electric future

Sacramento, California – Affordable housing and sustainable communities The AHSC program recently approved its first-ever guidance for projects to be all-electric with no gas infrastructure connections from 2023.

Adoption of all-electric design requirements by California’s largest affordable housing program supports the state’s decarbonization goals and sends a strong market signal that California is on its way to an all-electric future.

“We commend AHSC for its leadership in building safe, healthy, climate-ready homes for low-income people in California,” said Jose Torres, California Director of the Building Removing Carbon Alliance. This will provide vulnerable households with access to clean cooling during extreme temperatures as well as electric stoves that do not emit toxic NOx. AHSC is a model for other housing programs in California and beyond.”

carbon removal effort

AHSC’s approval to fully fund electricity projects aligns with California’s carbon removal building actions and investments this year. The California Public Utilities Commission has voted to end subsidies connecting new buildings to the gas system starting in July 2023.

the California Air Resources Board Committed to a statewide zero-emission appliance standard for homes and buildings that will rapidly increase sale of heat pumps by 2030. The California State Legislature is investing more than $1.4 billion in programs aimed at equitably decarbonizing and expanding cooling for the state’s homes and buildings, with at least fifty percent of funding directed towards disadvantaged communities.

Climate ready homes

AHSC’s all-electric design threshold will support the state in meeting Governor Newsom’s goals of 3 million climate-ready homes and the deployment of 6 million heat pumps by 2030, and 7 million climate-ready homes by 2035.

The new AHSC requirement is a first step toward electrifying affordable housing in the state. The California Tax Credit Allocation Commission, the California Debt Limits Allocation Commission, and the California Department of Housing and Community Development currently do not have all-electric requirements for new construction and must stop financing construction that connects affordable housing to gas infrastructure. By aligning financing for all-electric construction across the state, California can meet its climate, equity, public health, and housing affordability goals. Funding and programs must also ensure that new highway jobs are created.

The BDC joined environmentalists in submitting a letter of support in October for AHSC’s full electricity threshold for building, setting priorities, protecting low-income communities, and environmental sanitation. A Notice of Funding Availability is scheduled for January 2023 with approximately $750 million available for all electrical projects.

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