Electrify Howard County:
For Clean, Green All-Electric Buildings
Bill CB-5 "The Clean New Buildings Act" Passed!
First step towards electrification of most new buildings
Will help meet HoCo's goal of 60% reduction in emissions by 2030
The “Clean New Buildings Climate Act” – CB5-2023 – would determine the county building code changes needed to end the burning of fossil fuels in new buildings and major renovations. This report would be in advance of the next round of building code revisions, in the spring of 2024.
In a state – Maryland – committed to a carbon-free electrical grid in coming years, the Howard County bill guarantees that almost all new buildings will be equipped with electric hot water systems and heat pumps for space heating and cooling, creating a zero-greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions future.
Thank Your HOCO Council Member for Passing Bill CB5
Howard County Latest to Move Towards EliminatingFossil Fuel Use in New Buildings
Howard County Joins Neighboring Montgomery County in
Growing Trend to 'Electrify Everything' in the Face of Rapid Climate Change
- Md. Comm’n on Climate Change, Building Energy Transition Plan, Oct. 11, 2021
- U.S. Energy Info. Admin., Winter Fuels Outlook, Oct. 2021
- American Medical Association Resolution 439, adopted 2022 See RMI, Indoor Air Pollution: the Link between Climate and Health (2020)
- Stanford University Press Release, Stanford scientists find the climate and health impacts of natural gas stoves are greater than previously thought (2022)