Montgomery County (MD) Leaders Unveil Landmark “Building Decarbonization” Legislation, 12 noon 6/13

Dear Reporter, 

At noon today, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich and County Councilmember Hans Riemer are announcing a remarkable bill that will set a new American standard for fighting climate change. The bill will mandate that all new building construction and renovations in the County be fully electrified by 2024, using no fossil fuels. 

Just wanted to make sure you saw the press advisory below. This is a MAJOR step forward! That’s why it is supported by leading statewide environmental groups including Climate Action Plan Coalition and Chesapeake Climate Action Network.

Hope you will join us. This legislation has NATIONAL significance. 

Please call if you have questions. 

KC Chartrand

Communications Director  |  Chesapeake Climate Action Network  |  240-620-7144


For Immediate Release: Friday, June 10

Montgomery County Executive Elrich and County Councilmember Riemer Partner to Detail ‘Comprehensive Building Decarbonization’ Legislation on Monday, June 13

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich and County Councilmember Hans Riemer will provide details on proposed “Comprehensive Building Decarbonization” legislation at noon on Monday, June 13, at an event in Silver Spring. Bill 13-22, to be introduced before the Council on June 14, will require all-electric building standards for new construction, major renovations and additions by Jan. 1, 2024. The law would apply to residential and commercial construction.

The legislation will ensure that all-electric building standards become part of the County’s building code, guaranteeing new buildings will be primed for a zero-greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions future.  

The announcement will be made at the future site of the Hillandale Gateway, an all-electric, mixed-use development envisioned in Eastern Montgomery County that is the cornerstone of the White Oak Science Gateway Master Plan.

The Hillandale Gateway buildings are being designed to Passive House standards with high-performance elements that are extremely energy efficient while also creating comfortable and safe indoor environments. The project development team consists of the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County and The Duffie Companies/PS Ventures.

For more details on the legislation, see this memorandum.

Event: Announcement proposed Montgomery County Bill 13-22 on Comprehensive Building Decarbonization Legislation.


  • Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich
  • Montgomery County Councilmember Hans Riemer
  • Shane Pollin, principal of PS Ventures, representing the Hillandale Gateway partnership between the Housing Opportunities Commission and The Duffie Companies
  • Mike Tidwell, executive director of Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN)
  • Doris Nguyen, representing the Climate Action Plan (CAP) Coalition
  • Lindsey Shaw, chief of the Energy and Climate Section of the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection

Date: Monday, June 13

Time: Noon.

Location: 10110 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring

Directions: The event will be held in the parking lot behind the Hillandale Gateway construction site. Heading north on New Hampshire Avenue, make a left turn at Powder Mill Road. Continue through the traffic circle, taking the 11 o’clock exit. Turn left, then turn right, to take the road passing the construction site. The road will lead to the parking lot where the event will be held. The event is also accessible via RideOn (Routes 10, 20 and 24) and WMATA MetroBus (Routes K6, K9 and C8).

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