Quickly achieving zero carbon in building operations is a critical dimension of a CarbonPositive future. This session covers the recent policies for decarbonizing both new construction and the existing building stock, including the ZERO Code, all-electric new construction, and greenhouse gas emissions performance standards for existing buildings.

This content was produced thanks to funding from the AIA California as part of the CarbonPositive Conference, a partnership between Architect Magazine and Architecture 2030.

Learning Objectives

  • Apply and advocate for the ZERO Code, including the recently passed ZERO Code Renewable Energy Appendix in the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code.
  • Explore how your project can generate or procure renewable energy to becoming zero-net-carbon.
  • Identify the health, safety and climate co-benefits of all-electric buildings.
  • Investigate how emerging policies are leveraging building sector intervention points to require energy upgrades to existing buildings.

Pre-Requisite: None.