The Risks and Rewards of Sustainable Building Design

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Both landlords and tenants could benefit greatly from the incorporation of sustainability into building designs and the adoption of all-electric building systems.

July 25, 2021
Caroline A. Harcourt & Adam Weaver - Gravel2Gavel

The shift towards a “greener” environment has resulted in cities and states implementing electrification mandates, which will have a major impact on both current and future building design. Currently, most commercial and residential end users are already all-electric. However, there are some exceptions, such as space and water heating, that use a significant amount of energy. Several states, including California and New York, have cities that have introduced legislation requiring new construction to be all-electric. This means, for example, using electricity for heating rather than fossil fuels such as natural gas. Mandate or not, building owners and developers should consider the risks and rewards of an all-electric design.

General Rewards

  • Reaching Climate Goals: As part of the Clean Energy Plan, as described in a previous post, President Biden has created a goal for the United States of achieving a carbon pollution-free American utility sector by 2035. Because residential and commercial building account for 40 percent of energy consumption in the United States, all-electric building designs will help governments and businesses reach the ambitious climate goals that have been set for the coming years.

Reprinted courtesy of Caroline A. Harcourt, Pillsbury and Adam Weaver, Pillsbury
Ms. Harcourt may be contacted at caroline.harcourt@pillsburylaw.com
Mr. Weaver may be contacted at adam.weaver@pillsburylaw.com



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