Ensure new buildings are constructed to the highest standards and begin to address retrofitting existing buildings

Buildings are the second largest source of emissions in Massachusetts and the largest source in the City of Boston. A robust net-zero building code can reduce emissions, enhance resilience, limit the load-intensity on the electric grid, and lower operating costs. Modern building standards would result in improved health outcomes and the creation of local jobs in design, construction, and retrofitting, benefiting communities throughout the Commonwealth.

Further, the Mass Save program must be made accessible to historically underserved communities. Improving the efficiency of as many buildings as possible will make it easier to ensure the electric demand of our New England grid is met with clean energy.

2021-2022 Accomplishments

The 2022 Climate and Clean Energy Bill (H.5060)’s Impacts on Building Decarbonization   

    • Increases data collection of building-related emissions and supported efficiency efforts by requiring large buildings (20,000 sq. ft. and larger) across the commonwealth to report their energy usage annually. 
    • Creates a pilot program for 10 individual cities and towns that meet the 10% affordable housing target set by state law to ban fossil-fuel hookups in new construction, with the exception of life sciences labs and healthcare facilities.  
    • Ends MassSave incentives to install fossil fuel infrastructure in buildings, except as a backup for an electric heat pump.