Greening our Buildings
From commercial offices to single-family homes, schools to triple-deckers, the majority of our building stock is old and inefficient. The necessary scale of deep retrofits and new construction is staggering – Massachusetts has over two million individual buildings that will each need to be upgraded to be energy efficient and resilient. By taking advantage of proven technology and investing in a green workforce, we have the opportunity to simultaneously address the climate and housing crises. Decarbonizing our buildings will not only reduce emissions but also lower costs, provide good-paying jobs, and improve public health.
We at ELM advocate for:
- A Clean Heat Standard, requiring energy suppliers to continually increase the percentage of clean energy provided to residents and institutions.
- The establishment of a Massachusetts Green Bank to make funding available for decarbonization and clean energy projects, including those in underserved communities.
- Enabling Massachusetts cities and towns to pursue carbon-free building solutions through the implementation of a pilot to ban new fossil fuel hookups in ten municipalities.
- Increasing access to state energy efficiency programs for historically underserved communities.
- The growth of a diverse green workforce to meet demand for building retrofits and decarbonization, fostering more equitable access to job training and skill development in the burgeoning clean economy.
Sponsor: Rep. Driscoll
Building-related emissions account for 30% of Massachusetts’s total emissions and are the single biggest source of GHG emissions in the City of Boston. This bill establishes a “clean heat standard” for Massachusetts, which would require suppliers to increase the share of heating energy delivered from zero-emission sources over time. This was a central recommendation of the 2022 Commission on Clean Heat.