The building sector is the largest contributor to climate change in Connecticut.

Without meaningful legislative action now, we could end up spending millions of dollars on new and renovated buildings that lock in decades of wasted energy, air pollution, and avoidable greenhouse gas emissions.

2022 Build Better CT Policy Platform

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Energy Stretch Code

for voluntary adoption by municipalities

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Energy Labeling

at point of sale or rental

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Beneficial Electrification

to reduce emissions and improve health.

Local governments see the impacts of climate and air pollution firsthand, but are unable to require greater levels of energy efficiency than the State Building Code. The ability to adopt a stretch code would allow cities to lock in energy savings and public health benefits for years to come.

 

Enacting an energy stretch code would put Connecticut in line with Massachusetts, New York, and Vermont, all of whom give municipalities the ability to protect the health and financial wellbeing of their residents through greater building energy efficiency.

Knowing your home's energy efficiency before purchasing or renting is essential consumer protection. Especially in Connecticut, with the second-highest energy burden in the nation, our residents need to be able to make informed decisions about their most significant purchase. 

 

Many other jurisdictions already mandate some form of energy-consumption reporting. This reporting would encourage energy efficiency retrofits and help homeowners and landlords market their energy-efficiency upgrades in the real estate market.

Combusting fossil fuels inside of buildings causes indoor air pollution. In homes, this can produce air pollution at levels up to 10x beyond the thresholds set by the EPA for healthy outdoor air, and is estimated to be responsible for billions of health impact costs every year in the State of Connecticut.

The combination of efficient heat pumps and our current electrical grid results in fewer greenhouse gas emissions than using the most efficient gas furnace.

The energy from electric heating and cooking appliances can be offset with clean renewable energy with solar panels onsite or an increasingly clean electric grid.

Featured Precedents

  • The Republican Governor of Massachusetts passed a sweeping climate bill that included a zero energy stretch code. This will update the incredibly successful stretch code they have had in place since 2009.

  • Rhode Island's voluntary stretch code was adopted in February 2018.

  • New York State has a stretch code for voluntary adoption by municipalities.

  • California has developed a 2022 Zero Code for voluntary adoption by Municipalities.

Featured Precedents

Featured Precedents

  • In 2019, Governor Mills signed legislation that codified Maine’s goal of installing 100,000 new high efficiency heat pumps in Maine homes and businesses by 2025.

  • Ithaca, NY announced the approval on November 4, 2021 of a plan to decarbonize all of its buildings by 2030.

  • On Dec 22, 2021, Mayor De Blasio of New York City signed in to law a mandate to phase out the combustion of fossil fuels in new buildings and accelerate the construction of all-electric buildings. 

Proposed/ Raised Legislation

  • Due to the short session, the Governor did not propose the energy stretch code this year, but we are still hopeful a legislative champion will take this up!

Proposed/ Raised Legislation

  • H.B. No. 5041 An Act Concerning Home Energy Affordability for Home Renters

  • S.B. No. 14 An Act Concerning Home Energy Affordability for Home Buyers

  • S.B. No. 295 An Act Concerning Tax Credits for Energy Efficient Homes

Proposed/ Raised Legislation

  • S.B. No. 292 An Act Concerning Heating Efficiency in New Residential Construction and Major Alterations of Residential Buildings