San Jose Makes Zero-Emission Electric Buildings the Norm

The nation’s tenth largest city and the capital of Silicon Valley approved a building energy code that aims to make zero-emission electric buildings the new normal.

As more than 50 cities and counties across California consider or adopt building energy codes, the San José code stands out as the strongest among large cities and a roadmap for local leaders across the nation to follow.

Greenhouse gas emissions of new San José buildings will be cut by 90 percent following adoption of the building energy code and a forthcoming ordinance directed by City Council for an October vote.

To learn more about San José’s code, please see the latest blog from NRDC building decarbonization experts Maria Stamas and Pierre Delforge.