California's existing building stock is responsible for around 25 percent of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. In order to reach its goal of reducing its overall emissions by 80 percent from 1990 levels, California must address buildings. However there is currently no comprehensive strategy for achieving the decarbonization of California's building stock.
Fortunately, many of the technical and policy solutions for building decarbonization already exist. The State agencies have all the authority needed to develop and implement a comprehensive, statewide program. What they require is leadership, coordination, and the support of key constituencies across the state.
The next governor must make the decarbonization of buildings a cornerstone of his or her administration’s environmental and economic agenda, particularly for disadvantaged communities where residents live, on-average, in older buildings, pay a higher percentage of their income for energy, suffer a greater burden from indoor air pollution from old appliances and have fewer resources to access financing and incentive programs to reduce pollution and costs.
In order to drive this decarbonization transition, the next administration must provide policy and regulatory certainty to market actors, so that financial institutions, construction companies, energy companies, manufacturers and consumers can invest in business models, products and programs with confidence.
To develop this guidance, the administration will need the input of sector stakeholders. Currently, however, the stakeholders who actively participate in building decarbonization public policy and practice are a diverse group who usually work together only in small, ad hoc coalitions, if at all. While many of these stakeholders agree on the need for action, there is no forum where they gather to develop and present a common vision. This lack of coordination leads to disjointed participation in public policy forums, wasted resources in developing and deploying solutions, and a confused consumer base.
The Building Decarbonization Coalition brings together an unprecedented collection of interests with stakes in the built environment. The coalition will be a forum for workers, builders, environmental groups, realtors, utilities, manufacturers, financiers and governments to discuss, develop and deliver common solutions for the state’s building sector.
While many of these groups are active in building decarbonization, there is currently no common association that brings their voices together into a single powerful message. The Building Decarbonization Coalition will be that entity.
Our objectives are to:
Near-Term: Get the Policy Right
The Coalition will support legislation and policies that advance the state towards a building sector decarbonization pathway consistent with its 2050 goals. In 2018 the coalition will gather to discuss and develop a comprehensive blueprint for the next administration to consider for adoption. The roadmap will provide a long-term vision and recommendations for all aspects of the state’s decarbonization effort including, but not limited to, finance, workforce, standards, ratings, realty, enforcement, technological readiness, and consumer education.
Long-Term: Break the Barriers Together
The coalition will help the next administration implement policies and programs and lead market- and consumer-based efforts for long-range, statewide building decarbonization. This group's unique membership will provide unparalleled insight and collaboration to identify the needed solutions for policy and market barriers to decarbonization. The coalition will provide the leading voice for research, business model evolution, workforce development changes and consumer education.