Zero Emission Building Ordinances
- By Specific Date: existing building policy or ordinance that changes overtime, typically related to an emissions intensity target
- New Construction: new buildings, but typically includes additions and substantial remodels, as defined by each jurisdiction, that trigger new construction rules
- Remodel/Renovation: rules that apply when an identified threshold (e.g. square footage impacted, project cost) is met without triggering new construction rules
- Upon Equipment Replacement: in an existing building, electrification of specific systems or appliances
*Please note: only adopted policies or municipal practices that address fuel types and building emissions are included, energy efficiency-only and
non-binding targets are tracked nor contribute to the total. Some jurisdictions have multiple policies but are only counted once in the above totals.
Please note: each unique ordinance type is shown on the chart above. Some jurisdictions have adopted more than one so totals do not reflect a jurisdiction count.
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Efforts outside of the U.S.
- Quebec, Canada: No new buildings with oil-powered heating as of January 2022. No oil-powered heating replacements allowed as of January 2024.
- Montreal, QC, Canada: All-electric new construction required 2024-2025 depending on project type.
- Vancouver, BC, Canada: Proposed language requiring electrification at time of replacement or renovation on existing detached homes and a provision that all air-conditioning units must also provide heat.
- Victoria, BC, Canada: By July 2025, all new buildings in the city will be required to meet a zero carbon standard as part of their step code.
- Canberra, Australia's capital city, has committed to phasing out the gas network by 2045. We think this might be a world first for a national capital. Read the ACT Government's Powering Canberra pathway for how to get there.