ventura ventura, May 21, 2021

The California Energy Commission CEC) sets stronger Energy Efficiency Building Codes every three years per “Title 24”. If we don’t get strong building codes NOW for the 2022-2025 code cycle, then we must keep working on this climate action city by city.  The same reasons listed here apply equally to our advocacy to city governments. Thanks to the CA Sierra Club for this list condensed for easy reading to help you understand this campaign and prepare your comments to the CEC and to your city:

The CEC must require all-electric buildings in the 2022 code cycle

 In your comments, pick 1 or 2 from among many reasons: 

  • All-electric appliances for both space and water heating, then brings substantial cost savings by avoiding the addition of new gas lines to buildings, reducing stranded asset risk as California electrifies all buildings. We do not want homebuilders to install natural gas appliances in new construction.
  • Last September, in the middle of the historic California Wildfires, Governor Newsom stated “this is a damn climate emergency….our goals are inadequate to the reality we’re experiencing.” So, why is the state proposing an incremental approach when mandating electric appliances.
  • Other agencies like the California Air Resources Board and Bay Area Air Quality Management District have submitted letters and made oral statements that the CEC should move to all-electric buildings in 2022.
  • The Biden campaign has pledged to cut building sector emissions in half by 2035 and to eliminate all power sector emissions by the same year cutting emissions from buildings by about two-thirds.
  • In November, the California Air Resources Board unanimously adopted a groundbreaking resolution committing to significant action to limit emissions from gas appliances in buildings. The resolution commits CARB to support the CEC and other agencies to adopt standards in the 2022 code cycle that will result in stronger gas stove ventilation standards and electrification of appliances for all new buildings.
  • Gas industry has been spreading misinformation:
    • An industry-led opposition campaign has been spreading false information on the costs and public support of electrification.
    • False information is being publicized by the gas industry whose interests are clearly incompatible with California’s climate goals.
    • The gas industry has created misleading front groups and misinformation campaigns that are hindering the advancement of ambitious electrification goals
    • The FACT is that gas from our homes and buildings is polluting our air, our climate, and damaging our health.
  • Based on research done by Rocky Mountain Institute for the City of Oakland, it is estimated to cost between $2,400 to $2,700 more per home to install two separate systems than it would be just to install a single heat pump. Even when taking into account the estimated $1,050 cost premium over gas appliances to install a heat pump water heater and an induction stove, purchasing all-electric appliances results in a net savings of $1,350 to $1,650.


More economic reasons: 

Moving to all-electric will not increase construction costs–it will reduce them, and will also reduce utility bills.

We are behind the rest of the nation and we can’t wait three  more years!  (from NRDC blog:

  • Nearly 60 percent of new homes nationwide are being built all-electric and the majority, 40 percent, use heat pumps. California is an anomaly with just 5 percent of new single-family homes built with heat pumps, and 95 percent still using gas heating. This is at odds with the Golden State’s climate leadership. It is time to kick California’s addiction to gas in buildings. The 2022 statewide building code update is a critical opportunity for the Energy Commission to put the state back on a leadership track for pollution-free buildings.
  • Waiting three more years would not only miss an opportunity to unleash a faster, cheaper way to build housing in the Golden State, it would cost Californians $1 billion in unnecessary gas infrastructure, and lock them into 3 million tons additional carbon emissions by 2030
  • The 2022 code will affect permits that will be pulled starting in 2023, for buildings that will get built between 2024 and 2026. Delaying large-scale electrification until the 2025 code update would allow new buildings to be built with gas equipment and plumbing, and new gas infrastructure to be deployed for those buildings until 2029, because of the lag between permitting and end of construction, particularly on large projects. This is incompatible with the science, or with the climate reality we are now experiencing.
  • According to the soon to be released 2019 California Residential Appliance Survey, California continues to lag behind the rest of the country, with only 8% of new homes installing heat pumps, because our energy code has incentivized the installation of natural gas appliances until recent energy code cycles. The CEC should correct this by requiring heat pumps in all new homes, regardless of climate zone.

Health related reasons:

Short-term exposure to nitrogen dioxide causes breathing problems, including asthma.

The above is the 2016 finding of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in this conclusive finding .

  • Factors including smaller unit size, more people inside the home (occupant density), and inadequate stovetop ventilation contribute to elevated concentrations of NO2 in lower-income, multifamily buildings. Although national data for how many homes have proper stove ventilation is lacking, researchers have found that gas stoves without properly vented exhaust hoods are common in inner-city households.
    • Gary Adamkiewicz et al., “Moving Environmental Justice Indoors: Understanding Structural Influences on Residential Exposure Patterns in Low-Income Communities,” American Journal of Public Health. 2011, pubmed/21836112#.
    • Nadia N Hansel et al., “A Longitudinal Study of Indoor Nitrogen Dioxide Levels and Respiratory Symptoms in Inner-City Children with Asthma,” Environmental Health Perspectives Volume 116 Number 10, October 2008, p. 1430, https://ehp.
    • Patrick N. Breysse et al., “Indoor Air Pollution and Asthma in Children,” Proceedings of the American Thoracic Society Volume 7 Issue 2, 2010, p. 104,
  • Research shows that children with asthma are particularly affected by indoor air pollution from gas stoves. Children living in areas with high levels of outdoor air pollution and lower-income, African American and Hispanic children with asthma are likely the most disproportionately burdened by indoor air pollution from gas stoves.
    • Integrated Science Assessment (ISA) For Oxides of Nitrogen – Health Criteria (Final Report, 2016). US Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC, EPA/600/R-15/068, 2016, p. lxxxvii, cfm?deid=310879.
  • Nadia N Hansel et al., “A Longitudinal Study of Indoor Nitrogen Dioxide Levels and Respiratory Symptoms in Inner-City Children with Asthma,” Environmental Health Perspectives Volume 116 Number 10, October 2008, p. 1430, https://ehp.
  • A meta-analysis looking at the association between gas stoves and childhood asthma found children in homes with gas stoves have a 42% increased risk of experiencing asthma symptoms (current asthma), a 24% increased risk of ever being diagnosed with asthma by a doctor (lifetime asthma), and an overall 32% increased risk of both current and lifetime asthma.
    • Weiwei Lin, Bert Brunekreef, and Ulrike Gehring, “Meta-analysis of the effects of indoor nitrogen dioxide and gas cooking on asthma and wheeze in children,” International Journal of Epidemiology, Volume 42, Issue 6, (December 2013): 1724–1737,

More reasons!

  • In the last few weeks, France announced that it will require all electric space heating in single family homes starting in 2021 and apartment buildings in 2024, while the United Kingdom announced a similar policy as early as 2023.
  • In Nov. 2020, at the Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s Climate Protection Board Subcommittee meeting, the committee members and staff affirmed for the first time publicly that they plan to propose regulations in 2021 to further reduce NOx emissions from gas appliances.
  • Last month, Jeff Byron, a former CEC commissioner, submitted on the CEC docket that it’s “now time to codify electrification of all new residential construction.” Are current Commissioners  under  the  influence  of  the  natural  gas  industry?


CLICK HERE to send a letter to City Council Members in Ventura, Oxnard and Thousand Oaks


Let city council members know that childhood asthma is linked to cooking with gas. People who can’t afford to change stoves can get an electric induction hotplate and stop using the gas stove for a lot of cooking. Sending a letter to 19 council members is quick and easy.

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