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Santa Clara County needs all-electric devices and electric vehicle charging hooks for green building – CBS San Francisco


SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – New construction in unincorporated Santa Clara County must have all-electric heating and appliances, as well as hook-ups for electric vehicle charging, under a new ordinance passed by supervisors Tuesday.

The ordinance, aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, prohibits natural gas connections in new constructions and requires that electricity be used for “water heating, space heating, cooking. , clothes drying, indoor and outdoor fireplaces and decorative appliances ”. New homes should also have wiring installed for the installation of battery storage.

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For residential and non-residential high-rise buildings, as well as hotels and motels, the measurement also requires the installation of solar energy.

When it comes to charging electric vehicles, the requirements vary depending on the size of the building. For single family homes and townhouses, a minimum of two electrical outlets is required. At the same time, high capacity charging systems and dedicated charging parking spaces are needed in large non-residential projects.

County officials say the measure goes further than state requirements encouraging all-electric construction.

Supervisor Otto Lee said in a statement: “This is clearly in line with our climate action plan and will help us achieve our goal of achieving 100% carbon neutrality by 2045.”

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In addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, officials say all-electric construction is generally less expensive to build because it doesn’t need natural gas plumbing, meters, and ventilation.

Jasneet Sharma, county office director for sustainability has touted the electrification of buildings and the use of electric vehicles as a cost-effective, low-risk way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“This means improved indoor air quality and the safety of our residents, fewer gasoline vehicles on our roads and less pollutants in the atmosphere,” said Sharma.

Some exemptions apply, including hospitals and penal institutions, as well as buildings where fully electric devices are “not feasible”. Certain accessory dwelling units (ADUs) that are entirely contained in a single-family home already connected to natural gas are also exempt.

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The ordinance comes into effect in February.