Building standards and best practices are always changing and evolving. Buildings used to include lead-based paint and asbestos but no longer due for health reasons. Building codes and regulations in California and other states are quickly evolving and looking toward energy savings and decarbonization. The 2019 Energy Code does increase code requirements from the prior code cycle but there are multiple reasons to go above what the State is requiring.
There is growing public interest and demand for energy efficient and electric buildings and will only increase as California nears deadlines for reducing emissions. People want to live and work in these buildings because they are comfortable, healthy and productive spaces to live and work. Builders and contractors with the expertise for energy efficient and electric buildings can get ahead of training for future compliance with codes and standards.
By constructing an efficient, all electric building, costs can be reduced by avoiding paying for natural gas infrastructure. Compared to a mixed fuel home, building all-electric home can typically save $6,171 per single family home and $3,361 for multifamily.1 The technologies and design strategies needed to create efficient electric buildings are available today.
 2019 Cost-effectiveness Study: Low-Rise Residential New Construction. July 17, 2019. California Energy Codes and Standards Program.