Currently Reading

Home electrification will require code upgrades

Codes and Standards

Home electrification will require code upgrades

Residential electric panel capacity must be increased.


By Peter Fabris, Contirbuting Editor | August 31, 2021

Courtesy Pixabay

Electric panel capacity in most homes could be a roadblock to widespread electrification unless panel sizing is addressed in updated building and energy codes and targeted incentive programs, according to research by Pecan Street, Inc.

Electrification of homes that use natural gas and other combustion fuels is a critical step in achieving meaningful emissions cuts that will help to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, Pecan Street says. As many as 48 million single-family homes in the U.S. may need electric service panel upgrades before they can fully electrify.

The research organization estimates that more than half of the new homes being built today have electric panels that will not enable full home electrification. Electric panel upgrades are an expensive proposition for most homeowners, though.

Pecan Street advocates creating sliding incentives based on household income levels to spur electric panel upgrades. Most all-electric homes will require at least a 200 Amp electric service panel—a provision that should be added to building codes, the research organization says.

Related Stories

Codes and Standards | Oct 15, 2021

New Calif. law mandates use of lead-free plumbing fixtures

Must meet NSF/ANSI/CAN 61-2020 in 2023.

Codes and Standards | Oct 14, 2021

Building industry leaders urge governments to boost emissions reductions targets

Scores of large AEC firms and organizations sign letter to UN’s COP 26 group.

Codes and Standards | Oct 13, 2021

FEMA’s new flood insurance plan will sharply raise insurance costs for seaside properties

Risk Rating 2.0 will have more accurate assessment of flood risk.

Codes and Standards | Oct 12, 2021

Three new laws expected to spur more affordable housing in California

Trio of measures could aid carbon reduction in built environment.

Codes and Standards | Oct 11, 2021

New program to promote mass timber construction launched in Boston

City’s planning and development agency to award grants for projects in early-stage planning.

Codes and Standards | Oct 6, 2021

Intl. Code Council publishes EV and building codes resource

Assists communities in setting policies for electric vehicle charging requirements.

Codes and Standards | Oct 5, 2021

Feds award $1 billion to renovate health centers

Funds will modernize existing infrastructure and cover other COVID-19-related capital needs.

Codes and Standards | Oct 4, 2021

Boston City Council approves mandate for major emissions cuts for large buildings

Applies to buildings 20,000 sf or larger—about 4% of city’s buildings.

Codes and Standards | Oct 4, 2021

HPD Collaborative and Green Seal to align standards

Will result in expanded options for manufacturers to enhance sustainability reporting and certifications.

Codes and Standards | Sep 30, 2021

U.S. has a deficit of 5 million homes

Builders unable to keep pace with demand.


Magazine Subscription
Subscribe

Get our Newsletters

Each day, our editors assemble the latest breaking industry news, hottest trends, and most relevant research, delivered to your inbox.

Subscribe

Follow BD+C: