Explore the benefits of replacing direct combustion of fossil fuels in buildings through the installation of more efficient electric systems to reduce carbon footprint and enhance buildings' integration with a cleaner, smarter, electric grid. Instead of using the combustion of fossil fuels to operate buildings, it is now technologically feasible to use electricity from the grid. Seventy million American homes and businesses burn natural gas, oil, or propane on-site to heat their spaces and water, generating 560 million tons of carbon dioxide each year--one-tenth of total U.S. emissions. This session will highlight the available technology, efficiency, and implementation.
Jeena Tatum, Director, Building Electrification Institute
Stephanie Greene, Senior Principal, Rocky Mountain Institute
Steven Straus, President, Glumac
Nicole Isle, Chief Sustainability Strategist, Glumac
Upon completion of this session attendees will:
- Identify the benefits of replacing fossil fuels in buildings;
- Define technology solutions for electrification;
- Recognize why cities and other governments are pursuing building electrification; and
- Identify several of the key barriers to scaling up building electrification.
- Explore carbon neutral buildings.