Campaign for

FOSSIL FREE BUILDINGS

in Silicon Valley

Our goal is to accelerate
the phase out of fossil fuels
in all buildings in Silicon Valley

With close to 40% of greenhouse gas emissions coming from energy use in buildings, eliminating systems that use fossil fuels is one of the most impactful actions cities can take to tackle climate change.

Success Phasing Out Fossil Fuels
in New Construction!

Participating Cities & Counties

Since 2019, 27 Cities & 2 Counties in Silicon Valley have adopted Policies to Avoid Gas Use in New Homes & Buildings (through “Reach Codes” & Gas Bans), including:

Belmont, Brisbane, Burlingame, Campbell, Cupertino, Daly City, East Palo Alto, Half Moon Bay, Hillsborough, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Los Gatos, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Milpitas, Morgan Hill, Mountain View, Pacifica, Palo Alto, Redwood City, Saratoga, San Carlos, San Jose, the City of San Mateo, the City of Santa Clara, South San Francisco, and Sunnyvale, plus San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties.

Our Focus

Elements of our Campaign

In California, the Building Decarbonization Coalition is supporting policies that promote all electric, carbon free buildings. We invite local partners to join us.

Learn more by clicking on a topic below.

ADOPT

“Reach” energy codes that lead new construction to be all electric, avoiding new gas connections.

DESIGN

Zero carbon standards through city planning & zoning updates

BUILD

A zero-carbon movement through community outreach

DEVELOP

Strategies to retrofit existing buildings & fund electrification

ZERO-EMISSIONS, ALL-ELECTRIC GUIDEBOOKS

A Guide to All-Electric Home Retrofits

A simple “how-to” guide for electrifying single-family homes through retrofits or low-impact appliance replacements.

  • Quick Facts – Guide to All-Electric Retrofits

Electrifying your home without upsizing the electric panel: The Watt Diet

Learn how to avoid costly electrical upgrades through thoughtful product selection or by using load sharing devices.

ALL-ELECTRIC NEW CONSTRUCTION GUIDES

  • Single Family
  • Multi Family
  • Commercial Construction

HEALTH & ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OF NATURAL GAS

Ten Truths About Natural Gas

We have the technology and affordable alternatives to natural gas to make all new construction go All-Electric, supported by clean, carbon free power that is now widely available. The stakes are high and so are the benefits.

Indoor Air Pollution: the Link between Climate and Health

According to new research from MIT, the combustion emissions from the building sector now contributes to the largest share of premature deaths associated with air pollution.

Effects Of Residential Gas Appliances On Indoor And Outdoor Air Quality And Public Health In California

UCLA Department of Environmental Health Sciences Research Investigates the Effect of Residential Gas Appliances on Air Quality and Public Health in California

Indoor Air Pollution from Cooking

Cooking can contaminate the indoor air with harmful pollutants, but range hoods can effectively remove them.

OTHER RESOURCES

The Switch is On

Tools, support, and resources for Californians making the switch to electrification.

Silicon Valley Clean Energy eHub

Sonoma Clean Power Advanced Energy Center

Sierra Club Building Electrification Action Plan

Bay Area Reach Codes

8 Facts About Natural Gas

The Benefits of Induction Cooking

Crowdsourced Contractors You Can Use

Electrification FAQ

Our Partners

Our Campaign seeks climate, environmental, and social justice NGOs, community groups, and green building stakeholders who share the Fossil Free Buildings goal to join the campaign.

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Partners need only support the goal of the campaign. They can also participate in regular strategic planning calls and meetings, join outreach actions, help research and develop support materials, and create subcommittees to pursue related actions. Partners may not profit from or receive any gifts from fossil fuel companies or related entities.

For additional information please inquire at info.MenloSpark@gmail.com