Going Electric Report

GOING ELECTRIC: RETROFITTING NYC'S MULTIFAMILY BUILDINGS

A heating revolution is on the horizon for New York City buildings. To meet the city’s stringent building emissions law, and the longer-term target of an 80 percent carbon reduction by 2050, buildings will need to go electric. That transition means replacing fossil fuel boilers and furnaces, which contribute 40 percent of NYC’s carbon emissions, with highly efficient electric heat pumps.

Urban Green Council's new report, Going Electric, identifies nine crucial steps to jumpstart electrification in the city’s large multifamily buildings—and also facilitate compliance with the City’s groundbreaking building emissions law (Local Law 97). 

WHY HEAT PUMPS?

Heat pumps are electrically powered systems that move heat inside in winter and outside in summer, providing highly efficient heating and cooling. 

Replacing oil and gas boilers with heat pumps will bring building emissions closer to zero, reduce air pollution throughout the city, and provide occupants with more control over indoor temperatures, especially in colder months.

PRIMARY BARRIERS

Going Electric found that the largest obstacles to heat pump adoption in multifamily buildings are:

  • Technical information gaps;
  • Financial costs and planning;
  • Regulatory uncertainties.

NINE KEY RECOMMENDATIONS

Overcoming these barriers and electrifying our heating and hot water systems will be a multi-decade process, which is why we need to start paving the way now. But it can be done. Developed as part of our Advancing Electrification Initiative in collaboration with a 40-member expert Advisory Committee, Going Electric identifies nine next steps to remove obstacles and jumpstart electrification in the crucial multifamily sector.

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