Elrich, Riemer Announce Bill to Fully Electrify New Construction

A new bill aims to fully electrify new construction in Montgomery County.

County Executive Marc Elrich and County Councilmember Hans Riemer partnered on Bill 13-22 to require all-electric building standards for new residential and commercial construction by 2024. 

Exemptions would apply to emergency backup systems and some uses like manufacturing, life sciences and commercial kitchens. Income restricted housing and schools get an extended timeline for meeting standards. 

Leaders gathered at a construction site for the future all-electric Hillandale Gateway development at 10110 New Hampshire Ave. in Silver Spring. The development will have 463 all-electric homes as well as retail space. According to the county, the Hillandale Gateway will be the largest residential zero net energy project in the state. 

The new bill will be introduced before the council during Tuesday’s meeting. Riemer is lead sponsor. According to council documents, the Jan. 1, 2024 deadline lines up with the next building code adoption cycle.

Montgomery County has a Climate Action Plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 100% by 2035. In April, the county council unanimously passed a Building Energy Performance Standards (BEPS) bill.

Incumbent Elrich and Councilmember Riemer are both in the race for Montgomery County Executive this year.

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