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Preparing for Net Zero: New Castle County

Wed, 1/19/2022 - 12:00pm - 1:15pm

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Across the country, jurisdictions are looking for opportunities to ensure that our homes, offices, schools, and hospitals are safe and resilient, while minimizing their contributions to global climate change. The state of Delaware has set a requirement for all new residential and commercial construction to be zero net energy capable by 2025 and 2030 respectively.

With only a few years to reach this target, New Castle County is exploring tools in the toolbox to lead the way. From incentives to code updates, we’ll explore the policy levers that other cities, counties, and states are using to advance low-carbon buildings and how Delaware’s local governments can meet the state mandate, prepare for the future, and enhance sustainability and resilience.

 

Agenda:

  •  Introduction - Dee Durham, NCC County Council & Rich Hall, NCC Land Use General Manager

  • Delaware climate and energy goals - Jessa Quinn, DNREC

  •  Tools for advancing green building - NEEP will address regional (and beyond) best practices related to states and municipalities:

    • strengthing base codes toward decarbonization,

    • adopting and implementing stretch codes, step codes, and zero codes,

    • Zoning for decarbonization.
  • Discussion - Considerations for NCC

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