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Issue 4.1

The Role of California's State Regulations in Reducing Building-Related Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Senate Bill 32, Assembly Bill 32, Senate Bill 100, and Assembly Bill 262

The 2018 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) “Summary for Policymakers” was very clear: The earth is expected to become 1.5 °C warmer as early as 2030 if the current trend continues.1 This means there is only a ten-year window to address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at the global scale to avoid catastrophic effects of global warming. The building industry is responsible for roughly 40% of global carbon emissions and is one of the primary sectors that must make drastic reductions in GHG emissions now.2 The International Energy Agency estimates that 2.48 trillion square feet of new floor area will be added to the global building stock by 2060.3 Despite almost twenty years of increasing focus on this issue, GHG emissions from the building sector in the US continue to grow.