All Electric Futures: Practical Approaches to Regulation and Implementation
Hosted by the Boston Society of Architects, this half-day forum featured conversations with citizen activists and presentations by design and building practitioners on the "all electric futures" for our building stock. In 2019 the town of Brookline passed the first municipal ordinance in Massachusetts banning gas hook ups in most new construction and major renovation projects (this was the first gas ban ordinance passed outside the state of California).
The petitioners who led the Brookline effort spoke first about the process they went through to get the gas ban passed. They were then followed by practitioners who presented on a wide range of all-electric building projects, including a large multi-family building, a public school, and a multi-story university lab building. Rachel White was the sole presenter who addressed single family and small-multi family homes. She shared several case studies of homes that Byggmeister has electrified, either in whole or in part, noting that Byggmeister has not installed a gas heating system in an existing home in over a year.
WGBH's Forum Network was on hand to video the event. Footage of all of the practitioner presentations can be found here.