February 21, 2023

EMPOWERED Solutions: Residential Building Electrification Pathways

Learn about the trends in retrofitting we are most likely to see in the coming years that move the U.S. toward a 100% electric future.
Worker adjusting a thermostat.

Across the country, there is a move toward building electrification, replacing appliances that use other fuels with electricity. In this recorded webinar, learn about the trends in retrofitting we are most likely to see in the coming years that move the U.S. toward a 100% electric future. Panelists also answer questions about how the following efficiency technologies can work together: Weatherization, heat pump water heating, efficient heat pumps, induction stoves, and electric infrastructure upgrades.

Speakers:

  • Pete Jackson, Chief Electrical Inspector, City of Bakersfield, California
  • Bryce Seymour, Project Manager, New Buildings Institute
  • Zak Paine, HVAC Installation Consultant, Slipstream
  • Dave Golembeski, Senior Program Manager, IREC

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The following webinar recording is provided in two formats: You can choose to watch the full webinar in its entirety, or select the individual presentation(s) below that interest you the most. If you want to learn more about a topic, the additional resources section provides links to more in depth information.

You can also access this EMPOWERED Solutions webinar series in the free learning management system, CleanEnergyTraining.org. Each recorded webinar is broken up by presentation to make it easier for you to listen in to the topics that you are most interested in. Make it a lunch and learn! Click here to sign up.

How Code Officials and Building Owners can Prepare for Electrification

Pete Jackson, Chief Electrical Inspector, City of Bakersfield, California

17 minutes

Pete opens up the webinar by showing us that an all-electric home is not a new concept, and discusses how and when to consider electrical service and/or utility upgrades from the perspective of the National Electric Code (NEC).

Pathways to Building Electrification

Zak Paine, HVAC Installation Consultant, Slipstream

24 minutes

In this section, Zak discusses how building electrification does not have to happen all at once and explores some of the pathways to achieving residential building electrification.

High Efficiency Electrification Technology Training & Education

Bryce Seymour, Project Manager, New Buildings Institute

12 minutes

Bryce shares information about some high-efficiency electrification technology education and training that is available for building owners, contractors/ inspectors, and policymakers.

Dave Golembeski: Introduction to SolSmart

Dave Golembeski, Senior Program Manager, IREC

16 minutes

Dave shares about free technical assistance that is available through the SolSmart program to help communities support electrification through solar power.

(Final Q&A) Residential Building Electrification Pathways

9 minutes

During this Q&A session, the presenters cover a few questions from the audience about what homeowners and building owners can do to prepare for electrification, what might have to change in terms of operation and maintenance when we electrify buildings, and what is known today about electric equipment durability. 

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Additional Resources

  1. ACEEE: Barriers and Strategies for Residential Electrification
  2. ACEEE: Residential Retrofits for Energy Equity (R2E2)
  3. ACEEE: Coming Electrification Will Require the Grid to Evolve
  4. New Buildings Institute: The Building Electrification Technology Roadmap
  5. New Buildings Institute: Building Decarbonization Code
  6. New Buildings Institute: The Ready and Available Electrification Technology Options illustration
  7. SolSmart.org
  8. Slipstream: Heat Pump Water Heaters in Cold Climates
  9. Slipstream: Dual Fuel Heat Pumps—Advancing Beneficial Electrification
  10. Slipstream: Installed Performance of Heat Pump Water Heaters in a Cold Climate
  11. IAEI: Electrical Code Training
  12. ICC: Building Code Training

This material was developed by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). It is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) under the Award Number DE-EE0009455 (“EMPOWERED”). The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the U.S. Department of Energy or the United States Government.