About this Report:
New technologies are rapidly changing the way we use energy in our homes and businesses. But in many U.S. states, the legal and regulatory status quo includes barriers to adopting these technologies. This toolkit, the work of RAP and various expert partners, is a free resource for legislators and policymakers who want to address these barriers in their states. It covers seven topic areas where reforms will be key to clearing the way for building modernization: access to decision-making, weatherization and home retrofit, funding and finance, codes and performance standards, electrification, gas and workforce development.
For each of these topics, the toolkit includes policy background, resources and, most importantly, detailed exploration of legislative options states can pursue, drawing on examples from across the country. Proactive policy action can ensure that buildings are modernized in a way that produces health, environmental and economic benefits for everyone.