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Achieving energy optimization through electrification

USGBC supports beneficial electrification, specifically with deep energy efficiency and peak management, as a core strategy for building decarbonization.

Electrification: Refers to using technologies such as vehicles or heat pumps that operate with electricity instead of burning fossil fuels such as oil, gas and coal. Electricity generated through clean resources such as wind and solar power is considered a decarbonization strategy.

Nexus with LEED

LEED supports building decarbonization in myriad ways, from rewarding reduced energy and water consumption to using lower-impact materials and reducing whole building life cycle effects. Electrification of heating, cooling, and other building systems can help achieve energy optimization when high-efficiency equipment is selected and appropriately sized in conjunction with a well-insulated envelope. 

  • With the Energy Optimization credit, LEED v4.1 adds the metric of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission improvement with the intent to push all projects toward decarbonization. This additional metric means that a project can max out the points only by having zero-carbon energy sources, which means electrification in certain grid regions. 
  • Smart electric equipment with demand management technologies, for example, can be used to reduce contribution to peak demands and associated peak carbon intensity of grid power under the grid harmonization credit. 


Electrification Issue Brief #2: Beneficial Electrification
USGBC’s Issue Briefs explain current trends in buildings policy and technology with a focus on decarbonization, sustainability, and health. This brief explains what beneficial electrification is about, how it supports decarbonization, and key policies deploying this strategy.
Read the brief.


News & insights about electrification

Case studies: All-electric building designIndustry/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/all-electric.jpg?itok=GC_x3zDC4Oct 07, 2022heidi.creightonHeidiCreighton14413500
Building electrification: Why it mattersIndustry/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/electrification.jpg?itok=AJxSewQ13Jul 29, 2022tholowkaTarynHolowka14316982
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Consumers need to know: Electrified homes are better homes Industry/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2022-04/Donnel-Baird-01.png?itok=EiiN6zqv4Apr 05, 2022Anonymous (not verified)14131295BlocPower
USGBC applauds President Biden’s Executive Order on Federal…Media/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/press-release-02.png?itok=nKix9n762Dec 09, 2021dverdinezDeisyVerdinez13934747
State policies highlight the urgency for transportation elec…Advocacy and policy/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/state-policies-highlight-the-urgency-for-transportation-electrification.png?itok=RuiHeH5b2Feb 05, 2021ksteiner_1KurtSteiner13420832

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