All Electric Buildings Law

What the new all-electric buildings plan does

Climate change is an existential threat to our planet, and we need to do everything we can to protect it for future generations. New York is once again leading the nation in its response to climate change with this new forward-thinking commitment to a greener future.

Here’s how:

  • Starting in 2026, most new construction of buildings in New York that are seven stories or shorter must be built to use electric heat and appliances. This will also apply to larger commercial buildings with 100,000 square feet or more of conditioned floor area (bigger businesses).

  • Taller residential buildings and smaller commercial buildings will be rolled into the program in 2029.

Several exemptions were written into the law to address concerns that were raised as this new law was being written:

  • Some industries, like restaurants, hospitals and doctors’ officers, factories, and agricultural buildings will be automatically exempt from these requirements.

  • Existing buildings will not be impacted by these new requirements, even if they’re being repaired or renovated. If you build an addition on your house, you can still use gas if you want!

  • Existing gas appliances can also be replaced with new gas appliances.

  • Waivers will be available for new construction projects if the local electric corporation or municipality can’t provide reliable service within a reasonable timeframe.

  • People can still use fuel-generated power sources, like emergency generators, as backup and standby power systems.

  • Before any regulations are finalized, there will be a public comment period for New Yorkers to weigh in with questions and concerns.