The Honolulu City Council’s Committee on Zoning, Planning and Housing will be taking public testimony on Bill 25, a measure that modernizes Honolulu’s building energy code. Please take a moment to submit written testimony today—and attend the hearing on Thursday, August 22nd at 9am at Honolulu Hale, if you can.
These are significant, cost-effective changes that will help to dramatically reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from our new homes and buildings while helping to foster our transition to clean transportation.
Blue Planet Foundation is requesting that the EV-ready provision of Bill 25 be amended to require capacity for Level 2 charging (instead of only Level 1) for new multi-family residential. We also believe that 100% of new parking stalls should be EV-ready—a requirement that the city of Vancouver already has on the books.
We understand that many of you receiving this are on neighbor islands. You are still welcome to submit written testimony—this measure has statewide implications, as Honolulu is setting the bar for other counties on EV-ready and solar water heating provisions (and climate affects us all).
INSTRUCTIONS FOR CITY COUNCIL TESTIMONY SUBMISSIONS:
Please submit testimony BY THE END OF THE DAY WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21st. Submit your written testimony through the Council’s online form.
To speak at the public hearing, check the ‘yes’ box for the question “Do you wish to speak at the hearing?” on the online form. You can also call 768-3819 to register or fill out a registration form before the start of the 9 a.m. committee hearing.
Honolulu City Council
Zoning, Planning and Housing Committee
Support for Bill 25, “Relating to the Adoption of the State Energy Conservation Code”
August 22, 2019, 9:00 AM hearing
Aloha Chair Menor, Vice Chair Waters, and members of the Committee,
I am testifying in strong support of Bill 25, “Relating to the Adoption of the State Energy Conservation Code.”
This is a critical clean energy and climate measure that would modernize the City & County of Honolulu’s (Honolulu’s) building energy code. This modernization updates Honolulu’s existing building energy code—which is over thirteen years out of date—to increase occupant health and comfort while significantly reducing energy use for new homes and buildings. The proposed code revision reflects broad changes in technology, building materials, and best practices, while considering Honolulu’s unique island and building environment.
In addition, this measure would ensure that new homes come equipped with either solar or high-efficiency water heaters, helping to close the loophole that has allowed thousands of fossil gas water heaters to be installed in recent housing.
Finally, Bill 25 helps Honolulu make the transition to zero emission vehicles by requiring that a certain percentage of new parking stalls be “EV-ready” (with wiring and capacity for EV chargers to be installed). This will help to make electric vehicles more accessible to residents and reduce the overall cost of our transition to clean transportation. This provision should be strengthened, however, by requiring Level 2 charging capacity in all new parking stalls (for commercial and multi-family buildings), as Vancouver and other cities have done. This will help to “future-proof” new construction and accelerate our clean transportation future.
Please advance Bill 25 with this EV-ready amendment.
Thank you for considering my testimony.
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