Strength in Numbers

Why has New York state joined a nine-state coalition this week pledging to dramatically ramp up installations of electric heat pumps? According to Basil Seggos, commissioner of New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation, “Buildings are the top contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in New York State. “This new multi-state agreement and the strengthened partnership with participating states will bolster New York State’s ongoing efforts to replace fossil fuel infrastructure and install heat pumps in more homes for the benefit of public health and the environment while setting an example for other states to follow.”

In a memorandum of understanding signed Wednesday by California, Colorado, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon and Rhode Island, a goal was set to essentially phase out the selling of new fossil fuel boilers and furnaces for residential properties over the coming decades. The agreement aims to have 65 percent of new sales of heating and cooling systems in those states consist of heat pumps by 2030, with that percentage reaching 90 percent by 2040.

Ice Air is one of the leading heat pump manufacturers will explore opportunities to cooperate and coordinate with the states drawing on its successful CEU launched last year around Design Strategies to Decarbonize Architecture, a course that reviewed the concept and goals of building decarbonization and how HVAC system electrification can play a role in helping meet the overarching goal of stabilizing or reversing climate change. You can read more about that here: