E-Buildings

The E-Buildings PI helps Sustainability and Facilities Managers plan and execute electrification projects in municipal buildings. Read our case studies below for examples of successful electrification projects.

  • Case Study: Piedmont

    The City of Piedmont was able to replace all its remaining gas water heaters with heat pump water heaters at no cost. This was made possible by combined funding from the PG&E Government and K-12 (GK12) Program and East Bay Community Energy’s Municipal Electrification Assistance grant. Piedmont may well be one of the first cities in California to eliminate all the small gas water heaters from its municipal buildings. This illustrates the City’s commitment to its Climate Action Plan and makes Piedmont a prime example of how smaller governments with simpler procurement processes can help lead market transformation.

  • Case Study: City of Burlingame

    The Empower Procurement Program contacted the City of Burlingame about potential building electrification projects. The City agreed to start by replacing two gas water heaters with heat pump units, a turn-key project with incentives covering 66% of the total cost. To meet the City’s greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals, it is critical to electrify existing buildings, which are by far the largest category of reduction potential. The City plans to continue using GK12 to replace the water heaters in five additional buildings. These projects alone would create almost 50% of the typical annual greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions the City achieved between 2005-15.

Condenser equipment on the rooftop of a large building