Earlier this year the Village Board adopted an all-electric new construction ordinance as part of Oak Park’s building code.
According to the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, this makes Oak Park the first municipality in Illinois and all of the Midwest to pass an electrification ordinance.
The new ordinance applies only to newly constructed residential and commercial buildings and goes into effect Jan. 1, 2024.
Some of the requirements spelled out in the ordinance include the stipulation that heating and air conditioning be provided by cold climate air source or ground source heat pumps and that energy recovery ventilation systems be installed in all newly constructed buildings. An electric vehicle charging station is also required for any newly constructed building that includes a parking space or garage.
Electrification is one of the steps identified as necessary to achieve community-wide net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 as set forth in the Climate Ready Oak Park plan adopted last year.
For more information and to submit questions related to the new ordinance, visit www.engageoakpark.com/electrification or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Anyone interested in learning more about Oak Park’s all-electric new construction ordinance is invited to participate in any of the following upcoming events:
Codes & coffee chats…Join Village staff for an informational open house and conversation on the adopted building codes. Two separate chats will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Sept. 20 and Dec. 13. Both events will take place at Village Hall in Room 101.
Building electrification seminar…Join Village staff, MEEA, ComEd and Slipstream to learn about designing for greater building performance and the financial and technical assistance programs offered for new construction and major renovations. The seminar will take place Oct. 5, with a webinar offered from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and an in-person session held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St.
More information is at www.engageoakpark.com/electrification.