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November 12, 2020

SF Board of Supervisors Bans Natural Gas in Future New Construction

The future isn’t bright for natural gas in future San Francisco new construction. If you’re dead set on having a gas range in your condo, now is the time to snap up a unit in a building powered by natural gas.

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday to ban natural gas in new construction buildings, in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The legislation that will affect more than 50,000 homes currently in the development pipeline, reports J.K. Dineen in the San Francisco Chronicle.

The measure will cover buildings that apply for a permit after June 30, 2021.

The good news is that electric ranges and heating systems have improved since they were installed in buildings constructed in the 1960s and 1970s. We’re not limited to clunky baseboard heating and inefficient stoves, as manufacturers have also been keeping an eye on how to better deal with gas emissions.

Of course, many buildings exist that have gas heat and ranges. So if that’s a priority for you, make sure you check out all the details before you see a place.

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