Section 1 of the act relocates existing statutes that require contractors to offer certain resource efficiency options when constructing certain buildings. Section 1 also requires certain new commercial buildings and multifamily residences to include electric vehicle charging as follows:
- If the building is 25,000 square feet or more or the building is part of a project that is 40,000 square feet or more of floor space in more than one building, with a total of 25 or more sets of living quarters or commercial units among all the buildings:
- 25% of the parking spaces used by the occupants of the building must be EV capable, which means that the building is ready to run the wiring and install a 208 to 240 volt receptacle;
- 10% of the parking spaces used by the occupants of the building must be EV ready, which means that each parking space has a working 208 to 240 volt receptacle; and
- If the building is multifamily housing with at least 3 units and at least 10 parking spaces, the building must have:
- In 50% of the units, a parking space used by the occupants of the building that is EV capable;
- In 20% of the units, a parking space used by the occupants of the building that is EV ready.
The act applies to the construction of a new high-occupancy building project or to the renovation of 50% or more of an existing high-occupancy building project and to:
- A contract executed on or after July 1, 2023, to construct a high-occupancy building project;
- The planning of or drafting for the design of a high-occupancy building project on or after August 10, 2022; and
- The laying out of or construction of a high-occupancy building project on or after August 10, 2022.
Section 3 requires a project to comply with these provisions to obtain a building permit. The state electrical board is required to set standards for waiving the requirement to comply with these provisions for renovations. Local governments that perform inspections may also issue such a waiver.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)