Building Appliances Implementation Working Group

Updated 5/21/2024

Learn about the Air District’s external stakeholder Implementation Working Group, or IWG, for zero-NOx space and water heating rules. 

The IWG was formed to provide the Air District with information, recommendations, and solutions to support a smooth, accessible, and equitable technology transition and implementation of amendments to Rules 9-4 and 9-6 in order to improve air quality and public health in the Bay Area. The IWG will be a multiyear effort, likely spanning from 2023 to 2029. The intent is to make space for diverse ideas among IWG members in a way that supports understanding, joint fact-finding, and recommendations.

The IWG is comprised of over 40 invited members representing a variety of stakeholder segments. To appropriately account for the broad range of subject matters, questions, and concerns that may arise, the IWG includes the Technical Subcommittee, the Community/Equity Subcommittee, and the Steering Committee. The IWG is led by the Air District with the assistance of a contracted facilitator. Quarterly plenary meetings of the IWG are open to public attendance.

Although the IWG is not a decision‐making body, the Air District will authentically and thoroughly consider IWG input and feedback in its implementation process, periodic reports to the Board, and rulemaking materials. Information and insights from the IWG will be critical to the Air District’s ability to equitably implement these rule amendments. Air District staff will retain its independent decision‐making role in the rule implementation process.

Meetings, Workshops, and Events

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Technical Subcommittee

The Technical Subcommittee compiles and reviews the most up-to-date technical information relevant to implementing the Building Appliances Rules to present to the Working Group, such as market availability and projected cost of compliant appliances, and potential financial incentives for consumers. The Technical Subcommittee also provides recommendations for the Working Group and/or Steering Committee to consider.  As of last web page update, the Technical Subcommittee has held the following meetings:

Community/Equity Subcommittee

The Community/Equity Subcommittee reviews information and identifies challenges and potential solutions relevant to equitable implementation of the Building Appliances Rules to present to the Working Group, such as accessibility of incentive, funding, and financing programs, and impacts to different stakeholder groups, specifically for communities of color, seniors, and lower income households. The Community/Equity Subcommittee also provides recommendations for the Working Group and/or Steering Committee to consider. In addition, with input from the Community/Equity Subcommittee, Air District staff has provided updates to the Community Advisory Council which works with the Board of Directors and Executive Officer on community related matters.  As of last web page update, the Community/Equity Subcommittee has held the following meetings:

Steering Committee

This small group of IWG members provides guidance to staff and the facilitator and ensure the mission of the IWG (including the two subcommittees) is accomplished by bringing items from the two subcommittees to the plenary and developing other recommendations for the IWG as needed.  The Steering Committee also contributes to developing agendas and helps prioritize topics requiring further research.  As of last web page update, the Steering Committee has held the following meetings:

Consultant Work Products

With guidance from IWG members on content and prioritization, the Air District has contracted with multiple expert consultants in order to support subcommittee and plenary group findings by conducting additional research and analysis.  These work products will be posted here as they become available.

  • Installation Costs for Zero-NOx Space and Water Heating Appliances - This report was commissioned by the Air District in support of the Building Appliances Implementation Working Group process to provide an updated summary of installation costs for zero-NOx space and water heating appliances. It was conducted by Rincon Consultants and Energy + Environmental Economics during the fourth quarter of 2023 and based on data that was available at that time. The results of this report were shared at the Implementation Working Group Plenary Meeting on February 28, 2024 and will be further evaluated in Air District staff’s report to the Board of Directors that is planned for December 2024.

Implementation Working Group Membership

The following list of organizations have participated as members of the IWG. Note that not all members can join all meetings and that this list does not include organizations that were invited but declined to participate. The Air District sought to form a group that represents a variety of backgrounds and areas of expertise to comprise the IWG.

  • Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI)
  • Ardenna Energy
  • Associated General Contractors of California
  • BayREN
  • BlocPower
  • Building Owners and Managers Association
  • California Air Resources Board
  • California Energy Commission
  • California Public Utilities Commission
  • Canal Alliance
  • City of Berkeley
  • City of Palo Alto
  • City of San Francisco
  • City of San Jose
  • Climate Resilient Communities
  • County of San Mateo
  • Earthjustice
  • East Oakland Collective
  • El Concilio of San Mateo County
  • Emerald Cities Collaborative
  • Energy Solutions
  • Johnson Controls
  • Local Clean Energy Alliance
  • MCE Clean Energy
  • Mitsubishi Electric
  • NorCal Mechanical Contractors Association
  • Ortiz Group
  • Pacific Gas and Electric
  • Peninsula Clean Energy
  • QuitCarbon
  • Rocky Mountain Institute
  • San Francisco Apartment Association
  • San Francisco Electrical Construction Industry
  • Seagull Prime Real Estate Fund, LLC
  • Silicon Valley Clean Energy
  • SMART Sheet Metal Workers Local Union No. 104
  • SPUR
  • South Coast Air Quality Management District
  • StopWaste
  • Sun Work
  • UA Local 38 Plumbers and Pipefitters
  • Unity Council
  • Vallejo Citizen Air Monitoring Network
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Last Updated: 5/21/2024