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Summer 2022

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BY NINA OLIVIER BUILT GREEN COORDINATOR MBAKS I t feels like we've stepped back into the late '70s when Americans were starting to hardwire their homes for cable TV. Initially wary, homeowners eventually recognized the conveniences and comforts that came with having this new technology installed in their homes. History is now repeating itself with the adoption of electric vehicle charging capability. The Electric Vehicle Future The electric vehicle (EV) market is growing dramatically and emerging as the future of automotive sales. Several auto manufacturers, including Ford and G.M., have announced Customizing Homes for the Charged Electric Vehicle Future they are phasing out combustion engine vehicle production by 2040. In the greater Seattle area, 60% of carbon emissions are from road transportation. EVs can help drive this figure down, as they generate lower carbon emissions over the life of the vehicle. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the yearly emissions produced by operating an EV in Washington state are less than 10% of those produced by operating a gasoline vehicle: 940 pounds compared to 11,445, as seen in Figure 1 on the next page. Transportation electrification is key to reaching the Strategic Climate Action Plan emission reduction targets shared by all 39 cities and towns in King County. And progress is being made. Just last year, HB 1287 was amended to require the State Building Code Council to The yearly emissions produced by operating an EV in Washington state are less than 10% of those produced by operating a gasoline vehicle. 21 SUMMER 2022 | master BUILDER MEMBERSHIP VALUE

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