Is Climate Change Prompting A Change In Heating Requirement Bylaws?
Published on ginnyent by Chinenye on 27th April, 2019
There have been considerable changes in climate over the past decades owing to a number of factors, like global warming. These changes seem to be prompting a change in the heating requirement bylaws.
Countries like Canada for instance have heating requirement bylaws in place for buildings in cold seasons, but there are no such laws in place for people’s safety in extremely hot temperatures. The increasing world temperature change has made some advocates air their views that measures ought to be in place to moderate heating requirements in hot seasons.
Look at Hamilton, climate change there has it to modify its heating requirements for apartments, reducing the number of months landlords are required to heat houses in hot seasons.
Recently, there had been disruptions of dozens of climatic records: melting glaciers, heat waves records and rising tides. You know the problem with hot weather is not just about discomfort, it could also be life- threatening, the elderly and the homeless especially. If you observe very well, this vulnerable category of people are not protected from life-threatening heat. There have been reports from Ontario that mortality rate rises for homeless people during heat waves, than it does during cold snap. This is because most homeless people are at high risk for heat related illnesses. Worst still, people living in public houses encounter more challenges during heat waves – they might not be able to afford fans and other cooling systems. Care homes for the elderly do not have air conditioning facilities and do not open their windows for safety purposes. People with dementia find it hard to speak up too! These categories of people are challenged with speaking up.
Advocates suggest government should institute an upper heating temperature for buildings in hot in a similar way many cities have maximum temperature requirement during winter. Another suggestion brought forward is to make it a law for 24/7 running of cooling centers in very hot seasons.
In California, lawmakers have worked hard to ensure that bills supporting improvement in air quality are passed. This includes laws governing the emission of air pollutants like CO2 from fossil fuels used in heating or in factories.
Groups like the League of Women Voters of California (LWVC) have been advocating for preservation of California’s natural resources, public health and safety through protection from legislation. It should be noted that global climate change is the greatest challenge of our generation.
Attempts are also being made by the California government to reduce emission impact on global climate through adoption of Regional Climate Action Plans. One of the aims of LWVC climate change action policy is to promote a clean, low-carbon energy economy that is sustainable including all forms of renewable energy and transportation infrastructure. This league promotes measures to reduce pollution from mobile and stationary sources. They are pushing for the enactment of laws to cut greenhouse emission and introduction of energy efficient renewable systems. In brief, the LWVC position on energy is development of heating requirements or policies that will ensure reliability of energy resources, protection of the environment, public health and safety at reasonable customer rates.