Building electrification has started to take off in Colorado. A developer of the North Vista Highlands project at Pueblo has decided against installing natural gas lines into the 4,850-unit site. In Boulder and Boulder County, electric buildings are a crucial step toward climate action goals. But the jurisdictions emphasize comfort, not climate.
If Colorado is to meet its greenhouse gas goals, use of natural gas and propane will have to be vastly reduced in the building sector. An affordable housing complex with 27 units called Basalt Vista shows what this low-carbon future might look like.