Building Electrification

The Frick Environmental Center for the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy. AIA COTE Top Ten honoree. Architect: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. 

Photo: Denmarsh Photography

OVERVIEW

Building electrification involves using electric technologies instead of combustion-fueled technologies to supply the comforts of a modern building. An electrified building typically uses electric heat pumps for space heating and domestic hot water, as well as electric or induction stoves for cooking.

The transportation sector can also be electrified, and this overlaps with building electrification. Therefore, installing the infrastructure to charge electric vehicles within a building or garage is also sometimes included in building electrification.