2024 Net Zero Carbon Zoning Initiative

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Overview

The City of Boston aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. Buildings account for nearly 71% of our community’s carbon emissions and new buildings represent the greatest opportunity for emissions reductions. The BPDA Smart Utilities staff and Zoning Reform Team, alongside the City’s Environment Department, are drafting a new zoning amendment for Article 37 to support and advance the City’s decarbonization goals.

The BPDA is analyzing options for the zoning amendment to:

  • Require zero net carbon emissions for new buildings that are subject to Article 80 thresholds;
  • Strengthen embodied carbon reporting; and
  • Streamline the green building review process and minimize redundancies with citywide environmental policies, Passive House certification, and the stretch energy code.

These amendments build upon and refine the 2022 effort, to better reflect updated state building codes and city ordinances, including the specialized stretch energy code and Building Emissions Reduction and Disclosure Ordinance (BERDO), respectively.

Upcoming Events

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Public Meetings

Net Zero Carbon Zoning Proposal | NEW DATE: Monday, April 29, 2024 | Register

Please note: this meeting, originally scheduled for Tuesday, April 23, has been rescheduled for Monday, April 29, 2024
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Please join the BPDA and Boston’s Environment Department to discuss the newly released draft proposal for Net Zero Carbon Zoning. The NZC team will walk through the draft proposal and invite questions and comments. Come learn about one of the City’s sustainability initiatives.

Office Hours

To occur during the draft comment period. More details to come.

Resources