On June 29th, the State Building Code Council (SBCC) voted to send a suite of code proposals forward to public comment, including requirements for heat pump systems in new homes and low rise multifamily buildings, along with increased ventilation in new homes where gas stoves are installed. See this press release for more information. 

Background on the code process and the residential proposals being considered can be found here. A formal public comment period will open in September and October, dates TBA, including two public hearings. We will provide updates on when and how to engage. Thank you for your continued advocacy for a strong energy code!

On July 12, the Spokane County Commissioners voted to adopt a C-PACER ordinance, bringing low-cost, long-term financing for energy efficiency and resiliency building improvements to Eastern Washington. Spokane joins Clark, King, Pierce, Snohomish, Thurston, and Whatcom counties in developing C-PACER programs. Thank you to Erik Makinson at Resource Synergy for leading advocacy in Spokane!

Join us on August 18 from 12-1pm for a virtual lunch ‘n’ learn presentation and discussion about the City of Seattle’s plans to address emissions from our largest buildings. Register here.
A building performance standard (BPS) is a powerful policy tool to help reduce the energy used and emissions created from existing buildings, and can also be a policy that can support improvements in indoor air quality and create new green careers. Cities and states around the country are beginning to take action on similar policies, and in January of this year, the National BPS Coalition launched to coordinate efforts to inclusively design and implement building performance standards, and Seattle is amongst them.
At this lunch ‘n’ learn, staff from the Seattle Office of Sustainability & Environment will present on work to develop a robust BPS policy for existing buildings to directly address greenhouse gas emissions. It is expected that this policy will come before the City Council later this year for consideration. More information and background on this policy is here.


  • Longtime green builder builds energy-efficient homes with ease, BIAW article featuring Martha Rose.
  • Newly launched White House Environmental Justice webpage, including the federal Justice40 Initiative.
  • Hydrogen Pipe Dreams: Why burning hydrogen in buildings is bad for climate and health, new report from Physicians for Social Responsibility.


  • ArchEcology hiring a Green Buildings System Analyst, and Senior Energy Engineer/Energy Modeler. More info.
  • AIA Seattle & AIA Washington Council: Senior Manager of Policy and Advocacy. More info.
  • Washington State Building Code Council hiring Code Specialist. More info.


  • July 13: NW Energy Coalition’s Decarbonizing the Northwest webinar series. Register.
  • July 14: What's Working in Local Residential Efficiency Policies, presented by DOE’s Better Buildings Residential Network. Register.
  • July 28: Understanding Clean Heat Standards - What is the Lay of the Land? DOE’s Better Buildings Residential Network. Register.
  • August 18: NW EcoBuilding Guild presents Multifamily Shift-Building Speaker Series on the decarbonization, affordability, and indoor health of multifamily housing in our region. Register.
  • August 22-24: Smart Buildings Exchange Conference, virtual and in-person. Register.
  • September 15: Built Green Conference at South Seattle College, Register.
  • October 14: 2022 Solar Washington Summit at Centilia Cultural Center, Seattle. Register.
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