The Washington state residential energy code is being updated now, and there are a collection of significant proposals on the table to increase efficiency and electrify new homes. The State Building Code Council (SBCC) will vote on June 17 whether or not to put forward these proposals out for public comment during the summer, and Shift Zero is urging them to move the full package of vetted proposals forward for a deliberative public comment process.
Please sign-on to letters to the SBCC in support of bringing these important code proposals forward for public comment: 
  • Residential building industry professionals: sign-on letter.
  • Affordable housing advocates sign-on letter
  • Environment and climate organizations sign-on letter. Email to sign on.
Green builder voices are especially needed to offer technical expertise and market perspective supporting code updates to electrify new homes! If you can provide spoken testimony at the June 17 SBCC meeting, please contact for more info. 

Background on the code process and the residential proposals being considered can be found here. As this process moves along, we will provide updates on when and how to engage. Thank you for your continued advocacy for a strong energy code!


  • Washington state moves to electrify new buildings by requiring heat pumps, Canary Media. Read.
  • New from the Clean Energy Transition Institute: The Northwest Clean Energy Atlas provides regional stakeholders interactive tools to explore energy data relevant to deep decarbonization in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.
  • Washington Residential Post-Code Market Research Report from NEEA. A new report from NEEA shows the impact of the 2018 Washington State Energy Code (WSEC) on new construction single family homes in Washington. Findings indicate that most builders are now using efficient electric space heating and electric water heating under the 2018 WSEC.


  • 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. 
  • NW Energy Coalition hiring Development Director. More info


  • June 22: Portable Heat Pumps - Low Cost Supplemental Heating and Cooling, webinar by Electrify Now. Register.
  • June & July: NW Energy Coalition’s Decarbonizing the Northwest webinar series. Register.
  • August 22-24, Smart Buildings Exchange Conference, virtual and in-person. Register.
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