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TASK FORCE NEWS AND UPDATES 

C-PACER Next Steps
Now that C-PACER legislation (HB 2405) has passed, the work begins on implementation. Members of the Shift Zero C-PACER task force, in coordination with national C-PACE experts, are currently developing model guidelines for counties interested in developing C-PACER financing programs. Learn more about next steps in this C-PACER FAQ.
 

Building Code Implementation Extended
In response to the impacts from COVID-19 and the cancellation or rescheduling of trainings, Governor Inslee extended the effective date for the 2018 building codes from July 1, 2020 to November 1, 2020. The City of Seattle has also delayed the implementation of the city’s commercial energy code updates to align with the state’s new timeline. Seattle is still proceeding with the energy code update process, and many Shift Zero members have given stakeholder input. For more information on the Seattle Commercial Energy Code, contact rachel@shiftzero.org.

There is an effort to further delay implementation of new state building codes. This week, Shift Zero sent a letter of concern to the Governor’s office regarding this effort. Our response emphasized that it is critical to continue making progress on more sustainable and healthier buildings.
 

Building Electrification Strategic Planning
Shift Zero’s Building Electrification Task Force convenes a broad range of members and allies to develop strategies and coordinated advocacy for equitable building electrification initiatives. With participation from a range of organizations, this task force is well-positioned to leverage Shift Zero technical expertise with the strength of advocacy organizations. Strategic planning for this work is underway, and the group is using an equity first framework to ensure that all initiatives will contribute to community resilience in low-income communities and communities of color. If you're interested in participating, reach out to Steve Gelb, sgelb@emeraldcities.org or rachel@shiftzero.org.
 

Clean Buildings Rulemaking
Implementation of the Clean Buildings Act (2019’s HB 1257) continues with an ongoing series of rulemaking meetings. Participation in these rulemaking meetings is critical to ensure strong and effective implementation of this law. Meeting schedule, resources, and stakeholder comments can be found at http://www.commerce.wa.gov/buildings.

WHAT WE'RE READING


  • Stronger Together: Why Efficiency with Electrification Catalyzes Systems Change, article from Institute for Market Transformation
  • The 2021 Energy Code Is Final—and More Efficient than Ever, article from NRDC
  • A just and sustainable economic response to coronavirus, explained, article by David Roberts

UPCOMING EVENTS


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