C-PACER Passes in King County 
Yesterday, the King County Council unanimously adopted a C-PACER ordinance that will bring low-cost, long-term financing to help commercial buildings become more efficient and resilient. The King County ordinance restricts the use of fossil fuel equipment in any C-PACER project, to align the program with the county’s Strategic Climate Action Plan.

Other counties that have adopted C-PACER ordinances and are developing programs include Thurston, Whatcom, and Clark. Thank you to all the advocates and experts who have supported Washington C-PACER implementation!

Seattle Carbon-Based Building Performance Standard
On November 1, Seattle Mayor Durkan issued an executive order directing city agencies to take action on a number of climate policies and programs, including developing a carbon-based building performance standard. Shift Zero members the NW Energy Coalition and 2050 Institute, as part of the American Cities Climate Challenge, developed a Blueprint for how the city of Seattle could design this kind of policy, as well as the needed supportive policies to ensure that this policy supports other public policy goals, including housing protection and workforce development. 
Shoreline Advances Commercial Energy Code Update
Shoreline’s City Council held a public hearing this week on advancements to their local commercial energy code, similar to those passed in Seattle earlier this year. Many advocates spoke in support of these updates, which would reduce emissions in new commercial buildings by restricting the use of fossil fuels for space and water heating. The Council is expected to vote on the code update on December 6th. Contact Joelle at Climate Solutions if you are interested in giving testimony.

Other jurisdictions are considering commercial code advancements: Bellingham is expected to introduce a code ordinance in mid-December, and King County is expected to introduce a code ordinance in committee in January 2022. As these move along, we will provide updates on when and how to comment/engage.

In September, the State Building Code Council moved a package of significant proposals to public comment that would increase efficiency and move buildings covered under the code away from fossil fuels and to heat pumps for space and water heating. The formal comment period will start in the next few weeks and Shift Zero will keep you updated on when and how to comment. To get more involved in this effort, contact Beth Doglio.
  • NEEC hiring for Senior Project Manager Position, Info.
  • NW Energy Coalition hiring Communications and Events Coordinator, Info.
  • Sierra Club hiring Campaign Director - Building Electrification, Info.


  • We need to talk about your gas stove, your health and climate change, NPR, Listen.
  • An Insider’s Guide to Talking about Carbon Neutral Buildings, NBI, Read.
  • Cleaner Buildings? We Need To Spend Billions, Investigate West, Read.
  • New Report from RMI: Decarbonizing Homes: Improving Health in Low-Income Communities through Beneficial Electrification, Read.
  • The carbon fight’s mundane frontier: Retrofitting homes and buildings, Crosscut, Read.
  • Now We’re Cooking with… Electricity! Electrify This! podcast. Listen.


  • Nov 18: Seattle building focused discussion, through the lens of the Seattle Energy Code and what’s next, hosted by UMC, Hargis Engineers, NEEC, register.
  • Dec 6 + Dec 8: Energy Retrofits for Public Buildings Listening Sessions hosted by Dept of Commerce, register
Code Trainings
  • All 2018 WSEC-R trainings and videos, WSU Energy Program's Training page.
  • Ongoing: Earth Advantage's Sustainable Homes Professional training. New online, on-demand format for the entire NW region. Register.
  • Ongoing: Chasing Opportunities in the Washington Energy Code, Watch the videos anytime on BetterBuiltNW’s Youtube Channel.
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