Credit: SOM for National Geographic

At our recent Shift Zero fall meeting, one of the small group discussions invited participants to envision the year 2050, when we’ve met our decarbonization goals. How did we get here? What did we achieve along the way? Responses included: 
  • The communal advantages of equity were recognized, prioritized, and realized.
  • Health and resiliency were key messages that created political will for bold state mandates.
  • We changed the market metrics and made the zero code vision cheaper to implement.  
  • We focused on affordable housing to move the rest of the market to zero carbon.
This discussion will continue as we work to refine a collective vision for decarbonizing buildings. Thank you to all who were able to attend the fall meeting! 


Task Force Updates 
Updates on task force work and upcoming meetings are highlighted in this summary. If you’d like to participate in a task force or learn more, contact task force chairs or

New Technical Committee
Are you an energy modeler, code expert, engineer, architect, designer or other practitioner, and thinking about how best to share your skills? Consider joining the new Shift Zero technical committee. This ad hoc group will be consulted for technical input on policies; no regular meetings are involved! Contact to join.

Clean Buildings Rulemaking 
Workshops for HB1257 are in progress. All stakeholders are encouraged to attend these meetings to share feedback on implementation issues and opportunities. Upcoming scheduled workshops are Dec 4, Dec 10, and Dec 19. Agendas and more info can be found on the Commerce Clean Buildings webpage. Questions? Contact Amy Wheeless,


HDC's Exemplary Buildings Program Website
Housing Development Consortium’s Exemplary Buildings Program launched a new website highlighting the regional effort to create housing that's both ultra-efficient and affordable, without sacrificing number of units built. 

Passive House Northwest Call for Proposals
Submittals due by Nov 25 for the PHnw Conference March 12-14, 2020, in Seattle. More info


Dec 2: NW Energy Coalition Clean and Affordable Energy Conference, Seattle. Register.

Dec 3: Better Buildings Challenge Webinar: How Buildings of all Shapes and Sizes are Becoming Zero Energy Users, Register.

Dec 4-8: 14th Annual North American Passive House Conference, Washington DC. Register.

Dec 9: EEBA Training: Advanced Houses that Work, in partnership with Built Green, Bellevue. More info.

Mar 12-14, 2020: 11th Annual Passive House Northwest Conference, Seattle. Register.
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