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Check this webpage regularly for regional and national news and information about building energy efficiency, energy code updates and development, and equipment efficiency standards.

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DEVELOPMENT OF THE 2021 WSEC HAS BEGUN!

NEWS FROM THE SBCC - The State Building Code Council has begun the new adoption and review process for the 2021 code editions. The deadline for code change proposals for the Group 1 Codes (IBC, IFC, WUIC, WSEC-C) is May 31, 2021 at 5:00 P.M. The process for the Group 2 Codes (IBC structural, IRC, IEBC, IMC, UPC, WSEC-R) will begin in the fall of 2021. The anticipated effective date for the 2021 codes is July 1, 2023.

Click here for the Group 1 and Group 2 code development schedule.

POSTED - April 19th, 2021

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THE 2018 WSEC COMMERCIAL COMPLIANCE DOCUMENTATION WEBTOOL IS AVAILABLE NOW!

An energy code edition selector has been incorporated into the online compliance documentation webtool so users can select either the 2015 or 2018 WSEC edition for their commercial compliance documentation. This online resource captures all the same details as the Excel forms, plus it's chock full of helpful information and compliance verification tools not available in the Excel file format. Excel forms WILL NOT be developed for the commercial 2018 WSEC. The online compliance documentation website will be the only tool available. 

READY TO GET STARTED WITH THE WEBTOOL? Create an account and then select My Projects to set up a new project and explore all the helpful features.

UPDATED - February 9th, 2021

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ALL 2018 WASHINGTON STATE CODES EFFECTIVE DATE

The WA State Building Code Council (SBCC) has set the effective date of all 2018 codes to February 1st, 2021. Refer to the SBCC website for this announcement.

REVISED - January 21th, 2021

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2018 SEATTLE ENERGY CODE (SEC) EFFECTIVE DATE

Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) had been planning to adopt the 2018 edition of the codes to be effective July 1, 2020.  However, due to several factors including the impacts of Covid-19, Governor Inslee’s executive orders, and guidance from the Mayor’s Office, that adoption date had been delayed until February 1, 2021.

As those factors continue to impact our industry and with further guidance from Mayor Durkan’s Office, SDCI has further delayed the effective date of the 2018 edition of the Codes until March 15th, 2021.

Visit the Code Adoption Webpage on the City of Seattle website to view announcements on the code adoption, review drafts of the proposed code changes, and sign up for email notifications from SDCI.

POSTED - December 15th, 2020

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Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA) - Washington Department of Commerce

CETA (SB 5116) was implemented in May 2019. It commits Washington to an eletricity supply free of greenhouse gas emissions by 2045.

"CETA is a complex law requiring transformation of an essential service, electricity, and many agencies and stakeholders will work together to achieve its objectives. Commerce will work closely with the Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC), which regulates the rates and service of investor-owned utilities. Other state agency partners include the state auditor and the departments of Ecology and Health.

More than 60 electric utilities must comply with CETA. Interested stakeholders represent business customers, low-income and vulnerable communities, consumers, environmental advocates and renewable energy developers." WA State Energy Office - WA Dept of Commerce

Click here for more information about CETA.

POSTED - February 7th, 2020

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WSEC Commercial Technical Support - ETC

Evergreen Technology Consulting (ETC) is a new provider of commercial energy code technical support services for WA State. We provide classroom and online training, technical topic resources, on-line compliance documentation tools and on-call technical support. 

Refer to the Contact Us page to reach our commercial energy code experts.