On March 11th, the Washington Building Code Council will meet to consider several proposals to the state commercial energy code (WSEC-C). These proposals will ban natural gas for use in space heating and water heating new and retrofit commercial buildings. For background and information on the proposals, go here.
While these policies are currently restricted to the commercial energy code, we expect similar policies to be proposed for the residential code later this year. This is just the first move in a wider effort to limit customer choice in the energy sector.
Because the additional regulations and increased costs will have an adverse impact on the economic vitality and development of our region, the Chamber is opposed to the proposed code changes.
The public will have the opportunity to provide comment on March 11th at 10am. If you would like to make a comment, sign up using the form on this webpage.