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WA Building Code Council Postpones Onset of New Energy Regs

The Washington State Building Code Council voted to delay the effective date of code modifications that ban the use of natural gas in new commercial and residential buildings. The new effective date for all building codes is Oct. 29, 2023. Previously, the effective date was July 1. 

The council directed staff to convene two Technical Advisory Groups to consider stakeholder proposals to modify sections in the commercial and residential energy codes. 

The modifications, approved last year, require builders to install heat pumps in new buildings built after July 1. Puget Sound Business Journal reported that the council’s move to delay implementation came nearly three months after a coalition of businesses, homeowners, trade groups and union members filed suit in Thurston County Superior Court to block the new energy codes, arguing they hurt housing affordability. 

Washington State is among the leaders in strict new energy codes, the Business Journal reported


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