Roadmap to Zero Net Energy Building Code

Shift Zero will support key energy code proposals for the Washington State Energy Code and the advancement of a strategic roadmap for zero net energy building codes. Along with specific code change proposals, the roadmap will identify political, structural, and/or market changes that must happen simultaneously to allow the code changes to be successful.

The State of Washington passed an energy code mandate that could get us to zero net energy “ready” buildings by 2031 with RCW 19.27A.130-190: “the 2031 state energy code must achieve a seventy percent reduction in annual net energy consumption.” This current law can be used as a catalyst to achieving ZNC buildings at scale. In order to achieve the stated goal of 70% energy use reduction, it effectively implies a move away from burning fossil fuels directly for space or water heating and a move to electric heat pump technologies and high-performance envelopes. Achieving the goals of the energy code mandate can help us transition to zero net carbon commercial and residential buildings in Washington.


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Featured Image: zHome | Issaquah, WA
Architect: David Vandervort Architects | Builder: Ichijo USA
Project Partners: City of Issaquah, King County, Built Green, Puget Sound Energy, Port Blakely Communities, and WSU Energy Extension
Photo courtesy of zHome
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