The Washington State Department of Commerce is kicking off the process for developing energy performance standards for applicable commercial buildings, based on the Clean Building bill which was signed into law in May 2019.

The goal: To lower costs and pollution from fossil fuel consumption in the state’s existing buildings, especially large commercial buildings. The standard will apply to large non-residential buildings greater than 50,000 square feet in floor area. Large multi-family residential buildings will be eligible for the incentive program, but are not covered by the mandatory requirements.

From 2021 to 2026, the standard will be used to administer a voluntary efficiency incentive program. Beginning in 2026, the standard will be implemented as a mandatory requirement.

A public webinar on Oct. 30 will kick off the process. The online session, which is scheduled for 2 p.m. and will be recorded and made available for future viewing, will outline the model standard and approach to developing rules. In-person meetings are planned in November and December.