Building performance standards are a powerful policy tool to help reduce the energy used and emissions created from existing buildings. In 2019, Washington State passed the first statewide BPS policy in the nation. However, to address the climate crisis, the state and cities like Seattle have committed to becoming carbon-neutral, which will require even deeper energy and emissions reductions than may be created by that law. Seattle has stepped up with a plan that compliments state policy: a carbon-based building performance standard to directly address the use of fossil fuels in buildings.
As the city begins to develop this policy, the NW Energy Coalition wants to ensure the policy follows the science and provides equitable support to all kinds of building owners and tenants. Join us virtually on Thursday, March 23 from 12-1pm for a lunch & learn discussion about how a carbon-based building performance standard can work in Seattle.