Local government staff dealing with this unprecedented crisis will be further strained with the requirement to implement the substantial residential energy code (2018 WSEC-R) by July 1st of this year. To help ease the many challenges faced by local governments, can the governor delay the new energy code until January 1, 2021?

Governor Inslee is considering proposals to delay implementation of state building code changes that are scheduled to take effect July 1. The upcoming code changes are not limited to the residential energy code. Building code changes typically involve training activities for local government staff and the building industry. Both the Building Industry Association of Washington and the Washington Association of Building Officials have cancelled training sessions. The state is evaluating an online training approach to replace traditional in-person sessions.


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