On January 21, 2022, the White House announced it is partnering with states and communities to evaluate, improve, and manage building performance standards across the country. Their goal is to take a more uniform approach at the federal level to reduce emissions from commercial and government buildings.
Here in the Pacific Northwest - both the City of Seattle and the City of Portland joined the Coalition - as well as both states, Washington and Oregon. By joining the Coalition, our area governments have doubled-down on their commitment to improving energy efficiency and job creation in our region.
We most likely will see local building performance standards become more aggressive in the years to come, though these initiatives will likely be backed by increasing resources from the federal level. We could even see requirements from the Seattle/Portland Building Tune-Up Programs, or even the Washington State Clean Buildings Performance Act be implemented across the United States.
Read the official announcement from the White House Briefing Room here.