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Washington makes another run at heat pump rules

BY: - November 28, 2023

Controversial requirements aimed at getting electric heat pumps installed in newly constructed houses, apartments and commercial buildings cleared a final regulatory hurdle Tuesday. The suite of changes, approved by the Washington State Building Code Council, is part of a broader effort by the state to slash carbon emissions and increase energy efficiency in residential and […]

New rules to protect homes from wildfire ignite controversy

BY: - October 30, 2023

New state building codes aim to protect properties on the edge between urban and wooded areas – a fast growing type of space known as the wildland urban interface – from wildfire.  But the code changes have sparked backlash from builders, cities and environmentalists who say the rules are confusing, will drive up housing costs […]

Washington’s reworked heat pump rules get a cool reception from critics

BY: - September 15, 2023

Washington regulators on Friday veered away from requiring builders to install electric heat pumps rather than natural gas furnaces in new homes, apartments and commercial buildings they construct. Instead, in an expected move, the Washington State Building Code Council settled on an overhaul of energy regulations aimed at beefing up incentives for choosing heat pumps […]

The latest flare-up over Washington’s heat pump rules

BY: - August 9, 2023

Washington regulators derailed earlier this year when they tried to mandate electric heat pumps, rather than natural gas, be used to warm newly built homes and apartments. But now a path is emerging for them to offer builders incentives to choose heat pumps instead of gas and to make obtaining a construction permit more difficult […]