By Rick Bannan
The Reflector 

Building industry group seeks pause on energy code requirements


Last updated 3/16/2022 at 10:49am

A group representing the Washington state building industry wants to see a pause on energy code requirements implemented earlier this year until April as a stressed supply chain further increases home prices.

On Aug. 26, the Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW) announced they were asking Gov. Jay Inslee to pause the new requirements laid out in the 2018 Washington State Energy Code, which went into effect Feb. 1. Since the implementation, construction costs have increased on average between $15,000 to $20,000, the BIA stated, which in turn raises purchase prices for homebuyers.

Apart from added costs associated with the new requirements, a general supply chain disruption across multiple industries also hit the construction industry, delaying projects and further raising costs.

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