AIA Washington Council Sustainability Webinar Series

AIA|WA is hosting a three-part webinar series on sustainability issues that architects work with in Washington, including a review of basic sustainability concepts, the state energy code, the role of architects and the resources available to us, and upcoming changes architects should be aware of. Although all are welcome, this series is not designed for architects who are experts in the field of sustainability; rather, the content is aimed at those who have had less exposure to these concepts.

The webinars will be recorded and available here for viewing after the broadcast date.

Webinar #1: Sustainability 101 – Energy Code and Sustainability Concepts


This webinar covers overall sustainability terms and issues, particularly as they relate to energy efficiency and carbon emissions from buildings. We also discuss Washington’s policies and mandates around energy use and carbon emissions. Topics include:

  • EUI vs. carbon
  • Operating carbon vs. embodied carbon
  • Major changes in state energy codes
  • Washington’s energy usage & the role of the built environment
  • How the state plans to meet its sustainability goals
  • Planning for peak energy demand
  • Architects’ role and resources
  • Renovations and retrofits
  • 2030 reporting

Watch the recording of this webinar here.

If you would like 1 HSW credit for participating in this webinar, AIA requires you to take a quiz after viewing; you can access that here. Upon completion, please email to let Tammie know you have taken it – so she can go into the system and retrieve your results.

Webinar #2: 2018 Energy Code in Depth

Sept. & Oct. 2020

These webinars will take a more in-depth look at the state’s energy code (WSEC-C and WSEC-R) and the 2018 updates, including major changes and resources for architects. These session will be given from a generalist’s perspective. We’ll have breakout meetings with issue experts and plenty of time for questions.

Commercial Energy Code                 September 16, 11:30 – 1:00

Residential Energy Code                  October 14, 11:30 – 1:00  tentative


Webinar #3: Clean Buildings Rules – Energy Performance Standard for Large Commercial Buildings

November  2020

In 2019, the state legislature passed a bill to require commercial buildings over 50,000 sq. feet to undergo audits around new energy performance standards and to require building owners to retrofit their buildings if they don’t meet the standard and it is cost efficient to do so over time. AIA|WA has worked with the Dept. of Commerce during its rulemaking process for this new law and we expect the regulations to be finalized in fall 2020. This webinar will look at the new law and what changes it means for architects who work on large commercial buildings.

Would you like to see AIA|WA webinars on other topics? Please let Kirsten know.