June, 15 | 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Track 1A | Energy Policy in the Pacific Northwest

Emily Salzberg

WA State Department of Commerce | Managing Director, Building Codes and Standards, WA State Energy Office

Presentation Title:

Building Sector Decarbonization, WA State Policy Overview


The building sector represents approximately one-fifth of Washington’s greenhouse gas emissions, second only to the transportation sector. The building sector has the fastest growing emissions currently. In order to reach the state’s greenhouse gas emissions limits in statute, continued progress on reducing emissions in buildings is critical. This session will provide a review of building sector recommendations from the State Energy Strategy, in addition to an overview of current policy to support building sector decarbonization in Washington including the first in nation state-wide existing building performance standard, energy codes and appliance standards.


Emily Salzberg is the Managing Director for the Building Standards and Performance Unit at the Washington State Department of Commerce where she currently oversees administration of Washington State’s Clean Buildings Law. Emily has over 15 years of experience administering, evaluating, and providing technical assistance for energy efficiency programs in the Northwest. Her experience includes low-income weatherization, community-based efficiency programs, technology research, market development and energy code implementation.

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