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Cracking Code: Commercial Energy Code Update

This is the second session in the 2020 Cracking Code series presented by AIA Seattle’s Codes Committee. 

The Washington State and Seattle commercial energy codes going into effect this year contain significant changes geared towards meeting ambitious carbon reduction targets. In addition, state laws regarding existing building performance standards and the global warming potential of refrigerants and insulation are coming into force. This seminar reviews the most significant changes and their impacts on projects under the Washington state and Seattle codes, for both new construction and alteration projects. Where the code provides design options, we will explore the pros and cons of each selection, and the practical solutions for cost, constructability, and business development.  The seminar will conclude with a look at potential future directions for building performance.

Join us on April 29, 2020 for Cracking Code: Commercial Energy Update presented as a LIVE WEBINAR! Register below and look for more information regarding online event access in your confirmation email. 

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Registration Deadline: Monday, April 27, 2020.


LIVE WEBINAR | Wednesday, April 29, 2020 | 12:00 – 4:30 pm PST 

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Please note that participants in the LIVE webinar are eligible to receive AIA continuing education credit, and Certificates of Completion are available by request. Please allow 2 weeks for processing. All registration and credit questions can be directed to Zoe Guckenheimer.

All sessions and speakers subject to change. 


  • Apply the new energy code requirements to their projects.
  • Evaluate the impacts of their code choices on cost, energy performance, and carbon emissions.
  • Understand the business implications of new state standards for existing building performance.
  • Lead their design teams in creating very highly-efficient buildings.


Includes 4 LU/HSW

$100.00 AIA Member
$100.00 Government + Partners
$50.00 Associate
$25.00 Student
$175.00 Non-Member

Reduced rate options are available. Please submit the Continuing Education Scholarship / Reduced Rate Request form via email by Friday, April 24, 2020. 


Duane Jonlin, FAIA, Energy Code and Energy Conservation Advisor, Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections | For eight years, Duan Jonlin has chaired the Energy Code Technical Advisory Group for the Washington State Building Code Council.  At the national level, he is a voting member of both the ASHRAE 90.1 Committee and the ICC Commercial Energy Code Committee, and serves on several advisory committees. Prior to taking his position at the City of Seattle, Duane was a principal at NBBJ, with 30 years’ experience designing complex projects as a technical architect. He is a featured speaker nationally on issues of energy efficiency and energy regulations, and in 2016 was elected to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows.


Ben Roush, PE, Principal, FSI Engineers | In his 17 years of engineering experience, Ben has become FSi Engineers’ most credentialed employee, and has earned a place as a Principal of the company. A self-described energy-code-memorizing nerd, Ben specializes in LEED and net zero buildings, working on projects ranging from designing a net zero tiny home to leading design teams for high-rises, heavy industrial facilities, and transit. A LEED Accredited Professional since 2009, he has served on the USGBC-MD Board of Directors and is now its chair emeritus. Ben is instrumental in FSi’s drive toward greener design in every project, and has led more than 100 LEED projects and eight design teams targeting net zero energy.


All sessions and speakers subject to change.




Special thanks to the Code Committee for planning this series of sessions!

Marc Chavez, AIA
Steve Dombrowski, AIA

Registration or Credit Questions?
Contact Zoe Guckenheimer, Program & Event Coordinator at AIA Seattle

Program Questions?
Contact Connor Descheemaker, Member Engagement Manager at AIA Seattle

Sponsorship Questions?
Contact Kristen Lound, Associate Director, Growth & Operations at AIA Seattle


April 29, 2020
12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Event Price
$25 - $175
Class Credit




AIA Seattle
(206) 448-4938