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NWW: WA State Residential Energy Code Compliance in 2021

Join us for this live webinar with Michael Lubliner, Senior Building Science Specialist, Washington State University Energy Program. The 2018 Washington State Energy Code (2018 WSEC) went into effect on February 1, 2021. In this course, we will review significant changes in the residential portions of the 2018 WSEC and commonly misunderstood requirements. The primary focus for this webinar is to provide specific knowledge about the 2018 WSEC-R that attendees can apply when designing, building, or permitting single-family and multifamily new construction, additions and remodels. This course is ideal for architects and other building industry professionals who wish to gain a proficient understanding of this code.

0.40 ICC CEUs; Course # 28209
Price: $60 members / $90 non-members / $35 Associate
Date: Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Time: 8:30am – 1pm
Intended Audience: Architects and Building Officials, Contractors
Course Level: Intermediate

Learning Objectives

  • Attendees will understand the changes from the 2015 WSEC-R to the 2018 WSEC-R.
  • Attendees will be able to apply the current code requirements in the design process, and in the inspection and commissioning phases of construction.
  • Attendees will gain insights about Washington’s current goals for reducing net annual energy consumption and fuel normalization.
  • Attendees will gain insights about the challenges and opportunities for Chapter 5 – Existing Homes (additions and remodels).

Bonus Learning Objectives

  • Attendees will understand connections between the WSEC-R and “beyond code” residential building science training opportunities and resources.
  • Attendees will become familiar with the training opportunities, compliance tools and other useful resources available on the WSU Energy Program website.

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This program is presented by AIA Seattle’s Northwest Washington Section with full closed captioning. Please indicate on your registration if you would like to be contacted for specific accommodations to fully participate in this program. Contact AIA Seattle Member Engagement Manager, Connor Descheemaker, with questions about registration. Contact AIA Northwest Washington Section Program Manager, Karen Bacon, with questions about the program or its content.


Michael Lubliner, Senior Building Science Specialist, Washington State University Energy Program

Grey-haired man with dark sunglasses, standing in front of a wooded backgroundMr. Lubliner currently runs the technical assistance program in support of the WSEC-R. He is nationally recognized for research and program implementation efforts associated with single-family and multifamily site built, manufactured housing and not-for-profit housing in the areas of HVAC systems, energy efficiency and indoor air quality. Lubliner has provided technical assistance to the Pacific Northwest Energy Star housing programs, and been involved in the USDOE Building America and USEPA Energy Star programs for over 10 years. An ASHRAE member for over 25 years, Lubliner is currently a voting member of numerous ASHRAE technical, standards and research committees. Lubliner is also a voting member of Residential Energy Service Network technical committee and a voting member of HUD’s federal advisory Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee.

Carolyn Roos, PhD

Dr. Carolyn Roos is a mechanical engineer with over 25 years of experience improving energy efficiency in industrial and building systems, specializing in developing Excel-based applications for engineers and contractors. She provides technical assistance on commercial and industrial energy system efficiency and renewable energy projects. She also provides technical support to the U.S. DOE Northwest Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnership, focusing on CHP, biopower, and waste heat to power applications. Carolyn previously worked as an energy management engineer at Puget Sound Energy, where she performed energy efficiency analyses for commercial and industrial customers, and at the Army Corps of Engineers Hydroelectric Design Center. For her doctorate in systems science and mechanical engineering, she developed software to simulate simultaneous heat and moisture transfer in building environments.

Melinda Spencer

Melinda Spencer is the technical education and outreach specialist for the Washington State University Energy Program. Emphasizing plain language and user-centered design, Melinda has worked since 1984 as an instructional designer, web content developer, technical writer and editor, and health risk communication specialist for clients including Microsoft, U.S. Department of Defense and environmental consulting firms.


June 9, 2021
8:30 am - 1:00 pm
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