Executive Order for Good: Implementing Washington State’s Zero Energy and Carbon Program

A session by Donna Albert, Ron Major, Hanna Waterstrat and Haley Gardner
State of Washington Department of Enterprise Services, Washington State Department of Enterprise, Washington Department of Commerce and ILFI

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In 2018, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee made a bold proclamation: all new state buildings must be designed to be Zero Energy or Zero Energy-Capable and reduce their embodied carbon. In service of this executive order, ILFI and the State Department of Enterprise Services (DES) have spent the last two years co-developing resources to help project managers and design teams transform these words into action.

Join representatives from ILFI, DES and the State’s Efficiency and Environmental Performance (SEEP) office in unpacking the targets, tools, trainings and culture shifts that support this goal to achieve Zero Energy across public projects. Presenters will share the actual tools with attendees as well as their perspective on affecting change in the public sector. Attendees will discuss how this toolkit can be used within or adapted for their specific municipality.


  • Understand the key elements of ILFI’s Zero Energy certification and its application to Washington State Executive Order 18-01.
  • Examine how policy is translated into action to build Zero Energy projects and what agencies or stakeholders are engaged in this process.
  • Explore a toolkit of resources that was created to support a Zero Energy mandate for public buildings.
  • Discuss first-hand experiences of scoping and implementing the Zero Energy target in a variety of public projects and contexts.


This session has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

  • 1 General LFA CE credit
  • 1 AIA LU|HSW
  • 1 CPHC CEU

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