Support and Resources
Supporting Roles for Compliance
Commerce serves as the administrator of the Clean Buildings Standard. We are also here for technical assistance. There can be many personnel contributing to compliance with the standard. Understanding these different roles can help you determine what support you may need to comply.
Any individual can be responsible for more than one of these roles and they can be from within or outside the owner’s organization. The qualified energy auditor and the qualified person are the only defined roles requiring a specific license or certification.
The graphic below shows the relationship between the building owners, staff and service providers. Click here for additional details about defined roles and responsibilities.
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Commerce is calling on all qualified persons and qualified energy auditors to participate in a voluntary directory. The purpose of the directory is to connect building owners looking to comply with the Clean Building Performance Standard (CBPS) with individuals who meet the credentials required.
Sign up to be included in one or both directories:
Search the directories for Qualified Persons and/or Qualified Energy Auditors:
There are two specific requirements assigned to the state’s gas and electric utilities.
- RCW 19.27a.170, Benchmarking
This section requires utilities to provide energy consumption data to building owners upon request. Large utilities (greater than 25,000 customers) are required to provide this data using Energy Star Portfolio Managers automated upload protocol. Smaller utilities are to provide the data to building owners in an excel document, meeting Energy Star Portfolio Manager specifications.
- RCW 19.27A.220 State energy performance standard -Early adoption incentive program
Commerce is to develop an early adopter incentive program to support building owners making efficiency improvements. This program is administered by Commerce. Large utilities are required to participate by making incentive payments to building owners. The incentive payments, plus administrative fees, are then deducted from the utilities public utility tax. Smaller utilities’ participation in the incentive program is optional.
Covered commercial buildings must meet the
following reporting schedule:
June 1, 2026
More than 220,000 sq. ft.
June 1, 2027
More 90,000 sq. ft. but less than 220,001 sq. ft
June 1, 2028
More 50,000 sq. ft. but less than 90,001 sq. ft
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Resources that Support Compliance
- Benchmarking Resources (pdf)
- Benefit of Benchmarking (link)
- Energy STAR Links
- Worst Practices in Energy Benchmarking (pdf)
- EPA’s Basics of Benchmarking for Ordinance Compliance
- Portfolio Manager Quick Start Guide Portfolio Manager (pdf)
- What is Benchmarking? (link)
- Compliance through exemption (pdf)
- Compliance by meeting the EUIt (pdf) and video (link)
- Compliance through investment criteria (pdf) and video (link)
- Conditional compliance granted by the compliance date (pdf)
- Compliance forms description, instructions and location (pdf)
- Determining the EUIt (pdf)
Compliance path flow charts
- Certificates of Participation (link)
- Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) (link)
- Commercial buildings energy efficiency tax deduction (link)
- Financing Energy Efficiency Projects (link)
- Find Financing for Your Energy Project (link)
- Green Revolving Funds (link)
- LOCAL Programs (link)
- Utility Energy Efficiency and Incentive Program Links (pdf)
- Better Buildings Webinars (link)
- Clean Buildings 101 (link)
- Compliance by meeting the EUIt (link)
- Smart Building Center Remote Learning Library (link)
- WSU RCM Webinar: Clean Buildings Performance Standard (link)
- WSU RCM Webinar: Efficiency through the Clean Buildings Performance Standard (link)
- WSU RCM Webinar: Energy Management Plans for Clean Buildings (link)
- WSU RCM Webinar: Operations and Maintenance for Clean Buildings (link)
- WSU RCM Webinar: Tune-ups for Clean Buildings (link)
- AEE Certified Professionals Directory (link)
- AIA 2030 Commitment Signatory Firms (link)
- Building Owner Resources (pdf)
- Case Studies (pdf)
- Commerce Business Grants and Loans (link)
- Directory of Minority & Women’s Business Enterprises (OMWBE) (link)
- Live Q&A Archive (pdf)
- RCM News: articles, training, and events for Resource Conservation and Energy Managers (link)
- Washington State Energy Office (link)