Navigating the Clean Buildings Act

What Does It Mean To You?

Spokane Convention Center, Executive Ballroom 302A/B

We would like to thank everyone who attended the Navigating the Clean Buildings Act event. We sincerely hope that you found it valuable.


Join OneAEC and GSI to learn from industry professionals how the Clean Buildings Act will impact the AEC industry and how you can position your company to assist building owners with the compliance requirements. This 1/2 day seminar will feature presentations focused on understanding the Clean Buildings Act, what it means to building owners, and how to help them prepare for its requirements.

Speakers and presenters will include:

  • Michele Drake, Energy Efficiency Program Manager, Avista: Michele will share how Avista has partnered with a leading energy-management consulting firm to offer a free program that helps building owners meet CBA requirements and supports energy-saving efforts. 
  • Luke Howard, Building Performance Specialist, Buildings Unit - Washington State Department of Commerce Energy Division: Luke will explain why Washington State enacted the CBA, requirements for building owners, and dates for compliance.
  • Gordon Hester, President & CEO, Kiemle & Hagood: As President and CEO of Kiemle Hagood, Gordon’s role includes overseeing the company’s corporate operations and Facility Services. Gordon will expand on the impact the CBA is having on K&H’s operations and the steps they are taking to ensure their buildings are in compliance.
  • Travis Bown, Director of Maintenance, Mead School District: Travis will share how Mead School District is addressing the requirements CBA, including gathering baselines for all District facilities and implementing code strategies to result in significant decreases in Energy Use Intensity (EUI). 
  • Michael Nafzgar, Director of Facilities, Providence Spokane Hospitals: As Director of Facilities at Sacred Heart Medical Center, Holy Family Hospital, and St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Medical Center, Mike will share how Providence is approaching the CBA including searching out low risk-high reward improvements, monitoring Building Automated Systems, and utilizing the services of an Energy Manager.
  • Mike & Laura James, Custom Energy Consultants: Mike and Laura will explain how Custom Energy Consultants (CEC) helps building owners navigate the Clean Buildings Act and prove compliance. They will also share their approach to collaborating with architects, engineers, and contractors to provide critical services to building owners; and share thoughts on how buildings can be designed to avoid future improvements to address the CBA requirements. 



The Clean Buildings Act is designed to reduce energy costs, fossil fuel consumption, and greenhouse gas emissions from commercial and multifamily buildings. Legislation requires building owners to reduce their energy usage to meet or exceed prescribed Energy Usage Intensity (EUI) targets based on the building’s usage type.

  • Commercial buildings larger than 50,000 SF must meet mandatory clean building performance standards. Compliance deadlines are being phased in over the next several years, beginning in June of 2026 for buildings over 220,000 SF.
  • Building owners cannot ignore these requirements since compliance delays can be costly. Non-compliance penalties are graduated and can be up to $5,000 plus $1.50 per gross square foot for every five year compliance cycle.
  • The state has budgeted $75 million to offer Early Adopter Incentives to help with the costs of achieving compliance.

OneAEC & GSI Members: $75 (GSI Members please email to receive member discount)

Non-Members: $90




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