Hi all! Posting on behalf of one of my colleagues at RMI looking to recruit for a Structural Engineer position on the Washington State Building Codes Council (SBCC). Sharing in case this is of interest to anyone. If you’d like more info, feel free to reach out to Jonny Kocher directly at email@example.com.
The Washington State Building Code Council (SBCC or Council) provides independent analysis and objective advice to the legislature and the Governor’s Office on state building code issues. The Council also studies, recommends revision, and provides technical and general assistance to building officials about adopted codes relating to uniform building, energy and barrier-free designs.
The Council is made up of 15 people representing different constituencies and perspectives (e.g., architects, elected officials). Six members must be from eastern Washington. Members are not compensated, but do have any travel or expenses reimbursed. Terms are three years and are generally renewed once.
The State Building Code Council has a managing director and four staff members who support code work and facilitate meetings of technical experts.
Impact on Climate
The SBCC, in coordination with industry experts and stakeholders, develops the residential and commercial energy code, which govern how new and substantially renovated buildings use energy. By legislative statute, Washington’s energy code is required to become increasingly more efficient every revision cycle so that new buildings in 2031 are effectively zero carbon-ready (RCW 19.27A.160). However, the actual implementation toward this mandate is dependent on decisions that the SBCC makes.
Why is the Energy Code Important Now?
Our state has a unique opportunity to adopt the most climate-friendly statewide building energy code in the country. The SBCC is considering proposals that would dramatically reduce emissions, by restricting fossil fuel equipment and requiring clean, efficient heat pumps for space and water heating. The heat pump proposals have received a lot of opposition from the natural gas utilities.
There are approximately nine full Council meetings per year, that are about four hours each. Members are also members of at least one committee, which meet monthly or bimonthly for 2-4 hours. Other time commitment is any preparatory reading and any constituent meetings or outreach. Pre-pandemic, most meetings were in Olympia, with a few in Spokane, but a virtual option was always available. Currently, the SBCC is meeting virtually via zoom.
Current and Upcoming Openings
In early, 2022, there will be an opening for a Structural Engineer with a preference (but not a requirement) from Eastern Washington. Interested people will work through the Structural Engineers Association of Washington and must be a member.