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Homebuilders file new lawsuit attacking Washington’s climate-friendly building code

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Homebuilding plaintiffs filed a new lawsuit yesterday in their latest attempt to overturn Washington’s climate-friendly building code. The new codes will ensure almost all new homes and buildings across the state are built to run with clean energy rather than fossil fuels like methane gas.  

Industry plaintiffs filed a similar legal challenge to Washington’s building code last year. They later dropped the case following a decision from the U.S. District Court in Eastern Washington denying a preliminary injunction request from industry plaintiffs to delay implementation of the codes.

In response, Jan Hasselman, Senior Attorney at Earthjustice, a nonprofit public interest environmental law organization representing climate and public health groups that have intervened on behalf of the State Building Code Council to defend the codes, issued the following statement:

“The Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW) is once again standing in the way of the state’s efforts to fight climate change and protect public health with a strong building code. Communities want homes that cut pollution, save energy, and are equipped with cooling. The state should be able to advance these common sense solutions without constant legal attacks from the BIAW.

The momentum towards fossil-fuel-free buildings in Washington is unstoppable. Even without these rules, the vast majority of new homes today are built with clean and efficient electric equipment. BIAW should stop fighting a losing battle on behalf of the gas industry, and be a full partner in the energy transition.”