Senator 'very frustrated' over how natural gas ban came about

The ban includes all new commercial properties and residential projects with four stories or more, similar to a Seattle ban passed in 2021.

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A bill to ban natural gas appliances in all new commercial construction sites died in the Legislature in 2021. 

But this spring, the Washington State Building Code Council passed a similar ban on all new commercial construction projects, and some residential ones, starting in July 2023.

“It’s a fossil fuel and it emits greenhouse gas emissions,” said Beth Doglio, a former state legislator and consultant for the Rocky Mountain Institute

Doglio testified in favor of the changes.

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