In October of 2019, the Exemplary Building Task Force met with stakeholders in the design and construction community in a workshop to develop several simple and cost-efficient common wall assembly designs that would work well in our region, while meeting the performance requirements of the Exemplary Building Program. From this meeting, we have developed some brief Design Guidelines for these wall assemblies to assist with early design and pricing efforts for Exemplary Buildings and have made them available for use by all.

The complete list of guidelines can be found here.

As it turns out – these walls are not too different from current construction practice, and only a small step further than the requirements of the forthcoming 2018 Washington State Energy Code. This is a good indicator that the changes needed to construct Exemplary Buildings are realistic and incremental.

Exemplary Building Program Wall Guidelines Are Now Available