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Buy Clean Buy Fair Washington Pilot Study

The Buy Clean Buy Fair (BCBF) Washington Project is a pilot study commissioned by the Washington State Legislature in 2021.  The goal of this project is to evaluate the feasibility of BCBF data reporting requirements and identify areas for improvement in potential future BCBF programs.

About

The Buy Clean Buy Fair (BCBF) Washington Project is a pilot study commissioned by the Washington State Legislature after House Bill (HB) 1103 – Improving environmental and social outcomes with the production of construction materials failed to pass the House Committee on Appropriations in 2021.  This project is funded by two budget provisos that require the University of Washington (UW) College of Built Environments’ Carbon Leadership Forum (CLF) to:

  • Develop a reporting database to collect environmental and labor information from state construction projects.  For this project, the database is a prototype, meant for testing and demonstration purposes only.
  • Conduct a case study using pilot projects.  Six projects have been enlisted to test out and provide feedback on the data reporting process.

BCBF requires environmental and labor data to be submitted for the following covered products: structural concrete, reinforcing steel, structural steel, and engineered wood. For each of the covered products, Type III environmental product declarations (EPDs) must be submitted, and the EPDs must be supply chain–specific. Additionally, the database will collect supplementary information about the projects, such as basic project characteristics and material quantities.  

The Carbon Leadership Forum has been working with the Washington State Department of Commerce’s Office of State Efficiency and Environmental Performance (SEEP) to execute this project.

These reports document the working process and findings from the BCBF Project.

 

Cover of Buy Clean Buy Fair Progress Report

Citation

Lewis, M., Huang, M., Torres, M., Waterstrat, H., Kinder-Pyle, I., Simonen, K. (2021).  Buy Clean Buy Fair Washington Project: Progress Report.  Carbon Leadership Forum and Washington State Department of Commerce.

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Authors (Progress Report)

The research team from the Carbon Leadership Forum at the University of Washington College of Built Environments who participated in this project includes:

  • Meghan Lewis, Senior Researcher
  • Monica Huang, Researcher
  • Kate Simonen, Executive Director
  • Martin Torres, Technical Consultant

The individuals from the Washington State Department of Commerce, Office of Efficiency and Environmental Performance, Energy Division who participated in this project include:

  • Hanna Waterstrat, Director
  • Ian Kinder-Pyle, Policy Analyst

Author contributions: M.L. and K.S. led conceptualization; M.L., M.H., and M.T. conducted research and analysis; M.L. and M.H. created the figures; M.L., M.H., and M.T. wrote the report; M.L., M.T., M.H., H.W., I.K.P. and K.S. performed review and editing.

 

Acknowledgments

We would like to thank the following individuals for their participation or feedback on this project:

  • Liz Saylor (State of Washington, Department of Commerce IT)
  • Huilin Wang (State of Washington, Department of Commerce IT)
  • Ross McKenzie (University of Washington, College of Built Environments IT)
  • Eric Gould (University of Washington, College of Built Environments IT)
  • Database consultants:
    • Matt Zumwalt
    • Erin Fahy
    • Michelle Hertzfeld
    • Jessica Schilling
    • Maryanne Wachter
  • Anthony Hickling (Carbon Leadership Forum)
  • Austin Scharff (State of Washington, Department of Commerce)
  • Kjell Anderson (LMN Architects)
  • Mark Chen (Skanska)
  • Phil Northcott (C-Change Labs)
  • Brook Waldman (Carbon Leadership Forum)
  • Participants in the feedback survey (described in Section 2.2.3), who shall remain anonymous

 

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