October 15, 2020
New green building incentives are in the works to fight climate change in Seattle and throughout Washington State. The Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections outlined changes to the city’s green building standards as part of an effort help create a cleaner energy future. The city estimates buildings make up about a third of the Emerald City’s emissions.
Among the proposed changes include:
Priority Green Expedited: Offers faster building permit review and processing for new construction projects that meet green building requirements, with a focus on energy, water, indoor air quality, and resource conservation.
Green Building Standard (Zoning Incentive): Offers additional floor area, height, or allows a second accessory dwelling unit in exchange for meeting the green building standards in the Land Use Code.
Living Building Pilot & 2030 Challenge Pilot: Offers considerably more height and floor area for projects achieving stringent green building requirements. The Living Building Pilot is based on the Living Building challenge rating system and focuses on energy, water, and materials. The 2030 challenge is for existing buildings and is focused on energy, water, and transportation.
The changes are slated to go into effect on February 1, 2021 when the city implements the 2018 Seattle Construction Code.
For comments, questions or concerns, please contact Dennis Kaiser