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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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City of Seattle - Sustainable Buildings and Sites Policy   

Last DSIRE Review: 05/14/2012
Program Overview:
State: Washington
Incentive Type: Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Custom/Others pending approval
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Passive Solar Space Heat, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Wind, Biomass, Geothermal Electric, CHP/Cogeneration, Daylighting, Small Hydroelectric
Applicable Sectors: Local Government, Construction
Goal:New City-funded projects and major renovations will achieve LEED Gold ratings.
Web Site:
Authority 1:
Date Enacted:
City Council Resolution 31326
Seattle’s Sustainable Building Policy was originally adopted in 2000 and significantly expanded in scope in October 2011.  This policy calls for new City-funded projects and major renovations with over 5,000 square feet of occupied space to achieve a Gold Rating using the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED Rating System. To achieve certification, one must register the project with the USGBC and submit a project application which documents all attempted credits for review and approval by the USGBC technical staff and LEED Steering Committee. In addition, these projects must meet additional energy efficiency, water, waste, and bicycle parking requirements. 
Minor renovation and tenant improvement projects that impact 5,000 square feet or more and involve changes to mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems must also meet LEED Gold standards, as well as additional requirements for water and waste.  Projects that are under 5,000 square feet or not eligible for LEED must complete the Capital Green checklist. As of May 2012, there are 23 LEED-certified, City-owned buildings, with 6 projects underway and 5 planned projects.

For tools to assist in the development of sustainable buildings, please visit the City of Seattle's Design Tools and Strategies web site.

  Peter Dobrovolny
Seattle Department of Planning and Development
City Green Building
P.O. Box 34019
19th Floor, Seattle Municipal Tower
Seattle, WA 98124-4019
Phone: (206) 615-1094
Fax: (206) 233-7883
Web Site:
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Disclaimer: The information presented on the DSIRE web site provides an unofficial overview of financial incentives and other policies. It does not constitute professional tax advice or other professional financial guidance, and it should not be used as the only source of information when making purchasing decisions, investment decisions or tax decisions, or when executing other binding agreements. Please refer to the individual contact provided below each summary to verify that a specific financial incentive or other policy applies to your project.

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