City of Seattle - Sustainable Buildings and Sites Policy (Washington)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Washington

Name City of Seattle - Sustainable Buildings and Sites Policy
Incentive Type Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Applicable Sector Construction, Local Government
Eligible Technologies Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Custom/Others pending approval, Biomass, CHP/Cogeneration, Daylighting, Geothermal Electric, Passive Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Small Hydroelectric, Solar Space Heat, Solar Water Heat, Wind
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector Local
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs, Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Goal New City-funded projects and major renovations will achieve LEED Gold ratings.

Date added to DSIRE 2000-01-01
Last DSIRE Review 2012-05-14
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE

References DSIRE[1]


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.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Peter Dobrovolny
Department Seattle Department of Planning and Development
Division City Green Building
Address P.O. Box 34019
Address 2 19th Floor, Seattle Municipal Tower
Place Seattle, Washington
Zip/Postal Code 98124-4019
Phone (206) 615-1094


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: City Council Resolution 31326
Date Effective 2011-10-03

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"