King County - Green Building Initiative
Last modified on February 12, 2015.
Rules Regulations Policies Program
|Additional Place applies to||King County|
|Name||King County - Green Building Initiative|
|Incentive Type||Energy Standards for Public Buildings|
|Applicable Sector||Local Government|
|Eligible Technologies||Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Lighting|
|Energy Category||Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs|
|EquipmentProducts||Must purchase cost-effective and energy-efficient lighting|
|Requirement||New construction and major renovations must meet LEED Gold standards (exceptions apply)|
|Last DSIRE Review||2011-08-15|
| Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE
|References||Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)|
The King County Green Building Initiative started in 2001, and was included in the King Code Code with the Green Building and Sustainable Development Ordinance in 2008. The ordinance requires that all county-owned facilities and financial capital projects be built to LEED Gold standards, including new construction, major renovations, and projects using alternative funding. Major renovations are defined in the statutes as work that affects more than twenty-five percent of a building's square footage when the affected space is 5000 square feet or more. Projects must achieve Gold certification if the certification can be achieved with "no incremental cost impact to the current expense fund over the life of the asset and an incremental cost impact of no more than two percent to other funds over the life of the asset, as compared to a project that is not seeking a LEED rating." Any projects that are not able to meet the Gold standard for financial or technical reasons must incorporate methods from the Sustainable Infrastructure Scorecard.
In 2010, Ordinance 16769 also added efficient lighting requirements to the Green Building and Sustainable Development section of the code.
|Contact Name||Patti Southard|
|Department||King County Solid Waste Division|
|Division||GreenTools: Green Building Program|
Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)
|Authority 1:||Executive Order FES 9-3 (AEP)|
|Authority 2:||K.C.C. Chapter 2.95|
|Authority 3:||Ordinance 16147|
- Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.