King County - Green Building Initiative (Washington)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Washington
Additional Place applies to King County, Washington,
Name King County - Green Building Initiative (Washington)
Incentive Type Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Applicable Sector Local Government
Eligible Technologies Lighting
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector Local
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)




















Website http://your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/greenbuilding/green-building-ordinance.asp

Last DSIRE Review 2012-08-14
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE
2011-09-02


References Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)[1]


Summary

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 5,000 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.

 

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Patti Southard
Department King County Solid Waste Division
Division GreenTools: Green Building Program




Phone (206) 296-8480

Fax (206) 296-4475

Website http://your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/greenbuilding/index.asp
     
     

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

Authority 1: Executive Order FES 9-3 (AEP)
Date Effective 2001-10-25
Date Enacted 2001-10-25


Authority 2: K.C.C. Chapter 2.95
Date Effective 2008-06-24
Date Enacted 2013-12-31


Authority 3: Ordinance 16147
Date Effective 2008-06-24
Date Enacted 2013-12-31
















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

References

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