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Construction Material Recycling and Reporting Requirements

As of January 2014 all construction and demolition projects in Seattle will need to keep the following material out of disposal containers and transfer station disposal areas: metal, cardboard, and new construction gypsum scrap materials. Asphalt paving, bricks, and concrete are already banned from disposal. The expanded disposal ban will not apply to other targeted recyclable materials such as carpet, plastic film wrap, clean wood, and tear-off asphalt shingles until 2015.

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Seattle Buildings on Track for Major Energy

The Seattle Office of Sustainability and Environment (OSE) recently released the 2011/2012 Seattle Building Energy Benchmarking Analysis report and infographic on building energy use. This report and infographic reveals that Seattle building owners are poised to save tens of millions of dollars on energy annually by improving their building’s energy efficiency.

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Changes to Priority Green Expedited Thresholds

DPD’s voluntary green permitting incentive, Priority Green Expedited has grown considerably over the last 3 years. We have seen substantial growth in small residential new construction permits for single family, duplexes, townhouses, and rowhouses. Overall we have seen 258 applications for building permits enroll in the expedited program: 200 small residential, 47 large multifamily and 11 commercial projects. About 20% of all residential permit applications and 2% of all commercial permit applications for new construction (with complex reviews) are participating in the Priority Green Expedited program.

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Members Sought for Seattle’s Living Building and Deep Green Pilot Technical Advisory Group

The City of Seattle is looking for qualified candidates to fill 10 positions in the City’s new Living Building and Deep Green Pilot Technical Advisory Group. These volunteer positions are expected to be filled by September 2013 so work can begin immediately following. The role of the advisory group will be to provide recommendations to the Department of Planning and Development on updating the City’s Living Building and Seattle Deep Green Pilot Program, which aims to promote sustainable building and development.

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Members Sought for Seattle’s Living Building and Deep Green Pilot Technical Advisory Group

The City of Seattle is looking for qualified candidates to fill 10 positions in the City’s new Living Building and Deep Green Pilot Technical Advisory Group. These volunteer positions are expected to be filled by September 2013 so work can begin immediately following. The role of the advisory group will be to provide recommendations to the Department of Planning and Development on updating the City’s Living Building and Seattle Deep Green Pilot Program, which aims to promote sustainable building and development.

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Own or Manage a Building in Seattle?

For buildings larger than 50,000 square feet that complied last year, most of the work is done. It is important to review and update existing benchmarking data before the upcoming April 1 deadline. Doing so is the owner’s responsibility to ensure an accurate and on-time report of 2012 energy performance.

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New Incentives for Energy Conservation in Commercial Buildings

Seattle City Light is seeking three commercial office buildings to participate in a three-year pilot program to test an energy conservation concept known as "Pay-for-Performance." Under this pilot, City Light will provide financial incentives through ongoing payments for incremental energy savings, rather than on a one-time basis as is done through its traditional energy conservation programs.

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Green Roof and Living Wall Workshop

The Washington Association of Landscape Architects is offering a workshop for landscape architects and other design professionals seeking to learn more about green roofs and living walls. The instructor will share a range of precedents that illustrate key strategies and pitfalls to green roof and living walls design. This course is appropriate for those with some exposure to the topics through experience or study.

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Energy Benchmarking Ordinance – New Deadlines

On September 17, 2012, Seattle City Council passed legislation to extend the reporting deadline for non-residential and multifamily buildings 20,000 to 49,999 square feet to April 1, 2013. Reporting will be voluntary for buildings less than 20,000 square feet. Multifamily apartment and condo buildings 50,000 square feet or larger, however, were due on October 1, 2012.

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Report Energy Use for Apartments or Condo Building by October 1

With the energy benchmarking reporting deadline just a few weeks away, owners and managers of multifamily properties 50,000 square feet or greater should take advantage of free workshops and other support now.

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