Public review of the draft 2009 Seattle Energy Code – SEC (the 2009 Washington State Energy Code with additional Seattle amendments) will begin in February. DPD has scheduled a series of meetings to discuss proposed amendments. All meetings will take place in the Seattle Municipal Tower (SMT), 700 Fifth Avenue.
- Monday, Feb. 8, SMT-4050, 7:30-10:00 a.m.
Ch. 13 – Building Envelope and Ch. 16 – Renewable Energy Power Generation
- Tuesday, Feb. 9, SMT-2750, 7:30-8:45 a.m.
Ch. 15 – Lighting and Ch. 12 – Metering
- Thursday, Feb. 11, SMT-4050, 7:30-9:30 a.m.
Ch. 14 – Mechanical
- Tuesday, Feb. 16, SMT-2750, 7:30-8:45 a.m.
Ch. 13 – Building Envelope
- Thursday, Feb. 18, SMT-4080, 7:30-8:45 a.m.
Ch. 14 – Mechanical
- Tuesday, Feb. 23, SMT-2750, 7:30-8:45 a.m.
Ch. 15 – Lighting
- Thursday, Feb. 25, SMT-4050, 7:30-9:30 a.m.
RS-29 and wrap-up
In terms of goals, City Council Resolution 30280 directs DPD and Seattle City Light to “propose to the City Council…amendments to the Seattle Energy Code…to achieve up to 20 percent enhanced energy efficiency beyond the current version of ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1.” While 90.1-2004 was the baseline for the 2006 SEC, 90.1-2007 is now the current version of Standard 90.1, so the bar is higher. The 2030 Challenge, endorsed as part of Seattle’s Climate Change Initiative, calls for new construction to achieve a 60 percent reduction in energy consumption from that of the average existing buildings by 2010. In addition, DPD staff has made suggestions for further refinements of existing code language.
To achieve these goals, DPD staff will be reviewing material from various sources. There are amendments to Standard 90.1 that are expected to be included in the 2010 version. ASHRAE has now published six Advanced Energy Design Guides (office, retail, schools, warehouses, highway lodging, and hospitals) that achieve 30 percent energy savings compared to Standard 90.1-1999. ASHRAE Standard 189.1, High-Performance Green Buildings, was approved in December 2009. The national laboratories working under direction from the U.S. Department of Energy published technical studies in September 2009 for four building types (highway lodging, medium office, merchandise, and grocery store) showing how to achieve 50 percent energy savings compared to Standard 90.1-2004.
Public review materials will be posted on the Seattle Energy Code website at www.seattle.gov/dpd/energy as they become available. For further information, contact: