After three months of public review, the draft 2009 Seattle Energy Code is moving to the next phase in the process. After releasing the preliminary public review draft on January 28, 2010, DPD held a baker’s dozen public review meetings. The deadline for written comments was April 27, 2010. DPD held a public review meeting on April 28, 2010 to review comments received by the deadline. On April 29, 2010, DPD and Seattle City Light staff met to decide on initial staff recommendations for the 2009 Seattle Energy Code. These recommendations were subsequently forwarded to DPD’s Construction Code Advisory Board (CCAB).
DPD provided an update on the draft 2009 Seattle Energy Code for CCAB on April 1, 2010. CCAB is expected to consider the staff recommendations for the 2009 Seattle Energy Code at the CCAB meeting on Thursday, May 6, 2010. The CCAB meeting is scheduled for 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. in room 2240-46 of the Seattle Municipal Tower at 700 Fifth Avenue, Seattle. The meeting is open to the public.
After CCAB makes their recommendations, DPD will consider those and the direction in Resolution 30280. DPD would then decide on departmental recommendations and forward an ordinance to the Mayor and City Council shortly thereafter. City Council consideration would occur in early summer, with an effective date this summer (consistent with other Seattle code updates).
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.” Consequently, DPD encourages the submission of suggestions that would increase the energy savings.
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