The 2009 Seattle Energy Code has now been approved.
- The Seattle City Council’s Committee on the Built Environment discussed the 2009 Seattle Energy Code ordinance at their meetings on September 29, and October 12, 2010 and recommended approval. The full Seattle City Council then considered and approved the 2009 Seattle Energy Code (Council Bill 116967) on October 18, 2010. The Mayor signed the legislation (Ordinance 123430) on October 22, 2010.
- The ordinance adopts the 2009 Washington State Energy Code by reference and then contains the Seattle amendments. Thus, it is necessary to have copies of both the 2009 Washington State Energy Code and the Seattle amendments. To obtain an electronic copy of the 2009 Washington State Energy Code, visit the Washington State Building Code Council (WSBCC) website at www.ga.wa.gov/sbcc. The ordinance with the Seattle amendments can be downloaded under the “2009 Seattle Energy Code Update” link in the upper right hand corner of the Seattle Energy Code homepage.
- For determining the 2009 Seattle Energy Code requirements, you need to look at both the 2009 Washington State Energy Code and the Seattle ordinance. Wherever the Seattle ordinance contains modifications to a section, the ordinance language supersedes the 2009 Washington State Energy Code. There is no one document at this point that folds all the text together.
- For nonresidential spaces, the grace period for using the 2006 Seattle Energy Code ends November22, 2010. Nonresidential spaces in permit applications submitted on November 23, 2010 and later are subject to the 2009 Seattle Energy Code.
- For residential spaces, last date on which DPD will be accepting applications using the 2006 Washington State Energy Code codes will be December 31, 2010. Residential spaces in permit applications submitted on January 1, 2011 and later are subject to the 2009 Washington State Energy Code.
DPD is in the process of preparing the Seattle insert pages for the 2009 Washington State Energy Code, as well as updating forms, Client Assistance Memos, and Directors Rules. DPD will schedule public training sessions after the updated materials are available.
City staff thanks everyone for their participation and contributions to the 2009 Seattle Energy Code. For further information, contact John Hogan at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (206) 386-9145.