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.
All DPD web applications will be out of service, due to electrical repairs on Aug. 30 at 5:00 p.m. to Sept. 5 at 8:00 a.m. During the outage, you can still schedule inspections at (206) 684-8900 and file a complaint at (206) 615-0808. Permit and other services will be limited during the interruption. For questions about available services, call (206) 684-8850. Visit www.seattle.gov/dpd on Sept. 4 and Sept. 5 to learn if DPD is back to regular business operations.
The City of Seattle and regional partners are identifying long-term green priorities and developing new code to address climate change.The public can comment on the draft code language at the Green Code Provisions Open House. Staff will be available to answer questions and give feedback to those who want to comment.
On July 24, 2012, Seattle City Council’s Environment and Energy Committeeheard a proposal to extend the reporting deadline to April 1, 2013 for non-residential and multifamily buildings 20,000 to 49,999 square feet. The proposal also recommends that energy benchmarking reports be voluntary for buildings less than 20,000 square feet. Multifamily buildings 50,000 square feet larger still need to report their 2011 energy use by October 1, 2012. The proposal also simplifies the ordinance enforcement and penalties.
The City of Seattle has won the 2012 Built Green Hammer Award in the Built Green Advocate, Public Sector category.
The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) has released a revised proposal to update regulations governing trees on private property, which is now available at www.seattle.gov/dpd/planning/trees. The intent of this update is to better implement the goals of the Urban Forest Management Plan by improving existing tree regulations and adding a number of new measures that would expand or improve development standards to better mitigate the impacts of development.
The Office of Sustainability and Environment has recently completed an analysis of LEED and Built Green projects certified in Seattle through 2011.
Building Materials Reuse Association’s DECON ‘13 is coming to the Seattle Center April 29 – May 1, 2013. Join us for a lively, informative conference on the latest in deconstruction technology and materials-reuse applications and help choose hands-on learning excursions, top speakers, networking events, business growth strategies, and more!
Considering energy, environmental, and/or health improvements to your home? Come see a deep green remodel project with real-life budgets, goals, and outcomes. The owner-led tours will be held on the hour, with plenty of time for Q & A. The architect and subcontractors will also be on hand to answer questions.
Owners and property managers in Seattle with non-residential buildings greater than 50,000 square feet should check that their building(s) 2011 annual energy performance was reported to the City of Seattle. Since October 2011, most buildings of this size have been required to report. A list of buildings larger than 50,000 square feet that are subject to the ordinance is now available on the website, www.seattle.gov/EnergyBenchmarking.