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.
Come learn about some of the draft high performance code requirements currently under development related to water conservation, sustainable transportation and material conservation.
Even if you are already benchmarking, please review these tips if your building was subject to the October 3, 2011 reporting deadline (>50,000 single-family, non-residential buildings).
Buildings 10,000 square feet or greater (including multifamily buildings of five or more units) now have until at least October 1, 2012 to comply with Seattle’s energy benchmarking and reporting program. In response to public input that more assistance and time is needed to comply, the City is evaluating the program and considering staggered reporting deadlines based on building size.
Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance’s BetterBricks and the City of Seattle offer free workshops for building owners, property managers and service providers to support compliance with the City of Seattle’s building energy benchmarking and disclosure ordinance.
The December 2011 and January 2012 issues of dpdINFO provided some insight on The International Green Construction Code (IGCC), the IGCC’s relationship to LEED, and how these tools can be used as building blocks from which Seattle may continue to develop higher performance codes.
The City Green Building team takes an exciting new step in 2012. Beginning in January, part of the “green team” will join forces with the Office of Sustainability and Environment (OSE). Staff focused on policy development will become part of OSE, and those focused on green codes and permitting will stay with the Department of Planning and Development (DPD), as part of the Operations Division. As this next step unfolds, both DPD and OSE will continue to develop and implement innovative approaches to building sustainable neighborhoods.
Since 1999, the City Green Building team has been working to make sustainable development standard practice in the City of Seattle – first working as an interdepartmental team from across multiple City departments and then as a combined, yet still multidisciplinary, unit within DPD. City Green Building is now moving on to our next iteration to better align our work with that of our colleagues working on environmental policy, sustainable communities and development services.