Our new Tip 424, Heat Pump Water Heating for Commercial and Multifamily Buildings, has been posted on the SDCI Tips page. For permit applications filed beginning January 1, 2022, central domestic water heating systems in hotel and multifamily buildings must utilize heat pumps, rather than conventional gas or electric resistance systems. (In December, City Council will consider extending this requirement to include other commercial buildings with substantial water heating loads. That requirement, if approved, would take effect later in 2022.)
2015 Codes: Vesting FAQs
Are you concerned about whether your permit application will be accepted before the change to the 2015 Seattle codes? Here are some FAQs to help you understand the steps you need to take.
2015 Code Adoption Update
For the past several months, we have been preparing to adopt the 2015 Seattle codes, including the Building, Residential, Mechanical, and Energy Conservation codes. While we don’t know what the legislative schedule will be, we are expecting to require compliance with the 2015 codes on January 1, 2017.
2015 Seattle Energy Code Development
Seattle DCI will hold a couple of public meetings during in February to review proposed changes to the “Commercial Buildings” provisions of the 2015 Seattle Energy Code. If you’re interested in attending one of these meetings, please RSVP to email@example.com as space is limited.
Electrical Alert – Seattle Energy Code Changes!
The 2012 Seattle Energy Code went into effect December 27, 2013. The date of your project’s associated building permit application will determine which version of the energy code applies to your project. If your building permit application is dated before December 27, 2013, we will review your electrical plans under the 2009 Seattle Energy Code. All other electrical plan review submissions must comply with the 2012 Energy Code.
2012 Code Books are Available
The 2012 Seattle Building, Existing Building, Residential, and Mechanical code books are available from DPD. You can purchase codes from the our Public Resource Center on the 20th floor of Seattle Municipal Tower at 700 Fifth Ave.
2012 Codes Become Mandatory This Month
The 2012 Seattle building, energy, residential, mechanical, fuel gas, existing building, plumbing and fire codes were approved by the City Council on September 16. The 60-day transition period ends late this month.
Correction: City Council has Approved the 2012 Seattle Codes
The 2012 Seattle building, energy, residential, mechanical, fuel gas, existing building, plumbing and fire codes were approved by the City Council on September 16. The 2012 codes will become mandatory on December 26, 2013.
Revised Date for Adoption of 2012 Codes
The City Council Energy and Environment Committee is tentatively scheduled to review the 2012 Seattle building, residential, existing building, mechanical, fuel gas, and plumbing codes on August 13. The Seattle Energy Code may be heard at a later meeting.
2012 Codes Adoption Update
The 2012 editions of the Seattle Building, Residential, Existing Building, Mechanical, Fuel Gas, Energy and Plumbing codes are finding their way through the city legislative process. We will post drafts of the legislation on our website in early June.
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