Would you throw away a $100 bill? Not likely. But many of us do just that every month when we pay our energy bill, because our homes aren’t as energy-efficient as they could be. For commercial building owners, the loss can be 10 to 100 times that amount, or even more.
The City of Seattle sent letters to more than 800 large commercial property owners and managers today informing them about a new citywide program designed to help owners and managers assess and improve building energy efficiency and spur the market for building energy retrofits.
Priority Green EXPEDITED incentives set high but achievable thresholds for energy efficiency, water conservation and waste reduction. Priority Green projects demonstrate the ability to go beyond minimum code and typical construction practices.
Mayor Mike McGinn today approved a new ordinance to identify energy-wasting buildings. The Energy Disclosure Ordinance, unanimously approved by the Seattle City Council on January 25, 2010, will give City residents and property owners the tools they need to make necessary improvements. City officials say the new ordinance is critical to meeting the City’s energy goals, while commercial property owners and energy efficiency contractors point to the economic and business benefits of the new policy.