Energy and Water Efficiency Required for Seattle Buildings

March 11, 2016

Large facilities must make improvements every five years.

Starting in 2018, Seattle buildings that are 50,000 square feet or larger will be required to undergo inspections and performance tune-ups every five years per a new city ordinance. The inspection and improvement process will identify free or low-cost operational changes and energy and water performance upgrades that building owners and managers can implement. Most of the suggested improvements will offer a payback period of 2-3 years.

Facilities that already undergo periodic improvements or demonstrate high energy and water efficiency will be exempted from the policy. Additionally, the new legislation mandates city-owned buildings to perform the tune-up process one year before the compliance date. The requirements will work in concert with the city’s existing benchmarking law, which releases benchmarking data to the public.

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