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Living Building Pilot Update

A green roof on a building in Seattle.
Improving the accessibility and use of the Living Building and Deep Green Pilot Program while continuing to encourage development of very high performing green buildings.

What’s Happening Now?

In response to Resolution 31400, we are proposing amendments to the existing Living Building and Seattle Deep Green Pilot Program. In summary, the amendments would:

  • Eliminate the existing Seattle Deep Green option (to allow the City and the Living Building and Deep Green Technical Advisory Group time to fully evaluate and develop a new pilot program for Deep Green)
  • Revise the minimum standards of the program related to energy use to align with the new Seattle Energy Code
  • Require an independent report to verify compliance
  • Modify or remove some available departures
  • Increase the maximum penalty for projects failing to demonstrate full compliance with the standards from 5% to 10% of construction costs

At this time, we are proposing amendments to focus the pilot program on the Living Building option. Meanwhile, we will continue to develop recommendations for the program that would re-introduce an updated Seattle Deep Green standard. We are working with the recently appointed TAG to develop recommendations. See the Get Involved section for more information.

Project Benefits

Encourage the development of innovative green buildings that can:

  • Reduce environmental impacts
  • Test new technologies
  • Serve as a model for development throughout the region and country

The End Result

Our update is intended to improve the accessibility and use of the Living Building and Deep Green Pilot Program and continue to encourage development of very high performing green buildings.

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