The Sustainable Buildings and Sites Policy for municipal (city owned) facilities in Seattle, aims to maximize the environmental quality, economic vitality, and social health of our city through the design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and decommissioning of our buildings and sites. Sustainable buildings and sites support overall City objectives by making efficient use of limited energy, water, and material resources; reducing climate change; minimizing pollution and hazardous materials; creating healthy indoor environments; reinforcing natural systems; providing habitat; creating vibrant spaces for people; and contributing to their neighborhoods.
New construction and major renovations 5,000 square feet or greater must meet LEED Gold, as well as key performance requirements for energy and water efficiency, waste diversion and bicycle facilities.
Tenant Improvements 5,000 square or greater, with a scope of work that includes mechanical, electrical and plumbing, must meet LEED Gold, as well as water efficiency and waste diversion requirements.
Small projects, either new construction, renovations or tenant improvements, are to utilize Capital Green, a green design and construction evaluation tool developed by FAS, in project planning and development.
All new and existing sites projects shall follow best management practices.
Resolution 31326 establishing the Sustainable Buildings and Sites Policy was signed by Mayor McGinn on October 12, 2011 following the unanimous vote of approval from City Council. The policy builds on Seattle’s previous green building policy, the nation’s first. That policy, adopted in February 2000 called for new City-funded projects and renovations with over 5,000 square feet of occupied space to achieve a LEED Silver rating. Numerous City Projects have been completed since adoption of the policy, with over half going beyond minimum requirements to achieve LEED Gold.