Priority Green FACILITATED assists all innovative project types that will serve as visible models of high performance and sustainability. The City of Seattle has a strong commitment to both climate protection and green building, as reflected by Seattle’s Environmental Priorities. To accelerate the adoption of green building practices, the Seattle Department of Planning and Development provides Priority Green Facilitated for:
- Innovative Projects
- Living Building Pilot Projects
- Priority plan review that moves your project ahead of others
- An integrated, coordinated review that can identify and resolve issues for complex projects before it’s too late
- A Single Point of Contact - ensures a swift, accurate response on program requirements and project status
- Dedicated staff - ensures your project gets priority intake appointments, routing and issuance, resulting in faster permit turn-around times
- Exposure - increased project reach through city publications and blogs like dpdINFO and the City Green Building newsletter
A Priority Green Building Matrix was created to evaluate projects and represents the City of Seattle’s environmental priorities in 5 categories. Elements within each category address specific sustainable strategies. There is a total of 31 points available.
- Comply with the 2030 Challenge
- Achieve a minimum of 10 points
- Include elements in three of the five environmental priority categories.
- Use an Integrated Design Process (IDP). It is recommended but not required that representatives of the DPD review team be invited to participate in the IDP
- Identify one member of the project team as the single point of contact with DPD
- Collaborate with the DPD review team to identify project milestones and develop a project time line
- Collaborate with the DPD review team to revise green strategies if revisions are needed during the review process. The point total must consistently remain at 10 or above
- Provide utility data after building occupancy to compare energy usage to models and assumptions made during the permitting process. This information will be used for research or educational purposes only. This data will not be used to access penalties
The 2030 Challenge seeks to reduce energy and fossil fuel use by 60% by 2010, and seeks to create carbon neutral buildings (no fossil fuel greenhouse gas emitting energy) by 2030. To participate in Priority Green Program, projects must comply with the 2030 Challenge by demonstrating fossil fuel energy reduction by 60% or by exceeding the Seattle Energy Code by 20% for commercial buildings and 30% for residential buildings.