The Living Building and 2030 Challenge Pilots are part of Seattle's Climate Strategies. They are needed to help us move beyond making incremental changes so we can fundamentally reshape our building and transportation systems for a fossil-free future. Seattle's buildings produce about one-third of our greenhouse gases. Reducing these building emissions are critical in achieving our goal to become a carbon neutral community by 2050.
The pilot programs allow you to request additional departures from the Seattle Land Use Code through Design Review. They provide height and floor area incentives for buildings in exchange for meeting high-performance green building requirements.
Developers that are constructing new buildings or building additions that meet the program standards can get the following benefits:
The Living Building Challenge (LBC) is a green building certification program administered by the International Living Futures Institute (ILFI), that defines the most advanced measure of sustainability for buildings and landscapes. LBC's goal is to create buildings that:
The LBC framework will help you create spaces that reconnect occupants with nature. LBC uses a flower as an idealistic symbol of efficiency, and organizes the program into "petals." There are seven performance areas or petals; Place, Water, Energy, Health and Happiness, Materials, Equity, and Beauty.
To qualify for this program, your project must:
Our pilot program will expire on December 31, 2025 or when 17 projects enroll in the Living Building Pilot.
The 2030 Challenge for Planning was issued by Architecture 2030, a non-profit think tank transforming climate change problems into solutions through the design of the built environment. The 2030 Challenge for Planning asks the global architecture and planning community to adopt reduction targets for energy, water and transportation for new construction and major renovations. To advance these goals on a district basis, Seattle 2030 District was created in partnership with the City of Seattle. This pilot relies on the 2030 Challenge for Planning goals, but focuses on existing buildings to improve the viability of high-performance renovations.
To be qualify for this program, your project must:
Our pilot program will expire on December 31, 2025 or when 20 projects enroll in the 2030 Challenge Height Performance Existing Building Pilot.
See the master use permit page for step-by-step directions for your application. During the permit process, the Design Review Board will review your requested code departures and recommend which should be granted.