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Living Building Pilot

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What Is It?

The Living Building Pilot allows you to request additional departures from the Seattle Land Use Code through Design Review, and provides height and floor area incentives for buildings attempting to meet the Living Building Challenge (LBC).

The 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. The LBC program 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 be eligible for this program, your project must:

Our pilot program will expire on December 31, 2025 or when 20 projects enroll in the Living Building Pilot.


Living Building Pilot

  1. Achieve Living Building Challenge full certification, or
  2. Achieve Petal Certification, including:
    • Reduce total energy usage by 25 percent, or more based on energy use targets established in the 2012 Seattle Energy Code (SEC) Target Performance Path, Section C402.1.5 (Section 401.3 in 2015 SEC).
    • Use only non-potable water except to the extent other applicable local, state or federal law requires the use of potable water.

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Steps to Follow

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.

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  • Green Building Program Manager, (206) 684-7744