Severe weather warning in effect for the Puget Sound area.
A series of storm systems is set to move through the Puget Sound area that have the potential to cause impacts over the next couple of days. The second, and potentially more powerful storm system will push through sometime on Saturday evening and into Sunday. The latest information can be found on alert.seattle.gov.
Oil-heated homes can receive a deeply discounted home energy audit through Community Power Works. This stem-to-stern analysis evaluates current home insulation levels, windows and doors, heating and cooling equipment, ductwork, and more to develop an Energy Performance Score and a list of energy improvements.
Income-qualified households can receive free improvements and low-interest loans for measures resulting in reduced energy use and increased comfort through the Seattle Office of Housing’s Weatherization Assistance Program.
Homeowners installing renewable energy generation systems (commonly solar electric) are eligible to receive payments for the energy produced by their systems. Seattle City Light maintains information on how the State of Washington’s program works and how to apply.
The Seattle Department of Planning allows developers using deconstruction (careful disassembly of a building with the aim of maximizing reusable elements) in lieu of a typical demolition process to begin work before receiving their full building permit.
Seattle City Light offers energy and water conservation incentives and technical guidance for developers of new construction projects that go beyond code and to existing building owners and businesses that increase the efficiency of their buildings and operations.
Puget Sound Energy has rebates and energy-efficiency programs available for new multifamily and commercial buildings as well as financial incentives and assistance available for building and business owners.
Seattle Public Utilities’ provides savings on annual drainage fees for property owners with stormwater systems that help reduce the impact of stormwater on the City’s system, creeks, lakes, or Puget Sound. Systems that provide stormwater flow control and/or provide water quality treatment are eligible.
Seattle Public Utilities and the Saving Water Partnership offer rebates to qualifying multifamily buildings for water-saving installations, such as high-efficiency toilets and efficient coin-op common area laundry facilities.
The Seattle 2030 District has compiled a comprehensive spreadsheet of incentives and resources for energy and water-saving projects available from Puget Sound Energy, Seattle City Light, Seattle Public Utilities and Seattle Steam.
LEED certification is a minimum requirement to access additional floor area in certain zones. Higher floor area ratio or density is allowed for projects in low-rise multi-family zones that meet green building standards. Check the land use code for the specifics for the zone in which you’ll be building.
Factsheets and rebate information for businesses, including case studies, overviews for different types of businesses (restaurants, grocers, data center/IT), and general lighting/lighting control tips.
Fannie Mae offers several programs to finance energy and water efficiency improvements for existing multifamily properties, including multifamily affordable housing buildings. A case study is available for their Green Preservation Plus program.
Toilets are the main source of water use in the home, accounting for nearly 30 percent of residential indoor water use. Seattle Public Utilities and the Saving Water Partnership offer rebates for high-efficiency WaterSense replacement toilets.
Single- and multi-family dwellings account for the largest portion of the city's land mass (67 percent) and therefore the biggest opportunity for planting new trees. This means many Seattle residents and building owners can make a huge difference in helping us reach Seattle's tree canopy goals. The City, through Seattle Public Utilities, offers an annual tree giveaway and training program.