Building Energy

By a variety of metrics, Seattle is a national leader in energy conservation, green energy production, and sustainable building. The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy ranks Seattle 3rd in the nation for policies and programs advancing energy efficiency. Seattle is also committed to meeting future energy needs through conservation and renewables.

Recent News: In April, Seattle passed 2 new energy efficiency bills to help further reduce fossil fuel emissions from buildings. 

Energy Benchmarking

Energy Benchmarking

Seattle's Energy Benchmarking Program requires owners of non-residential and multifamily buildings (20,000 sf or larger) to track energy performance and annually report to the City of Seattle by April 1st of each year.

Building Tune-Ups

Building Tune-Ups

The Building Tune-Ups Ordinance was adopted in 2016 and compliance specifications are detailed in OSE Director's Rule 2016-01. Tune-ups aim to optimize energy and water performance by identifying low- or no-cost actions related to building operations and maintenance, that generate 10-15% in energy savings, on average.

City Facilities

City Facilities

The City of Seattle owns and maintains over 650 buildings totaling approximately 10 million square feet. In addition, the City manages over 110,000 acres of public land. To reduce its environmental impact, the City has adopted policies and programs addressing new building construction and major renovations, as well as day-to-day operations.

Resources and Reports

Resources and Reports

Resources and reports related to Seattle's buildings and energy programs and policies.