Green Building

Green Building Standard

The green building standards, which save resources and promote renewable, clean energy, are required to gain additional height, floor area or density. Other requirements related to housing, transportation or open space may apply in addition to the green building standard depending on the zone. Meeting the Green Building Standard may also provide more benefits like faster permitting or other assistance as described by the Green Building Permit Incentives listed below.

Please refer to the Land Use Code, SMC 23.58D and Director’s Rule 20-2017 when you want to make a commitment to meet green building standard for your development. Additionally, you can reference our Green Building Standard summary to see how a project triggers the Green Building Standard and which zones include this option.

Green Building Permit Incentives

Our Green Building Incentives provide assistance for your green building project by putting it ahead of others to help you meet the highest sustainability goals.

  • Priority Green Expedited: Available for all new construction projects. Gives you faster building permit review and processing for projects that meet green building requirements with a focus on energy, water, resource conservation and indoor air quality.
  • Priority Green Facilitated: A streamlined permitting process for master use permits in exchange for meeting the living building pilot or higher performing green building requirements.
  • Innovation Advisory Committee: This group of experts will review energy-efficient proposals not covered in the technical codes.
  • Living Building Pilot & 2030 Challenge Pilots: Allows you to request departures from the Seattle Land Use Code through Design Review and offers additional height and floor area incentives for projects attempting to meet the Living Building Challenge.
  • Residential Deconstruction: Deconstruction is taking apart a building in order to save the maximum amount of reusable building materials. If you are removing housing, a residential deconstruction permit may allow you to begin the process before a new building permit for the site is issued.

More Tools for Sustainable Development

City, state, and federal sources provide financial assistance for sustainable development projects being built in Seattle. Detailed information can be found at the following links: