2030 Challenge Pilot - Accomplishments

Project Outcomes

The City Council passed the 2030 Challenge Pilot legislation (Council Bill 119252) on June 25, 2018. The amendments were effective as of August 1, 2018. The legislation changed the Land Use Code to:

  • Establish a pilot program to promote the construction and operation of buildings that meet the highest green standards and promote environmental quality
  • Allow 20 projects to be built before the pilot expires in 2025
  • Require the buildings to meet standards for energy, water, and transportation efficiency based on the goals of the Seattle 2030 District
  • Allow additional development capacity (floor area and structure height) for buildings that meet the pilot program standards
  • Update the Living Building Challenge Pilot Program
    • Allow the same zoning incentives as proposed for the 2030 Challenge Pilot
    • Update penalty provisions to be consistent with those proposed for the 2030 Challenge Pilot

Key Milestones

  • The City Council passed the 2030 Challenge Pilot legislation (Council Bill 119252) on June 25, 2018
  • The amendments became effective August 1, 2018

Project Purpose

To promote the development of high performing green buildings. Then, allow the City to study the resulting green buildings and their performance in order to develop permanent standards for high performing buildings in the Land Use Code. This helps us meet the City's goals for environmental quality, and it addresses carbon emissions that contribute to climate change. 

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