Buildings

35% of Seattle's Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Strategies 2020-2030

A. Phase Out Use of Natural Gas For Heating

1. Require heat pump on heating equipment replacement

B. Increase Energy Efficiency In Buildings

2. Increase incentives for energy efficiency in existing low-income buildings

3. Provide financing opportunities for energy efficiency renovation

Action Priorities 2021

Use Links below to see more background on Building Actions

1. Support plan to eliminate GHG emissions from existing public buildingsMayor's Executive Order by 2035

2. Strengthen building codes for new buildings –new Seattle 2021 Energy Code signed into law! now for King County

3. Support County enactment of CPACER to allow property owners to secure low-cost, long-term financing for qualifying improvementsC-PACER program adopted by King County Council

State Priorities 2022

The 2021 Legislative Session has now closed, and a summary of the session is here. We will use this space to list ideas for legislation we hope will be introduced then.

Growth Management Act Add a required Climate Element to County and Cities' Comprehensive Plans

Allow Cities to adopt stricter residential energy code

Allow public utilities to offer rebates for electric heat pumps

Current City Programs

Seattle has taken meaningful steps towards building efficiency and electrification. Among the programs we already have:

Energy Benchmarking for large buildings

Phase Out Heating Oil - tax & incentive program

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