Thursday, September 23, 2010

2009 Seattle Energy Code Update

The latest from John Hogan:

The 2009 Seattle Energy Code ordinance will be considered by the Seattle City Council (SCC) Committee on the Built Environment (COBE) at their meeting on Wednesday, 29 September 2010.
  • The Committee on the Built Environment meeting starts at 2:00 pm, however, it is estimated that discussion of the Energy Code ordinance would take place at approximately 3:00 pm. The meeting will take place in the SCC Council Chambers, Second Floor, 600 Fourth Avenue, Seattle.
  • Copies of the proposed ordinance and a summary of the changes can be downloaded from the “2009 Seattle Energy Code Update” page of the Seattle Energy Code website at:

Following an SCC committee recommendation, the full Seattle City Council must then take action at one of their subsequent meetings. Then, after a vote by the full Seattle City Council, the Mayor has ten days to sign an ordinance.

As noted in my last e-mail:

  • For nonresidential spaces, the intent is to have a grace period for the 2009 Seattle Energy Code that would end so as to coincide with the end of the grace period for other Seattle code updates. The last date on which DPD will be accepting applications using the 2006 codes will be 22 November 2010.
  • For residential spaces, the 2009 Washington State Energy Code (WSEC) requirements would take effect on the date specified by the Washington State Building Code Council (WSBCC). Since the 2009 WSEC requirements for residential spaces were finalized on 20 November 2009 (ten months ago at this point), there would not be any additional grace period. It is expected that the WSBCC would make a decision on the effective date at their meeting on 15 October 2010.

I’ll send out another e-mail as additional information becomes available.


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