In late August, the Mayor forwarded the 2009 Seattle Energy Code ordinance to the Seattle City Council. This afternoon, the Seattle City Council (SCC) Committee on the Built Environment began consideration of the 2009 Seattle Energy Code ordinance. However, the Committee on the Built Environment was not able to complete their review, as the meeting was cut short.
Consequently, the Committee on the Built Environment will continue their discussion of the 2009 Seattle Energy Code at a future meeting later this fall. However, no date has been set yet. For additional information on the full Seattle City Council and for the Committee on the Built Environment, the meeting calendar can be viewed at http://www.seattle.gov/council/calendar/default.htm# and agendas can be found at http://www.seattle.gov/council/com_assign.htm .
In terms of implementation dates:
- For nonresidential spaces, as a result of today’s continuation, the effective date of the 2009 Seattle Energy Code is unknown.
- 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 (more than 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.