Wednesday, December 29, 2010

2009 Seattle Energy Code - Now in effect

The 2009 Energy Code requirements for residential spaces will take effect statewide on 1 January 2011. (The 2009 Seattle Energy Code requirements for nonresidential spaces took effect on 23 November 2010.) For determining the 2009 Seattle Energy Code requirements, you need to look at both the 2009 Washington State Energy Code and the Seattle ordinance. Wherever the Seattle ordinance contains modifications to a section, the ordinance language supersedes the 2009 Washington State Energy Code. There is no one document at this point that folds all the text together.

Updated versions of the electronic compliance forms for nonresidential and multifamily residential spaces are now posted on the Seattle Energy Code website. Work is underway to prepare code insert pages with the Seattle amendments, and to update the Seattle Energy Code website, single-family compliance forms, CAMs and Director’s Rules. See the “2009 Seattle Energy Code Update” link in the upper right hand corner of the Seattle Energy Code homepage: . New material will be posted as it becomes available.

John Hogan, AIA, P.E.
LEED Accredited Professional
Seattle Department of Planning & Development (DPD)
700 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2000
P.O. Box 34019
Seattle, WA 98124-4019

voice: 206-386-9145
fax: 206-386-4039

Seattle Energy Code website:

1 comment:

Stephanie said...

AIA Seattle, a Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, is offering a four-hour educational course on key changes to the 2009 International Building Code, including information on use & occupancy, high-rise, incidental use, fire and smoke protection features, and means of egress. The course is presented by Thomas Kinsman, PE of T.A. Kinsman Consulting Company.

Key Changes in the 2009 International Building Code
Tuesday January 25, 2011
Mountaineers Program Center
7700 Sand Point Way NE
To register, visit:

AIA Seattle has applied for AIA Learning Units for this course, estimated at 3.5 LU/HSW/SD.

After attending this course, participants will be able to interpret the new:

•High-rise provisions (such as structural integrity of shaft walls assemblies, SFRM fire proofing, emergency responder radio coverage, smoke removal, stair enclosure separation, 3rd stairway in super high-rises, self evacuation elevators, fire service elevators, and luminous path markings)
•Incidental use provisions
•Special occupancy provisions (such as ambulatory care facilities and live-work dwelling units)
•Smoke and fire protection provisions (such as marking rated wall separations, projections, exterior wall exposure, fire wall intersections with the exterior wall, shaft enclosure exceptions, and curtain wall / floor assembly intersections)
•Means of egress provisions (such as required egress width factors; accessible means of egress exceptions, special locking of exit doors, unenclosed required exit access stairways, stairway detail exceptions, stair to roof requirements, guards, dead end corridors, and single exit buildings)