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Seattle’s updated benchmarking policy leaves multifamily rules unchanged

The City of Seattle passed a new energy law on March 7 that requires “building tune ups” every 5 years, but this is not expected to impact residential buildings. It will be phased in for commercial buildings 50,000 square feet or larger, beginning in 2018. For multifamily properties inside the city limits of Seattle, the existing energy disclosure requirements remain in place.  Read more about the existing multifamily requirement details here.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray applauded the Seattle City Council for passing building energy legislation that’s aimed at driving energy efficiencies and reducing climate impacts. The legislation was first mentioned in Mayor Murray’s State of the City on February 17th. The proposed Benchmarking Amendments ordinance updates Seattle’s existing building energy benchmarking law to include public transparency of energy performance. Transparency of this data has been shown to be a critical tool in other cities in reducing energy use. Read more here.