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Seattle Energy Benchmarking Law

Grace Period Announced!
ENERGY STAR benchmark ratings are due October 1, 2012. Comply now!
Stay tuned to find out more details about staggered reporting deadlines based on building size.

On January 25, 2010 Seattle City Council passed Council Bill 116731 requiring Owners of non-residential and multi-family buildings in Seattle to report and disclose an ENERGY STAR benchmark rating each year. Reports must be filed with the Seattle Department of Planning and Development by the deadlines below. The Seattle requirements build on the statewide benchmarking and energy disclosure law passed in 2009.

Timeline

Covered Buildings Compliance Deadline Required Report
Non-residential Buildings >50,000 ft2 October 3, 2011, & every April 1st thereafter ENERGY STAR rating or Energy Use Intensity
Buildings (including multifamily buildings of 5 or more units) >10,000 ft2 October 1, 2012 & every April 1st thereafter ENERGY STAR rating or Energy Use Intensity
Multi-family Building with >5 dwelling units April 1, 2012 & every April 1st thereafter ENERGY STAR rating or Energy Use Intensity

Reporting

Building Owners are required to provide building energy performance data to the Seattle Department of Planning and Development (DPD) annually.

Disclosure

Building Owners must disclose an ENERGY STAR Statement of Energy Performance to:

Compliance & Enforcement

The DPD is authorized to investigate and enforce violations that include:

Inaccurate ENERGY STAR benchmark or Energy Use Intensity rating

Failure to disclose an ENERGY STAR benchmark or Energy Use Intensity rating

Tenant failure to provide required benchmark rating information:

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