Local Regulation and Federal Tax Incentives Promote Energy Efficiency in Commercial Building

April 30, 2010 Newsletter (PDF)

Energy use in buildings is the second largest source, of Seattle’s greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions, behind transportation.  Seattle has placed building efficiency at the fore of its efforts to help meet short and long-term efficiency and GHG emission reduction goals.  Policies implemented by the city to work towards efficiency goals include: (1) local building energy efficiency benchmarking and disclosure requirements, and (2) federal tax incentives.