Washington Rewards Owners Who Green Their Buildings

Two Washington State bills would reward owners for energy efficiency.

A $54 million renovation of Pacific Tower included major energy-saving upgrades. The work was completed under a Seattle outcome-based energy code program.

According to Michael Frank in the Daily Journal of Commerce, existing buildings hold untapped potential for energy efficiency improvements.

Two recent bills introduced to the Washington State Legislature would establish alternative utility incentives that would encourage building owners to reduce their energy consumption.

“In Washington, and especially Seattle, our stringent energy codes have pushed the envelope of energy efficiency innovation in new buildings,” Frank repots. “However, our existing building stock — far larger than the number of new buildings coming online each year — holds significant untapped potential for efficiency improvements. Alternative utility incentives can help.”  Read the full story here.