Green, sustainable building is the practice of creating and using healthier and more resource-efficient models of construction, renovation, operation, maintenance, and demolition. Green buildings offer a variety of environmental, economic, and social benefits, such as protecting ecosystems, reducing resource use and operating costs, enhancing occupant comfort and health, and reducing future energy demands and infrastructure needs for our community.
Our community currently has more than 25 certified green building projects, including houses, townhomes, apartments, schools, grocery stores, and museums. The City’s Housing Design Demonstration Projects (HDDP) ordinance promotes development of green residential housing projects to provide a greater diversity of housing options and affordability, while utilizing progressive sustainable development practices. Puget Sound Energy also offers incentives for energy efficient new construction in both commercial and residential buildings.