In 2018, over ten thousand residential units were built or approved to be built in high rise buildings throughout Downtown Seattle, South Lake Union and First Hill. Of particular interest to developers, architects, engineers and city officials is how the continued evolution of the Seattle Energy Code (SEC), updated every three years, will impact the near future design and construction of this building type.

This study sheds light on the future of Seattle high-rise multifamily energy efficiency, and narrows and prioritizes the best practices to be aware of when planning future developments of this type.  Rushing and Weber Thompson co-authored this white paper, in recognition of the close collaboration and integrative design necessary between engineers and architects for successful performing buildings.

THE PURPOSE OF THIS STUDY IS TO ADDRESS: 

  • The evolution of the Seattle Energy Code (SEC)
  • Energy strategies for future code cycle compliance
  • Energy strategies for a carbon neutral Seattle
  • Energy efficiency beyond 2030

THE GOALS OF THIS STUDY ARE TO:

  • Establish a constant metric
  • Plan for the future
  • Unveil the real building impacts of key energy measures
  • Highlight when less typical measures will likely be introduced

Download the full study here