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Nearly 70% of Seattle’s Largest Buildings on Track To Be Compliant with New Building Tune-Ups Requirement

Congratulations to the first cohort of buildings (200,000K+ SF) that have complied with the new Building Tune-Ups regulation by the March 1st deadline.

Seattle’s Building Tune-Up program requires buildings to optimize energy and water performance by identifying low- or no-cost actions related to building operations and maintenance, that generate 10-15% in energy savings, on average. The Tune-Ups legislation is a key piece of Seattle’s Climate Action Plan, our roadmap to achieving carbon neutrality, by helping ensure buildings don’t waste energy and water.

Feedback from Tune-Up Specialists has been positive, noting energy savings from implementing required corrective actions. Specialists have also noted that additional voluntary corrective actions have been identified through the assessment process, offering even greater energy savings opportunities for building owners. Tune-Ups on municipal buildings have shown similar results.

The Seattle Justice Center tune-up was an opportunity to optimize the building’s performance. Following an in-depth tune-up assessment, all required corrective actions were implemented and are projected to yield $35,000 in annual savings. By identifying additional voluntary corrective actions with a high return on investment, the City invested another $71,500 on energy efficiency measures that will result in $57,000 in annual savings. Combined, this Tune-Up offers a simple payback of 1.8 years. Read the Seattle Justice Center Tune-Up Case Study to learn more.

As of the March 1st deadline, nearly half of the first cohort of buildings (48%) were fully compliant through alternative compliance or by completing a tune-up, 8% of buildings were granted a one-year extension, and an additional 14% submitted incomplete tune-ups to indicate they are in the process of implementing corrective actions within the six-month grace period.