Information about green building in Washington


Builder Incentives

Spokane Convention
Center LEED® New
Construction Silver.

At times your local government has incentives or rebate programs that reward going green. These programs can change frequently. Please check the resources below for new information.

King County Incentives
King County's Green Building Grants provide funding to projects built in King County that meet stringent criteria for resource conservation.

The City of Seattle's Priority Green Permit Program
is evaluating a pilot that gave priority processing to green projects which meet either a 60% energy & fossil fuel use reduction using ENERGY STAR Target Finder, or that has a building performance improvement of 20% over Seattle Energy Code for commercial building projects and an improvement of 30% for residential projects.

Thermal picture showing
cold air (dark blue) seeping
though the interior switch
plate. Scale is in degrees
Photo credit Brent Foster.

Other counties and cities in the state are piloting permitting process that supports green projects. Check with your local jurisdiction for information.

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies
Database for State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) This database compiles the latest information regarding federal, state, and local tax incentives and rebate programs for renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies.

Your local utilities provider may offer local incentives for installation of energy efficient appliances, windows, photovoltaic panels, or solar water heaters. Make sure to check with them when you plan energy improvements for your home.

Water Efficiency
Make sure to check with your local water and sewer provider and with local jurisdictions for possible water efficiency incentives or rebate programs. We will be adding to the list below as we learn about new programs:

Deconstruction and Salvaged Materials
Some non-profit organizations that offer deconstruction services provide tax-deductible receipts for salvaged materials obtained through deconstruction.

If you have construction materials that were used or left from a construction project, consider donating them to local non-profit organizations. The donations may be tax-deductible and reduce your overall disposal costs while diverting useful materials from landfills.