When I'm out in the field at forums and talks, I hear over and over that the construction and design community wants to build sustainable projects, but Seattle's code prevents them from really pushing the envelope. But rarely does a talk go into the specifics of what exactly needs to change.
So here's my challenge for you: answer what exactly needs to change and how. I want to know what general issues are problematic, how code makes it difficult to build green or incorporate green features, and what you would change to make the process easier. I welcome personal experiences and third-party stories, comparisons working in other jurisdictions or just ideas. It can be about residential, office, mixed-use, etc. I'd also welcome comments from areas outside Seattle (or Washington for that matter).
What's the biggest hurdle? It it soil issues, gray water or water rights? Is it related to density or materials?
Conversely, is there anything Seattle recently did to make life (and projects) a whole lot easier?
Post your thoughts and experience. You never know who could be listening......