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July 29, 2011

City looks at performance-based energy code for existing buildings

Journal Staff Reporter

Photo by Katie Zemtseff [enlarge]
Performance-based codes could make it easier for owners to rehab older, historic buildings rather than demolish them. When Vulcan Real Estate improved the Terry Avenue Building in South Lake Union, Ric Cochrane said Vulcan spent about 20 percent more than it planned complying with Seattle’s energy code.

The city of Seattle is in the process of developing one of the first performance-based energy codes in the country. The work is being watched nationally.

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