The Washington State Department of Commerce created the Evergreen Sustainable Development Standard, a set of green building criteria that is required for any affordable housing project applying for state funds through the Washington State Housing Trust Fund (HTF) beginning in July 2008. The standard is based on a point system which awards points for a variety of sustainable building practices including:
* Site location and neighborhood planning;
* Water conservation;
* Energy efficiency and the incorporation of renewable energy technologies; and
Community Power Works, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Program, offers loans and rebates for eligible energy efficiency improvements to homes and businesses. In addition, Community Power Works partners with Seattle City Light to offer energy assessments for businesses for free and at a reduced rate of $95 for homeowners.
Seattle’s Sustainable Building Policy was originally adopted in 2000 and significantly expanded in scope in October 2011. This policy calls for new City-funded projects and major renovations with over 5,000 square feet of occupied space to achieve a Gold Rating using the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED Rating System. To achieve certification, one must register the project with the USGBC and submit a project application which documents all attempted credits for review and approval by the USGBC technical staff and LEED Steering Committee.
In conjunction with First Federal Savings and Loan, Clallam County PUD offers residential and small commercial customers a low-interest loan program for energy efficient improvements. There is no application fee and Clallam County PUD covers the loan fee. A list of [http://www.clallampud.net/conservation/res_Eligible_Measures.asp eligible measures] for the loan program is located on the program web site.
In conjunction with First Federal Savings and Loan, Clallam County PUD offers residential and small commercial customers a low-interest loan program for the purchase of solar photovoltaic systems. There is no application fee and Clallam County PUD covers the loan fee. A list of [http://www.clallampud.net/conservation/res_Eligible_Measures.asp eligible measures] for the loan program is located on the program website.
Clallam County PUD offers a variety of rebates for residential customers for energy efficiency improvements. Eligible measures and incentives include window upgrades, insulation, air and duct sealing, refrigerators, freezers, clothes washers, heat pumps, and high efficiency water heaters. There are also incentives for ENERGY STAR lighting and manufactured homes. All windows, insulation, weatherization measures, heat pumps, and duct sealing must be approved by the PUD prior to installation and must be installed by a participating PUD-approved contractor.
Clark Public Utilities (CPU) offers a variety of energy efficiency rebates and services to help commercial and industrial customers save energy in existing and new facilities. Clark Public Utilities will send a Key Account Manager to perform a free on-site energy assessment of the facilities. Financial assistance is also available to support the completion of a compressed air audit in a customer's facility.
Clark Public Utilities offers several energy incentives for residential customers to increase the energy efficiency of their homes. Rebates are offered for refrigerators, freezers, clothes washers, ductless heat pumps, geothermal heat pumps, air-source heat pumps, insulation, replacement windows, duct sealing, and certified Energy Star NW Homes.
Clark Public Utilities offers loans of up to $20,000 for air-source heat pumps and $30,000 for geothermal heat pumps. Loans will help customers cover the up-front cost of installing a highly efficient heat pump in a residence. All electrically heated homes, including manufactured homes, are eligible for the heat pump financing program, as long as the home has been lived in for one year or more (new construction is not eligible). Customers have up to seven years to repay the loan at a 5.25 percent interest rate.
Loans of up to $15,000 at a 5.25% interest are available through Clark Public Utilities' Weatherization Loan Program. The loans can pay for the average local cost of eligible measures, based on recently completed projects. Customers have up to seven years to repay the loans, but monthly payments will be at least $25. The utility charges a $225 or $350 loan set-up fee, depending on the loan amount, which can be paid up front or folded into the loan. Customers will be billed monthly for loan payments, separate from energy bills.