All building types and infrastructure in Kirkland could use far less energy and resources than current codes require if constructed sustainably or retrofitted. Existing and new buildings account for half of the energy used city-wide. Seventy percent of the buildings in Kirkland were built before 1986, when energy efficiency was incorporated into the building code. These older buildings present a big opportunity to increase energy efficiency and reduce energy bills.
Key building and infrastructure goals include:
What does that mean?
High Performing Green Buildings deliver a relatively higher level of energy-efficiency performance than that required by building codes or other regulations. A Net Zero Energy building has zero net energy consumption, meaning the total amount of energy used by the building on an annual basis is equal to the amount of renewable energy created on site or by other renewable energy sources.
Summary of Building and Infrastructure Focus Area(PDF, 228KB)
Kirkland's Sustainability Master Plan, adopted in 2020, identifies actions the City and Kirkland community can take to fight climate change and make our natural spaces healthier.
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