Meet the Green Building Technical Advisory Group

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In July, I blogged about the City’s new Living Building and Deep Green Pilot Technical Advisory Group (TAG) and the application process for joining it.

This Wednesday, I will attend the meeting of the Planning, Land Use and Sustainability Committee at which TAG’s first members will be introduced.

TAG is the key element of legislation implementing a revised Living Building pilot program, which is due to be delivered by the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) to the Seattle City Council by December 31st of this year. Legislation implementing the new Seattle Deep Green pilot program is expected by December 31st of next year.


The Living Building and Deep Green Pilot allows one to request additional departures from the Seattle Land Use Code through Design Review for buildings attempting to meet the Living Building Challenge or Seattle Deep Green. The Living Building Challenge is a green building certification program that defines the most advanced measure of sustainability for buildings and landscapes possible today. The Living Building Challenge acts to close the gap between current limits and ideal solutions.

The 10 TAG appointees are:

Amarpreet Sethi, Christopher J. Webb, Amanda Sturgeon, Tom J. Nelson, Coleen Mitchell, Andrew C. Lee, Thomas J. Marseille, Donald R. Horn,  Joseph J. Giampietro and Nancy Henderson.

TAG is a volunteer advisory body charged with providing recommendations to DPD on updating the City’s Living Building and Seattle Deep Green Pilot Program. TAG will also meet on an as-needed basis to review proposed code amendments or pending projects until the frequency of its meetings and composition are addressed in legislation implementing the Seattle Deep Green pilot program by the end of 2014.

You can watch Wednesday’s committee meeting by clicking here. If you miss the meeting, you can stream a recording of it later by visiting this page on the Seattle Channel website and then clicking on the committee meeting dated Sept. 11.

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