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zHomeReducing the Impact
Issaquah is a national leader in reducing the impact of building construction and operations. The City led the creation of:

Fire Station 72
The fire station uses only 25 percent of the energy and 50 percent of the potable water use of a typical regional fire station. It is one of the most energy-efficient fire stations in the U.S.

The first zero net-energy multifamily project in the United States.

The City's efforts have helped lead to significant results — more than 3,000 Built Green-certified homes and more than a dozen LEED-certified buildings. 

Nearly 19 percent of Issaquah's residential housing stock is Built Green-certified — far greater than any community in Washington state — reflecting our community's values. 

Sustainable Building Action Strategy

In 2017, the City Council adopted a Sustainable Building Action Strategy. This strategy aims to position Issaquah as a leader in sustainable building through specific, actionable measures focusing on building and infrastructure design, construction, renovation, operation, education and outreach.

Vision on Sustainable Development
In Issaquah, we strive to achieve the highest possible quality of life for today's citizens and future generations.

Issaquah is a developing City and our buildings have a significant impact on our economy, natural environment, health, comfort and productivity. The City places a high priority on protecting the natural environment through sustainable development practices.

We invite you to learn more about our Vision on Sustainable Development.

We Can Help

We're eager to help you achieve your goal! We're available to help with technical expertise, priority review permitting and financial incentives.

Sustainable Design Technical Assistance
The City is offering developers with multifamily or commercial projects in Issaquah an opportunity for free sustainable design technical assistance. The onetime consultation with a sustainable building consultant is provided for free.

This is an opportunity to review your development plans with a consultant knowledgeable about all major certification programs, sustainable design, construction and operations, and a wide variety of project types and issues. The consultation is designed to support your project team and help identify options, outline certification considerations, isolate potential strategies, and plan to maximize utility and other incentives.

Interested? Please contact David Fujimoto.

Priority Review Permitting
Applicants pursuing green building certification (LEED Gold or Built Green 5 Star) are eligible for priority building permit review at no additional fee.

This prioritized review decreases the time for first review by about 50 percent. Additionally, a single point of contact — a Green Concierge — is designated to support faster processing and a more streamlined approach. Check out the Priority Review Permitting Application Agreement.

Sustainable Building Incentives 
We invite you to learn more about our Sustainable Building Incentives and check out the following resources:

Case Studies
There are already many sustainable building projects in our City. Take a look at the case studies and contact our office if you are interested in having your own green building project highlighted here: