In December 2009, GGLO became a founding member of the Seattle 2030 District, an interdisciplinary public-private collaborative working to create a ground breaking high-performance building district in downtown Seattle. Participants of the District include major property owners and management companies, utilities, engineering and architecture firms, and community stakeholders like Architecture 2030, Cascadia Green Building Council, the City of Seattle and BetterBricks.

The 2030 Challenge for Planners serves as the foundation for the District’s performance goals. To assist District property owners, managers, and tenants in meeting those aggressive goals, the Seattle 2030 District will develop realistic, measurable, and innovative strategies for reducing the environmental impacts of facility construction and operations. Further, members will receive a roadmap on how to leverage existing market resources and create new partnerships for overcoming existing market barriers in order to better own, manage and develop high performance buildings. The ultimate aim is to:

  • provide a working model of district scale development that achieves the 2030 Challenge targets;
  • prove that high performance buildings are the most profitable building type to develop in Seattle; and,
  • help the City of Seattle further its goal of becoming a carbon neutral city.

GGLO has made a three year commitment to provide significant in-kind services that will include assisting with administration, district scale energy, water and greenhouse gas inventory analysis, energy use intensity analysis, and envelope retrofit consulting. This in-kind contribution facilitated the acquisition of an EPA Climate Showcase Communities Grant to fund Seattle 2030 District operations through the end of 2013.

GGLO Team:
Alicia Daniels Uhlig NCARB and Dave Cutler AIA

Seattle 2030 District
Architecture 2030
Multifamily EUI Calculator
Race to Zero City
“Building a Better Bottom Seattle” (YouTube)
“Getting to Zero: A Pathway to a Carbon Neutral Seattle” (1MB PDF), May 2011, Stockholm Environment Institute – U.S., Cascadia Consulting Group, and ICF International

Related Presentations and Publications:
Living Future 2011: Connecting Ultimate Vision to Today’s Realities to Meet Our Common Challenges (11MB ZIP file of presentations), April 2011
GGLO’s Building Performance Evaluations
GGLO’s Net-Zero Energy Housing Concept
GGLO’s Embodied Carbon at the District Scale

Seattle 2030 District Map