The Washington State Department of Commerce has announced the release of the Evergreen Sustainable Development Standard (ESDS) Version 4.0.

Compliance with the updated green building performance standard will be required of all affordable housing projects applying for funds from the state Housing Trust Fund in 2021.

Work on the current Version 4.0 began in 2019 and provided two public comment periods, with the final completed earlier this month. Compliance with ESDS is required of all affordable housing projects receiving capital funds from the state Housing Trust Fund and from other public funding entities that have also adopted ESDS. The standard sets requirements and outlines paths that increase long-term sustainability, reduce ecological impacts, and encourage healthy living environments whenever affordable housing is built or renovated.

Documents available now for developers and builders include an Evergreen Project Plan, life cycle cost-analysis tool, detailed instructions, checklist, and more.

Click here to find Version 4.0 of the Evergreen Sustainable Development Standard.