Suggested Specifications:



Adhesives and Sealants

Use Low/No VOC Adhesives
and Sealants. See: ESDC 7-2 (Mandatory)

Air Sealing

See: ESDC 5-2 (Mandatory)

Performance Tested Building
Air Sealing. See: ESDC 5-14 (Optional 3-7 points)

Aluminum 110 Volt Wiring

Replace with copper wire or
“pigtail” with AMP/Tyco COPALUM connectors. See:
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Use Energy Star appliances.
See: ESDC 5-3 (Optional 1-3 points)

Arc Fault Interrupters

Protect bedroom circuits
with AFCIs. Note – some older panels may not accommodate AFCIs.

Bathroom fans

Use .3 soan fans that operate 24/7. Fans must be ducted to
the outside, preferable with an insulated duct that runs vertically to a
dedicated roof vent. See ESDC 7-5, 7-7 (Mandatory)

Composite Wood

Use formaldehyde free products. See: ESDC 7-3 (Optional
– up to 5 points)

Construction Waste Management

See: ESDC 6.1 (Optional – up to 5 points)

Crawl Space Access Upgrades

Repair and maintenance staff must easily access the crawl
spaces. This is particularly important in complexes like these with a history
of drainage and moisture problems. Code requires a minimum access opening of
18” x 24”, where possible, a 30”x30” opening should be established (usually
required only for crawl spaces containing mechanical equipment).

A fixed ladder should be installed at the opening in crawl
spaces where the floor is more than 18” bellow the level of the access well.

Crawl Space Pest Management

Seal all potential rodent entry points. Screen all vents
with galvanized, copper or SS hardware cloth. See: ESDC 7-21 (Mandatory).

Crawl Space Venting

Provide for crawl space venting at a minimum 1 sq.
ft./150sq. feet of under-floor. Place vents for maximum cross ventilation.
Screen all vents with hardware cloth. Remove vegetation from crawl space
vents. Grade soil for drainage away from vents. (See Crawl Space Pest

Deck construction

See attached and section bellow regarding use of recycled

Decks over entry-ways or lower decks

Waterproof decking (see attached details)

Doors – Interior

Use solid-core or more impact resistant units when
replacing interior doors.

In order to promote indoor air circulation, allow for a 1”
minimum space at the bottom of all interior doors.

Doors - Exterior


Drainage systems/Surface Water Management –

Use on-site and other “green” methods to manage drainage,
label storm drains. See: ESDC 3-4 (Optional 5 Points), 3-5 (Optional 2
points), 7-18 (Mandatory)

Drywall in areas of past or potential moisture/mold damage

Use paperless drywall and/or smooth durable, cleanable
surfaces. See: ESDC 7-12 (Mandatory).

Electrical Panels

Replace any Zinsco or Federal Pacific Panels with
new/approved panels.



Erosion and Sediment Control

Implement EPA Best Management Practices. See: ESDC 3-2

Exterior Door Sills

Use metal sill pans at exposed locations

Exterior Siding

Fiber-cement lap siding

Exterior Siding Paint and Repair – Existing Wood

Prior to repainting existing wood siding and trim it must
be carefully inspected. Any damaged pieces must be replaced and loose pieces
re-fastened with SS screws.

Flashing – exterior

Use appropriate metal flashing per standard specifications
– caulking is not an adequate substitute.

Floor Insulation (Over Crawl Spaces)

Seal to prevent air leakage from crawl spaces. Insulate to
a minimum of R-30 or the maximum level needed to fill joist cavities. See:
ESDC Appendix B

Floor Coverings

Don’t install carpet in basements, entryways laundry
rooms, bathrooms, kitchens or other wet areas.

Use “Green Labe Certified Floor Coverings”. See: ESDC 7-4

Use healthy flooring materials (non-carpet, non-vinyl)
where possible. See: ESDC 7-23 Optional 5 points

Ground Fault Interrupters (GFI/GFCI)

Protect all circuits in wet areas with GFCI’s (e.g.
bathrooms, kitchens, decks and other exterior areas.)

Kitchen Hoods/Exhaust Fans

Install Energy Star low soan ducted hoods in all kitchens.
See: ESDC 7-6 (Optional 3 points)


Use native plants and reduce lawn areas as appropriate
with needs for play area. See: ESDC 3-3 (Optional 5 points)

Maintain a minimum separation of 2’ between vegetation and

(See notes re. Drainage)

Lead-Safe Work Practices

Follow Lead-Safe work practices in all properties built
before 1978. See: ESDC 7-22 (Mandatory)

Lighting - Interior

Install Energy Star-labeled or Energy Star Advanced
Lighting Package in all interior lighting. ESDC 5-4 (optional – 5

Lighting – Exterior

Use Energy Star commercial grade fixtures in all outdoor
and common areas. See: ESDC 5-5 (Mandatory)

New Resident Orientation

See: ESDC 8-3 (Mandatory)

Occupant’s Manual

See: ESDC 8-2 (Mandatory)

Outdoor Air Inlets

Provide for outdoor air supply in window frames or by
other means. See: ESDC Appendix B and Washington Ventilation and Indoor Air
Quality Code. (Mandatory)

Owners Manual

See: ESDC 8-1 (Mandatory)


Use Low/No VOC Paints and Primers ESDC 7-11

Passive Solar Heating and Cooling

Maximize passive heating and cooling with window placement
and configurations (vents), overhangs, shades and vegetations. See: ESDC 2-8
(Optional 5 points) and

Recycled Content Material

See: ESDC 6-2 (Optional 2-14 points – less potential
in rehabilitation projects)


30 year composition roofing installed with a 10+ year
workmanship warrantee. Material with 25% recycled content and without Zinc or
Copper moss inhibitors may qualify for ESDC points.

Roofing Maintenance


Roof Overhangs/Eaves

Where feasible, protect sidewalls and improve drainge with
18” roof overhangs. See: ESDC 7-19 (Mandatory)

Salvaged and Engineered Wood

Use Certified Salvaged and Engineered Wood. See: ESDC 6-3
(Optional 10 Points)

Tubs and Tub Walls

Cast-iron tubs with single piece plastic-laminate tub
walls. See: ESDC 7-13 (Mandatory)

Water-Conserving Appliances and Fixtures

Toilets – 1.6 GPF or less

Showerheads – 2.0 GPM or less

Kitchen Faucets – 2.0 GPM or less

Bathroom Faucets – 1.5 GPM or less

ESDC 4-1 (Mandatory)

See: ESDC 4-2 for optional standards – 2 points per

Water Heaters

All new water heaters must meet the following standards:

<60 Gallons - .91

>60 Gallons - .92

See: ESDC 5-11 (Mandatory)

Water Permeable Walkways and Parking Areas

See: ESDC 6-4 and 6-5 (optional 5 and 10 points)

Water Pipe Insulation

Insulate water pipes in all accessible locations.
See:  ESDC 7-11 (Mandatory)

Window Installation

Peel and stick flashing

Windows – New

Must meet U-0.30. See: ESDC Appendix B (Mandatory).

See: Passive Solar Heating and Cooling