Suggested Specifications:



System


Product


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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Appliances


Use Energy Star appliances.
See: ESDC 5-3 (Optional 1-3 points)


Arc Fault Interrupters
(AFCI)


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
Management).


Deck construction


See attached and section bellow regarding use of recycled
material.


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
areas


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
(Mandatory)


Exterior Door Sills


Use metal sill pans at exposed locations


Exterior Siding


Fiber-cement lap siding


Exterior Siding Paint and Repair – Existing Wood
Siding


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
(Mandatory)

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)


Landscaping


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
structure.

(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
points)


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)


Paint


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 http://www.soundhome.com/article/passive-solar-heating


Recycled Content Material


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


Roofing


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


See: http://www.soundhome.com/article/sound-roof#section-594


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
fixture.


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