Evergreen Sustainable Development Standard
The Evergreen Sustainable Development Standard (ESDS), currently in Version 2.1, is a green building performance standard required of all affordable housing projects receiving capital funds from the Washington State Housing Trust Fund.
The ESDS criteria safeguards health and safety, increases energy and water efficiency, promotes sustainable living, and preserves the environment.
Green building improves the economics of managing affordable housing, promotes environmental quality, and enhances quality of life for residents.
The Evergreen Sustainable Development Standard (ESDS) was developed in compliance with the law and contains 79 criteria that safeguard health and safety, increase durability, promote sustainable living, preserve the environment, and increase energy and water efficiency. In addition to complying with all mandatory provisions, new construction projects must achieve 50 points from the optional criteria, while rehabilitation projects must achieve 40 points from the optional criteria.