The Evergreen Sustainable Development Standard (ESDS), currently in Version 3.0.1, is a green building performance standard required of all affordable housing projects receiving capital funds from the state Housing Trust Fund.


The Evergreen Sustainable Development Standard (ESDS) was developed in compliance with RCW 39.35d.080 and contains 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 generally achieve 40 points from the optional criteria.


Opportunity for Input

A new Version of ESDS, v4.0, is currently in development. In an effort to continue the collaborative nature of ESDS development, Commerce convened a committee of stakeholders to participate in this process. Please click here to see the list of ESDS Advisory Team members.

A public comment period will be observed, currently slated for Fall of 2020, to allow for input on the penultimate draft of Version 4.0. T
he ESDS Advisory Committee represents the affordable housing development community; please contact Sean Harrington, or any member of the Advisory Team, with feedback on your experience with v3.0, or with suggestions for how to advance the cause of Sustainable Affordable Housing.

Related Law

Development Documents