The interest and need is increasing for projects that meet sustainability goals such as increased water efficiency, use of renewable energy, and less toxic alternatives to conventional building materials. One of the challenges to building sustainable, affordable residential developments (SARD) is the current regulatory process.
To encourage such projects, Vancouver and Clark County evaluated their building, land use, and development codes to identify and remove barriers. View the results and potential costs and benefits of barrier removal >
Additional work is now underway with a grant from the Washington Department of Ecology to expand the look at barrier removal countywide.
For more information, contact:
Clark County Environmental Services
(360) 397-6118 ext. 4961
The initial SARD study completed in June 2009 was funded by a grant from the Washington Department of Commerce (formerly Community, Trade, and Economic Development). The Cascadia Region Green Building Council was the consultant on the project.