Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance’s BetterBricks and the City of Seattle offer free workshops for building owners, property managers and service providers to support compliance with the City of Seattle’s building energy benchmarking and disclosure ordinance.
December Publication Updates — Correction
DPD updated one Client Assistance Memo, “Renewal and Reestablishment Process for Construction and Land Use Permits.” Two Director’s Rules, “Implementing of Energy Performance Benchmarking” and “Implementation of the Fee Subtitle, Building Valuation Data,” are available for comment. Director’s Rule 18-2011, “General Duties And Responsibilities Of Geotechnical Engineers,” supersedes Director’s Rule 33-2006.
Get Your Green On!
Energy costs got you down? Come join the city’s Open House on October 17th and find out how to take a bite out of your energy bills.
Seattle Building Energy Benchmarking and Reporting Ordinance
City Green Building is hosting an open house for building owners and others interested in learning more about the City’s building energy benchmarking and reporting ordinance. Buildings over 10,000 square feet and multifamily properties of five units or more are required to comply by April 1, 2012.
Creating a Stronger Economy by Eliminating Energy Waste
Would you throw away a $100 bill? Not likely. But many of us do just that every month when we pay our energy bill, because our homes aren’t as energy-efficient as they could be. For commercial building owners, the loss can be 10 to 100 times that amount, or even more.
Seattle’s Building Energy Strategy
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, residential and commercial buildings consume 70 percent of all electricity produced in the U.S. and generate 40 percent of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions. Americans know exactly how much energy their cars are using, yet they know little about how much energy their buildings are using – or wasting. Seattle’s energy benchmarking and reporting program makes building energy use apparent to consumers and can unlock the vast potential for energy savings in Seattle’s building stock.
Seattle 2030 District
Motivated by the recently passed Seattle Energy Disclosure Ordinance, downtown property owners and managers are sharing utility data to create a Seattle 2030 District. Usually considered proprietary data, property owners are working together in order to develop a baseline of district-wide energy use and strive collectively to meet the 2030 Challenge. The Seattle 2030 District intends to go beyond just the data gathering and reporting required by the ordinance.
Seattle’s Energy Disclosure Ordinance: Get a Head Start on How to Comply
Take advantage of a free Energy Star Portfolio Manager Benchmarking Workshop, sponsored by AEE and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, on June 16th from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle.
Mayor McGinn Takes Aim at Energy Waste in Existing Buildings
Mayor Mike McGinn today approved a new ordinance to identify energy-wasting buildings. The Energy Disclosure Ordinance, unanimously approved by the Seattle City Council on January 25, 2010, will give City residents and property owners the tools they need to make necessary improvements. City officials say the new ordinance is critical to meeting the City’s energy goals, while commercial property owners and energy efficiency contractors point to the economic and business benefits of the new policy.