Our friends at Better Bricks recently shared this incredible story and video where new HVAC technology and approaches improved the comfort and air quality of this k-12 school in Monument, Oregon. Read on here at Better Bricks or check out the case study for more details!
NEEA/ BetterBricks have created some cards to provide key learning points and discussion topics on energy efficiency to engage your team in discussions and provide you with the information needed to pursue energy efficiency in commercial buildings. Using these cards should create engaging and thought-provoking discussions and insights around sustainability, energy, and environment. There are two sets below, one for Commercial and one for Industrial buildings.
Share what you learn with us in the comments or bring your insights to the next conference, tradeshow or water cooler!
Did you miss the NSF BEST Center 2024 National Institute? Don’t worry! You still have the opportunity to catch up on all the valuable insights, discussions, and presentations by accessing the recorded sessions online.
Simply visit [https://tinyurl.com/2024NationalInstitute] to register and gain exclusive access.
Registration Deadline: February 28th, 2024
By registering now, you’ll be able to watch the recordings at your convenience. This is your chance to experience the wealth of knowledge shared during the National Institute at a time that suits you!
Have Questions? If you have any questions or need assistance with the registration process, feel free to reach out to BEST at [email protected].
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to stay informed and inspired. Register today and dive into the enriching content of the 2024 National Institute!
More than just a drive, smart pumps feature advanced software and integrated, performance-mapped controls that operate the pump at peak efficiency without requiring pressure sensors in the system. On multi-pump systems, the software will run the most efficient combination of pumps to meet the load. And since the controls are built directly onto the pump, installation costs are lower than those of a wall-mounted drive.
Our friends at WSU have created a handy resource onepager that contains a trove of information on Smart Pumps! Click here to browse the onepager!
Our friends at Puget Sound Energy have announced a new round of free EnergyCAP Training Webinars you can sign up for now! This is a great opportunity to learn about EnergyCAP and how to use it to benchmark your buildings to monitor your energy use. Benchmarking is also a requirement under Seattle law, so if you are responsible for benchmarking inside the city limits this is a great way to ensure your gas data is accurately reported.
The dates for the new webinars are below, click the dates to register in Zoom. Webinars will take place every Thursday in February.
Feb 1, 2024 01:00 PM Pacific Time
Feb 8, 2024 01:00 PM Pacific Time
Feb 15, 2024 01:00 PM Pacific Time
Feb 22, 2024 01:00 PM Pacific Time
Feb 29, 2024 01:00 PM Pacific Time
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Seattle’s Building Emissions Performance Standard: What You Need to Know Now
Start getting prepared for this new requirement!
BEPS applies to existing nonresidential and multifamily buildings greater than 20,000 square feet and sets carbon emissions targets that buildings must meet over time to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. Compliance starts with benchmarking data verification and emissions reporting requirements due starting in 2027 to encourage planning and action to meet first emissions targets by 2031-2035.
Join Nicole Ballinger from OSE for a webinar on Thursday, February 1 from 10:00 to 11:30. Hosted by the Lighting Design Lab.
Learn the basics of BEPS, hear about 2024 rulemaking and program design planning, and get a sneak peek into how to estimate a building’s emissions using a greenhouse gas intensity metric. Q and A to follow.
Seattle Clean Buildings Accelerator
Reminder: the next free Light Coaching session starts January 30th and it’s not too late to enroll! This program is tailored for owners and managers of buildings 50,000 SF and larger to understand the State of WA Clean Buildings law, reduce emissions to prepare for BEPS, and get on the path to compliance.
Help the Office of Sustainability and Environment design a new program to assist under-resourced building owners
In 2024, the Office of Sustainability and Environment (OSE) will be distributing $4.5 million to help building owners meet the Seattle Building Emissions Performance Standard (BEPS) that Mayor Harrell signed into law in December 2023. This funding is prioritized to provide capital and/or engineering support to implement emissions-reduction upgrades in buildings that serve frontline communities.¹
OSE is currently designing a program to distribute the funds and as part of the design process, we are seeking input on elements such as applicant eligibility and scoring criteria, award sizes and distribution, the state of knowledge among building owners, and other topics. One way we’re gathering that input is through a brief survey we’re distributing to building owners, energy service providers, community organizations, affordable housing advocates, and others. Please complete the short survey linked below to guide us as we build this important program, slated for launch in the first half of 2024. It should take only about 15 minutes.
The survey will close on January 31, 2024, so please don’t wait to share your thoughts. Thank you in advance for taking the time to provide us with your valuable insights!