This RFP is intended to provide Career Connected Learning opportunities to low-income youth who have historically had limited access due to systemic racial, ethnic and economic segregation. We are interested in funding systemic strategies to support and empower youth from Black, Indigenous and Persons of Color (BIPOC) communities to connect to key sectors in the economy. Activities should be aligned to build talent pipelines to the Seattle Office of Economic Development’s key industries: IT, Creative, Maritime, Manufacturing and Clean Technology, all of which provide access to middle wage jobs and career progression. Applicants will be evaluated based on their ability to support youth and young adults move away from jobs at risk of being eliminated either due to COVID-19 or advancing technology, toward the emerging economy of the future.
Washington State’s Clean Building Law, HB 1257, will create a performance-based energy standard based on ASHRAE Standard 100 for commercial buildings larger than 50,000 sq. ft. This new law represents compliance challenges and opportunities for utilities. In addition to penalties for building owners that do not meet the standard, the law also requires utilities to provide building owners energy data and administrative support on payments for an early adopter incentive program. Hear from utilities and state agencies about compliance implications for utilities and how the law provides an opportunity for increased conservation program participation.
Moderator: Bryan Russo, Tacoma Power
- Chuck Murray, WA Department of Commerce
- Tom Lienhard, Avista
- Joseph Fernandi, Seattle City Light
- Beth Robinweiler, Puget Sound Energy
Access the webinar recording HERE.
*NOTE: The 2018 Code Effective Date has been extended to February 1, 2021. For more information, please visit: https://sbcc.wa.gov/news/2018-code-effective-date-extended-february-1-2021
On February 1, 2021, the HVAC Total System Performance Ratio (TSPR) goes into effect in the 2018 Washington State Energy Code (WSEC). This code update will save energy by requiring building designers to use more efficient HVAC systems evaluated on whole-system performance.
By accounting for full-system HVAC efficiency, TSPR levels the playing field for efficient technologies and promotes more efficient design approaches in the process. This is an improvement on prior Washington code, which disincentivized energy-efficient HVAC system types and designs by treating high- and low-performing HVAC systems equally.
HOW TSPR WORKS
TSPR is a performance-based compliance path for HVAC systems. It is defined as the ratio of the sum of a building’s annual heating and cooling load compared to the sum of the annual carbon emissions from energy consumption of the building’s HVAC systems.
To comply with the WSEC, the proposed system’s TSPR must be greater than or equal to the baseline system TSPR, and meet all other prescriptive code requirements.
Calculating TSPR does not require complex energy modeling. Engineers will have the option to input the characteristics of the building and its mechanical systems into a software tool, developed by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, as a module within the U.S. Department of Energy’s Asset Scoring Tool.
GETTING READY FOR ROLL-OUT
There will be a series of TSPR trainings offered prior to the February code changes. To learn more and sign up for these live webinar trainings, visit: waenergycodes.com/compliance_training
Join the Seattle 2030 District on 6/30 at 8 a.m. PDT for Building Measures to Take to Prepare for Reopening
Continuing from last month’s session, we will look at the intersection of sustainability and health as related to reopening buildings. This online session will include mechanical challenges within your existing system, how technology can run a building more efficiently and improve the health of occupants, and how staff training now could improve efficiency later.
We have great panelists from different sectors in the built environment:
This session is targeted to Seattle 2030 District property owners and managers. Register here.
Note: Registration for this event will close on Monday, June 29th at 10 pm ET.
As a reminder, multifamily and non-residential buildings 20,000 sf or larger must be accurately benchmarked and reported to the City of Seattle by July 1, 2020 (for the prior year’s energy use).
More details and resources, including benchmarking tutorial videos, can be found below and on the City of Seattle’s benchmarking compliance website.
- Compliance Checklist outlines the steps required to submit a benchmark report. Use the checklist to track your progress during the benchmarking process.
- How to Guide includes detailed step-by-step instructions to help you successfully benchmark your building and comply with the annual reporting requirement.
- Video Tutorials provide energy benchmarking instruction, outline the benchmarking process and include follow-along procedures from start to finish. Individual videos are linked below, and the complete series is available here.
- Introduction to Benchmarking (video)
- Data Collection (Part A): Property Use Data (video)
- Data Collection (Part B): Energy Meter Data (video)
- Creating a Portfolio Manager Account and Entering Data (video)
- Obtaining Data Usage: Seattle City Light (video)
- Obtaining Data Usage: Puget Sound Energy (video)
- Confirming Energy Use & Submitting Report to City of Seattle (video)
- Understand Results and Create Reports (video)
Resilient Buildings in a Time of COVID-19
June 18, 2020 | 6 PM PST
Description: Professor Victoria Hardy, RCFM, will be hosting this webinar on how building and facilities managers can strengthen their response to COVID-19. What are others in the field doing to make their buildings safer and more useful during this time? How can you address this change and prepare for other emergencies before they happen?
Victoria Hardy, RCFM, ASHRAE Associate, Consultant and Adjunct Faculty, B.A.S. Sustainable Building Science Technology
Panelists and SBST alumni:
– Amy Cho, Critical Environment Program Manager, Puget Sound Datacenter
– Patrick Hart, Executive Director, National Association of Church Facilities Managers
– Kevin Kajita, CHFM. Director of Support Services at Evergreen Hospital
– Casey Lawrence, Director of Plant Engineering, Pacific Research Labs
Resilient buildings are those able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions. In today’s world, that means sanitizing with new cleaning schedules and a fresh approach to HVAC management, filters, air quality, humidity control, and disinfectant.
Many organizations are planning workplace reorganizations, with more remote access and social distancing in the office. Then there are the energy and transportation implications of the shutdown.
Host Professor Hardy is an expert in facilities management. Hardy developed the first Human and Environmental Factors Competency Guidelines for the International Facility Management Association and served as principal author on the Facility Management Commissioning Module for the Project Resource Manual from the Construction Specifications Institute.
Come hear these speakers share their perspective about how COVID-19 is changing building operations, finance, and workplace health and safety.