As most of you know, the Smart Buildings Center, a project of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council, is a gathering spot for business and industry groups who share our passion for the built environment (if you haven’t seen it, visit). The site also houses our free Tool Lending Library, a regional resource for lending building diagnostic tools like data loggers, IR cameras, flow measuring devices, and power meters to facility professionals in Washington and Oregon – for free. In the next step to grow the programs and opportunities focused on smart and efficient building operations, a new non-profit was recently formed – the Smart Buildings Center Education Program (SBC-EP). Recently, the SBC-EP was issued the IRS final determination letter granting it 501(c)3 status. The new SBC-EP has an educational mission to increase awareness and understanding of smart building technologies and practices. As a 501(c)3, SBC-EP will be able to solicit tax deductible contributions to support the development of this type of programming. NEEC will continue to operate the facility (the box) and SBC-EP will help develop educational content (the stuff that goes into the box). If you are interested in supporting the SBC-EP through a tax deductible donation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The SBC-EP is governed by its own Board of Directors, but will work in close coordination with the NEEC Board. The initial SBC-EP Board includes;
Ash Awad, McKinstry
Perry England, MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions
Dan McConnon, State of Washington
Chris Roe, Amazon
Bert Von Hoof, Microsoft
Phil Welker, PECI