Knowing how to set and meet energy efficiency benchmarks is the foundation of any energy management strategy. BetterBricks connects you with the resources, training and tools you need to improve your building.
Secondary Windows Rejuvenate 1970s Office Building
Built in 1975, Hurley Development’s 915 Broadway office building in downtown Vancouver, Wash., features floor-to-ceiling windows in every perimeter office—6,000 sq. ft. of windows in total. While all of these single-pane windows let in a vast amount of natural light, they also brought in far too much heat in summer, and too much cold air in winter. This thermal leakage not only led to tenant comfort complaints, it also inflated energy costs by forcing the aging HVAC equipment to strain to maintain indoor temperatures.Case Studies
Kick-Start Your SEM Journey
Strategic Energy Management (SEM) is a holistic approach to energy management that achieves deep and persistent energy and cost savings in Commercial and Industrial facilities. This guide provides a high-level overview of key activities and milestones that would be achieved during the first years of SEM implementation at your facility. Contact your utility energy efficiency program representative for specific information about tools and financial incentives they offer to support SEM adoption.
Portland Firm Engineers Thermal Comfort and HVAC Efficiency
Originally built as a warehouse in 1943, the 11 Main Building in Portland, Oregon, was converted into an office space in 2014. Though its existing HVAC system was functional, its deficiencies created an uncomfortable indoor environment with occasionally poor indoor air quality. Learn how Energy 350 upgraded their HVAC using the very high efficiency DOAS approach to improve their comfort and air quality while saving energy and money.
A Proven Approach to High-Performance HVAC Improves Efficiency, Health and Comfort
Very high efficiency dedicated outside air systems (very high efficiency DOAS) pair the highest performance HVAC equipment with key design principles to provide cleaner and safer indoor air, enhance indoor comfort, and reduce commercial building HVAC energy use. This approach has been demonstrated to reduce HVAC energy use by an average of 69% when compared to a code-minimum version of the existing equipment (often a packaged rooftop unit).
Three Funding Opportunities Open for Energy Retrofits in Public Buildings
Washington State Department of Commerce is currently accepting applications for three available grants for energy retrofits. The grants align with Washington's 2021 State Energy Strategy, which identifies energy efficiency in buildings and community-owned solar as key strategies for meeting climate and equity goals.
Advanced lighting starts with control. Discover how commercial building lighting design and modern technologies can combine to affect your budget, market differentiation, aesthetics, and tenant comfort.
Let the natural light in and keep the elements out, all while saving energy and money. Find out how commercial building windows play a critical role in improving tenant comfort, reducing energy consumption, and cutting costs.
Better comfort and energy costs start with the right HVAC. Understand how heating, cooling and airflow all directly contribute to the energy efficiency and tenant comfort of your commercial building.
Pumps & Motors
Pumping systems are essential to the daily operation of most commercial buildings and industrial facilities. With new energy standards for clean-water pumps taking effect in 2020 and a great new Energy Rating label program from the Hydraulic Institute, now is the time to evaluate the efficiency of commercial and industrial pumps, and circulators.
Strategic Energy Management
Every effective energy-efficient building starts with a plan and leads to reduced energy costs. Strategic Energy Management (SEM) is the map to creating sustainable energy-saving practices that identify where energy waste is occurring and how to improve energy consumption and support building operations.
Energy efficiency upgrades that save 35% or more in energy costs could make all the difference in showcasing your commercial building’s value. With so many factors in the market, energy-efficient benefits may be the differentiator between you and your competitors.
From HVAC and lighting controls to secondary windows, there are many solutions for an efficient commercial building. Knowing how to integrate those solutions so they work together in an energy-efficient system may mean saving time and money. Whether it’s a retrofit or new commercial project, learn how to apply an integrated design.