Building Performance Data Now Online

This week, Seattle’s Office of Sustainability and Environment (OSE) released 2015 building energy performance data for over 3,300 properties reporting data through Seattle’s Energy Benchmarking program. Overall, the data is showing an increase in building energy efficiency and drop in energy consumption. As Seattle aims to lead the nation in fighting climate change, the city is making data publicly available to create a long-term market demand for energy efficient buildings, protect tenant interests, and reward high performers.

Detailed building performance data is now available through the City of Seattle’s Open Data portal where users can download, sort, or filter the data. The portal displays a wide range of both building information—such as address, floor area, age, and building use characteristics—as well as energy performance metrics like energy use intensity (EUI), ENERGY STAR score, and greenhouse gas emissions.

Seattle’s Energy Benchmarking Map

The City of Seattle also developed a data visualization mapping tool to allow the public to quickly explore individual building performance and compare buildings across the city. Users can filter buildings by location, age, building type, and key energy performance metrics to learn more about the buildings in Seattle’s Energy Benchmarking program.

The release of benchmarking data builds on the Office of Sustainability and Environment’s commitment to increasing the accessibility of building performance information to motivate city-wide energy efficiency improvements. For these efforts, last week OSE received the 2017 ENERGY STAR® Award for Excellence in Data Innovation.

Learn more about the importance of data transparency here.

Read more about the ENERGY STAR award here.

Explore the 2015 benchmarking data here.

Multifamily Property ENERGY STAR Workshop

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Seattle Municipal Tower
700 5th Ave
55th Floor, Room 5536

Curious about the new multifamily ENERGY STAR®, but not sure what to do or how you can benefit? The City of Seattle offers this free workshop for participants that have previously benchmarked their multifamily properties. This hands-on session will teach you how to update your account’s use details to take advantage of the new ENERGY STAR® 1-100 score that is now available to multifamily buildings of 20 units or more. Participants will also learn tips to develop energy use reports and verify compliance for all properties using a customized Excel template. Please bring your Portfolio Manager username and password.

Details and Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/multifamily-property-energy-star-workshop-12172014-tickets-14333376515

For questions, contact the Help Desk at energybenchmarking@seattle.gov or (206) 727-8484.

Request for Proposals – Energy Benchmarking Data Analysis

Dexter Horton Building

The City of Seattle Office of Sustainability & Environment (OSE) is requesting proposals from qualified consultants to conduct analysis on building energy performance data as collected per the energy benchmarking and reporting requirement for commercial and multifamily buildings 20,000 square feet and greater. The cost for consulting services is estimated to be up to $70,000, but the actual contract amount will be negotiated after a firm has been selected and the scope of work finalized. The project is planned to be completed by February 28, 2015.

To select the consultant, the proposals will be evaluated, and a short-list of the most qualified firms selected by a Consultant Evaluation Committee. The short-listed consultants may be invited to interview.

A copy of the Request for Proposals (RFP) can be found on the City’s Consulting website. RFP responses must be received by 1:00 p.m. (PDT), October 6, 2014. RFP contains full explanation of what a complete response entails. The City reserves the right to reject all proposals.

Procurement Schedule

Schedule of Events Date/Time
Solicitation Release 9/22/2014
Deadline for Questions 9/25/2014 (responses by 10/1)
RFP Response Deadline 10/6/2014, 1:00 PM
RFP Interviews (If warranted) Start October 9, 2014
Anticipated Announcement of Successful Proposer(s) October 15, 2014
Anticipated Negotiation Schedule Starts October 20, 2014
Contract Execution October 31, 2014

Questions regarding the RFP or the selection process should be directed in writing to:

Rebecca Baker, Energy Benchmarking Program Manager
City of Seattle, Office of Sustainability & Environment
700 5th Avenue, Suite 1868
PO Box 94729
Seattle, WA 98124-4729
Telephone: 206-615-1171
FAX: 206-684-3013
rebecca.baker@Seattle.gov

 

Request for Proposals – Energy Benchmarking Data Analysis

Dexter Horton Building

The City of Seattle Office of Sustainability & Environment (OSE) is requesting proposals from qualified consultants to conduct analysis on building energy performance data as collected per the energy benchmarking and reporting requirement for commercial and multifamily buildings 20,000 square feet and greater. The cost for consulting services is estimated to be up to $70,000, but the actual contract amount will be negotiated after a firm has been selected and the scope of work finalized. The project is planned to be completed by February 28, 2015.

To select the consultant, the proposals will be evaluated, and a short-list of the most qualified firms selected by a Consultant Evaluation Committee. The short-listed consultants may be invited to interview.

A copy of the Request for Proposals (RFP) can be found on the City’s Consulting website. RFP responses must be received by 1:00 p.m. (PDT), October 6, 2014. RFP contains full explanation of what a complete response entails. The City reserves the right to reject all proposals.

Procurement Schedule

Schedule of Events Date/Time
Solicitation Release 9/22/2014
Deadline for Questions 9/25/2014 (responses by 10/1)
RFP Response Deadline 10/6/2014, 1:00 PM
RFP Interviews (If warranted) Start October 9, 2014
Anticipated Announcement of Successful Proposer(s) October 15, 2014
Anticipated Negotiation Schedule Starts October 20, 2014
Contract Execution October 31, 2014

Questions regarding the RFP or the selection process should be directed in writing to:

Rebecca Baker, Energy Benchmarking Program Manager
City of Seattle, Office of Sustainability & Environment
700 5th Avenue, Suite 1868
PO Box 94729
Seattle, WA 98124-4729
Telephone: 206-615-1171
FAX: 206-684-3013
rebecca.baker@Seattle.gov

 

Seattle in Top 15 Cities for ENERGY STAR Buildings

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its 2014 rankings today for the top cities with ENERGY STAR-rated buildings. Seattle moved up the list from #17 in 2013 to #14 with a total of 127 buildings saving an estimated $23.6 million in energy costs (check out the map of the buildings with ENERGY STAR Rating in (and around) Seattle). The ranking confirms Seattle’s commitment to providing building owners and managers with the technical guidance, best practices, and training they need to make their buildings more energy efficient, save money, and reduce carbon emissions.

Map of the buildings with Energy Star Rating in (and around) Seattle.

With Seattle’s commercial and multi-family buildings conducting annual energy benchmarking and identifying energy-saving strategies, we expect more buildings to pursue ENERGY STAR certification.

More than 23,000 buildings across America earned EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification by the end of last year. These buildings saved more than $3.1 billion on utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to the annual electricity use from 2.2 million homes.