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Posts from the ‘Utilities’ Category

WINTER NEWSLETTER: Leveraging, accessing and swapping performance data

It’s been a wet winter in Seattle. Dry yourself off with some green building, energy efficiency, and real estate development news. And trust that Spring is near.

GET PRODUCTIVE WITH DATA
One of our favorite green building threads is the intersection of IT and building operations, where data helps us to make decisions and optimize systems.

This story profiles stellar work to save energy at the Washington Athletic Club and Microsoft. While not at this scale, we’re facing similar opportunities and issues on a few of our projects, and enjoying the problem solving adventure.

SWAP IDEAS, GAIN INSIGHTS
While we’re talking building operations, check out this fantastic video series that our friends at C+C produced for the U.S. Department of Energy. This is reality TV that actually matters. High marks to the teams from Whole Foods and Hilton.

THIS ROCKS
Energy efficient affordable housing. If you need more convincing than those four words, consider that low-income households typically spend more than 15% of their income on energy, which is often double the average. And Emerald Cities Seattle is tackling this issue head on with an innovative program called RENEW, which provides time, expertise, pre-development funds, and project financing to affordable housing operators. In other words, RENEW makes energy efficient affordable housing happen … which rocks. Read more

SUMMER NEWSLETTER: Impact investing, efficiency economics and a dance video

We’ve done the math, and it appears this publication needs a new name. So you’re now reading SILLIKER + PARTNERS QUARTERLY. Sounds serious and intellectual, but we keep it light. And for newcomers, welcome to our collection of green building, energy efficiency, and real estate development stories.

This is our summer installment, so it’s short reads … perfect for your time at the beach, in a tent, or aboard a canoe.

65 ways to afford the big city
In case you missed it, Seattle is growing fast and so are rents and home prices. And we don’t have nearly enough rent-restricted units to house a diverse population.

The Mayor’s Housing Affordability and Livability Advisory (HALA) Committee recently delivered a set of recommendations to address Seattle’s housing crisis. HALA’s 65 recommendations are mostly about increased density, but also propose ways to create more rent-restricted units.

Sightline’s Alan Durning (also a committee member) penned an excellent piece on the report. Crosscut also chimes in. And here’s a map to help orient you to the proposed changes.

And fear not, more density is already in motion. Seattle in Progress maps the building development in Seattle, and quickly connects you to permitting proposals. Brilliant work by Ethan Phelps-Goodman.

I’ll take impact for 2 percent
One local affordable housing outfit is not waiting for new City rules. Bellwether Housing recently impressed with their take on impact investing. In short, 22 investors bought into Bellwether’s Seattle Futures Fund and will earn 2 percent on their money. In an age that sees millions invested in products we don’t need, we’re excited to see capital go towards awesome things that we truly need. Read more