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SPRING NEWSLETTER: Energy disclosure review, Bullitt performs, Chophouse impresses

We took an early spring break from our monthly newsletter, so welcome back to this handcrafted, artisan collection of green building, energy efficiency and real estate development stories.

(Understandable) data is king
I love maps and data visualization. Oh, and building energy metrics are neat too. If you have a similar crush, please enjoy Philadelphia’s snappy building energy data hub, which was developed by Azavea.

Exploring this also led me to check in on results from the other cities with established energy disclosure programs.

New York City has issued three annual reports and boasts a robust data tool of its own.

Washington, DC lists three years (2011-2013) of private building data in Excel files, and public buildings are detailed in this report covering 2009-2012.

Seattle aggregated private building data for 2011-2012, and provides more detail on city buildings for 2012-2013.

San Francisco has published three years of public building data—20112012, and 2013.

Minneapolis published 2012 data for its public buildings.

And Chicago posted its 2014 report.

These and other cities with energy disclosure initiatives are helping the real estate market better understand and improve its energy performance. And nationwide, the Institute for Market Transformation maintains some great resources to help compare various city and state efforts.

The building lives
Here in Seattle, the Bullitt Center earned its Living Building Certification. We knew that the building was performing even better than expected, but this confirms that all the requirements have been met, which makes it the first such office building. Unico has managed the building through the certification process along with original developer Point32. Here’s a concise case study of the project, along with a recent Seattle Times piece.

And if you’re extra thirsty for zero energy building information, the New Buildings Institute, National Association of Energy Officials, and Rocky Mountain Institute facilitated a national forum in February. Here’s their report.

Lead us forth
As a board member of the the Seattle 2030 District, I recently had the honor and enjoyment to help hire our second executive director. And we landed a gem. Susan Wickwire grew up in Seattle, and has spent the past 20 years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C. Susan has made deep contributions to the climate change community, domestically and internationally, and I’m looking forward to having her down-to-earth leadership style in Seattle. She is well practiced at building public-private partnerships, which will undoubtedly benefit our organization and city.

All my friends
I got a sneak peek at Chophouse Row on Capitol Hill earlier this month thanks to my good friend Shannon Loew. He’s been hard at work helping Liz Dunn develop the property near 11th and Pike, which features a vibrant mix of retail, office and residential spaces. The retail concept is the signature element—they call it the mews—and it effectively expands 50 feet of street retail frontage to 190 feet of retail frontage by encouraging foot traffic through an open-air alley between buildings. Additionally, this internal exploration lands guests in a spacious courtyard that looks into that back of Dunn’s 12th Avenue buildings. The structure is a fantastic blend of old and new, as the team salvaged much of the existing building shell. The design was a collaboration between Graham Baba Architects and Sundberg Kennedy Ly-Au Young Architects, and MRJ is the general contractor. Tenant move-ins will continue through the spring and retail highlights include:

  • a cafe and juice bar from Ericka Burke
  • a cheese and ice cream shop from Kurt Timmermeister
  • a wine bar with wood-fired eats from Matt Dillon
  • a bakery from Bruce and Sarah Naftaly, along with coffee from Empire Espresso
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