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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.

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.

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.

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.

A big first step in approaching energy efficiency projects is accessing consumption data. Unfortunately, utilities do not have a good track record for providing said data in modern formats.

Our friend Michael Murray co-authored this report that details the associated challenges and opportunities. And Greentech Media covered it here.

Michael also started a newsletter that we obviously read and enjoy. Try the Murray Telegraph for yourself.

Green building is crushing it.

Seattle is revising its building energy performance policies. Performance data will now be public and periodic building tune-ups will be required. There are many more details, caveats, exceptions, and pending rules, of course.

Manufacturing can help us. Thanks to James Connelly at the International Living Future Institute for an excellent overview of how we’re making things for the better.

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