The Smart Buildings Center (SBC) has announced a new initiative to help launch innovative smart building and energy efficiency technologies in the Pacific Northwest. The SBC will work with companies to match cutting-edge technologies with buildings that are a good fit for initial product deployment and testing. The organization will provide $350,000 in technical assistance funding for industry-leading contractors to help get the new products and services deployed and evaluated by a third-party.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council (NEEC) as a 2014 ENERGY STAR Award for Excellence in ENERGY STAR Promotion winner for its outstanding contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through significant consumer education efforts promoting superior energy-efficient products. NEEC’s accomplishments will be recognized in Washington, D.C. on April 29, 2014.
Video recording and presentations of the NEEC Industry forum on July 23rd by Tom Eckman, Northwest Power and Conservation Council and Sami Khawaja, Cadmus, on Cost Effectiveness Test - Does it Need to Change? is now available.
Following an earlier ECONorthwest study released in late 2014, NEEC announces the availability of newly updated results on the macroeconomic benefits of energy efficiency investments in the states of Washington and Oregon. Respected economics consulting firm ECONorthwest used two sophisticated economic models to quantify both the short term and longer term impacts of energy efficiency investments in these two Northwest states. The analysis concludes that net job creation effects are 3,800 and 2,400 for Washington and Oregon respectively.
We are pleased to announce August dates and locations for the 2015 Washington State Energy Code (WSEC) free trainings: Yakima, August 9; Pullman, August 11; and Port Angeles, August 24. Experts from the industry will cover key changes between the 2012 and 2015 WSEC for new construction and retrofits. Presentations will include compliance options for envelope, mechanical and lighting systems, and how to document compliance.
The Northwest Energy Efficiency Council (NEEC) announces the release of a revised analysis of the economic benefits of energy efficiency investments in the State of Washington. The new report, prepared by ECONorthwest, expands the quantitative analytical results of these benefits as an update to their December 2014 publication. This newly released Summary is available for download here.
The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is leading their first ever innovation challenge for the U.S. Department of Energy, Connected Building Challenge, with a goal to accelerate the development of connected buildings. On August 3rd, selected project teams will demonstrate their solutions at the Smart Buildings Center in Seattle. As a partner, please join PNNL, the Department of Energy, other partners, and participants to network and learn about innovative solutions for building connectivity.