NEEC Industry Event: Cost Effectiveness - Does it Need to Change?- Video Link and Presentations Available Now

July 2, 2013

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.


Presentations can be downloaded, see below.


Energy Disclosure Requirement

December 1, 2009

The Backgrounder on Proposed City of Seattle Energy Disclosure Requirement is now available.  Download the below document for the full version.


City of Seattle Tune Up Accelerator Close to Launch

June 2, 2017

The City of Seattle has enacted a mandatory periodic building tune up for commercial buildings greater than 50,000 square feet. While this mandate begins its phased in implementation beginning next year, the City is getting ready to launch an “accelerator” version of the tune up focusing on buildings between 20,000 and 100,000 square feet. This is a voluntary program which will provide valuable learning experience for the City and building owners in anticipation of the mandated effort.


City of Seattle's Building Energy Performance Data Available Online

May 3, 2017

Last month, Seattle’s Office of Sustainability and Environment (OSE) published over 3,300 properties and their building energy performance data through the Seattle's Energy Benchmarking program.  One of the goal is to create long-term market demand for energy efficient buildings, protect tenant interests, and reward high-performers.


WSEC Training Events - May 2017

April 28, 2017

NEEC is pleased to announce our 2017 training series for the 2015 WSEC commercial provisions. Trainings in May include Kennewick May 23, and Vancouver May 24. Additional trainings will be offered in various locations throughout the summer and fall of 2017. Primary topics will include provisions related to mechanical and service water heating systems.


Seattle and Portland Energy Benchmark and Disclosure Deadlines Near

April 3, 2017

Both Seattle and Portland have progressive policies that require commercial buildings (and multi-family in Seattle) to benchmark their properties and report that benchmark information to the city. The deadline for reporting on 2016 energy use is approaching in both jurisdictions. The City of Seattle deadline is April 1st. The City of Portland deadline is April 22nd.


New Year, New Legislative Sessions in Washington and Oregon

December 28, 2016

The new year brings more political news than just the specter of the President Donald J. Trump administration, as both Washington and Oregon will convene new legislatures in tandem with two newly re-elected Governors. While Washington and Oregon begin their new biennial cycles, things look much like they did in 2016. In Oregon, Democrats control both chambers and the Governor’s office while Washington maintains the lone Republican stronghold in the Senate. In Washington, Gov.

Inslee Proposes Carbon Tax to Fund Education

December 28, 2016

On the heels of an unsuccessful statewide initiative to create a revenue neutral carbon tax, recently re-elected Governor Jay Inslee has proposed a carbon tax as a revenue source to fund the state’s court-mandated support of K-12 public education. The ambitious Inslee plan would generate $4.4B in new revenue through a combination of the carbon tax, a capital gains tax, and closing a set of current tax exemptions.

Energy Performance Transparency Coming to Seattle Soon

September 28, 2016

Following positive action by the Seattle City Council earlier this year, Seattle's Office of Sustainability and Environment (OSE) has held a series of input meetings over the summer with a wide array of stakeholders including building owners and managers, industry representatives, and policy advocates. A final Director's Rule should be published soon which details the specifics for both what and how building energy performance is made publicly available. It's anticipated that public disclosure will begin sometime this fall, but no later than early December.

City of Seattle Moves Forward on Building Tune Up

September 28, 2016

 Seattle has adopted one of the country's most innovative add-on features to energy benchmarking and disclosure - a periodic building tune up policy (click here for more background on the policy). Over the summer, Seattle OSE has hosted a series of both technical working group and public forums to discuss potential features of the required tune up.

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