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Kilowatt Crackdown Winners Demonstrate Energy Efficiency

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64 local commercial building teams successfully embrace energy efficiency efforts “As we’ve seen with this competition, reducing carbon emissions can be a great financial investment,” Portland Mayor Charlie Hales The winners of the Kilowatt Crackdown 2013, a contest in Portland, Oregon to improve energy efficiency in commercial buildings, were announced last week.  The competition engaged 15 The post Kilowatt Crackdown Winners Demonstrate Energy Efficiency appeared first on Green Building Elements .




 

 

64 local commercial building teams successfully embrace energy efficiency efforts

“As we’ve seen with this competition, reducing carbon emissions can be a great financial investment,” Portland Mayor Charlie Hales

Kilowatt Crackdown winners increased energy efficiency

The winners of the Kilowatt Crackdown 2013, a contest in Portland, Oregon to improve energy efficiency in commercial buildings, were announced last week.  The competition engaged 15 million square feet, or 20 percent of Oregon’s commercial leased office space in buildings greater than 50,000 square feet, in addition to buildings in Vancouver, Washington.

The Kilowatt Crackdown competition kicked off in January 2013, and 64 commercial buildings in the greater Portland metropolitan area and Vancouver completed the 12-month program to save energy and reduce operating expenses.  The goal of the competition was to increase adoption of energy efficiency best practices by providing building owners, managers, engineers and operators with resources to implement efficient practices as a competitive advantage.

The program provided assistance in benchmarking energy use, analyzing opportunities for savings, identifying action items to improve building performance, implementing these improvements in partnership with Energy Trust of Oregon and Clark Public Utilities, and reporting on progress.

“Collaborating with premier partners allows us to elevate Portland as a leader in energy efficiency and in the reduction of carbon emissions,” said Susan Steward, Executive Director of Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Oregon.  “Bringing the public and private sectors together in this effort, with the largest amount of office floor space participating, maximizes our reach in bringing energy-efficient resources to the greater Portland metropolitan area.”

Kilowatt Crackdown determined the building winners by overall performance and improvement, with categories for buildings in their inaugural year in the competition as well as multiple-year participants.  In addition, the jury awarded special recognition for “most aggressive” building team and an individual award for “energy efficiency champion.”

The 2013 Kilowatt Crackdown winners are:

Highest-Performing Building (Inaugural Year Participants)

  • First place – Bonneville Power Administration Headquarters, managed by the Bonneville Power Administration
  • Second place – Multnomah Building, managed by Multnomah County, Oregon
  • Third place (tie) – Forum Building, managed by Oregon Pacific Properties
  • Third place (tie) – World Trade Center Portland, managed by World Trade Center Properties/Portland General Electric

Highest-Performing Building (Multiple-Year Participants)

  • First place – Congress Center, managed by Shorenstein
  • Second place – Liberty Centre, managed by Langley Investment Properties
  • Third place – Oregon Square 729, managed by American Assets Trust

Most Improved Building (Inaugural Year Participants)

  • First place – The Reserve, managed by Harsch
  • Second place - McGillivray Place, managed by Melvin Mark Co.
  • Third place – 1000 Broadway, managed by 1000 Inc.

Most Improved Building (Multiple-Year Participants)

  • First place – The Portland Building, managed by City of Portland
  • Second place – Pacwest Center, managed by Langley Investment Properties
  • Third place - Portland City Hall, managed by City of Portland

Jury Awards

  • Most Aggressive – OHSU Center for Health and Healing, managed by CBRE
  • Energy Efficiency Champion – Ty Barker, General Manager, Unico Properties LLC

The Crackdown is sponsored by Energy Trust of Oregon, Clark Public Utilities, the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Oregon, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), City of Portland, and Portland Development Commission.

“Increasing energy efficiency can save money and increase asset value.  It also means happier tenants who want to stay in your buildings longer,” said Portland Mayor Charlie Hales at the awards ceremony.  “As we update and implement our Climate Action Plan, I will look to our community to follow the example of business leaders like these building managers.  As we’ve seen with this competition, reducing carbon emissions can be a great financial investment.”

Source: PR Newswire

Photo courtesy of Shutterstock

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