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Getting It Right the First Time

November 7th, 2014

Before our boots even hit the ground, we make sure that every aspect of a project is carefully planned and ready for efficient execution. The UWMC Expansion Phase II project required a highly motivated, detail-oriented team to tackle the complex multi-phase construction demand. Our MacDonald-Miller Estimating Team was up for the challenge! Read More “A […]

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Climate Declaration

October 30th, 2014

“The riskiest decision a business person can make is to do nothing. Climate change is happening. It will continue and it is impacting our businesses whether you believe it or not,” said Perry England. On October 27, MacDonald-Miller joined over 100 Washington businesses urging the state to take action on climate change. Our very own Perry […]

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Winner of the 2014 Community Impact Award – Green Products & Services

October 28th, 2014

  MacDonald-Miller – Winner of the 2014 Community Impact Award for Green Products/Services. Seattle Business hosted their annual Community Impact Awards on October 22nd.  Among the inspiring businesses leading the way in positive change, MacDonald-Miller was honored to be included in such a momentous event.  Read More  

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Committed to the Greener Road Less Traveled

October 9th, 2014

In September 2013, MacDonald-Miller senior building performance engineer Jeremy Richmond talked with Seattle Business about the substantial energy and water savings plan for the Seattle Aquarium. “Programming work—simply changing HVAC controls from a static setting that runs full on or full off to an adjustable setting that responds to the needs of the tenants in […]

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Is Cap and Trade Coming to Washington State?

September 9th, 2014

Find out what you need to know at BOMA’s general meeting on Sept. 22nd. We will be discussing what Cap and Trade is, how it could impact commercial real estate and the pros and cons about Cap and Trade. Speakers: Perry England, Vice President of Building Performance for MacDonald-Miller. Other speakers TBD. Date: Monday, September 22, […]

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How to Design and Build a Plastic Surgery Center in Less than 5 Months

August 12th, 2014

The following link is for the DJC article published on July 24th. http://www.djc.com/news/co/12068016.html

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Smart and Sustainable

July 31st, 2014

Microsoft recently featured our project at the Washington Athletic Club as their cover story to showcase our Energy Conservation Measures and the ICONICS visualization dashboard. Key to the project’s success has been WAC’s partnership with MacDonald-Miller. “They were fundamental to the success of this project,” says Lowber. “They did all of the work and we […]

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TAB Analysis Critical for Building Efficiency

June 12th, 2014

  Testing & Balancing Can Make Buildings Run Like a Well-Tuned Car By Cherie Preville June 2, 2014 Far too often, buildings intended to deliver the highest levels of energy efficiency, sustainability, and comfort are failing to live up to their potential. Testing, adjusting, and balancing (TAB) contractors diagnose these performance shortfalls, making sure a […]

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MacDonald-Miller Receives AWB 2014 Environmental Excellence Award

May 19th, 2014

MacDonald-Miller Continues to be Recognized as an Innovator in Building Efficiency Last week at the 2014 Environmental Excellence Awards, Association of Washington Business honored MacDonald-Miller as one of eight Washington businesses who are finding creative, green ways to do business and improve the environment. MacMiller received the award as an Environmental Innovator for their ongoing […]

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Governor Inslee’s Executive Order 14-04: Washington Carbon Pollution Reduction and Clean Energy Action

May 12th, 2014

On April 29, 2014, Gov. Jay Inslee signed Executive Order 14-04 outlining a series of next steps to reduce carbon pollution in Washington state and improve energy independence through use of clean energy. The Executive Order builds upon earlier studies and work groups to take action in 7 key areas: Carbon emission – Gov. Inslee […]

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MacDonald-Miller Honored with Excellence in Workplace Safety Award

April 18th, 2014

Four South Sound companies were recognized yesterday for superior safety programs, a key element of successful management of employers’ responsibility for workers’ compensation or work-loss liability during a forum on Essential Components of Workers Compensation sponsored by MultiCare Centers of Occupational Medicine. Honored in the Construction category were: MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions Foushee Construction Recognized in Logistics, Warehousing, […]

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Innovation in Building Energy Efficiency Puts Seattle in National Leadership Spotlight

February 18th, 2014

For immediate release      Making a big commercial building more energy efficient often happens in dribs and drabs.  One year it may be a few lighting fixtures get replaced, the next year it may be more efficient office equipment.  For Seattleites, the process is pretty routine.  Building owners work with an energy service company to install […]

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Jay Inslee promotes Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy

October 30th, 2013

Oct. 30, 2013 On Monday afternoon, according to a press release from Washington state Governor Jay Inslee, he met with the other leaders in San Francisco to sign the pact. California Governor Jerry Brown sponsored the meeting that also included Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber and British Columbia’s Premier Christy Clark (via teleconference), while BC Environment […]

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The road to greener commercial buildings isn’t easy

August 21st, 2013

Seattle has been leading the way in green building since Tom Paladino and others helped create the first Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) rating system and training programs in the late 1990s. In downtown Seattle today, nearly 32 percent of the commercial properties are LEED certified and 44 percent are Energy Star rated […]

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MacDonald-Miller Named Honeywell ACI Elite Contractor

June 21st, 2013

MacDonald-Miller Attains Highest Status as a Honeywell ACI Elite Contractor Reaching the peak isn’t easy.  Only 12 companies were able to meet the high standards required to achieve 2013 ACI Elite Contractor status. MacDonald-Miller earned this designation through a display of advanced technical skills, maintaining a certified staff with unmatched expertise, attending ongoing training to stay […]

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Swedish Medical Center Signs 20-Year Agreement with Seattle Steam

May 8th, 2013

Signing reflects continued customer commitment and growth Yesterday Swedish signed an agreement to continue district heating service from Seattle Steam through the year 2033. Swedish, which uses our high-pressure steam for heating, hot water and sterilization of medical equipment, has been a Seattle Steam customer for 49 years. The agreement comes after Swedish thoroughly analyzed […]

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BIM Adoption Rates Soar to 71 Percent in 2012

April 2nd, 2013

New McGraw-Hill Construction report shows 52 percent of high-level BIM users report better profits by SPAR Point Group staff | March 20, 2013 Building Information Modeling (BIM), a novel approach to design and construction pioneered by early adopters, has gone mainstream for the North American construction industry with adoption expanding from 17 percent in 2007 […]

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WA Climate Action Bill Passes State Legislature

March 26th, 2013

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Governor Inslee’s Climate Action bill (SB 5802) passed the State House today on a bipartisan 61 to 32 vote. The bill previously passed the State Senate (37 to 12) and now heads to Governor Inslee’s desk for signature. SB 5802 is sponsored by Senator Kevin Ranker. “The Governor’s climate action bill keeps […]

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Seattle’s Large Buildings Reporting Energy Use

February 25th, 2013

87% of Seattle’s Large Buildings Now Tracking & Reporting Energy Use to City Data will help City and owners cut energy waste and reduce costs SEATTLE – The vast majority of large building owners and managers in Seattle are now tracking and reporting building energy performance to the City under Seattle’s Energy Benchmarking and Reporting […]

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Help MacMiller Win the Honeywell Momentum Mania Contest

February 20th, 2013

MacDonald-Miller has made it to the FINAL ROUND for the Honeywell Momentum Mania Contest for our work at the Washington Athletic Club and Seattle Central Community College. Help us win both the “Education” and “Other” categories by clicking on the links below. Voting ends March 1st, and is limited to one vote per category per […]

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Help MacMiller Advance to the Finals in the Honeywell Momentum Mania Contest

February 8th, 2013

MacDonald-Miller has made it to the Final Four in the Honeywell Momentum Mania Contest for our work at the Washington Athletic Club and Seattle Central Community College. Help us advance to the finals by clicking on the links below and voting! For the Washington Athletic Club: https://momentum.honeywell.com/momentum-mania/other/washington-athletic-club/ Make sure to scroll to the bottom of […]

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WA Ranked One of Top Ten States for LEED in 2012 by the USGBC

January 28th, 2013

January 23,2012 By JACOB KRISS, Media Associate, U.S. Green Building Council (USBGC) The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its annual list of the top 10 states for new LEED certifications in 2012, highlighting those regions that are transforming buildings and communities across the country. The per-capita list is based on 2010 U.S. Census data and […]

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AIA Medical Design Forum Sponsored by MacDonald-Miller

January 25th, 2013

Check out this MacDonald-Miller Sponsored Event: AIA Seattle Presents Medical Design Forum and Project Tour In collaboration with the Architecture in Health Panel (AHP) February 7, 9-5pm | February 8, 8-4pm Mountaineers Program Center 12 CEHs / 12 HSWs Our ever-popular Medical Design Forum will cover a broad array of healthcare related topics ranging from […]

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MacDonald-Miller Sponsoring AIA Professional Series

January 24th, 2013

Check out the AIA + 2030 Professional Series sponsored by MacDonald-Miller: It’s 2013!  Prepare for the New Energy Future AIA Seattle presents its fifth year of AIA + 2030 Professional Series™ February 8 – November 8 Seattle—The Pacific Northwest is a leader in fighting climate change on a variety of fronts and our design and […]

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Are you maximizing your real estate tax benefits?

December 13th, 2012

December 13, 2012 Now is the time to maximize energy incentives and recent IRS changes to the tangible property regulations. By JASON THOMPSON Moss Adams LLP Many building owners already understand the significant benefits associated with performing a cost segregation study, but they may not be aware of the other benefits available to them. Before […]

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Remodeling cuts energy use 50%

December 11th, 2012

December 11, 2012 Remodeling cuts energy use 50% at NWKC’s 700 Broadway building By JOURNAL STAFF Photo courtesy of Northwest Kidney Centers[enlarge] Northwest Kidney Centers has opened Haviland Pavilion, a kidney resource center in a refurbished building at 700 Broadway in Seattle. The $8 million project includes an expanded pharmacy, an updated 15-station dialysis clinic, […]

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Don’t overlook tax breaks for green building systems

December 6th, 2012

December 6, 2012 By CHUCK DUNCAN Special to the Journal If you own commercial buildings or design public use structures that were put into service on or after Jan. 1, 2006, and you built them using energy efficient systems there is a very good chance the government is holding on to a pile of your […]

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Program to recycle mercury lightbulbs

November 27th, 2012

November 27, 2012 OLYMPIA (AP) — Washington consumers soon will be able to recycle compact fluorescent bulbs and other lights that containing mercury at no cost. A state law passed in 2010 called for a program to collect, transport and recycle residential lights containing mercury starting Jan. 1. That law will also make it illegal […]

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City Light issues RFP for energy program

November 27th, 2012

November 27, 2012 City Light issues RFP for energy program By JOURNAL STAFF Seattle City Light has issued a request for proposals from building owners who want to participate in a three-year pilot program that will pay them for the energy they save. City Light wants three commercial office buildings to test the Pay-for-Performance program. […]

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When greening your office space, don’t overlook the plugs!

November 7th, 2012

Posted on November 6, 2012 The following post is by the New Buildings Institute: To help commercial building owners and occupants get control of the growing amount of energy used by office equipment and other electronic devices, New Buildings Institute released the Plug Load Best Practices Guide. It is based on research done by Ecova […]

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Seattle Business Magazine’s Green Washington Awards

October 29th, 2012

MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions is a Presenting Sponsor of the Green Washington Awards this coming Thursday evening. Seattle Business magazine’s Green Washington Awards  program recognizes companies and individuals who hold our planet and  its longevity in the highest regard and who are leading the way in  sustainability and green business practices. The judges have convened, adjudicated […]

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City says most building managers are reporting energy benchmarks

October 24th, 2012

October 24, 2012 By NAT LEVY Journal Staff Reporter The city says more than half of the eligible buildings have complied with its new energy benchmarking program, which requires all buildings greater than 20,000 square feet to report their energy usage online. Building managers must collect data such as the number of employees, type of […]

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Seattle promotes innovation in achieving energy efficiency

October 19th, 2012

October 12, 3:40 PM Seattle promotes innovation in achieving energy efficiency http://mayormcginn.seattle.gov/seattle-promotes-innovation-in-achieving-energy-efficiency/ Today, Mayor McGinn announced an innovative approach to helping commercial electric utility customers achieve energy savings. The Mayor announced a three- year pilot project that will test an energy conservation concept known as “pay for performance.” Northwest Energy Efficiency Council Executive Director Stan […]

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You don’t need new windows to save energy and money

October 19th, 2012

You don’t need new windows to save energy and money Posted on October 18, 2012 The following post is by Brad Kahn: It’s a question many owners of older homes have asked: Should I replace my single-pane windows or refurbish them? With a torrent of direct mail selling new windows, many people are led to […]

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November 2012 Membership Meeting: A Contractor’s M/W/DBE Toolkit

October 16th, 2012

When:        Monday, November 12, 2012 5:00 pm  – Arrival & Professional Networking 5:30 pm  – Welcome & Introductions 6:00 pm  – Guest Speakers 7:30 pm  – Adjournment Where:       Master Builders Association of King & Snohomish Counties 335 116th Avenue SE Bellevue, WA  98004 Phone: (425) 451-7920 Cost: Admittance fee includes food and beverages. If you prefer a vegetarian meal, […]

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Commercial Real Estate Women Seattle & Sound Signature Event

October 10th, 2012

MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions will be attending the Commercial Real Estate Women Seattle & Sound Signature Event. See and Be Seen SEE exciting and interesting showcase exhibits by CREW member firms. BE SEEN, showcase your firm’s products, services, and projects at a spacious tabletop exhibit. ENJOY wine and beer, along with delicious appetizers and desserts from […]

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SAF offers tour of Bullitt Center

October 10th, 2012

October 10, 2012 SAF offers tour of Bullitt Center Seattle Architecture Foundation is offering a tour and talk about the Bullitt Center at 15th and Madison on Capitol Hill, starting at 5 p.m. Oct. 24. The Bullitt Foundation says the center is the world’s greenest commercial building. Panelists are Joe David of Point 32, Amanda […]

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KC Golden recognized for encouraging cities, businesses and utilities to tackle climate challenge

September 19th, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Climate Solutions advocate and policy architect honored with prestigious Heinz Award Sep 12, 2012 PITTSBURGH, September 12, 2012 – Teresa Heinz and the Heinz Family Foundation today announced KC Golden, an advocate for climate solutions, as a recipient of one of five prestigious Heinz Awards. During his nearly 30-year career, Mr. Golden […]

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CUTTING COMMERCIAL BUILDING ENERGY USE IN SEATTLE: A TRIPLE WIN

September 19th, 2012

MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions September 17, 2012 CUTTING COMMERCIAL BUILDING ENERGY USE IN SEATTLE: A TRIPLE WIN Innovative tools to boost profits, growth and energy savings In 2011, MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions (MMFS) was invited to form a coalition with Seattle’s Community Power Works, the Seattle 2030 District, Emerald Cities Seattle, The Seattle Foundation, Energy Efficiency Finance […]

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Seattle Simplifies Compliance, Extends Deadline for Mid-Size Buildings to Report Energy Use

September 18th, 2012

For immediate release: September 18, 2012 Contact: Nicole Ballinger, 206.233.7184 Seattle Simplifies Compliance, Extends Deadline for Mid-Size Buildings to Report Energy Use October 1 Deadline for Large Apartments and Condo Buildings Unchanged SEATTLE—The Seattle City Council passed legislation yesterday to revise the reporting requirements for buildings covered under the City’s pioneering Energy Benchmarking and Reporting […]

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Women wield the tools at Oregon construction site

September 14th, 2012

  AP Photo/Medford Mail Tribune, Julia Moore[enlarge] Barbara Guisier, left, and Bonnie Rott move pieces of siding. MEDFORD, Ore. — With beads of sweat dripping from her forehead, 62-year-old Bonnie Rott helped hold a 4-foot piece of siding against a wall of what will soon be a single-story home in southwest Medford. Vickie Augustine, 52, […]

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City Light seeks OK to raise rates

September 12th, 2012

Electricity rates would increase 10 percent, on average, over the next two years under a proposal that goes to the Seattle City Council on Monday. By Bob Young Seattle Times staff reporter Graphic: City Light seeks OK to raise rates Click to see enlarged version. Electricity rates would rise 10 percent, on average, over the […]

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Success in the Large Commercial Sector

September 4th, 2012

Emerald Cities Seattle is a public-private-nonprofit partnership comprised of civic, labor, community and business leaders in Seattle. http://www.emeraldcities.org/seattle Success in the Large Commercial Sector Our primary focus for the past 5 months has been to assist with the implementation of the pilot program for large commercial buildings together with the Community Power Works, the 2030 […]

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ICC 2012 Guideline for Commissioning

August 21st, 2012

The just-released ICC G4-2012 Guideline for Commissioning will help the building compliance and design communities successfully implement the building commissioning process as mandated in the 2012 International Green Construction Code (IgCC) and International Energy Conservation Code. The ICC Commissioning Guideline Committee, comprised of global industry leaders and technical experts, developed this new comprehensive tool and […]

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Seattle Steam: FACELIFT FOR WESTERN AVENUE PLANT

August 20th, 2012

New stack to replace 100-year-old performer If you happen to pass by Seattle Steam’s Western Avenue Plant over the next two weeks, you’ll see it’s undergoing a facelift of sorts: We’re taking down our 103-year-old black smokestack and replacing it with a new model. That’s not to say we didn’t appreciate the old stack’s service. […]

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Green Washington Awards 2012

August 7th, 2012

Green Washington Awards 2012 Nominations Closed   Seattle Business magazine’s Green Washington Awards program recognizes companies and individuals who hold our planet and its longevity in the highest regard and who are leading the way in sustainability and green business practices. 2012 Green Washington Awards – Event Details Date: Thursday, November 1 Location: Hyatt Olive […]

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Celebrate Washington’s Clean Energy Success!

July 26th, 2012

  Celebrate Washington’s Clean Energy Success! You’re Invited! Celebrate the success of Initiative 937 with the NW Energy Coalition  and former King County Executive Ron Sims. Tuesday, July 31, 5:30 p.m. South Lake Union Discovery Center Seattle, WA ( map)  A fundraising event to support the NW Energy Coalition. Suggested donation: $75  To register click […]

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WAC says energy program would be ‘foolish to pass up’

July 23rd, 2012

July 23, 2012 By MARC STILES Journal Staff Reporter The Washington Athletic Club in downtown Seattle expects to save about $222,000 a year on utility costs thanks to an innovative program called Community Power Works. It’s a pilot program and backers would like to see it expanded, but for now, time is running out: Commercial […]

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County wants developer for district energy system

July 13th, 2012

July 13, 2012 County wants developer for district energy system By JOURNAL STAFF King County is looking for a developer interested in using thermal energy from wastewater pipes for heating, cooling and powering buildings. Such systems are called district energy and the county will hold an informational meeting about building one here at 8:30 a.m. […]

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What impact has the state’s clean energy initiative had?

June 19th, 2012

June 19, 2012 What impact has the state’s clean energy initiative had? This is the first benchmark year for new rules requiring utilities to get 15 percent of their power from renewables, but the effect so far is tough to determine. By BILL SHEETS The Herald EVERETT — When an initiative was proposed six years […]

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Compass Health to Reduce Energy Use

June 14th, 2012

$560,000 in Energy Savings Over the Next 20 Years Seattle, May 15, 2012 Compass Health to reduce its energy usage by 30 % for its Bailey Building in Everett, WA. By implementing effective energy efficiency improvements, Compass will see a reduction in CO2 emissions equaling 33% per year, which is equivalent to taking 37 cars […]

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YMCA of Greater Seattle to Dramatically Reduce Energy Use

June 14th, 2012

$4.7 Million Savings Over the Next 20 Years Seattle, May 2012 The YMCA of Greater Seattle has announced a plan to reduce its energy usage by 15% at six of its facilities, all of which are located within King County. By implementing effective energy efficiency improvements, the Y will see a reduction in CO2 emissions […]

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HonestBuildings.com expands into Seattle

June 7th, 2012

June 7, 2012 HonestBuildings.com expands into Seattle The site is part Wikipedia, part social network. By JOURNAL STAFF A website that compiles information about buildings and projects is expanding today to include Seattle properties. HonestBuildings.com provides details such as photos, square footage, building ownership and management, renovations, LEED certification and Energy Star ratings. The free […]

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Beyond the green dream’ class June 12

June 5th, 2012

June 5, 2012 Beyond the green dream’ class June 12 SEATTLE — “Beyond the Green Dream: Facing the Reality of Green Building Compliance” is the topic of a full-day class. The Mountaineers June 12 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 7700 Sand Point Way N.E. in Seattle. Topics will include how to make sure […]

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Market rehab almost done, almost invisible

April 27th, 2012

April 27, 2012 Market rehab almost done, almost invisible By JON SILVER Journal Staff Reporter   Photo by Jon Silver [enlarge] A giant squid sculpture hangs in the Economy Market Building, which received structural improvements and a new public elevator, at left. Work is nearly finished on a three-year, $68.6 million renovation of Pike Place […]

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April Energy-related Updates

April 11th, 2012

April 10, 2012 LEED platinum for Russell Center By JOURNAL STAFF SEATTLE — Russell Investments Center was certified LEED platinum, according to the manager of the 42-story tower. The building, which is on the market and expected to sell for a high price, has gone through upgrades since it changed hands three years ago. The […]

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Commissioning of Existing Buildings Yields Big Savings – Case Study – The Westin Bellevue

April 5th, 2012

The Project The Westin Bellevue boasts over 300 up-scale hotel guest rooms, as well as 175,000 sq ft of public space that includes a large lobby, two spacious ballrooms/conference rooms, hotel offices, and guest-room corridors stretching throughout 19 floors. Like many hotels, Westin was urged-by its Starwood Hotels and Resorts management, and by its tenants-to […]

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EPA Announces U.S. Cities with the Most Energy Star Certified Buildings

March 26th, 2012

Third annual list shows dramatic growth, savings of energy efficient buildings Release Date: 03/14/2011 Contact Information: Stacy Kika, kika.stacy@epa.gov, 202-564-0906, 202-564-4355 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing a list of U.S. metropolitan areas with the greatest number of energy-efficient buildings that earned EPA’s Energy Star certification in 2010. The list of […]

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EPA Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Energy Star/ Americans saved nearly $230 billion in two decades

March 20th, 2012

Release Date: 03/15/2012 Contact Information: Molly Hooven, Hooven.molly@epa.gov, 202-564-2313, 202-564-4355 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is kicking off the celebration of Energy Star’s 20th anniversary by recognizing the 2012 Energy Star award winners for their outstanding leadership and commitment to protecting America’s environment through superior energy efficiency. Over the past 20 years, […]

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NAWIC observes Women in Construction Week March 4-10

March 2nd, 2012

Seattle, Washington — The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) will celebrate Women in Construction (WIC) Week March 4-10, 2012. NAWIC’s mission is to enhance the success of women in the construction industry.  “The National Association of Women in Construction is committed to enhancing the success of all women in construction – not just those who […]

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NEEC Finishing 2 Year Workforce Development Grant Effort

February 22nd, 2012

NEEC Finishing 2 Year Workforce Development Grant Effort January 31, 2012 In the first quarter of 2012, NEEC will be completing efforts to train and place individuals for jobs in the energy efficiency industry. This effort, a collaboration with the Seattle – King County Workforce Development Council, was funded through a competitive grant process by the […]

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It’s tough to beat a rehab when it comes to green, study says

January 26th, 2012

January 26, 2012 It’s tough to beat a rehab when it comes to green, study says By KATIE ZEMTSEFF Journal Staff Reporter A new study from the Preservation Green Lab says in most cases there are more environment benefits in renovating a building than constructing a new energy efficient building. Patrice Frey, director of sustainability […]

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Seattle has the lowest cost for electricity, 3rd highest for gasoline

January 9th, 2012

January 9, 2012 Seattle has the lowest cost for electricity, 3rd highest for gasoline By JOURNAL STAFF   The latest Consumer Price Index-Average Energy Prices data for the greater Seattle area are now available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Of the 14 areas in the index, Seattle had the third highest price for gasoline, […]

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Building Operators Certification Informational Webcast 2/8/12

January 9th, 2012

BOC Informational Webcast 2/8/12 Building Operator Certification (BOC®) is a nationally recognized, competency-based training and certification program that offers facilities personnel the improved job skills and knowledge to transform workplaces to be more comfortable, energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. The BOC credential is recognized by employers across the country as a sign of the value and […]

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Council to vote on forming historic theater district

December 6th, 2011

Council to vote on forming historic theater district The Seattle City Council will vote Monday on a historic theater district made up of five downtown theaters built before 1930. By Emily Heffter Seattle Times staff reporter McGinn said the theater owners came to him to present their idea, and he told them the city couldn’t […]

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The Country’s Most Diverse Zip Code, Rainier Valley in Seattle, Receives an Energy Makeover

November 30th, 2011

Community Power Works Location: Seattle, Washington Seed Funding: $20 million Target Building Types: Residential, small business, large commercial, industrial, municipal, and medical Financing Tools: Loan loss reserve, debt service reserve, on-bill repayment, municipal bonds, revolving loan fund, and carbon reduction incentive fund Website: www.communitypowerworks.org Program Milestones: View our progress Seattle’s central and southeast neighborhoods have […]

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Chamber Clean Energy Committee Meeting

November 30th, 2011

Date: Wednesday, Dec 14, 2011 Time: 8:30- 9:30 a.m. Location: Chamber’s office, 1301 5th Avenue, 25th Floor, Seattle 98101 Members: FREE (Registration not required)     Register: Contact Ann Reid at at (206) 389-7265 Parking: Area parking structures   Jill Simmons, director of the City of Seattle’s Office of Sustainability and Environment, will give members […]

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Study looks at hospital energy use

November 15th, 2011

November 15, 2011 Study looks at hospital energy use VANCOUVER — An energy study at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center in Vancouver could have a national impact on hospital design. The study found imaging equipment and hot water account for much less energy use than had been thought. The study shows all imaging equipment accounts […]

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City tests new way to meet energy codes

November 7th, 2011

  November 7, 2011 City tests new way to meet energy codes By JOURNAL STAFF The city of Seattle is testing a new performance-based energy code in South Lake Union, with the goal of helping developers of historic buildings meet rigorous energy efficiency goals in the most cost-efficient way. The effort is a partnership between […]

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Seattle sets strong environment goals

October 4th, 2011

October 4, 2011 Seattle sets strong environment goals By JOURNAL STAFF SEATTLE — Yesterday, the Seattle City Council passed a resolution calling for the reduction of city greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050. The resolution sets preliminary emissions targets for transportation, building energy and waste. By 2020, the resolution calls for a 14 percent […]

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October – Energy Awareness Month 2011 for Federal Agencies

September 28th, 2011

Energy Awareness Month 2011 Energy Awareness Month 2011 pushes Federal agencies to turn words into action, and action into results. Each year for Energy Awareness Month (October), FEMP provides materials and ideas to promote energy-saving practices at Federal facilities. These materials, such as posters, carry a central theme and other energy outreach messages. Energy Awareness […]

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Community Power Works for Large Commercial Buildings

August 30th, 2011

Community Power Works (CPW) for Large Commercial (launched November 2010) The CPW for Large Commercial program aims to retrofit 15 large commercial buildings by June 2013. CPW provides competitive financing and new incentives for energy upgrade programs in large commercial buildings served by Seattle Steam. $1.3 million in grant funding leverages an additional $10 million […]

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City looks at performance-based energy code for existing buildings

July 29th, 2011

July 29, 2011 City looks at performance-based energy code for existing buildings By KATIE ZEMTSEFF Journal Staff Reporter   Photo by Katie Zemtseff The city of Seattle is in the process of developing one of the first performance-based energy codes in the country. The work is being watched nationally. Seattle’s current energy code is “prescriptive,” […]

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Northwest Environmental Business Council (NEBC) Business & The Environment Conference

July 21st, 2011

Dates: November 8 & 9, 2011 Location: Red Lion Hotel, Jantzen Beach 909 N. Hayden Island Drive Portland, OR 97219 The conference for today’s environmental & operations managers. For fifteen years, Northwest Environmental Business Council (NEBC) has hosted an environmental solutions trade show that has grown into the largest event of its kind in the […]

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Washington Association of Maintenance and Operations Administrators (WAMOA) Annual Conference

July 17th, 2011

Strengthening Your Success Through WAMOA Dates: October 4-7 Trade Show – October 6 Location: Red Lion Hotel – Yakima, Washington  607 East Yakima Avenue, Yakima, WA 98901   ANNUAL CONFERENCE WAMOA holds a three day, statewide Conference every October. The conference offers workshops focused on management skills and techniques. TRAINING WORKSHOPS Throughout the year, WAMOA […]

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Washington State Society for Healthcare Engineering (WSSHE) Annual Conference & Technical Exhibition

July 17th, 2011

Dates: September 20 – 23, 2011 Location: Yakima, WA http://wsshe.org/calendar.htm Organized in 1973, the Washington State Society for Healthcare Engineering (WSSHE), is a not-for-profit, incorporated association, dedicated to serving and promoting the healthcare engineering profession. Our vision is to be the leader in providing timely technical information and management growth to our members through education, […]

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EcoDistricts Summit 2011 in Portland

July 17th, 2011

Dates: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26th – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28th, 2011 Location: Portland State University | Smith Center, 3rd Floor 1825 SW Broadway Portland, OR 97201 The EcoDistricts Summit is a three-day forum designed to complement the Portland Sustainability Institute’s work on EcoDistricts and to catalyze the conversation on sustainable development at the district scale. The EcoDistricts […]

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Consultant picks Yesler Terrace for first district energy project

July 12th, 2011

July 12, 2011 Consultant picks Yesler Terrace for first district energy project By KATIE ZEMTSEFF Journal Staff Reporter Since December, a team of international consultants have been analyzing Seattle neighborhoods for their potential as the site for a district energy system. They concluded Yesler Terrace/First Hill offers the best opportunity and said work should start […]

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Northwest Environmental Business Council (NEBC) Olympic Annual Rooftop Mixer

July 5th, 2011

Date: Wednesday, July 13th, 2011 at 5:00pm to 7:30pm Location: K&L Gates 925 Fourth Ave, 7th Floor Patio Seattle, WA 98104    Summer – Finally! This means it’s time for NEBC’s Annual Rooftop Mixer! Savor delicious hors d’oeuvres, sip a cool beverage and relax with friends, colleagues and NEBC members for this fun event. Unwind […]

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48th ASHE Annual Conference & Technical Exhibition

July 5th, 2011

Dates: July 17-20, 2011 Location: Washington State Convention & Trade Ctr 800 Convention Place Seattle, WA 98101 (206) 694-5000 http://www.ashe.org/annual/ Join us in Seattle for three days of education, professional growth, and networking. Whether you are new to the field or an experienced health care facility management professional, the ASHE Annual Conference offers programs for […]

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Energy, Innovation, and the Future of Design

July 5th, 2011

Date: July 13, 8a-5p Location: The Mountaineers 7700 Sand Point Wy NE Seattle As cities and regions evolve their strategies for meeting and managing our changing energy demands, those changes will significantly impact design of buildings and communities. What will architects and engineers, owners and contractors need to know today to move us toward a […]

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May 21, 2011: BOMA Day Of Caring at DESC

May 18th, 2011

It’s time to roll up those sleeves and join your fellow BOMA members and help DESC upgrade and maintain their vital programs that annually serve over 6000 homeless and mentally ill people in our community. This special day makes a big impact on the health of this organization and we encourage all of our members to get involved and help BOMA make a difference.

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The new "Normal" Tenants participate in energy advisory board for building

October 25th, 2010

At the Bellegrove Building, a medical office complex in Bellevue, another building team leveraged Earth Day to start a dialogue with tenants about sustainability and energy efficiency. After participating in a scoping study with NEEA’s BetterBricks program and implementing changes to their lighting and HVAC systems, owner Henbart LLC convened a tenant meeting to present information about their sustainability commitment. Along with the Coast Real Estate Services management team, they described the improvements that had been made and how the building’s performance compared to its peers. Then

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