Brendon Mattis

21-Jun-2018, 3:00-3:30PM

Seattle Public Library Improved Energy Expenditures by More than 27%: Learn How They Did It

Brendon Mattis

Branch/Project Manager
Engineering Economics, Inc.

Today’s facilities management professionals have become environmental stewards in an ever-changing industry because they understand and embrace the necessity of energy efficiency. Facilities staff are challenged with balancing energy optimization goals with occupant comfort and safety in an approach that integrates all aspects of facilities operations, capital improvement projects, and financial management with the operational staff on hand. Organizations are having to do better with less, improve quality, and manage with ever-decreasing margins. Additionally, facilities staff are constantly faced with new and increasingly stringent mandates to prove energy efficient measures in their buildings while managing reduced budgets. Iconic buildings like the Seattle Public Library’s (SPL’s) 11-story Central Library set a standard of architectural excellence. The 362,987 SF public library was voted #108 on the American Institute of Architects’ list of 150 favorite structures in the U.S., achieved USGBC’s New Construction LEED Silver Rating, and includes over 400 computers, but the owners wanted to also be known for their reduction in energy consumption. SPL engaged Engineering Economics, Inc. (EEI) for a second effort, over 10 years after initial project commissioning was completed to address and monitor operational and energy performance issues at the facility, and began a Monitoring-based Commissioning (MBCx) program as part of the recommissioning efforts to update and renew system performance a decade later. SPL has already come a long way since they began their MBCx program in 2015. In fact, their year-over-year energy savings from July to November of 2017 is 27%! That represents over $47,000 and 530,000 KWh in only four months. SPL is also saving big on water and sewer bills; so how did they do it? In this presentation, EEI PM Brendon Mattis, PE, CxA, LEED® AP will discuss the startup process, challenges, and path to success for the SPL’s innovative downtown library.


Track: 2- High Performance & Green Buildings | Session: 2C- Case Studies: Getting to Green(er) Pastures

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