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.
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