Knowing how to set and meet energy efficiency benchmarks is the foundation of any energy management strategy. BetterBricks connects you with the resources, training and tools you need to improve your building.
Secondary Windows Rejuvenate 1970s Office Building
Built in 1975, Hurley Development’s 915 Broadway office building in downtown Vancouver, Wash., features floor-to-ceiling windows in every perimeter office—6,000 sq. ft. of windows in total. While all of these single-pane windows let in a vast amount of natural light, they also brought in far too much heat in summer, and too much cold air in winter. This thermal leakage not only led to tenant comfort complaints, it also inflated energy costs by forcing the aging HVAC equipment to strain to maintain indoor temperatures.Case Studies
A Proven Approach to High-Performance HVAC Improves Efficiency, Health and Comfort
Very high efficiency dedicated outside air systems (very high efficiency DOAS) pair the highest performance HVAC equipment with key design principles to provide cleaner and safer indoor air, enhance indoor comfort, and reduce commercial building HVAC energy use. This approach has been demonstrated to reduce HVAC energy use by an average of 69% when compared to a code-minimum version of the existing equipment (often a packaged rooftop unit).
Three Funding Opportunities Open for Energy Retrofits in Public Buildings
Washington State Department of Commerce is currently accepting applications for three available grants for energy retrofits. The grants align with Washington's 2021 State Energy Strategy, which identifies energy efficiency in buildings and community-owned solar as key strategies for meeting climate and equity goals.
Analysis of Expanded Efficiency Parameters for Very High Efficiency DOAS
Conducted by Red Car Analytics on behalf of NEEA, this report evaluates an expanded set of parameters for heat recovery or energy recovery ventilation (HRV/ERV). It analyzes the impact of these expanded parameters on energy efficiency and first-cost effectiveness. Report goals included: 1) Analyzing the energy impacts of using lower or higher efficiency parameters in an HRV/ERV configuration compared to standard rooftop heat pump units and a basic efficiency HRV/ERV as defined by the Washington State Energy Code (WSEC), 2) Identifying the first costs, net present value, and the payback period of lower and higher efficiency HRV/ERV configurations compared to standard rooftop heat pump units, and 3) Outlining the additional benefits provided by each parameter and which configurations provide the best benefits.
Smart Pumps Lead the Way to Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Goals
Although the full impact of pumps in our society sometimes falls under the radar, what hasn’t gone unnoticed is energy efficiency and sustainability. When it comes to whole-building energy efficiency and sustainability, pumps are front and center and play a critical role in helping facilities reach these goals.
Luminaire Level Lighting Controls and the Future of Healthy Buildings
As we build back from the pandemic, the building industry is rethinking how we approach health in commercial spaces. Learn how LLLC could be used in countless ways to improve health and efficiency, and revolutionize how we monitor and respond to environmental factors that impact human health.
Advanced lighting starts with control. Discover how commercial building lighting design and modern technologies can combine to affect your budget, market differentiation, aesthetics, and tenant comfort.
Let the natural light in and keep the elements out, all while saving energy and money. Find out how commercial building windows play a critical role in improving tenant comfort, reducing energy consumption, and cutting costs.
Better comfort and energy costs start with the right HVAC. Understand how heating, cooling and airflow all directly contribute to the energy efficiency and tenant comfort of your commercial building.
Pumps & Motors
Pumping systems are essential to the daily operation of most commercial buildings and industrial facilities. With new energy standards for clean-water pumps taking effect in 2020 and a great new Energy Rating label program from the Hydraulic Institute, now is the time to evaluate the efficiency of commercial and industrial pumps, and circulators.
Strategic Energy Management
Every effective energy-efficient building starts with a plan and leads to reduced energy costs. Strategic Energy Management (SEM) is the map to creating sustainable energy-saving practices that identify where energy waste is occurring and how to improve energy consumption and support building operations.
Energy efficiency upgrades that save 35% or more in energy costs could make all the difference in showcasing your commercial building’s value. With so many factors in the market, energy-efficient benefits may be the differentiator between you and your competitors.
From HVAC and lighting controls to secondary windows, there are many solutions for an efficient commercial building. Knowing how to integrate those solutions so they work together in an energy-efficient system may mean saving time and money. Whether it’s a retrofit or new commercial project, learn how to apply an integrated design.