11 May '11, 7pm

Post: Seattle, building efficiency hotbed The city's benchmarking plan tracks energy use of large buildings.

Post: Seattle, building efficiency hotbed The city's benchmarking plan tracks energy use of large buildings.

Forward Print Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Subscribe The political chatter in Seattle remains focused on the multi-billion-dollar car-only tunnel the state wants to build beneath the downtown waterfront, but away from the tunnel saga the city is quietly becoming a leader in squeezing energy waste out of its building stock. Case in point: Today the city sent letters to more than 800 large commercial property owners and managers telling them it’s time to get started on the new energy benchmarking program that will expose energy waste – or, ideally, the lack of it. Owners of commercial buildings larger than 50,000 square feet (generally, downtown towers) have until October to start disclosing the energy performance of their buildings. That information will be available to the city, the public and prospective buyers, tenants and lenders. The disclosure ordinance , passed last Jan...

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