EEI Presents at the 2018 West Coast Energy Management Congress Conference

EEI’s Washington Branch Manager, Brendon Mattis, recently spoke at the High Performance & Green Buildings session of the 2018 West Coast Energy Management Congress (EMC) Conference. He discussed EEI’s ongoing work with the Seattle Public Library in his presentation titled, “Seattle Public Library Improved Energy Expenditures by more than 27%: Learn How They Did It.”

The West Coast EMC is the largest energy conference in the region. Speakers and attendees discuss energy management for HVAC and smart building systems, renewable and alternative energy, and other innovative energy initiatives.

Sponsors for the 2018 event included Puget Sound Energy, Seattle City Light, Snohomish Public Utility District, Tacoma Power, and the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council.

Brendon’s presentation focused on the challenges of 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. Though the Library had already received LEED Silver certification, the owners wanted to do more to reduce energy consumption. EEI implemented a Monitoring-Based Commissioning (MBCx) approach using BalanceCx® that has ultimately resulted in year-over-year energy savings of 27%. Brendon also discussed the ins-and-outs of the project startup process, challenges that arose during the project, and the path to success for the innovative downtown library.

More information about this project can be found here.