Quadrant I-5 Corporate Park, Building A, a 75,000 square foot office building located in Everett, Washington, was recently awarded for its energy efficiency programs by The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Seattle King County. The group announced the winners of the 2011 Kilowatt Crackdown, which recognizes Puget Sound-area office buildings that have achieved a superior level of energy efficiency. Winners were chosen from among 71 competing properties in 17 cities across the Puget Sound. Quadrant I-5 Corporate Park, Building A, was awarded in the Highest Performing Small Building (40,000 - 100,000 square feet) category.
The Kilowatt Crackdown challenges property managers and building owners to demonstrate their leadership in energy efficient building operations, in order to identify the most energy efficient buildings in the market and the properties making the greatest gains in performance. Participants assess their building's energy performance, calculate their ENERGY STAR® rating and work to improve that score over a two-year period.
"The Kilowatt Crackdown inserts energy efficiency practices further into best practices for real estate management," said Rod Kauffman, president of BOMA Seattle King County. "Each year the competition gains more and more participation from our members, and we are poised to successfully benchmark and reduce energy consumption in 30 percent of the Puget Sound's entire office market in 2012."
Earl Wayman, a senior property manager with Kidder Mathews, a commercial real estate services firm, managed the process and helped the building's owners improve the property in a number of ways. The aging building control system was replaced so all systems could be run and monitored efficiently. A contractor was hired to adjust and monitor system operations for tenant comfort and energy efficiency. The locations of every thermostat and VAV box in the building were charted and labeled. As a result, cross-zoning issues and competing demand issues (heating and cooling demands within the same space) were discovered. It was also discovered that one of the rooftop units was running constantly. Remote access now allows the team to monitor and adjust the systems based on weather conditions and building load. The result has been dramatic improvements in operating efficiency and significant reductions in energy use.
Kidder Mathews is one of the largest independently owned commercial real estate firms on the West Coast, with over 400 real estate professionals and staff in 9 offices in Washington, Oregon, and California. Kidder Mathews offers a complete range of brokerage, appraisal, property management, consulting, sustainability, and project and construction management services for all property types. The firm performs $1.95 billion in transactions, manages over 22 million square feet of space, and conducts 1,000 appraisals annually. For more information, go to: www.kiddermathews.com
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