By centrally tracking and communicating performance data, members of the Seattle 2030 District have been able to benchmark themselves against other participating buildings, as well as typical buildings, and use this information to evaluate progress toward reduction targets, Lucid says. The monitoring program, in place for a few months, has found that energy use is down 5.6 percent, water 2.2 percent, and CO2 from transportation 0.8 percent, all against 2010 levels.
As of January 2012, Seattle 2030 District members have shared energy and water data for 64 individual properties, comprising more than 21 million square feet of real estate. This portfolio represents nearly 25 percent of the entire square footage of the Seattle 2030 District area.
The buildings’ ongoing progress will be shared here, with both totals for the district’s overall reduction (pictured) and a map allowing visitors to explore individual buildings.
This marks the first time that a group of commercial buildings has voluntarily shared energy, water and transportation data with the public, Lucid says. Based on actual performance data from these buildings, the founding members are performing roughly 26 percent better than the national average for similar buildings, the company says.
The Seattle 2030 District is a public/private partnership of more than 60 members, including 19 property owners and managers, the City of Seattle, King County, and numerous professional and community stakeholders. The body’s goal is to reduce energy use, water consumption and CO2 emissions by 50 percent by 2030 in 88 million square feet of buildings in downtown Seattle.
The District as a whole is part of President Obama’s Better Buildings Challenge, which aims to use tax breaks, grants and loan guarantees, and other programs to catalyze private sector investment in commercial building upgrades and make America’s commercial buildings 20 percent more efficient over the next decade.