Energy Efficiency

255 S. King Street Achieves Long Awaited LEED Silver Certifications

255 S. King Street Achieves Long Awaited LEED Silver Certifications

Some large, phased projects have really long design and construction schedules, so it can take quite a while to guide them through the LEED certification process. One such project began for us in 2012, the 255 S. King Street Hotel and Office towers, which were constructed on a joint four story podium containing parking and pedestrian level retail space. Phase 1 began with a 325,000SF hotel project that consisted of 297 rooms with a conference center and a health club with a pool. During construction, a popular local restaurant, 13 Coins, relocated to the ground floor of the new building. Connected by an atrium, the second phase of the project added an 18 story, 292,000SF core and shell office tower to the podium. The office tower houses Avilara on several of the floors with some space yet to lease and contains a large roof top restaurant. Since the towers share […]

ArchEcology’s Growing Portfolio in the Bay Area

ArchEcology’s Growing Portfolio in the Bay Area

Golden State Eco-Warriors ArchEcology has been expanding into Northern California thanks to a couple of our awesome clients.  Over the last year we’ve been growing our expertise in the regulations and programs governing green development in California.  Title 24 (T24), CalGreen, and Build It Green all bring new codes, checklists and inspection requirements, in addition to LEED requirements. There is a recognition by the USGBC that the California standards go far further than typical codes and requirements, prompting them to issue an Alternative Compliance Path (ACP) that allows nonresidential projects that comply with CalGreen 2016 requirements to automatically comply with related LEED v4 credits. More detail on the 12 Prerequisites and 6 credits that are eligible can be found at https://www.usgbc.org/green-codes. Similarly, LEED will accept Title 24 performance modeling results for Optimize Energy credits, as a means of streamlining energy modeling efforts. However, the use of T24 results for LEED […]

Passive House in Seattle

Passive House in Seattle

Our very own Dan Luddy was a speaker at the 2017 North American Passive House Conference, held right here in Seattle! This year’s theme was “The Path to Zero Source Energy,” and Dan presented on the use of energy modeling in Passive House design. He showcased the analysis that we providing for 1300 Pike, and how collaboration during the design process has resulted in a simplified, cost-effective approach to Passive House certification that focus resources on the most critical components. Dan’s main message was that Passive House certification is achievable, scalable and an excellent pathway to achieving exceptional building performance.

Accelerate Your Building’s Energy Savings

Accelerate Your Building’s Energy Savings

The Seattle Building Tune-Up Accelerator program offers incentives to help nonresidential buildings identify no or low cost operations and maintenance actions that can reduce energy and water use and typically result in an average of 10-15% savings on annual utility bills. Eligible nonresidential buildings of 70,000-99,999 SF (due to comply by Oct 2020) and 50,000 to 69,999 SF (due to comply by Oct 2021) must apply to participate in the program by Dec 1, 2017. Funding is limited so apply now! Download the application form. The Accelerator program offers up to $0.12 per SF (approx. $6000 to $12,000 up to 70% of project cost) to help defray the cost of the tune up services, which include assessment and confirmation that required improvements are made. As a Special Bonus with participation in the Accelerator Program, you also receive a free Asset Score, which identifies the likely savings opportunities in your property aside […]

ENR’s 2016 Best of the Best Green Project

ENR’s 2016 Best of the Best Green Project

We are proud to announce that one of our projects Lakeview Campus Expansion was recently awarded Engineering News-Record’s Best of the Best Green Project of 2016. This LEED Platinum 180,000SF build to suit office building won first for our region and subsequently beat the winners of the nine other regions to win this national award for design and construction excellence. This project exemplifies the early integration of sustainable strategies from the use of a brownfield site and rainwater capture to the high tech energy and photovoltaic systems installed. See our project description for more about this exciting, innovative project.

What’s a DOAS?

What’s a DOAS?

Double Orange Avocado Salad? Deep Ocean Adventure Submarine? Nope, the DOAS acronym stands for Dedicated Outdoor Air System. This type of mechanical system is becoming more common in commercial building design, and is mentioned explicitly as a prescriptive requirement in many new energy codes, including both the 2015 Washington State Energy Code and 2015 Seattle Energy Code.   Key Takeaways – A Dedicated Outdoor Air System (DOAS) is a system that handles ventilation loads independently of the primary heating and cooling system – By de-coupling ventilation from space conditioning, mechanical systems can be optimized for maximum efficiency – While costs and physical constraints may limit the viability of a DOAS in some cases, it is a worthwhile HVAC strategy to examine early in design to help meet targets for code compliance, energy efficiency and occupant thermal comfort. Dedicated Outdoor Air System A Dedicated Outdoor Air System is an air handling […]