Membership Information for each Member Category
In order to help District Members understand the benefits offered with their membership, as well as the District itself, a description and summary of benefits has been created for the following member types:
Seattle 2030 District Community Power Works for Large Commercial
The Seattle 2030 District is now managing Community Power Works for Large Commercial buildings in Seattle. This RFP makes a $500,000 pool of in grant funding available to Seattle 2030 District Property Owner and Property Manager members on a first-come/first-serve basis.
UPDATE - The Deadline for completing work eligible for Community Power Works funding has been extended to August 31st, 2013. The total amount of money available to Seattle 2030 District members has been increased to $1 Million, so please bring your projects forward!
Please contact Brian Geller at The Seattle 2030 District if you have questions!
Better Buildings Challenge Financial Allies
The 2030 District has partnered with the Better Buildings Challenge and will connect 2030 District Members with Better Building Challenge Financial Allies
that commit to transparency and ‘good faith’ efforts to evaluate projects, technology Allies that commit to providing innovative products, and Service Allies that commit to provide best practice business models for energy savings and disclosure of results.
Better Buildings Challenge Showcasing
Through the Better Buildings Challenge the 2030 District will showcase 2030 District Members who leverage, develop and share innovative energy efficiency implementation models. Projects should demonstrate immediate, concrete actions resulting in significant and real savings.
Clinton Climate Initiative Preferred Purchasing Discount
Through partnership and collaboration with the C40 Climate Leadership Group and the Clinton Climate Initiative, the Seattle 2030 District is able to extend discounted pricing with leading suppliers of a variety of energy efficient building technologies to Seattle 2030 District projects that have signed commitment letters and agreed to target the Districts long-term performance goals.
The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International and the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) provide the BOMA Energy Performance Contracting (BEPC) model, an effective model contract and supporting documents that allow building owners and operators to execute sophisticated energy efficiency retrofits to existing buildings.
Training and ongoing support for ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager
The 2030 District informs members about ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager trainings offered by the US EPA, the City of Seattle, BetterBricks and other organizations. These trainings typically cover a basic understanding of the tool and do not cover every scenario members may encounter. For more hands-on assistance, the 2030 District has partnered with local firms that have helped many owners use Portfolio Manager to work with District members. District members have also contributed to the creation of a Performance Data Sharing Overview Document to assist one another. The 2030 District has also further leveraged its partnership with the City of Seattle to make sure that reporting requirements for the City’s Disclosure Ordinance (using Portfolio Manager) are compatible with reporting for Seattle 2030 District members.
Training and Ongoing Support
In partnership with the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance the District facilitated the first Value Beyond Cost Savings session, a groundbreaking event based on the Green Finance Consortium's book by the same name, designed to elevate the conversation around green building measures above simple payback calculations. Some key investigations:
How sustainability considerations can be modeled in discount cash flow analyses and proformas
The sensitivity of asset value and the 12 financial inputs most affected by sustainability
The importance of market context and evaluating risk on sustainability investment decisions
Additional trainings will be offered in 2012.
The Seattle 2030 District will provide an integrated team approach and leverage its partnership with Seattle City Light to provide audits, or efficiency assessments, that are comprehensive and ensure that all potential savings opportunities are identified. The integrated A-T-D approach will assist property owners to align assessments with clear definition of improvement strategies, available incentives, grants and rebates, qualified service providers to execute the work, financing strategies to match owner requirements and with methods to maintain improvements over time. A draft of the process is available upon request. Part of the A-T-D process is a simplified 2030 District audit cover sheet, showing basic information about where a project stands related to the year 2030 performance goals, how far a particular project proposal takes it, and what else should be examined to reach the year 2030 goals.
2030 District standards and methodologies including, The 2030 District Roadmap, an internal work plan and agreement on process have been created to assist with important processes. Relatedly, The Efficiency Improvement Flowchart for Existing Buildings has been created for those performing renovations (ESCO’s and those who are financing) and to get both short and long term (difficult and easier improvements) bundled together to achieve greatest impact.
The 2030 District has been coordinating with Seattle City Light (SCL) and their incentive programs, allowing District members to be the first to participate in new SCL programs like their Retro-Commissioning Program, which provides scholarships to the Building Operators Certification (BOC) Program, energy audits and incentives, among other benefits.
Streamlined Permitting Services (SPS)
The Seattle 2030 District, through the City of Seattle and its funding from the EPA Climate Showcase Communities grant, is developing a suite of services for new construction projects to motivate them to meet the goals of the Seattle 2030 District and the 2030 Challenge. This suite of services is being designed to reduce overall land use and building permit time by 25%, to make permit cycles predictable and dependable, to include a single point of contact to establish performance goals, coordinate expedited multi-departmental permitting, to provide streamlined assistance with assembling incentives, grants and rebates, and to engage with the project after completion to confirm performance and provide project recognition.