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BPS News: Building Performance Partnership launches 2012 ‘Kilowatt Crackdown’

September 27, 2012


Erica Perez, for BOMA Oregon
Perez Public Relations
(503) 249-0459

Stephanie Swanson, for NEEA
MarketShift Strategies
(971) 246-1732

Building Performance Partnership launches 2012 ‘Kilowatt Crackdown’

Public-private partnership tracks energy performance in commercial buildings

Portland, Ore. –Portland Mayor Sam Adams today challenged a gathering of BOMA Oregon’s leading commercial building owners and managers to participate in the 2012 ‘Kilowatt Crackdown’ – a two-year energy benchmarking competition for Portland metro-area commercial buildings.

Noting the City of Portland/Multnomah County’s ambitious carbon reduction goal to achieve 40 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050, Adams encouraged the group to join the City of Portland, BOMA Oregon, NEEA’s BetterBricks, PDC, Energy Trust of Oregon and Clark Public Utilities to lead the Portland-metro area in cutting energy use and costs.

“Portland’s large commercial buildings consume considerable amounts of energy, and many could use energy-efficiency upgrades,” said Adams.  “We’ve assembled a great partnership to create a valuable opportunity for Portland’s building owners to save energy, save money, and improve their buildings.”

According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology, buildings in the United States account for more than 40 percent of total energy consumption, and about 72 percent of electricity consumption. If current trends continue, it is estimated that buildings will be the largest global energy consumers by 2025.

“The Kilowatt Crackdown competition supports voluntary benchmarking of energy use that is evaluated based on real data and allows us to maintain a leadership position in energy reduction,” notes Phil Guay, NEEA Senior Manager, Commercial Sector.

The Building Performance Partnership has evolved from the competition first launched by BOMA Oregon in 2006 – highlighting Portland’s leadership in energy management.  The new partnership expects to double participation while expanding geographic reach throughout the Metro area.   Participating buildings will benchmark energy performance through ENERGY STAR’s Portfolio Manager Tool and seek to improve their performance over time.

PDC Chairman and Melvin Mark President Scott Andrews noted the win-win for commercial building owners in a highly competitive real estate market.  

“Prospective tenants demand efficient, environmentally-friendly buildings and are willing to pay for it,” said Andrews. “Benchmarking for improved performance keeps us competitive in the marketplace, and will help us deliver on our economic development goals to foster the next wave of innovation in sustainable building,” he emphasized.

About the Kilowatt Crackdown Competition

Kilowatt Crackdown is the energy-saving competition where ‘everybuilding wins.’  Both new and returning participants will find helpful tools and resources, including:

  • Free customized Energy Assessment and action plan.*
  • Free “Energy Coach” to help you develop energy saving initiatives.
  • Free ENERGY STAR training, technical support, and data review.
  • Advice on best practices to reduce energy use and operating costs.
  • Free ENERGY STAR Certification for qualifying buildings.*
  • Metro-wide recognition for participating.

The competition also includes a refreshed website, and social media tools so participants can follow colleagues’ progress on Facebook, and Twitter, #kilowattcrackdown.

*This is a limited service. Availability depends upon your building’s track and the final number of participants.

About the Building Performance Partnership

NEEA’s BetterBricks, is the commercial building initiative of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, which is supported by local electric utilities. Through the BetterBricks initiative, NEEA advocates for changes to energy-related business practices in the Northwest buildings. In this era of heightened appreciation for the impact climate change is having on our environment and our economy, energy efficiency is a crucial component in addressing global warming.

BOMA Oregon, is the industry’s leading commercial real estate organization, representing over 30 million square feet of commercial real estate in Oregon. Through a strong membership base, leadership, networking, advocacy and professional development, BOMA Oregon is the voice of the commercial real estate industry.

City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS), develops innovative and practical solutions to create and enhance a prosperous, educated, healthy and equitable city. The bureau provides: Citywide strategic and comprehensive land use planning; neighborhood, district, economic, historic and environmental research, planning and urban design; policy and services to advance energy efficiency, green building, waste reduction, composting and recycling, solar and renewable energy use, and local sustainable food production; as well as actions to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

Clark Public Utilities, is a NEEA funder and customer-owned utility providing electric and water service in Clark County, Washington. A public utility district organized under the laws of the state of Washington, the utility was formed by a vote of the people in 1938. The utility currently provides electric service to more than 184,000 customers and water service to more than 30,000 homes and businesses.

Energy Trust of Oregon, is a NEEA funder and independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping utility customers benefit from saving energy and generating renewable energy. Services, cash incentives and solutions have helped participating customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural and Cascade Natural Gas save more than $1 billion on their energy bills. The organization’s work helps keep energy costs as low as possible and builds a sustainable energy future.