How These Seattle Retrofit Projects
Hit Savings Goals
INSIDE TWO FIRSTS FOR THE BETTER BUILDINGS CHALLENGE
Achieving noteworthy firsts for the Better Buildings Challenge, two Seattle-area
businesses in energy-intensive sectors both
surpassed their energy efficiency goals.
The main terminal at King County
International Airport in Seattle is one of
the oldest and busiest non-hub airport
terminals in the U.S. Its energy retrofit,
which resulted in an energy savings of more
than 60% over the previous year, included
advanced lighting controls, LED lighting
inside and outside (including the parking
lot), and a state-of-the-art heating and
cooling system to replace an older, more
A large overhead fan in the terminal
lobby adds additional efficiency by reducing
the load on the HVAC system, and natural
gas has been completely eliminated as a
Are You Prepared for
the Evolving Energy
WHY TOO MANY COMPANIES HAVE A
FALSE SENSE OF SECURITY ABOUT
Most organizations believe they’re prepared for the future of energy
management but are in fact relying on
conventional efficiency approaches that
are delivering a false sense of security,
according to a study by Schneider Electric.
“The gaps in innovation are further
complicated by limited coordination
between procurement, operations and
sustainability departments, as well as
inefficient data collection and sharing,”
Schneider Electric explains.
The study, which surveyed nearly 240
large corporations across the globe, found
that while 85% of the responding organizations said their company is taking action
ENERGY STORAGE is especially important for renewable energy sources
that fluctuate in yield, but only 30%
of respondents have implemented
Shari’s Café and Pies in Lynwood is the
first full-service restaurant to join the
Better Buildings Challenge. It surpassed the
goal of a 20% reduction in energy intensity
by 2025 by upgrading to LEDs inside and
outside and replacing five heated dipper
wells with new manual versions, achieving
a 28% reduction in energy use and a 43%
reduction in water use.
The restaurant captures additional water,
sewer and gas savings with a smart irriga-
tion system that uses
data to avoid watering
when rain is coming.
The two facilities join
more than 345 Better
partners across many
building sectors. Nearly
38,000 properties have
shared energy performance results and are
saving an average of
2% per year.
to keep its carbon reduction plans competitive with energy leaders, few were implementing advanced technologies to manage
energy and emissions, relying instead on
renewables and conservation projects.
Other findings include:
■ 75% of respondents are working to
reduce water consumption and waste.
■ 51% have either completed or are
planning to pursue renewable energy
■ Only 30% have implemented or are
actively working to implement energy
storage, microgrids or combined heat
and power technology.
■ Just 23% use demand response strategies
or plan to enact them soon.
■ Energy and sustainability decisions are
not well-coordinated across teams and
departments for 61% of respondents. The
same number also named lack of collaboration as a challenge.
■ Data management was a significant
obstacle for the 45% of people who said
that organizational data is decentralized.
“We are in the middle of a massive disruption in the way energy is consumed
and produced,” says Jean-Pascal Tricoire,
Chairman and CEO of Schneider Electric.
“The near-universal focus on conservation
is a positive, but being a savvy consumer
is only part of what’s needed to survive
and thrive. Companies need to prepare to
be active energy participants, putting the
pieces in place to produce energy and interact with the grid, utilities, peers and other
new entrants. Those that fail to act now will
be left behind.” B
ONE OF THE OLDEST AND BUSIEST non-hub airports in the
U.S., King County International Airport has reduced its
energy use by over 60%.
source of building heat. The terminal is
nearly 90 years old, so hitting the savings
goal was no small feat.