Existing Building Renewal Initiative

The existing commercial building stock in the Northwest represents a significant energy-savings opportunity to improve bottom lines and asset values for building owners and reduced costs for business tenants.  Through the BetterBricks program, the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) is developing a regional Existing Building Renewal initiative to help building owners, managers and tenants conduct whole-building deep energy efficiency retrofits of existing assets.  The Existing Building Renewal initiative will motivate and guide owners as well as design and construction teams to revamp existing building stock to achieve energy savings of 35% or more, ideally aiming for 2030 Challenge targets of 50% or more. The initial focus is on commercial real estate office buildings greater than 20,000 square feet.

Related Resources

Existing Building Renewal: Deep Energy Renovations.  Planning Workshop Summary Report

Examples of Deep Energy Savings in Existing Buildings (NBI Study)

A Search for Deep Energy Savings: NEEA's Study of Existing Building Energy Efficiency Renewals

Rethink Energy and Design Blog Post: Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Building Tour

Rocky Mountain Institute’s RetroFit Depot

Jones Lang LaSalle’s Presentation on Existing Building Renewal and Lessons Learned from the Empire State Building

Case Studies

200 SW Market Building Case Study, Portland, OR

Beardmore Case Study, Priest River, ID

A Search for Deep Energy Savings: Project Profiles on Nine Existing Building Energy Efficiency Renewals

Empire State Building Case Study, New York, NY

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