2021 Energy Competition

2021 underscored the importance of stricter energy codes mandated to significantly lower buildings’ emissions on the city and state levels. For this reason, the Seattle 2030 District hosted its first energy competition titled 2021 Energy Roadmap, choosing three buildings within district boundaries and having teams take the buildings’ current performance to net-zero energy by 2030.

THE BUILDINGS:

Unico 1111 Third Ave building

1111 Third Avenue

A large commercial office building (574,000 sq ft.), owned and operated by Unico Properties, in downtown Seattle. This 34-story high-rise building was constructed in 1980 and has a pre-covid EUI of 53.4, which is approaching its 2030 Challenge EUI target of 50.3.

Lincoln Court Apartments

Lincoln Court Apartments

Built in 1907, this affordable housing complex, owned by Community Roots Housing (CRH), has 21,700 sq. ft. of affordable housing plus 3,775 sq. ft. of parking with a EUI of 74.8 with a baseline of 44.1. CRH was looking for solutions to reach energy reduction goals on a limited budget.

Ballou Wright Building

Ballou Wright Building

Owned and operated by Hunters Capital, this historic, 32,000 sq. ft. building has a pre-covid EUI of 38.9 with a 2030 baseline of 77.8. The building is home to several smaller tenants with different energy needs, budgets, and ideas on ideal temperatures.