Salt Lake City partners with utilities to improve building energy efficiency (USGBC Utah)
USGBC Utah partner Salt Lake City was recognized by the White House for its work to improve energy efficiency.
Over the past two years, USGBC Utah has been partnering with Salt Lake City to promote Project Skyline, a city initiative to expand building energy tracking and benchmarking using the Energy Star Portfolio Manager program. Our community hosted an event to raise awareness for the program and provide education on the benefits of both benchmarking and financial incentives for energy improvement projects. We are so pleased to be a part of this program and to have it recognized at a national level.
Salt Lake City has recently been recognized by the White House and U.S. Department of Energy for ongoing efforts to improve energy efficiency through building benchmarking and energy transparency. According to an article on the city's website,
Since 2013, Salt Lake City has partnered with both Rocky Mountain Power and Questar to provide whole-building energy data access to building owners through the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Portfolio Manager Tool. The effort, which is on track for completion in 2017, will ensure effortless energy data management for building owners, providing a complete picture as to building energy use and enabling them to employ more responsive strategies.
“Salt Lake City, Rocky Mountain Power and Questar are working together to help building owners understand how their building is operating and to identify opportunities to improve energy management,” says Vicki Bennett, Sustainability Director for Salt Lake City. “By automating and streamlining the process, more Salt Lake City building owners will be able to improve energy efficiency—ultimately saving energy, money and emissions.”
Salt Lake City is committed to improving air quality, and buildings play an important role in emissions. The most recent data from the Utah Division of Air Quality show that 39 percent of existing air pollution comes from area sources (i.e., homes and businesses). This percentage is expected to increase significantly over the next 20 years as vehicles become more efficient, making building energy efficiency efforts more and more important.
Last week, Mayor Jackie Biskupski extended an invitation to leading industry experts to share their ideas and best practices for energy efficiency in buildings, as part of the Elevate Buildings process.
"There is nothing more important than the air we breathe, and working to clear our skies is a top priority of my administration," says Mayor Biskupksi. "By collaborating with industry experts, we will help improve air quality through increased energy efficiency [in] our city’s largest buildings."
You can learn more about Salt Lake City's efforts to reduce our collective carbon footprint through energy benchmarking and efficiency improvements in commercial buildings at SLCgov.com/ProjectSkyline.