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Northwest Energy Efficiency Council

Seattle, Washington

ENERGY STAR Award for Excellence

The Northwest Energy Efficiency Council (NEEC) is a nonprofit business association of the energy efficiency industry. NEEC’s mission is to promote policies and programs that enhance market opportunities for energy efficiency. NEEC is receiving ENERGY STAR recognition for its sustained commitment to improving building energy performance through its workforce training and certification program, Building Operator Certification (BOC®), and its experience in administering the Help Desk for the City of Seattle energy benchmarking and reporting program. Key 2013 accomplishments include:

  • Promoting ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager in the BOC curriculum in 35 states and the District of Columbia by including benchmarking in projects and exams required to earn certification, and designating it an eligible activity for renewing the BOC credential.
  • Training more than 1,600 building operators in 2013 representing 486 million square feet of commercial and institutional building space on use of ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.
  • Building national awareness of benchmarking through BOC brochures, bulletins, webcasts, website, and social media, as well as by participating in national initiatives focused on building energy performance and guidelines for training and certification programs.
  • Managing the Help Desk for the City of Seattle energy benchmarking and reporting program that provides hands-on workshops, weekly drop in sessions, and email and phone support on the use of Portfolio Manager. Customer support has contributed to Seattle reporting 94-percent compliance for both nonresidential and multifamily buildings.