Informing Design

Arnett Hall

Photo Credit: Sandeep Doddaballapur

Photo Credit: Sandeep Doddaballapur

Client: Seattle Pacific University
Architect: Mithun
Project Size: 75,000 sf

Services

  • Informing Design
  • LEED for Homes - Midrise - Energy Analysis

Arnett Hall is a new 149 unit student housing project on the Seattle Pacific University campus. The project has been certified ‘Gold’ under the LEED for Homes Midrise rating system. The projects incorporated a range of energy and water efficient systems like heat recovery ventilator systems serving the corridors and common areas, efficient lighting with occupancy sensors in most all common spaces, individual rooms and bathrooms, EnergyStar appliances, low-flow plumbing fixtures and, condensing domestic hot water heaters. The project successfully helped progress its sustainability goals. Seattle Pacific University is signatory to the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, with a long-term goal to become climate neutral by 2036 and the Arnett Hall project has successfully helped progress its sustainability goals.

Hopelink Redmond Integrated Services Center

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Client/Architect: Third Place Design Cooperative
Project Size: 28,000 sf

Services

  • Informing Design
  • LEED-NC Energy Modeling

360 Analytics was engaged by the design team to provide energy modeling services to inform HVAC system selection and LEED-NC energy modeling.  During the design development phase, the study focused heavily on comparing two HVAC system options: 1) Packaged variable air volume (VAV) versus 2) a high-efficiency variable refrigerant flow (VRF) system with dedicated outdoor air system (DOAS).  Because this analysis occurred early in design, 360 Analytics worked closely with members across the project team including design professionals, contractors, and subs to ensure the systems and performance modeled closely represented a fully designed system.  The analysis illustrated the significant energy/maintenance savings, CO2 emission reductions, and additional LEED points, while a simple financial model revealed an acceptable payback period.

Sun Tower

Client/Architect: Environmental Works
Project Size: 95,000 sf

Services

  • Utility Bill Analysis
  • Benchmarking
  • On-site Performance Assessment
  • Energy Metering
  • Model Calibration
  • Efficiency Measure Analysis

Sun Tower is a 200 unit, affordable senior living and assistance community located in the sunny heart of Washington State.  The developer and architect team, inspired by some of the work presented on the success of the Green Communities Project, engaged 360 Analytics to help identify and prioritize energy and water efficiency updates as part of a major renovation.  360 Analytics completed a site assessment, including a robust sampling of ventilation and water fixture flow rates.  Two years of energy, water, and solid waste utility bills were compiled, and degree-day regression models were developed to identify the heating, cooling, and base load energy flows.  Using the site measurements and energy monitoring data from past projects, the models were further refined to identify other end-use flows, such as elevators and hot water heating.  The analysis gave the owners and design team a better understanding how utility dollars were being spent, and is being used to prioritize retrofit funds. In addition, 360 Analytics design review led to identifying a suitable heat pump HVAC replacement option, available for a negligible additional cost over the electric resistance option.

 

HUD RAD Conversion Feasibility Study

Client: RMC Architects
Project Size: 434,000 sf (13 Properties)

Services

  • Utility Bill Analysis
  • Benchmarking
  • On-site Performance Assessment
  • Efficiency Measure Analysis

For this project, 360 Analytics assisted the architect and contractor in completing green physical conditions assessment and energy audits, an important component of the HUD RAD Conversion process. 360 Analytics completed on-site surveys, compilation of utility data, identification and modeling of green (efficiency) measures, and reporting in accordance with HUD program requirements. The project involved assessment and analysis of '12' different properties, comprised of over 450 units, most of which were individually metered. The tight timeline of completing all audits in 3 weeks required close coordination with the contractor and other team members. Independent of the Conversion, the owner now has a comprehensive assessment of their portfolio and a prioritized list of efficiency measures and anticipated costs.

Lokahi Apartments

Photo Credit:  Lokahi Apartments

Photo Credit: Lokahi Apartments

Client: Vitus Group
Project Size: 208,000 sf (18 Buildings)

Services

  • Utility Bill Analysis
  • PV and Solar Thermal Modeling

On the sunny side of Hawaii’s big island is Lokahi Apartments, a new cluster of 18 - 3 story walk-up buildings built in 2010.  The buildings include large solar PV and water heating systems, designed with the intent of offsetting all the common area electricity and dwelling unit hot water heating needs with the renewable power of the sun.  Modeling of renewable energy systems was not completed during the design phase, so it was unknown if the systems were performing above or below their anticipated capacity.  360 developed hourly simulations of the each of the relevant building systems and loads for each of the three prototypical buildings located at the site, and compared the models to the actual building utility bills.  The analysis resulted in a detailed list of recommended maintenance, controls, and efficiency measures for the owner to implement.

Arbora Court

Image © Weber Thompson Architects

Image © Weber Thompson Architects

Client: Bellwether Housing
Architect: Weber Thompson Architects
Project Size: 125,000 sf

Services

  • Utility Bill Analysis
  • Benchmarking
  • Model Calibration
  • Informing Design
  • Efficiency Measure Analysis
  • Seattle Energy Code Compliance

The Arbora Court Apartments is a project being realized by Bellwether along with University Christian Church (UCC). It is a new, 133 unit affordable, housing project planned for the bustling University District of Seattle. Leveraging a grant from Enterprise Green Communities, Bellwether Housing assembled a robust team of consultants, designers, and a contractor, Walsh Construction, to develop and evaluate a large package of energy, water, and waste saving strategies early in the design. 360 spearheaded the utility bill analysis of two, recently built, similar buildings in the owner’s portfolio, and used the existing building information to inform and tune the occupant dependent loads assumed for the UCC design analysis. The eQUEST energy model developed by 360 for the project was used to calculate the savings of over 30 different efficiency measures, bundled into multiple packages. 360 worked closely with Bellwether and Walsh to compile the construction costs, utility costs savings, and utility incentives into a comprehensive financial analysis.

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 Photo Credit: Sandeep Doddaballapur

Photo Credit: Sandeep Doddaballapur

Client: Stream Real Estate
Architect: Nicholson Kovalchick Architects
Project Size: 36,000 sf

Services:

  • Informing Design
  • LEED for Homes - Midrise Energy Modeling

Stream Fifteen is a new, 34 unit mid-rise development in Seattle’s Capitol HIll neighborhood. The project is targeting ‘Gold’ under the LEED for Homes Mid-Rise rating system.  The project incorporates a range of energy and water efficient systems like the almost exclusively LED lighting design (integrated occupancy sensors in designated areas), EnergyStar rated appliances, low-flow plumbing fixtures and, condensing domestic hot water heaters.  The lobby on level has been naturally ventilated and corridors on levels 2 and above are being ventilated with un-tempered air.  The project sources all its power through Green-e Certified sources to achieve zero net carbon emissions.  The project has a high walk-ability score of ‘91’ and provides a bike storage to support low carbon commute.

North Country SPCA

Photo Credit: North Country SPCA

Photo Credit: North Country SPCA

Client: ARQ Architects
Architect: ARQ Architects
Project Size: 5,000 sf

Services

  • Efficiency Measure Analysis

The North Country SPCA is a high performance animal shelter for homeless animals in Essex County, New York.  High ventilation rates are critical to the health and happiness of building occupants, human and animal alike, but present a unique challenge in the extreme New York climate.  High efficiency heat recovery ventilators, radiant floor heating, efficient lighting and solar hot water heating all contribute to this highly efficient animal shelter.

Lyon Building

Sector: Non-Profit
Client: Downtown Emergency Services Center (DESC)
Project: 67,000 sf

Services

  • Utility Bill Analysis
  • Benchmarking
  • On-site Performance Assessment
  • Informing Design
  • Efficiency Measure Analysis

The Lyon Building is a historic landmark, as well as a hub for housing and community services in downtown Seattle. The building includes two stories of office and clinic space for the DESC organization, as well as common space and 64 apartments for formerly homeless men and women affected by HIV/AIDS, mental illness, and addiction.

360 Analytics worked closely with the contracting team to identify and analyze a range of energy and water efficiency measures that could be incorporated during a major renovation. By analyzing utility bills, 360 illustrated to the owner and design team where resource costs were being expended. From there, using past experience and information gleaned form site surveys, packages of good, better, and best retrofit improvements were developed. 360 modeled the costs savings for each measure, and when combined with the contractor’s cost estimating, the design team was able to make informed recommendations to the owner. Major renovations were completed in 2016.

The Martin

Photo © Laura Summers

Photo © Laura Summers

Sector: Multi-family
Client: Vulcan Inc.
Project Size: 238,000 sf

Services

  • Informing Design
  • LEED-NC Energy Modeling
  • LEED-NC Measurement and Verification

The Martin is a new, 188 unit high-rise apartment development in the Midtown neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. The project has been certified Gold under the LEED-NC 2009 rating system. The design utilizes a range of energy and water efficient systems, such as water loop heat pumps, high-efficiency space and water heating boilers, EnergyStar appliances, low-flow plumbing fixtures, and lighting occupancy sensors in most all common spaces. Energy modeling was used to inform the design of ventilation systems by evaluating the impacts of variable-flow corridor ventilation and super-efficient whole house fans. Finally, utilizing the process of measurement and verification, the actual performance of the Martin's design was evaluated, thereby closing the loop on the design of this exceptional project.

 

Seattle Public Libraries

Client: O'Brien and Company
Project Size: 21 buildings - 220,000 sf (total)

Services

  • Utility Billing Analysis
  • Verification of Energy Savings

Seattle’s library branches serve as gathering and learning centers for all the major neighborhoods of the City. They are a diverse group of buildings, varying widely in age and building design.

360 Analytics was engaged by O’Brien and Company to provide the Seattle Office of Sustainability with an analysis of operations and maintenance (O&M) measures implemented across this portfolio of buildings. To do this, 360 analyzed three years of monthly natural gas and electric utility bills for all sites, and created basic models that represent the weather normalized energy performance of each building before and after operational changes were made. The study was complicated by making O&M adjustments in conjunction with changes to building operation hours. However, 360 developed a novel approach to use available hourly energy interval data to account for this influence, effectively illustrating the range of savings for all buildings.

 

Smith and Burns

Photo Credit: Sandeep Doddaballapur

Photo Credit: Sandeep Doddaballapur

Client: Mack Urban, LLC
Architect: Nicholson Kovalchick Architects
Project Size: 184,000 sf

Services

  • Informing Design
  • Seattle Energy Code Envelope Compliance
  • LEED for Homes - Midrise Energy Modeling
  • Utility Incentive Coordination

Smith and Burns is a new 150 unit mid-rise development in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. The project is targeting ‘Silver’ under the LEED for Homes Mid-Rise rating system. The project incorporates a range of energy and water efficient systems like the exclusively LED lighting design (integrated occupancy sensors in designated areas), variable refrigerant flow (VRF) split-type multi-zone system to condition the common areas on Level 1, the rooftop gas-fired make-up air (MUA) units have a variable flow drive (VFD) control to regulate the ventilation rate in the corridors, EnergyStar rated appliances, low-flow plumbing fixtures and, condensing domestic hot water heaters.

The Local 422

Client: InCity Properties.
Architect: Runberg Architecture Group
Project Size: 36,600 sf

Services

  • Informing Design
  • Seattle Energy Code Compliance
  • LEED for Homes - Midrise Energy Modeling
  • Utility Incentive Coordination

The The Local 422 (422 Summit Apartments) is a new 48 unit mid-rise development in the vibrant Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. The project has been certified ‘Gold’ under the LEED for Homes Mid-Rise rating system. The projects incorporate a range of energy and water efficient systems like efficient LED lighting in almost all common spaces, EnergyStar appliances, low-flow plumbing fixtures and, condensing domestic hot water heaters. The project seeks to promote sustainability through energy efficiency, increased urban density, alternative transportation options (walk score of 95) and, by allocating 20% of the available units as affordable, workforce housing.

Safford Memorial Shelter

Client: WSP Flack and Kurtz
Architect: ARQ Architects
Project Size: 4,700 sf

Services

  • Informing Design
  • LEED-NC Energy Modeling

The Safford Memorial Shelter is a major renovation and addition to create a comfortable high-performance animal shelter for the Animal Rescue League of Boston. Integrating energy modeling early into the design phase allowed the design team to identify measures with the highest energy impacts. A number of technologies were investigated including ground source heat pumps, radiant-floor heating, solar-assisted hot water, energy recovery, natural ventilation, and tempered dedicated outside air.

Seattle Municipal Tower

Client/Architect: Miller Hayashi Architects
Project Size: 78,000 sf (top floors only)

Services

  • Informing Design
  • LBNL WINDOW Modeling
  • Energy Modeling

The goal of this analysis was to evaluate the energy consumption and cost impacts of installing new glazing units as part of an overall retrofit of the sloped glazing system at the top of the Tower. The process started with an initial site visit, review of as-built drawings, and confirming operational/HVAC assumptions with the building manager. Using this information, a whole-building energy model of the upper floors was created, including descriptions of VAV air distributions systems, central plant equipment, and daylighting controls. Detailed simulation inputs for the existing and various new glazing options were generated using the WINDOW/OPTICS programs, and the impacts of each selection on HVAC and lighting energy consumption evaluated.

Alder Flats

Client: NW Property Group
Architect: Janette Architecture-Planning-Design
Project Size: 16,000 sf

Services

  • Informing Design
  • Built Green Energy Analysis

    Alder Flats features small efficiency style suites and shared common space across multiple units. High-performance envelope upgrades, appliances, lighting, water heaters, fixtures, and ventilation equipment contribute to the targeted Built Green 4-star rating.

The Sophie Studios

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Client: Meridian Builders
Architect: Dimensions Architecture and Planning
Project Size: 11,000 sf

Services

  • Informing Design
  • Built Green Energy Analysis

The Sophie Studios,  is a 4-Star Built Green property located just blocks from the University of Washington's main entrance. This 42-unit housing project couples small living quarters with common space to create an efficient use of space, materials and energy. High-performance envelope upgrades, appliances, lighting, water heaters, fixtures, and ventilation equipment contribute to the targeted Built Green 4-star rating.

Footprint Wallingford

Client: NW Property Group
Architect: Janette Architecture-Planning-Design
Project Size: 16,000 sf

Services

  • Informing Design
  • Built Green Energy Analysis

Footprint is an innovative apartment complex featuring small efficiency-style suites and shared common space across multiple units. High-performance envelope upgrades, appliances, lighting, water heaters, fixtures, and ventilation equipment contribute to the targeted Built Green 4-star rating.

Identity Apartments

Client: Triad Capital Partners/Campus Aquisitions
Architect: Nicholson Kovalchick Architects
Project Size: Two building sites totaling 79,000 sf

Services

  • Informing Design
  • Seattle Energy Code Envelope Compliance
  • LEED for Homes - Midrise Energy Modeling

The Identity Avenue Apartments are micro-studio style apartments with a 'LEED Silver' certification. Located in the University District of Seattle, these sister projects seek to promote sustainability through energy efficiency, increased urban density, alternative transportation options, and green design.

Green Communities Project

Client: Bellingham/Whatcom County Housing Authority
Architect: RMC Architects
Project Size: Three building sites, totaling 260,000 sf

Services

  • Utility Bill Analysis
  • On-site Performance Assessment
  • Model Calibration
  • 90.1 Appendix G Energy Modeling
  • Measurement and Verification (M&V)
  • Utility Incentive Coordination

The Green Communities Project is a major renovation to three public housing authority-owned multi-family towers located in Bellingham, Washington. Funded by a $9.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)/American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) stimulus funding, the project’s stated goal is to “facilitate transformational energy efficiency and ‘green’ retrofits to substantively increase energy efficiency and environmental performance of public housing properties and thereby reduce energy costs, generate resident and PHA energy savings, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions attributable to energy consumption.”

For this project, 360 Analytics started with an in-depth evaluation of existing building performance, including regression analysis of historical utility data, physical building audits, and targeted short-term sub-metering to develop calibrated, baseline energy models. These models were leveraged to evaluate the impacts of individual energy conservation measures, as well as complete a 90.1-2004 Appendix G analysis to demonstrate grant compliance. Ongoing activities include development and execution of an IPMVP compliant measurement and verification protocol, continued analysis of utility meter and sub-metered energy use data and coordination of utility incentive applications.