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Better Buildings Recognizes WA State Partners' Leadership

By Better Buildings Beat Team on Jan 09, 2018
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On December 12, representatives from DOE traveled to Shari’s Café & Pies in Lynnwood, Washington and to King County International Airport to recognize Shari’s and King County for their energy efficiency leadership.

Shari’s Café & Pies is the first full-service restaurant to join the Better Buildings Challenge, committing to a 20 percent reduction in energy intensity by 2025 across nearly 400,000 square feet of restaurant space. By upgrading their interior and exterior lights with light emitting diode (LED) lighting, installing a smart irrigation system, and replacing five continuously-flowing dipperwells with new manual wells, Shari’s Better Buildings Lynnwood Showcase Project has realized a 28 percent reduction in energy use and a 43 percent reduction in water use.

In 2008, Shari’s Café & Pies created S.W.E.E.P., Shari’s Water Energy Efficiency Program. Since then, the program has evolved into a larger strategic plan that is now part of the company’s core values. All of Shari’s restaurants have similar layouts and identical kitchens, meaning that recommendations from the energy audit process can be applied across the entire Shari’s Café & Pies portfolio.

Shari’s Café & Pies showcases a pie display demonstrating the number of pies an employee would need to sell to match the dollar amount of energy efficiency savings in the restaurant.

Shari’s CEO Sam Borgese and Director of Financial Support Jodenne Scott discuss their energy efficiency over pie with Maria Vargas, Director of DOE’s Better Buildings Initiative.

King County showcased its deep energy retrofit at the King County International Airport. The project has already demonstrated energy savings of more than 60 percent from a suite of mechanical and lighting system upgrades.

Improvements to the mechanical systems of the airport terminal included the addition of Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) heat pumps and a Dedicated Outdoor Air System (DOAS) to replace the existing multi-zone air handler roof top units (RTUs), as well as a new, high-efficiency heat recovery ventilator with up to 90 percent heat recovery.

The lighting was upgraded both inside and out. Inside the terminal, interior 32-watt fluorescent tubes were replaced with 15-watt LED lamps. The facility was partially fitted with advanced lighting controls to fully optimize energy savings, including daylight and occupancy sensors. In addition, outdoor airport ramp and parking lot lighting have been upgraded to LED technology with night setbacks to 50 percent of full lighting levels.

The renovated airport also features a green roof, which insulates the building and reduces wear and tear and associated repair and maintenance costs.

For more information on the energy efficiency activities of Shari’s Café’s & Pies and King County, please visit the Better Buildings Solution Center.