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COTE: Building Tune-Ups in Seattle

A key piece of Seattle’s Climate Action Plan, the Building Tune-Ups ordinance was passed in March 2016.  Learn more about ongoing efforts to improve building performance within Seattle’s existing building stock.  Panelists will discuss the development of the performance goals, as well as the challenges of implementing this program.


Jamil Aljasir, Glumac, Moderator
Jamil Aljasir is a certified Commissioning Authority and Project Manager who has been providing commissioning and auditing services for the last eight years. Over the past year he has directed and executed several Building Tune-Ups throughout the City. Prior to becoming a Commissioning Authority, he was a high-level mechanical designer for nine years. Through experience and continuing education, he has attained a large amount of technical and practical knowledge that he applies to each project. He has his CxA certification, Emery Management Professional (EMP) Certification and LEED BD+C certifications along with a Professional Benchmarking certification through Energy Star.

Nicole Ballinger, Building Tune-Up Accelerator Program Manager, City of Seattle
As Building Tune-Up Accelerator Program Manager, Nicole leads a 3-year cooperative grant awarded to the Office of Sustainability and Environment by the US Department of Energy Building Technologies Office. Previous work includes outreach and database/IT business strategies for Seattle’s energy benchmarking ordinance, which requires owners of about 3,500 commercial and multifamily buildings to annually track and report the energy performance (benchmark) of their buildings to the City of Seattle. This program was awarded a 2017 ENERGY STAR Award for Excellence in data innovation from the US EPA.

George Hernandez, PNNL
George joined Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in 2009 and works in the Electricity Infrastructure & Buildings division. He is a Technical Advisor and senior demand-side management professional. He co-authored the “High Performance RTU Challenge,” “Buildings Performance Database, the Low Cost Wireless Metering Challenge,” “Energy Information Handbook,” “Portable Sensor Suitcase,” “Open Source Small Building Control System,” and “Transactional Network” project. He has championed development and commercialization of an open source software platform called VOLTTRON™, used to deploy transactional control strategies for buildings-to-grid integration. As part of the commercialization effort, VOLTTRON was migrated to the Eclipse Foundation as an open source project and is now known as Eclipse VOLTTRON. Most recently, performing as Co-PI for Grid Modernization Lab Consortium residential RDS project. He has extensive knowledge, skills, and capabilities derived from a substantial career in demand-side utility management across a wide variety of commercial and industrial sectors and utilities as both a corporate employee and an independent consultant. George received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from California State University and his Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer by the State of California.

Chris Meek, Associate Professor, University of Washington
Christopher Meek, AIA, IES is Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Washington and a registered architect. He is Director of the Integrated Design Lab (IDL) at the University’s College of Built Environments and the Center for Integrated Design (CID). In this role, he consults with design teams in the Pacific Northwest and nationally with a focus on building energy performance, daylighting, visual comfort, electric lighting, and climate responsive design. Mr. Meek teaches graduate and undergraduate level courses on building design, daylighting, electric lighting, and building technology at the UW Department of Architecture and in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His research has been funded by the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, regional utilities, New Buildings Institute, the Illuminating Engineering Society, the American Institute of Architects, and the National Science Foundation. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Washington he worked in architectural practice in Washington State, New Mexico, and New Orleans, LA.

He is co-author of Daylighting Design in the Pacific Northwest published in 2012 by the University of Washington Press and Daylighting and Integrated Lighting Design published in 2014 by Routledge.

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This program is taking place in an accessible location with zero-step entry, and an accessible restroom. Please note in your registration if you would like to be contacted regarding additional accommodations.

This program is presented by AIA Seattle’s Committee on the Environment. Please contact Connor Descheemaker, Membership & Volunteer Manager, with any questions or concerns.


November 13, 2019
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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