City, real estate industry, team to reduce energy use in big office buildings

The city of Portland is teaming with the commercial real estate industry to sponsor a friendly competition to boost energy efficiency in medium and large office buildings.

They call it the Kilowatt Crackdown.

Five other cities around the country opted to establish mandates to improve building performance, says Michael Armstrong, deputy director of the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.

Portland decided to seek voluntary improvements via cooperation of the real estate sector, Armstrong says.

Portland is teaming with the Building Owners and Managers Association of Oregon, known as BOMA; the Portland Development Commission, Energy Trust of Oregon, the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance and Clark Public Utilities, the electric utility serving Clark County.

The partners hope to shave energy costs by $2 million a year through the Kilowatt Crackdown.

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