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Home. People. Our staff are experts at translating complex information, guiding projects through tough choices, and ultimately helping our clients achieve their unique goals through green building. Staff are integrated across service areas and have a variety of types of expertise: performance testing, LEED project management, policy development, sustainable infrastructure, and more. Our credentials include: LEED Accredited Professional Specialties include BD+C, ID+C, O+M, and HomesLEED for Homes Green RaterCertified Sustainable Building Advisors (CSBA)RESNET HERS RaterBuilt Green VerifierEnvision Sustainability Professional (ENV-SP)Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) TrainerProject Management Professional (PMP)Provisional WELL APGreen Advantage Certified Practitioner (GACP)Green Advantage Certified Associate (GACA)National Charrette Institute Systems CertificationRESNET Combustion Safety and Workscope Certification (RESCAZ)

Announcements. Sustainable Occupancy and Operations. In every role we serve on a project, O’Brien & Company looks for ways to ensure long-term performance and value. We recognize that maintaining building performance after the doors open brings a different set of challenges and opportunities, often with a very different audience, such as residents, business tenants, property management staff, facility managers and operators. To lower risk as a project transitions from design and construction into occupancy and operations, we offer a suite of highly customizable products and services that generate public awareness, educate building occupants, sustain green operational practices, and track and report on sustainability outcomes. Together, we can help protect a project’s successes and build new value. Our products can earn points on LEED projects while serving as a practical bridge for maintaining sustainable performance through the operational life of your project.

Examples of sustainable occupancy and operations products include:

Stack House Apartments

Smart Buildings Center. Evergreen Sustainable Development Standard. Enterprise Green Communities. Green Advantage. TPCAHC | Shared Resources. Emerald Cities Seattle Helps Plymouth Pioneer a Portfolio-Wide Approach to Sustainability. Analysis by Emerald Cities Seattle determined that cost-effective upgrades could potentially save Plymouth over $100,000 in annual utility costs across our 13 buildings. Story by Kim Lokan, Director of Facilities, Plymouth Housing Group Plymouth has always been committed to being good stewards of resources, both environmental and financial. To us, energy efficiency, healthy built environments, affordability and fiscal responsibility go hand in hand. Our new construction projects meet or exceed Evergreen Sustainable Development standards. In fact, Plymouth’s Pat Williams Apartments in South Lake Union earned LEED platinum certification from the U.S.

Green Building Council and honorable mention from the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition. (Read more about it here). But Plymouth’s environmental stewardship doesn’t stop with our new construction. Plymouth is a complex organization. We’re excited to watch this collaboration unfold! Children and Family Justice Center Project. Recent Updates March 31: King County announces detention bed reductions; juvenile justice reform King County releases Race and Social Justice Assessment and Action Plan report March 24: Read results of Virtual Open House Survey Read more CFJC news Work is underway on the voter-approved, $210 million Children and Family Justice Center, which will replace the Youth Services Center. View our latest newsletter (PDF) Background The King County Youth Services Center (YSC) collocates juvenile detention facilities, juvenile courts, and other related functions on approximately nine acres at 12th Avenue and Alder, on the southwestern edge of Seattle's Central District.

Make aesthetic improvements that will enhance the neighborhood and community Bring retail to 12th Avenue in a mixed-use development Explore adding housing on the property Enhance open space Improve access through and around the campus Support additional public transportation options Project Scope and Funding Project Facts and Figures. LEED. Proven performance If you’re serious about saving money, conserving energy, reducing water consumption, improving indoor air quality, making better building material choices, and driving innovation, then LEED is the best choice. Bar none. Third-party certification verifies that your project is designed, built and operating the way it was intended. It is also your first step toward managing your building through its entire lifecycle. Continuous improvement Behind the LEED program is an immense infrastructure developed to support the leaders in the industry as they innovate and create cutting-edge, high performance buildings.

Lifetime of returns LEED-certified buildings cost less to operate, reducing energy and water bills by as much as 40%. LEED buildings have faster lease-up rates and may qualify for a host of incentives like tax rebates and zoning allowances. Each LEED-registered project receives access to: LEED Online Customer service Technical customer service is only a phone-call away. International Well Building Institute. Envision Rating System | Institute For Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) Envision® Sustainable Infrastructure Rating System Envision® is the product of a joint collaboration between the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure. Introduction Envision® provides a holistic framework for evaluating and rating the community, environmental, and economic benefits of all types and sizes of infrastructure projects.

It evaluates, grades, and gives recognition to infrastructure projects that use transformational, collaborative approaches to assess the sustainability indicators over the course of the project's life cycle. Who Can Use Envision® Envision® can be used by infrastructure owners, design teams, community groups, environmental organizations, constructors, regulators, and policy makers to: Meet sustainability goals. The Envision® tools help the project design team: Assess costs and benefits over the project lifecycle.

The Assessment Tools Envision® checklist. Built Green. Enterprise Green Communities. Evergreen Sustainable Development. Page Content About Evergreen The Evergreen Sustainable Development Standard (ESDS), currently in Version 2.2, is a green building performance standard required of all affordable housing projects receiving capital funds from the Washington State Housing Trust Fund. The ESDS criteria safeguards health and safety, increases energy and water efficiency, promotes sustainable living, and preserves the environment. Green building improves the economics of managing affordable housing, promotes environmental quality, and enhances quality of life for residents.

The Evergreen Sustainable Development Standard (ESDS) was developed in compliance with the law and contains 79 criteria that safeguard health and safety, increase durability, promote sustainable living, preserve the environment, and increase energy and water efficiency. Evergreen 3.0 We are approaching the end of the process to update Evergreen from v2.2 to v3.0, and have now reached the point of soliciting public comment. City of Shoreline.

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Seattle Local Business News and Data. September 24, 2015 Specialty: Green building consulting; policy and program support; education and training Management: Alistair Jackson, principal and owner; Donna Trost, operations director and owner; Elizabeth Powers, principal and owner Founded: 1991 Headquarters: Seattle 2014 revenues: $1.3 million Projected 2015 revenues: $1.3 million Projects: University of Washington North Campus housing, Seattle; Sullivan’s Gulch multifamily, Portland; Enterprise 2015 Criteria single/multifamily specifications, Columbia, Maryland O’Brien & Co. was the sustainability consultant for the Hilltop Regional Health Center in Tacoma.

Andrea Lewis, associate principal for O’Brien & Co., answered questions about the firm’s activities, what happens when the building boom slows down, and what’s around the corner for the sustainability movement. Q: Which services are most in demand and where do you see growth in five years? For us, that takes many shapes. Q: What’s the next frontier for sustainability?

WSHFC | My View | June 2015 | Smart, Sustainable Practices. Who doesn’t embrace the pursuit of clean energy, wise resource use, and healthy housing? The challenge for all of us engaged in creating and preserving affordable housing is: How can we achieve these objectives affordably and predictably—while minimizing complexities? For this issue of My View, I sought noteworthy sustainable energy practices in affordable housing in Washington that are being implemented successfully, that are replicable and measurable, and that can deliver value over time by reducing operational costs, preserving resources, and safeguarding resident health. I’m excited to feature these efforts, as shared by community leaders, developers, project managers, and green consultants. The Evergreen Sustainable Development Standard v.3 Waking up to the Water Crisis Utility Allowance Adjustments Embracing Solar Resident Conservation Efforts Putting it all together: Bellwether Housing’s Asset Management Preservation Process Inspiring resource efficiency in homeownership markets.

Ellensburg Energy Efficiency & Conservation Strategy. In 2009, the City of Ellensburg received funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to develop an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy (EECS) to provide guidance and structure to the City as it continues its efforts to reduce overall energy consumption, thereby fostering cost savings, economic development, and long term sustainability. Ellensburg paired this funding with an initiative to update their Land Development Code (LDCU) in a unique integration of energy efficiency and land use. The completed EECS provides a snapshot of current energy efficiency efforts, identifies high-level goals, and identifies ideas to pursue in focus areas prioritized by the community in stakeholder research.

It also includes case studies to inspire local actions to reduce community energy consumption, promote conservation, foster cost savings, and ensure long term sustainability and rate stability. Chris Edlin, EMERGE Alumni from Inaugural Workshop Reports Back. Chris Edlin, MA of Science in Env. Engineering, CSBA, LEED AP Homes, and LEED BD+C, recently shared what’s happened to him since he attended the EMERGE Leadership workshop (the first-ever!) In 2011. It’s easy to see why O’Brien & Company would support his attendance at EMERGE; he continues to proactively invest in his education and reflect this investment in his leadership. He was recently one of the first in the county to earn the new Provisional WELL Accredited Professional Credential.

The WELL Building Standard, backed by health and design experts alike, offers a much needed framework for understanding, measuring and ultimately improving human health and wellbeing as direct outcomes from how buildings are designed and operated. O'Brien & Company - Hi-Res Logo.