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Blind Commission/OR-OSHA Building

  • Address: 535 SE 12th Avenue, Portland, OR 
  • Tenant(s): Oregon Commission for the Blind, Department of Consumer and Business Services, OR-OSHA Division
  • Square footage: 37,493
  • Year Constructed: 1977 
   

Building History
The building history section is under construction.

Green Team

 The Blind Commission Building plans to launch a Green Team

Sustainability
Energy Conservation
The Department of Administrative Services (DAS) has designated its buildings as resource conservation zones. This means DAS works hard to save energy and water in its buildings, as well as ensure employees and tenants recycle to the best of their ability. The goal is to save taxpayer money and care for the environment to the greatest extent possible.
    
Energy Savings Report
  DAS compares all bills to the calendar year 2000 as a baseline.  The goal and OAR require a 20 percent reduction in electricity and natural gas usage by 2015. DAS does not adjust the buildings without baseline adjustments for weather or any other factors. The savings column represents the combined electric and gas savings in Btu’s compared to the year 2000 usage. The Energy Cost column includes the totals for electric and gas – not all utilities.    

Year
Electrical Usage (kWh)
Gas Usage (therms)
Energy Cost
Savings over the year 2000*
2000
348,231
8,733
$25,489
 
2001
286,190
7,073
$24,722
-18%
2002
296,093
6,276
$30,416
-21%
2003
301,050
7,340
$29,706
-15%
2004
305,084
5,952
$29,680
-21%
2005
308,115
6,637
$34,951
-17%
2006
340,809
7,228
$38,105
-9%
2007
345,521
12,080
$46,178
+16%
2008
376,633
15,759
$55,709
+39%
2009
373,983
14,541
$53,242
+32%
*Note: a major renovation of the building occurred in late 2006 and air conditioning was added to many locations within the facility - this may be a factor for the increase in usage from 2005 to present.
 
 
Electricity Scorecards
 
The quarterly scorecard provides a quick report on electricity reductions, compliance with the 20 percent reduction target, recent night audit results, and tips for conservation. Here are the scorecards for the building.

2009
2010
 
 
 
 
May
 
 
August
 
November
 
 
Night Audits
 As part of the effort to conserve resources, DAS conducts quarterly night audits of the buildings. They walk through the spaces to ensure that lights, appliances, and equipment remains off during unoccupied times. Here are the results of the audits for the building.

DAS plans to conduct an audit of this building soon, but it hasn’t occurred yet.

 

Transportation

 The manner in which we travel to and from the building impacts sustainability and greenhouse gas emissions. The following summarizes the sustainable transportation options around the building.
 
Bike Maps
http://www.portlandonline.com/transportation/index.cfm?c=39402
 
Getting Around Portland
http://www.portlandonline.com/index.cfm?c=31685