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Portland State Office Building

  • Address:  800 NE Oregon Street, Portland, OR 
  • Tenant(s): Department of Human Services, Boards and Commissions
  • Square footage:  301,372
  • Year Constructed:  1992 
 portland state office building  

Building History
The building history section is under construction.

Green Team

 The Portland State Office Building (PSOB) launched a Sustainability Committee (Green Team) in July 2007. 
The PSOB Sustainability Committee consists of employees who volunteer their time to make our building more energy efficient, reduce the amount of trash we produce, and generally create a better place to work.  The group opens its door to all interested employees.  We inform other employees of how to lessen their environmental impact while working in the PSOB.  We help to shape building policies and practices that increase efficiency and lower operating expenses. 
 
Recent achievements include:
  • clarification and expansion of recycling opportunities;
  • development of a food waste compost program;
  • completion of an energy audit and follow up research to increase the energy efficiency.
 
The committee meets the fourth Wednesday of every month. 

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
3,362,573
27,953
$180,195
 
2001
3,481,507
15,988
$188,246
-6%
2002
3,682,450
17,599
$215,068
-0%
2003
3,606,310
17,775
$205,452
-1%
2004
3,547,440
12,209
$194,870
-7%
2005
3,662,840
18,497
$203,719
+1%
2006
2,817,373
20,313
$224,277
-18%
2007
3,606,313
21,747
$239,742
+2%
2008
3,261,695
24,456
$245,776
-5%
2009
3,345,173
23,140
$248,052
-4%
 
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.

 
 

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.
 
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Certifications or Awards
The following summarizes the recognition received for the building: