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Class 1 Buildings
In general, buildings with 10,000 or more square feet are Class 1 buildings. (Buildings smaller than 10,000 square feet are Class 2.)
2. Pre-design Phase
Meet with Energy to discuss the scope of the project, the agency´s responsibilities (e.g., hiring a qualified energy analyst), and the role of Energy.
Good communication and working relationships from the beginning are vital to the success of a SEED project and can help avoid some common pitfalls.
3. Design Phase
The agency, design team, energy analyst, and Energy work together to identify applicable energy conservation measures (ECMs), analyze the ECMs, and ensure that the ECMs are incorporated into the construction documents.
The Energy Analysis Report, Verification Plan, Metering Plan, and any other required SEED documentation (as described in the SEED Guidelines) must also be prepared and submitted Energy.
At 90 percent design completion, Energy reviews the construction documents to ensure that all applicable ECMs are incorporated.
4. Construction Phase
The agency and the design team ensure that the contractor adheres to the ECM design intent and that the ECMs are installed correctly.
5. Occupancy Phase
For the first 18 months of occupancy, the agency monitors energy use by the building systems.
If, after 18 months, the building´s performance meets the SEED requirements and beats the energy conservation provisions of the state energy code by 20 percent or more, the building is recognized as a "model of energy efficiency."
If the building does not meet these requirements, the agency must submit an energy conservation plan to Energy outlining the actions it plans to take to get there.
SEED Contact Information
Ann Hushagen
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Submit a Project Notification
Fill out the Project Notification Form, Class 1 and submit it to the Oregon Department of Energy (Energy). Early notification and involvement by Energy is essential to ensure that energy efficiency is an integral part of building design. Early involvement also helps the design process run smoothly by avoiding costly back-tracking and last-minute revisions.
The Project Notification Form is the agency´s authorization for Energy to begin work on a project. As stated in ORS 276.900, state agencies reimburse Energy for services provided. Charges are based on an hourly rate ($95 per hour) for the actual hours worked on a project. Total charges cannot exceed 0.2 percent of a project´s capital construction costs.