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BetterBricks Announces Tenth Annual Oregon/Southwest Washington Award Winners

Ceremony honors leaders in high-performance commercial buildings  

Portland, OR – The 2013 BetterBricks Awards event honored Oregon and Southwest Washington green building professionals who own, design, build and operate high performance commercial buildings at the Portland Hilton Hotel this morning. A panel of green building experts including Mark Edlen, CEO, Gerding Edlen, Jenny Bloomfield, Director of LEED, JE Dunn and Kirk Davis, Managing Principal, Glumac spoke to 300 attendees at the event.

The BetterBricks Awards recognize the outstanding career achievements of commercial building professionals whose efforts in promoting and implementing high performance design and operating solutions result in tremendous energy savings for the Northwest. Winners include building owners, developers, architects, engineers, facility managers and sustainability advocates who lead the region in forward-thinking business practices and technical innovations for an energy-efficient and sustainable built environment.

“This year’s BetterBricks Award winners demonstrate extraordinary leadership in sustainability with ideas and results that are replicated nationwide,” said Susan Stratton, Executive Director of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA). “Through their collaborative efforts, our region is making impressive gains in significantly reducing energy consumption and leading the country in an energy-efficient future.”

This year’s winners in the following categories are:

  • Emerging Leaders:  Matthew Braun, Howard S Wright; Osvaldo "Ozzie" Gonzalez, CH2MHill; Nicole Isle, Glumac
  • Owner/Developer: Wendy Collie, New Seasons Market; John Lindenthal, Multnomah County; Nancy Stueber, OMSI
  • Building Management: Byron Courts, Melvin Mark; Jodenne Scott, Shari's; Scott Rogers, InterMountain Education Service District
  • Advocate:  Mark Fujii, Portland State University; Paul Wallman, Portland General Electric; Peter Wilcox, New Buildings Institute
  • Building Design: Dave Otte, Holst Architecture; Lona Rerick, YGH; Edward Vranizan, CH2MHill
  • Special Judge's Award:  Sam Pardue, Indow Windows

To achieve high performance buildings, award winners have used and promoted a variety of best practices such as employing early design decision-making and energy modeling, supporting energy tracking and building commissioning in existing buildings, and improving indoor air quality and water conservation. A panel of judges comprised of industry professionals, utility representatives and green building experts selected this year’s winners.

NEEA partnered with Energy Trust of Oregon and Stoel Rives, LLP to sponsor the Oregon/SW Washington BetterBricks Awards.

NEEA is an alliance of more than 100 Northwest utilities and energy efficiency organizations offering commercial building owners, managers and operators a range of programs, including deep energy retrofits, building operator certification, enhanced lighting resources, and commercial Strategic Energy Management.

Through BetterBricks, NEEA advances ideas to accelerate energy savings in new and existing commercial buildings and has delivered training, support and other resources to accelerate commercial building energy efficiency in the Northwest since 2003.

About the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) is an alliance of more than 100 Northwest utilities and energy efficiency organizations working on behalf of more than 12 million energy consumers. NEEA leverages its strong regional partnerships to effect market transformation by accelerating the adoption of energy-efficient products, services and practices. Since 1997, NEEA and its partners – including Avista Utilities, Bonneville Power Administration, Chelan County PUD, Clark Public Utilities, Cowlitz PUD, Eugene Water & Electric Board, Energy Trust of Oregon, Idaho Power, NorthWestern Energy, Pacific Power, Puget Sound Energy, Seattle City Light, Snohomish County Public Utilities,  and Tacoma Power –have saved enough energy to power more than 600,000 homes each year. Energy efficiency can offset most of our new demand for energy, saving money and keeping the Northwest a healthy and vibrant place to live.