County Trials Energy Tracking Software Used by Microsoft

March 3, 2015 By Linda Hardesty

MicrosoftKing County, Washington, plans to pilot the same energy-tracking software that Microsoft uses to reduce energy consumption at many of its buildings. Seattle-based design firm MacDonald-Miller will install the software at five King County facilities for the two-year pilot project. Iconics developed the software using Microsoft’s cloud-based Azure platform.

The energy tracking software will provide maintenance staff with real-time analytics that help them operate the facilities more efficiency, identify HVAC problems faster, and better prioritize maintenance work.

MacDonald-Miller will install the system for the pilot at no charge to King County taxpayers at the following five locations:

  • Chinook Building in downtown Seattle
  • Brightwater Center in Woodinville
  • Bow Lake Recycling & Transfer Station in Tukwila
  • Ryerson Transit Base in Seattle
  • East Transit Base in Bellevue

Using the energy tracking software, Microsoft found that some of its greatest energy savings have actually come from LEED-certified buildings that had not been maintained and operated in a way that maximizes the energy-efficient design.

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