King 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.