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  • 03 Jun 2013 12:08 PM | Shannon Ellis-Brock (Administrator)
    From time to time HPW's own Dan Wildenhaus passes on some recommended reading.  We hope you enjoy this weeks recommendations.

    Have a great week. 
  • 23 May 2013 7:38 AM | Shannon Ellis-Brock (Administrator)
    HPW's own "Rouge Element" known to most of you as Dan Wildenhaus, submitted this blog post for your enjoyment.

  • 04 Apr 2013 8:05 AM | Shannon Ellis-Brock (Administrator)
    Check out Advanced Energy's new combustion safety app. 
  • 21 Mar 2013 6:57 PM | Shannon Ellis-Brock (Administrator)
    Thanks to all of you that came to Tuesday's meeting - it was the start of what we hope will be a tradition of lively - well attended HPW general meeting full of meaningful discussion.   

    Many of you requested access to the whitepaper that we discussed the future after CPW - click here to download the document.  

    If we are facing in the right direction all we have to do is keep moving. ~ Buddhist Proverb. 
  • 11 Mar 2013 9:18 AM | Shannon Ellis-Brock (Administrator)

    We will hear from Opower, a business noted worldwide for partnering with utilities to promote energy efficiency. Opower representatives will be on hand to talk about new technologies and developments here in the Northwest. 

    Features Speakers:  Jim Kapsis (Opower Inc. Sr. Director Market Development and Regulatory Affairs) and Matt O’Keefe (Manager Market Development and Regulatory Affairs)

    When:  Thursday, March 14, 12 - 1:30 p.m.

    (space is limited, so please R.S.V.P. to  cy@nwenergy.org)

    Where:  NW Energy Coalition conference room

    Suite 310, 811 1st Ave. (Colman Building), Seattle

    What:   An overview of Opower’s work in the Northwest and a look at new technologies and behavioral research now driving energy efficiency development, including:

    • Behavior-based efficiency gains around the country and the regulatory outlook.
    • New products and approaches that are working, such as email, behavioral demand response, thermostats and applications for small- and medium-sized businesses.
    • Local and national energy efficiency results broken down by income, age, program participation, persistence and peak reduction.
    • Case studies of existing large-scale programs and the potential in the Northwest.

  • 04 Oct 2012 5:35 PM | Shannon Ellis-Brock (Administrator)
    Below is a link to a great blog post submitted by our own Dan Wildenhaus:

  • 05 Sep 2012 10:12 AM | Shannon Ellis-Brock (Administrator)
    The private market reality of becoming a home performance contractor - one man's journey to becoming a HP contractor and paying yourself back.

  • 08 Aug 2012 12:00 PM | Home Performance Washington (Administrator)
    Dear HPW Members and Friends,

    Home Performance Washington has been promoting whole house energy efficiency for a little more than three years now.  I'm proud of our accomplishments, especially the early work we did getting BPI standards and training established and bringing utilities and conservation programs on board with the home performance approach.  When we started, there was no way to get BPI certification in Washington, no auditor or installer training programs, no utility audit programs or incentive programs, and no companies with "Home Performance" in their names.  HPW has brought people into the industry, created community, and created change.

    Now we are in a different phase.  The programs are going full bore and our members are busy.  Yet, there are significant challenges ahead as programs reach the end of their funding. The private market hasn't caught on and, while our members are busy, most aren't thriving financially.

    New President - Shannon Ellis-Brock

    My term as president is coming to a close this month.  I'm really excited to announce that the Board has elected Shannon Ellis-Brock as our new president!  Shannon, who is Chief Operating Officer at Puget Sound Community Credit Union, has been a powerful contributor since she joined the board last year. 

    She has led the credit union to provide excellent home performance-based loans,  which now provides the financing for the Community Power Works and Repower Kitsap and Bainbridge projects, and has devised a special loan package to promote the 20/20 Refit Challenge project.

    On a personal level, Shannon has been a tremendous support and has helped the board to develop new plans which will be rolled out in the months to come.  Members have needs, HPW needs to provide solutions, and Shannon is the best person to lead us there.

    Here's how Shannon describes herself:

    I have been with Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union (PSCCU), since 2012 and am currently the COO.  I've taken great pleasure and some pride in watching the credit union nearly triple in size during my time, largely due to the credit union's commitment to offering innovative lending products for energy efficiency upgrades and renewables.   But the best part of my job is the relationships I have devolved with contractors, trade associations, community groups and the green building community.  I've developed not only working partnerships but more importantly friendships.

    When I'm not working I enjoy spending time with my husband, cooking grand feasts for family and friends, exploring neighborhoods, visiting craft distilleries and when the wind is right flying one of our seven kites.

    You can contact Shannon through info (at) homepeformancewashington.org, or by calling (425)456-2686.

    Lance Kling

    HPW's board has also been strengthened by the addition of Lance Kling, who will now be coordinating our membership meetings.  Lance, who has been running the Seattle LEED Users Group, is intent on recapturing the energy and attendance that our general meetings enjoyed in previous years. There will be some changes in both scheduling and content when our meetings resume in September.

    Here's how Lance describes himself:
    Lance has spent most of his professional life in energy efficiency and the built environment. In 2008, after nearly two decades in the building materials industry, he became a Certified Green Building Professional through Build It Green of California. The following year he received his LEED professional accreditation specializing in Building Design & Construction. He’s a Building Performance Institute Building Analyst and Shell Specialist, and HERS Rater Level I. In May of 2011 he moved to Seattle from San Francisco where he served on Efficiency First’s Best Practices Committee and was Co-Chair of the Real Estate Working Group. Lance is a Steering Committee member for the Seattle Branch of Cascadia Green Building Council, the current Chair of the Seattle LEED User Group, and a member of the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild.
    You can contact Lance at lance.kling (at) gmail.com or by calling (206)605-1214


    Thanks to everyone who has helped build HPW and the industry.  To Ammen Jordan, who served as our Executive Director for almost two years, to the board members who have served over times and to the members who have helped the group while building great companies and services.  To the utilities, community colleges, energy programs, and supporting members.  To our partner non-profits, such as Efficiency First, Northwest EcoBuilding Guild, Built Green King/Snohomish and the Northwest Energy Coalition.

    It's been a pleasure and honor to be involved in the development of HPW.  Let's make sure that the spirit of community and cooperation continues to grow over time and that Home Performance becomes the new norm in our state.

    David Bangs

  • 06 Aug 2012 3:41 PM | Shannon Ellis-Brock (Administrator)

    If you are looking to upgrade your business through energy efficiency improvement, the City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development (OED), with our lending partners, offers affordable loans to eligible businesses that cover up to 100% of the cost of purchasing and installing energy efficient equipment. With these upgrades, businesses can take advantage of improved profitability, upgrade old equipment, reduce operating costs, and create a comfortable, attractive customer environment. These loans are designed to complement the Seattle City Light and Puget Sound Energy rebate and incentive programs. 

    •  Loans of all sizes

                •  No money down

                •  Flexible qualification


                •  2% rate (over $100,000) (First 5 years; Prime plus 1.5 % thereafter)

                •  4-6% rate (under $100,000) (No collateral for loans under $50,000)

                •  Loan structure: Flexibility in structure and repayment terms

                •  Rates & terms for blended loans are determined individually by business



    These loans are available to commercial tenants, property owners, and owner-operators located within the city of Seattle. Our lending partners, the Grow America Fund and Craft 3, specialize in transactions that are generally not eligible for traditional financing  and are more flexible in qualification requirements (wider range of credit, more than just a credit score), and repayment terms.



    Support your business needs by bundling energy efficiency financing with loans for:

                •  Tenant improvements

                •  Debt consolidation

                •  Working capital

                •  Equipment, fixtures, furniture

                •  Real estate



    Contact Charlie Cunniff at 206-386-9748 or charlie.cunniff@seattle.gov

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