ReEnergize Reno Takes the LEED with its Workshop Series

Participants in workshop watching presentationsWhat does IGT, JC Penny Distribution Center, and Harrah’s know that we don’t know? All three have certified their buildings through LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations + Maintenance (LEED O+M) Rating System. LEED O+M helps IGT with continual improvement in environmental goals, and results in lower environmental impacts, greater building efficiency and cost savings.

At this month’s ReEnergize Reno Workshop Series we offered a deep dive into LEED O+M, a best practice tool to help building owners and managers improve building performance, lower operational costs, reduce environmental impacts, and create healthier and more productive work places for employees or tenants. In fact, McGraw Hill Construction reports that the growth in green building is driven by both client demand and market demand.

This event was co-hosted by NV Energy. Green building professional Douglas Kot, Head of Sustainable Buildings and Communities for DNV GL, presented a half day workshop to nearly 50 industry professionals. Some were already LEED Accredited Professionals wanting to refresh the knowledge, others were engineers, property or facility managers, architects, and service providers wanting to gain a better understanding of LEED O+M.

“Buildings account for 73% of electricity consumption, 41% of energy use, 38% of all carbon dioxide emissions, 17% of potable water consumption, 40% of raw materials use and 30% of waste output,” said Douglas Kot in the presentation. In Reno, commercial and industrial buildings generate 38% of our community’s climate pollution. We hope to see the attendees and many others adopt LEED O+M to help us curb our climate pollution, and improve the building stock within our community.

The interactive workshop offered opportunities for participants to apply resources and materials to real-world cases while allowing for some networking and professional development.

“This [workshop] was a thorough overview of the LEED O+M rating system, which gave me some tangible take-aways for some of my projects,” shared a workshop participant.

The LEED O+M Workshop is one in a series of monthly events offered by the City of Reno to help building owners and facility managers improve building efficiency and save money. Mark your calendars, they are scheduled on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. They are also designed to equip ReEnergize Reno participants with the knowledge and expertise to achieve their goal of reducing energy and water use 20% by 2025.

The next workshop on January 9, 2018 is an Orientation of ReEnergize Reno for those who would like to learn more about the program and how you can participate. Attendees will learn how to measure building performance using the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager®. Register online for this workshop.

For more information about ReEnergize Reno, please contact ReEnergize@reno.gov or 775-334-2067.

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