State Buildings

State Efficiency and Environmental Performance (SEEP)

Washington State Capitol

Buildings are the largest overall contributor to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions resulting from state agency operations. To meet GHG limits established in RCW 70A.45.050, state agencies will need to reduce the carbon intensity of the buildings they own and operate.

The SEEP Office promotes energy efficiency in owned and leased facilities and supports the development of new construction that meets the zero energy building standard in Executive Order 20-01 (State Efficiency and Environmental Performance). SEEP also convenes state agency partners in two buildings-focused working groups, and provides consultation and technical assistance to agencies leading enterprise-wide business processes that relate to the built environment.

State Project Improvement Grants

State Project Improvement (SPI) grants fund state agencies to redesign building projects in order to increase energy efficiency and environmental performance. Funding covers the additional costs of more efficient project options– such as higher efficiency heating systems or windows—for projects at existing state-owned buildings. SPI grants cut energy costs, reduce pollution, and improve the health and comfort of state buildings in communities across the state.

Visit the Energy Retrofits for Public Buildings webpage and sign up for Updates to be added to the program email list.

June 27th, 2024 Training for ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager® Users

DES and COM have teamed up with the EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager® consultants to provide training. This training will assume that you know how to benchmark a property in Portfolio Manager. If you are new to benchmarking, we suggest viewing the Portfolio Manager 101 training recording.

Training agenda:

  • Data entry methods: Web services, bulk data uploads, manual entry
  • Campus vs. standalone properties o Meters shared across child properties and potential double counting issue
  • Portfolio Manager data quality checks
    • Tips, alerts, data quality checker
    • Quality assurance report (that generates EUIs and shows a list of errors)
  • Reporting
    • Data Request Template – how to submit building data
    • Q&A