Seattle Building Tune-Ups is a progressive energy efficiency policy that helps building owners identify smart, responsible ways to reduce energy and water costs. Like cars and bikes, all buildings need to be tuned regularly to keep them running as efficiently as possible. Through Tune-Ups, building owners find operational efficiencies and low- and no-cost fixes that improve building performance and on average reduce building energy use 10- 15%.

Building Tune-Ups are required every five years for buildings with 50,000 square feet or more of non-residential space (excluding parking). All work associated with a Building Tune-Up must be done by a qualified Tune-Up Specialist, experienced professionals who are responsible for conducting the building assessment, identifying required Tune-Up actions, performing those actions, verifying the work is done correctly, and submitting a report to the City.

As a certified Level II Building Operator (BOC), you’re well on your way to qualifying as a Tune-Up Specialist. Tune-Up Specialists must have least seven years of experience, including educational and/or professional experience, with commercial building operations and/or building energy management AND have one of the following certifications:

  • Professional Engineer (PE) in mechanical or architectural engineering
  • Building Operator Certification (BOC) Level II
  • Certified Energy Manager (CEM)
  • Certified Commissioning Professional (CCP)
  • Commissioning Authority (CxA)
  • Existing Building Commissioning Professional (EBCP)
  • Sustainable Building Science Technology Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS)

Although the City of Seattle cannot make any recommendations or referrals to a Tune-Up Specialist, the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council (NEEC) has a directory of qualified Tune-Ups Specialists. If you meet the qualifications of a Tune-Up Specialist and would like to be a part of this list, please contact Brittany Quigley, Project Director at Brittany.quigley@neec.net.

To learn more about Seattle Building Tune-Ups visit www.seattle.gov/buildingtuneups

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