The Boeing Company has been a partner of the National Trust through our Seattle-based Preservation Green Lab since 2011, supporting innovative research and projects to create a more sustainable future through historic preservation.
Currently, Boeing is supporting our Preservation Green Lab's America Saves! program, an exploration into the underserved market for energy conservation in small businesses and buildings in Main Street communities across the country. This participation aligns with Boeing’s overall community and environmental commitments.
Leveraging a three-year, $2 million grant from the Department of Energy, America Saves! will engage small business and building owners in enhancing business image and profitability through energy efficiency retrofits, simultaneously driving investment and creating new jobs.
With a grant from Boeing, the Green Lab is launching this program in Seattle’s Capitol Hill EcoDistrict. This grant not only allows us to pilot the program in Seattle, but also builds on previous Boeing-funded work that led to the nation’s first outcome-based energy code, a significant regulatory innovation that makes it easier to save and improve the performance of historic and older buildings.
Reaching places that have been previously underserved by investment and technical assistance, America Saves! will help to reduce carbon emissions from the built environment and enhance the financial sustainability of communities by lowering energy costs, stimulating employment growth and improving the performance of small businesses.
From 2011-2013, Boeing supported a Preservation Green Lab initiative to create an outcome-based energy code for existing buildings. In partnership with the City of Seattle, the Preservation Green Lab developed a code framework and conducted a demonstration of the code in three historic renovation projects. The demonstration program was the foundation for a new outcome-based code for both existing buildings and new construction in the Seattle Energy Code adopted in September 2013 – the nation’s first such code. The new energy code allows design innovation and requires verified performance – substantial improvements to conventional energy codes. The win-win approach afforded by the outcome-based energy code is supported by code officials, building developers and designers alike in that it enhances return-on-investment and honors the inherent strengths of old buildings. Preservation Green Lab is actively seeking to replicate the policy in other jurisdictions across the country.