Building Renewal and the Spark Tool – Assess Your Building’s Potential

Thursday, December 14 4-5PM | AIA Portland


Join AIA Portland to learn about the building renewal strategy and how to use the Spark Tool to assess if your building is ready for a deep energy retrofit. This event will focus on how to leverage Spark’s integrated technical and financial reports to communicate the business case for building renewal projects. The webinar will include an overview of the building renewal strategy, a live demonstration of the Spark Tool, and a look at the customized integrated measure packages the Tool can create.

Building renewal is a real estate strategy to modernize a building and improve its competitive position by focusing on comprehensive energy efficiency upgrades resulting in 35% or more of a building’s energy use and costs.

Spark, a free, interactive online tool, can help you determine if your commercial building is a good candidate for a deep energy retrofit. This early assessment tool produces a report with estimated energy savings and real estate returns, and suggested measures and next steps. Watch this short video to learn how Spark can reposition a building.

This Spark webinar provides 1 maintenance point towards renewal of the BOC® credential.

In this presentation participants will be able to understand:

  1. How the building renewal strategy leverages a holistic approach to energy efficiency to drive deeper energy savings than traditional approaches
  2. How the building renewal strategy uses a long-term approach to align efficiency measures with the existing investment life cycle/strategy
  3. How the energy efficiency improvements achieved through building renewal strategy translate into added non-energy benefits for your building (e.g. increased rents, improved net operating income)
  4. How you can use the Spark tool to quantify and estimate potential improvement opportunities and impacts from building renewal in energy and non-energy related terms


Emily Pearce, Vice President, Waypoint Building Group

Emily Pearce has over a decade of experience in the energy efficiency industry. She has lead strategic initiatives for many utility programs including developing and designing innovative energy efficiency and market transformation programs, introducing new technology to the marketplace, and implementing and improving national energy efficiency programs. Ms. Pearce has led major business development efforts across the U.S. She has specific experience in commercial utility markets and the commercial real estate market with expansive relationships throughout these sectors.

As Vice President at Waypoint, Emily has led the delivery of the utility services team to drive value for utility, government, and commercial real estate clients. She executes innovative market outreach and engagement programs, manages stakeholder relationships, and holds overall budgetary responsibility and ownership. Emily has a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife from Michigan State University, and an M.B.A in Finance and Organizational Behavior from Marylhurst University. She is a Certified Energy Manager.

Johnathon Fata, Manager, Waypoint Building Group

Johnathon has over seven years’ experience working with utilities, renewable energy and energy efficiency programs. Johnathon is responsible for the execution and management of multiple utility and commercial real estate energy efficiency programs. While at Waypoint Johnathon has overseen projects ranging from quantitative analysis and energy measurement and verification of energy efficiency programs, to complete stakeholder engagement of the commercial and multifamily real estate markets to market and deploy energy efficiency and sustainability programs.

Prior to joining Waypoint, Johnathon worked at the Clean Coalition, a renewable energy policy organization focused on bringing clean, local energy to the market in a scalable, timely and cost-effective manner. Johnathon led program outreach efforts to utilities throughout the Southeastern United States, conducted risk analysis for the California renewable portfolio standards and helped design energy policies for utilities and municipalities. Johnathon holds a MS in Environmental Studies from San Jose State University and a BS in Environmental Science from the University of Florida.

This course is sponsored by BetterBricks

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