Green Roof goes in at PSE Factoria

This is an exciting day for Magellan, Puget Sound Energy, and the City of Bellevue. This is the first green roof designed by Magellan and installed on a PSE facility. It is also *one of the first* green roofs in the City of Bellevue (We tried to be the first, but i believe were beat by Bellevue Towers).

More pictures to follow of the roof fully vegetated. Enjoy!

Installing the root barrier and gravel ballast

Installing the root barrier and gravel ballast

Gravel is installed around the skylights for maintenance access

Gravel is installed around the skylights for maintenance access

Carefully mixed soil is poured

Carefully mixed soil is poured

Ready for plants!

Ready for plants!

Here you can see our green roof, our sun shades, and the main entrance to the facility

Here you can see our green roof, our sun shades, and the main entrance to the facility

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Rock the Bulb

Join PSE's Rock the Bulb Campaign at local Lowe's and Ace Locations

Join PSE's Rock the Bulb Campaign at local Lowe's and Ace Locations

Since early 2007, Puget Sound Energy has been a great client for Magellan – we are just completing construction on the 30,000 s.f. Factoria Service Center, and are in the Design Development Phase for the Georgetown Operating Base scheduled to be completed in 2011. PSE has made a great commitment to energy efficiency and sustainability in their facilities in an effort to “walk the talk” as one of our region’s prominent utility providers. We are seeking LEED Gold certification under v2.2 for the Factoria project and will also be seeking certification under v3 at Georgetown.

Many of you have likely already heard radio ads on their latest sustainability campaign – Rock the Bulb. This public awareness campaign targets PSE residential electricity customers, encouraging a switch to Compact Fluorescent Lights and Fixtures (CFLs). If you visit any of the Lowe’s and Ace Hardware locations on their “unplugged” tour, you can swap out as many as 10 incandescent bulbs for totally FREE CFLs.

There are also points to be won for October 2009 energy reductions to win even bigger prizes.

PSE has provided information on their website to help in choosing CFLs, where to recycle, and how to replace fixtures if necessary. Its good to note that CFLs come in a variety of standard shapes and sizes: its not just the spiral bulbs anymore!

For any anxiety over quality/color of light related to CFLs, see the link here for the Environmental Defense Funds explanation of light temperature so you can replicate the incandecent quality with the energy savings and longevity of a CFL.

Photo: Dan Schlatter Puget Sound Business Journal

Photo: Dan Schlatter Puget Sound Business Journal

Kudos to PSE for taking the community lead on this simple energy efficiency effort! More coverage here at Puget Sound Business Journal.

Home Energy Management Comes to the Puget Sound

Puget Sound Energy Residents can now track in-home energy use online with Microsoft Hohm – a new program in the works to go along with the already released Google Power Meter. While Power Meter seems to be a great program, it wasn’t so great for Seattle Area residents whose utilities are not partners. Microsoft Hohm has partnered with Seattle City Light and Puget Sound Energy to make us northwesterners more aware of the energy we are using.

It looks like its still in the beta phase, but you can sign up to be notified when the program goes live.

A view of the Hohm Dashboard Interface

A view of the Hohm Dashboard Interface

Check it out! Via GreenBiz.