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UPDATE – State audit: Jury still out on energy savings

Post by Brad Shannon / The Olympian on June 23, 2011 at 1:24 pm with 1 Comment »
June 23, 2011 2:02 pm

Two new legislative audits are in. One says it is too early to say how well green buildings are saving taxpayers money, but it calls for better data collection and reporting on energy use.

The other report shows Washington state government has greater exposure to legal liability than other states, and it paid out some $399 million for tort claims and related legal costs during 2004-10.

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  1. Gee, what happened to all that ‘magic money’ all of those over-priced and over-hyped ‘green’ upgrades and complete buildings were supposed to generate? You know, all the immediate operating cost and longevity enhancing savings that the tremendously expensive (as compared to conventional and other construction modalities lacking the revered ‘green label’) alternative ‘green’ technologies were ‘known’ to produce.

    Testimony by building managers and their operating engineers repeatedly and clearly stated the KNOWN experience with high up-front costs of such ‘green upgrades’, their daily use and ongoing maintenance had far outstripped any ‘projected’ (but totally unrealized to date) savings and that any payback over time would not come until well after the useful life of these ‘upgrades’ was reached. In other words, zero savings during their lifespan and higher acquisition and operational costs…a net INCREASE in costs. However, such experience-based testimony was either shouted down or ignored by those pushing for ‘green’ (and the green dollars for their agenda).

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