March 2019 EEF – Ultra High-Efficiency Ventilation For High Performance Buildings

As building designs continue to pursue greater user comfort coupled with efficient HVAC systems, ventilation becomes an increasingly vital part of the solution. Delivering fresh air via Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems with Heat Recovery Ventilators is becoming more common practice, however the cost of de-coupling ventilation air from conditioned air often holds back better building designs.

To demonstrate the economic benefit of de-coupled systems, we will explore the building types and situations where a DOAS/HRV system makes the most sense, how to zone indoor spaces most cost-effectively, and what target CFM/ton can be pursued to keep the payback of these systems within an acceptable range to keep them from becoming value-engineered out of a design.


Annual Meeting and Holiday Party – December 5, 2018

Please join us on Wednesday December 5th from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm at Breakside Brewery NW Slabtown for our annual holiday celebration.

We’ll hold a brief meeting to conduct our board elections, announce the recipients of the Wrench of the Year Award, and then it’s on to celebrating the holiday season!

The event will include:

  • Wrench of the Year award winner announcement
  • Appetizers
  • Drinks!
  • Networking
  • Board officer elections
  • Opportunities to provide input on topics you’d like addressed during the coming year

The Breakside Brewery, NW Slabtown, is located at:

1570 NW 22nd Ave.  Portland, OR 97210

Register here to get your FREE ticket!

November 2018 EEF – A Framework for Modernizing Grid Planning and Operations with Distributed Energy Resources and Load Management

The AEE Columbia River Chapter and Energy Trust of Oregon are proud to present the next Energy Engineering Forum. This free event consists of a presentation followed by fifteen minutes of Q&A. A complimentary lunch and certificates of attendance will be provided.

Wed, November 28, 2018;  12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PST

Register for the event HERE

September 2018 EEF – Bridging the Gap: Commercial Real Estate and Energy Efficiency

The AEE Columbia River Chapter and Energy Trust of Oregon are proud to present the next Energy Engineering Forum. This free event consists of a one hour panel discussion by green building experts followed by fifteen minutes of Q&A.They will be discussing the challenges and solutions to working within the complex commercial real estate market.

A complimentary lunch and certificates of attendance will be provided.

Register for the event HERE

Bridging the Gap: Commercial Real Estate and Energy Efficiency



Wade Lange, CPM, RPA, FMA

Vice President, Regional Manager, Portland, American Assets Trust

Mr. Lange serves as Vice President and Regional Manager for the Portland area, overseeing operations and development for approximately 1.3 million square feet of office, residential and retail property.  Prior to joining American Assets Trust in February of 2013, Mr. Lange served as Vice President of Property Management for Langley Investment Properties and Ashforth Pacific, from 1997 to 2013, with primary responsibility for the Lloyd properties now owned by American Assets Trust.  Mr. Lange also worked for the Oregon State Legislature as the Facilities Manager for the State Capitol and as the Maintenance Manager for US Bancorp’s corporate headquarters in Portland, Oregon.  Mr. Lange is a native of Portland and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science from Portland State University and serves on the boards of BOMA Oregon, Oregon Smart Growth, Go Lloyd, Portland Street Car, Lloyd Enhanced Service District, Lloyd EcoDistrict and the Holliday Park Partnership.


Emily Pearce, CEM, MBA

Vice President, Waypoint Energy

Emily Pearce has 20 years of business experience with over a decade of that 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. Her responsibility has included managing over $100M budgets over the past decade. Ms. Pearce has lead major business development efforts across the U.S. with specific experience in commercial utility markets, the built environment and the commercial real estate market with expansive relationships throughout these sectors. As Vice President at Waypoint, Emily runs the energy services side of business which spans across the U.S. 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 also a Certified Energy Manager. Emily is the Chair of the Green Building Interest Group (GBIG) – a sub-committee of the Cascadia Portland Collaborative of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and on the Board of the AEE Columbia Chapter.


Melynda Retallack, Ink:built

Melynda is a Principal and owner at Ink:built Architecture, a woman owned architecture and development company. She views each project Ink Built takes on as an opportunity to demonstrate how buildings can have a restorative effect on our environment and even start to alleviate issues of affordability and equity in housing. After graduating from high school here in Portland, Mel earned a Bachelor of Architecture with a minor in Environmental Studies at the University of Oregon and then moved to San Francisco to develop affordable housing and complete school renovations around the Bay Area. She is a licensed architect in Oregon and Washington and a LEED AP BD&C with over 20 years of experience in architecture and real estate development. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Camp Fire Columbia- a youth services organization and is a past chair and is still active with the Green Building Interest Group (GBIG) – a sub-committee of the Cascadia Portland Collaborative of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and International Living Futures Institute (ILFI). Mel spends her free time backpacking and paddling in the northwest and tending her urban garden.


For those attending remotely, please see below for webinar information

Webinar Link

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Access code: 541-528-093

May EEF – Energy Efficiency Trends in the Cannabis Industry

Big thanks to Kevin Campbell from Energy 350 and the 100 attendees (webinar plus in-person) for making this another great Energy Engineering Forum. Below is a link to a copy of the presentation.

PDF Copy of Presentation – Energy Efficiency Trends in the Cannabis Industry by Kevin Campbell from Energy 350 are working with Energy Trust of Oregon’s Production Efficiency Program for this May 2018 event. This free event consists of a one hour technical presentation followed by fifteen minutes of Q&A. A complimentary lunch and certificates of attendance will be provided.

Energy Efficiency Trends in the Cannabis Industry

Kevin Campbell

Account Manager

Energy 350

The rapidly expanding cannabis industry is a significant source of load growth in several states that have legalized recreational use. This load growth coupled with inefficient incumbent technology make the cannabis industry ripe with efficiency potential. However, there are a host of technological and social barriers to unlocking this potential. This presentation will provide an overview of the energy using systems, energy analysis techniques, energy efficiency technologies related to cannabis grow operations.


As an Account Manager for Energy 350, Kevin has worked with numerous cannabis growers throughout Oregon to evaluate energy efficiency potential and help them reduce their operating costs. However, his work is not limited to cannabis projects. He has experience working on energy projects throughout the industrial and commercial sectors. Kevin has a bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and a masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from Portland State University.

Building Tour – Woodcraft Industries – Molalla Plant – October 23

The Association of Energy Engineers Columbia River Chapter (AEE CRC) and Ecogate are pleased to announce an upcoming building tour of the Woodcraft Industries – Molalla Plant. Woodcraft, a cabinet door manufacturer located in Molalla, has been an active participant with Energy Trust of Oregon’s Production Efficiency program and incorporated energy management into its core business practices. Over the past decade, the facility has completed nearly a dozen energy efficiency projects ranging from lighting, to compressed air, to dust collection and vacuum system upgrades.

Join us for a facility tour highlighting the energy and non-energy benefits of the upgraded systems in place at Brentwood including their Ecogate© on-demand dust collection system.

Visit the events page for details and registration information.

November 2017 Energy Engineering Forum – Oregon Energy Code – What’s in it, where is there room for improvement, and how is it applied

Big thanks to Jim Edelson from NBI for his presentation on energy codes. Below is a copy of his presentation.

Oregon Energy Code – What’s in it, where is there room for improvement, and how is it applied

Jim Edelson

Director-Codes and Policy

New Buildings Institute

Since buildings account for over 30% of Oregon’s GHG emissions, its building energy codes are one of the most important policy levers to meet its climate goals. But Oregon’s energy code has gone from national leader to laggard in the past 8 years. This presentation will explain what is in Oregon’s energy code, how it is developed and applied to projects, and its opportunity for improvement. The talk will conclude with the most recent policy developments in Salem and Portland

As Director of Codes and Policy at New Buildings Institute, Jim has served on multiple state code boards and energy policy Advisory Committees. Jim has publishes and speaks on stretch codes, on net zero policies, and on utility programs that achieve market transformation through energy code implementation. He currently serves on ASHRAE 189.1, and is leading the development team for Stretch Codes in the state of New York. He has a Bachelor of Science and a M.B.A. degree from the University of Michigan.

September 2017 Energy Engineering Forum – Does This Make Sense Anymore? – Energy Efficiency in a Market Awash With Low-Cost Power

We are working with Energy Trust of Oregon to present a series of Energy Engineering Forums in 2017. This free event consists of a one hour technical presentation followed by fifteen minutes of Q&A. A complimentary lunch and certificates of attendance will be provided.


Does this make sense anymore? – Energy Efficiency in a Market Awash with Low-cost Power

Charlie Grist

Conservation Resource Manager

Northwest Power and Conservation Council


The market price of energy is so low that sometimes it’s negative, wind and solar plants are springing up like mushrooms after a rain, natural gas generation is so cheap it’s displacing coal, and in many places electric loads are not growing – even though population is.  These circumstances challenge the notion of energy efficiency as a resource.  Yet the Northwest Power Council’s Seventh Power Plan (2016) calls for developing ever more energy efficiency. Come hear Council staffer Charlie Grist  describe the current state of the power system, the near-term outlook and how energy efficiency fits into the picture.


We will also be hosting this event as a webinar. Please use the link below to register.



Charlie joined the Council staff in 2002 as a senior analyst. He works primarily on energy efficiency issues as part of the development and implementation of the Council’s regional power plan. Charlie’s energy efficiency work covers regional conservation potential assessments, planning, implementation and evaluation. He is vice chair of the Council’s Regional Technical Forum. Before joining the Council staff, Charlie was a senior analyst at Oregon Office of Energy for 18 years working on state energy policy development, energy facility siting, energy forecasting, utility regulation, energy conservation, renewable resource development, and Columbia River issues. Charlie has a B.S. in resource analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He likes to windsurf in the Columbia River Gorge.


Roosevelt High Building Tour – AEE CRC, Portland Green Schools Committee and ASHRAE

The Association of Energy Engineers Columbia River Chapter (AEE CRC) is pleased to announce a collaboration with the Portland Green Schools Committee and ASHRAE to host an upcoming building tour of the newly-renovated Roosevelt High School in Portland.

Roosevelt High School was built in 1921. It was part of three major modernization projects that Portland Public Schools funded in a 2012 bond. The $96 million Roosevelt HS project includes major renovations of portions of the school, demolition of some areas, and new construction. The innovative design successfully updates the existing building, while adding new spaces that integrate into the historical structure. The majority of the mechanical system is new and solar has been added strategically.

The tour will consist of two tracks – a technical tour and an architectural tour. The architectural tour will focus on the historical and structural elements, as well as classroom and teaching improvements. The technical tour will focus on the new mechanical system, solar and other integrated components. There will be some common information before the tours split off, and then attendees will need to select the tour they want to attend.

Tour information:

Date: August 10, 2017

Time: 4:00-5:30pm

Location: 6941 N. Central St in Portland; meet at entrance to the West Wing Building (next to the track). Park on site in this area or use the street parking if full. We’ll assemble at that entrance and split into groups.

Cost: FREE, but space is limited and pre-registration is required!

Click HERE to register

-Other: please bring your own hard hat

In addition, there will be an optional no-host happy hour after the tour at Leisure Public House, 8002 N Lombard St, to continue the conversation and a bit more networking. 

CEM in Portland, October 23 – 27, 2017

PORTLAND, Oregon (June 19, 2017) – The Association of Energy Engineers Columbia River Chapter (AEE CRC) today announced that they will host a comprehensive five-day Training Program for Energy Managers in Portland this fall. The nonprofit organization acts as a local training conduit for national certifications. The increasingly recognized and requested Certified Energy Manager (CEM) certification exam will be proctored on the final day of the training.

The special five-day seminar provides an in-depth, comprehensive learning and problem-solving forum for those who want a broader understanding of the latest energy cost reduction strategies. The program begins by examining the fundamentals within all key areas of energy management. Students then learn, system by system, how to diagnose and analyze energy savings opportunities.

The Training Program will take place October 23 – 27 at the National Electrical Contractors’ Association (NECA/IBEW-48) Electrical Training Center, located at 16021 NE Airport Way, in Portland, Oregon. Daily schedule is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and includes breakfast and lunch. The price of the course and exam is $1,999 for AEECRC Members and $2,199 for Non-Members.

Interested in becoming an AEE CRC member and receiving a $200 discount on the training? Click HERE.

Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) instructor Eric Woodroof will teach the course. Woodroof, who has led the CEM program on five continents, states, “The new energy/carbon requirements in the US will absolutely make the CEM even more desired by employers and energy consumers.”

“The CEM certification has become the de facto standard in the energy efficiency industry,” said Pat Lydon, former President of Columbia River Chapter. Since its inception in 1981, the Certified Energy Manager credential has become widely accepted and used as a measure of professional accomplishment within the energy management field. It has gained industry-wide use as the standard for qualifying energy professionals both in the United States and abroad.

Register here.

Please note registering for a preparatory live or online seminar does not automatically register you to take the CEM exam. You must submit your certification application separately. To learn more about CEM Certification, please visit:

Questions? Send an email to:

About the Columbia River Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers

The Columbia River Chapter is the local chapter of the national Association of Energy Engineers. AEE CRC is dedicated to helping the community implement energy efficient technologies to reduce expenses, improve the environment and bolster our economy. The nonprofit organization acts as a local training conduit for national certifications, to promote the scientific and educational interests of those engaged in the energy industry and to foster action for sustainable development. AEE is a nonprofit professional society of over 16,000 members in 89 countries, offering a full array of informational outreach programs, seminars, conferences, journals, books and certification programs. AEE’s network of 82 local chapters meets regularly to discuss regional issues. To learn more about AEE CRC, please visit: