Breakfast Series | The Fifth Fuel: Energy Efficiency
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The Fifth Fuel: Energy Efficiency

Buildings account for 40% of total U.S. energy consumption. We often talk about coal, gas, nuclear and renewables, but the “fifth fuel” may offer your business the easiest and most cost-efficient way to lower carbon emissions and increase energy savings. 

The Internet-of-Things (the connectivity of physical objects to the Internet) has turned static energy data into a trove of dynamic information contributing toward operational savings. Join our panel of experts as they discuss the latest innovations and applications to leverage building automation technologies to improve workplace comfort and efficiencies

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Perry England

Vice President of Building Performance

MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions, Inc.

Perry England is the Vice President of Building Performance at MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions. His focus at MacDonald-Miller involves helping commercial building owners identify and implement energy efficiency investments that pay for themselves through guaranteed operational savings. These investments save energy and water, support sustainability objectives of the community, improve comfort in the built environment and create skilled, family-wage jobs. England is a passionate crusader and business leader for alternative delivery methods that motivate the public and private industry to deliver and operate buildings with a lifecycle performance assurance guarantee. He is a founding member and acting Treasurer of the Seattle 2030 District, Executive Committee Member for Emerald Cities Seattle and Board of Director and Treasurer for the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council.


Mark Nieman, P.E., CEM

Energy Engineering Manager

McKinstry Co.

Mark Nieman has been in the local Seattle metropolitan HVAC design and energy services performance contracting (ESPC) community for over 20 years. He’s currently the Energy Engineering Manager for McKinstry’s Seattle Office and is also Associate Faculty at Cascadia College, teaching in their Environmental Technical and Sustainable Practices program. Nieman has worked with local Pacific Northwest companies and government agencies to help secure and develop demand-side energy savings projects with a focus on upgrading commercial buildings, campuses, colleges, K-12 school district facilities, data centers and hospitals.


Jeff Yirak, P.E.

LEED AP BD+C / LEED AP O+M / Associate Principal of Commissioning Group

Wood Harbinger

Jeff Yirak has nearly 15 years of experience in design, construction, commissioning and validation. His commissioning philosophy promotes a holistic and sustainable approach to building operation, ensuring that interconnected systems function in harmony with each other for maximum energy efficiency and energy conservation. His goal is not only to make sure systems function optimally at the start, but that they keep performing at peak effectiveness over time. Yirak has conducted seminars at local AIA and ASPE chapter events, delivered presentations at industry conferences, including NCBC and CEFPI, and served two terms as Treasurer of the NW Chapter Building Commissioning Association (BCA) Board of Directors. He currently serves as an ACE Program mentor for Washington high school students and was recently re-elected to the BCA Northwest Chapter Board of Directors as President. 


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