Bayview Tower multi-family apartments offers low-income housing to the elderly and disabled in a 100-unit affordable senior apartment building operated by the Seattle Housing Authority in Belltown.
With an eye towards environmental stewardship, the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) and Ecotope, Inc. worked together on a pilot with support from Sky Centrics and Seattle City Light (among others) to undertake the retrofit pilot project: replacing the electric resistance water heaters with an ultra-efficient CO2 commercial heat pump water heating system. The new system, which operates at an annual COP between 2.4 and 3.2, has reduced the building’s domestic hot water energy use by nearly 60%. Assembled as a skid in a factory, delivered onsite by truck, and lifted onto the building’s roof via a crane, the installation was achieved in a single afternoon, with minimal disruption for residents. 
Learn and ask questions about the story behind this project, the strategies used to have various systems communicate, load shifting, shedding, and other strategies for efficiency, best practices, and forward looking trends in a presentation that will be broken down into:
- Project Presentation by Ecotope and Panelists
- Panel-style Questions by the Facilitator
- Panel-style Questions by the Audience 


Scott SpielmanScott Spielman | Ecotope

Scott Spielman is a research engineer with 5+ years of experience of mechanical engineering and energy modeling. His experience includes mechanical design, energy modeling, data analysis, parametric energy simulations, measurement and verification studies, feasibility assessments, and building stock assessments. He has worked on mechanical system designs and built energy models for hospitals, laboratories, offices, multifamily residential buildings, and educational facilities. He has used his energy modeling experience to develop workflows for and run parametric energy simulations used for both design optimization and building stock assessment. As a researcher, Scott is responsible for writing and implementing protocols that measure equipment performance. He is currently working towards a master’s degree and has a passion for learning, the natural environment, and pushing the boundaries of energy efficiency.

Tony KochTony Koch | BPA

Tony Koch is a mechanical engineer in Bonneville Power’s Energy Efficiency department, in the Seattle office. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of WA since 1997. He has been in his current position for the past 27 years. Initially, he started in industrial energy efficiency. For the past decade, he has been focused in three areas: 1) electric utility distribution efficiency projects (power transformer replacements, re-conducting feeders, CVR / VO); 2) supporting Bonneville’s demand response team by leading research and technical support during recent pilots; and 3) leading the portable metering group within Energy Efficiency, managing hundreds of meters and logger.

Tristan de FrondevilleTristan de Frondeville | SkyCentrics

Tristan de Frondeville became CEO of SkyCentrics in October 2013 and leads the Company’s strategy and product development efforts in China, Belarus, and the U.S. He has extensive experience in start-up and early stage businesses, product development, project and engineering management, and sales. Previously, he founded Core IT and provided clients outsourced CTO resources and services. Core IT managed IT functions and implemented IT change management processes and projects for companies including Juniper Networks and Pantera Networks. Prior to launching Core IT, Frondeville designed user interfaces and led software design teams for, Apple Computer, and SRI International. He honed his leadership skills at QLM Consulting where he launched a U.S. division of Hays Logistics, a FTSI 100 company. He discovered his passion for green buildings when he managed a multi-year project to develop and implement a commercial building Greening Program for the County of Alameda. Frondeville earned a B.S. and Masters in Mathematics from Tufts University.

Lucie HuangLucie Huang | Seattle City Light

Lucie Huang is a PE in WA state, with a BS in mechanical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and a masters from the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics. She started at Seattle City Light in 2000 in Customer Energy Solutions, assisting commercial customers with energy efficiency upgrades and piloting new technologies. In that role she worked with several large customers including Fred Hutch, Boeing, Unico, and more. She also worked for a short time at the Smart Buildings Center where she designed and built up the Tool Lending Library which has lent hundreds of measurement tools to the NW building community to help identify and design efficiency upgrades. Lucie’s current role at Seattle City Light is in the Electrification and Strategic Technology Division, helping the utility build the grid of the future. She coordinates with internal and external stakeholders in strategic discussions about flexible loads, non-wires solutions and vehicle electrification and charging. She led the utility effort to submit 5 proposals for the DOE GEB Connected Communities grant and has been working with EPRI on a feasibility study of grid-interactive buildings.


Armando BerdielArmando Berdiel | Seattle City Light

Armando Berdiel is the Technical Development and Project Manager for the Building Electrification team at Seattle City Light. Previously working on promoting efficiency lighting projects through education and awareness, he is focusing now on identifying electrification emerging technology and best practices to develop and deliver on the team's training curriculum as well as formalizing relationships with industry actors. Additionally, Armando plans in-person or virtual demonstrations, develops technical resources, conducts research, and catalyzes market transformation by engaging and converging trade allies, design allies, and end users.