Rent tools from the SBC Tool Library

Posted By AirNW Admin Jul 17 2017

Air Northwest sponsored a workshop in Seattle last month at the Smart Buildings Center (SBC), which is a project of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council (NEEC). Conducted in collaboration with Rick Cummings with Gensco, Sal D'Auria with Ventacity, and Duane Lewellen with NEEC, the workshop offered training to HVAC contractors and local utilities on VRF and HRV basics, the benefits of Dedicated Outside Air Systems (DOAS), and a summary of the Washington State code for New Building construction.

As part of the workshop, Mr. Lewellen provided a tour of the SBC Tool Lending Library.  

Want to take on a one-off HVAC project but can’t invest in the tools? 

The SBC hosts a lending “library” of diagnostic tools, which are available on loan to building owners, managers, and energy service professionals in Washington and Oregon for short term data collection on energy using equipment and systems in commercial and institutional buildings. The SBC can help by loaning a range of data loggers, power meters, lighting loggers, infrared cameras, liquid and air flow measurement devices, and much more. Users can access these tools free of charge for prescribed time periods and capture data on system performance.

All of the library tools can be found on the tool inventory tracking site, which has a searchable library and an easy to use reservation system. To learn more or request a tool, go to:

Follow these steps to rent a tool:

1. Reed the Tool Lending Library Policy and the Tool Lending Library Customer Agreement

2. Complete and submit the Tool Request Form

3. Receive an immediate confirmation with the link to MyTurn, the tool inventory tracking site

4. Create a new account or log in to an existing account on the Tool Inventory Tracking Site and reserve the tools

5. Tool Library staff will follow up with each request (it could take up to two days)

6. Make arrangements to pick up tools. Pick up is Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9AM-4PM. Arrangements for shipping can be made by either calling the TLL at 206-538-0685 or email Duane Lewellen, Sr. Project Manager at