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Tool Lending Library

The Smart Building Center (SBC) hosts a lending “library” of diagnostic tools available to building professionals in Washington and Oregon for short-term energy data collection on equipment and systems in commercial and institutional buildings. Often the first step in achieving operational excellence is gaining an understanding of how systems in the building are actually operating. 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. Analyzing these data can troubleshoot performance problems and create actionable information that can fine-tune building performance.

The SBC can help you with information on how to use these diagnostic tools correctly as well as guide you on the best ways to analyze collected information and use that information to take energy and cost savings steps.

How to Request a Tool

Most tools are available for a period of 1 week depending on demand. Data loggers are typically available for 2-4 weeks. To check out tools, please complete the following steps:

  1. Read the Tool Lending Library Policy and Customer Agreement
  2. Browse online inventory
  3. Create a new account or log in to your existing account and reserve the tools you need
  4. Tool Library staff will follow up with your request (it could take up to two days)
  5. Make arrangements for shipping or pick up

Tools can be picked up Tues-Thurs from 9am to 4pm. You must call 206-538-0685 or email ahead to confirm that your order has been filled. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.

Please note: tool requests are subject to availability and existing demand. To avoid disappointment, please wait for a confirmation (it could take up to two days) from the Tool Library staff prior to scheduling your project.

Available tools include loggers, logger sensors, power and light meters, air flow tools and more. Browse the tool inventory online or view our Tool List (PDF). If you don’t see a specific tool you need, please SBC at info@smartbuildingcenter.org.

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