20-0817 Energy Tracking During COVID

QUESTION

The Oregon Zoo Education Center has achieved net-zero energy, when looking at June 2019-May 2020.
However, the Education Center has not been operating at full capacity due to partial closure in response to COVID-19. Will the 12 month period be acceptable for certification? If not, does the 12-month period have to restart from the date the Zoo reopens at full capacity?

ANSWER

Although the team had collected ten months of performance data before the change in occupancy, the team may temporarily pause the performance period until typical occupancy has resumed. Please note, you cannot pause the performance period if doing so unfairly skews performance towards net positive.

For other potential options, see COVID-19 Impact to Program Requirements.

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