Industrial Sessions: What's Planned for the Summit

At the Department of Energy’s (DOE) 2017 Better Buildings Summit in Washington, D.C., the industrial sessions feature significant technical content geared specifically for U.S. manufacturers. The 2017 Summit will build on last year’s successful event, which brought together over 900 people from multiple sectors to network, learn from leading organizations and experts, and share best practices. 

Access to DOE Experts

The 2017 Summit kicks off with a Better Plants workshop where leading technical experts from DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) will be on hand to discuss new technologies, materials, and innovations that will impact energy use and productivity in manufacturing. Attendees can look forward to covering issues such as: combined heat and power; smart manufacturing; peer-based assessments; technology innovations; water-energy impacts; submetering; and more. 

Better Plants partners may also access technical experts from the national laboratories. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with experts on latest technology trends and discuss best practices for their organization at Ask-an-Expert located in the Partner Pavilion. Experts will be available to answer questions on these topics: 

  • Process Heating and Waste Heat Recovery
  • Pumping Systems and Data Measurement
  • Steam and Energy Assessment
  • Water Efficiency and 50001 Ready

To view the experts' schedules please visit:

Featured Industrial Sessions

The 2017 Summit includes many cross-cutting sessions for the industrial sector over the course of the conference. Attendees can expect a deep dive into the technical aspects of successful programs and real-world projects that have been implemented by their peers. For a detailed agenda, click here.

Preview of sessions:

  • All Systems Go: Innovative Projects in Traditional Industrial Systems
  • Building the Next Generation of Industrial Energy Managers
  • CHP is Everywhere! Success Stories and Best Practices
  • Eureka!: Industrial Energy Technology Innovation
  • Fresh Eyes: Peer-Assessed Energy Efficiency
  • From the Manufacturing Floor to the Corner Office: How to Communicate with Management and Plant Personnel
  • Implementing Energy Management Systems
  • Making Things Smarter: Smart Manufacturing
  • The CHP Solution for Growth, Economics, and Business Continuity

Confirmed speakers

  • 3M
  • Aberdeen Proving Ground
  • American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)
  • Aquicore
  • C.F. Martin & Co.
  • Celanese International Corporations
  • City of Phoenix Water Services Department
  • Columbia Association
  • Darigold
  • Dialight
  • Eastman Chemical Company
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Intertape Polymer Group
  • LA Sanitation
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
  • Legrand


  • Mid-Atlantic CHP Technical Assistance Partnership
  • Nissan North America
  • Oak Ridge National Lab
  • Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development
  • Saint-Gobain Corporation
  • Sterling Energy Group, LLC
  • Tishman Speyer
  • Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America
  • United Technologies Corporation (UTC)
  • US Naval Academy
  • Vermont Energy Investment Corporation

Industrial Workshop

Better Plants Workshop Part 1 and 2: What’s Up and What’s New in Industrial Efficiency

Find out what's been happening with Better Plants! In this three-hour workshop, part 1 will include an interactive discussion of the state of industrial energy efficiency, providing partners the opportunity to give feedback on existing and new programmatic initiatives. Part 2 will include demonstrations and discussions on existing and new industrial technologies, along with emerging trends in improving the energy efficiency of such systems.

Showcase Project Building Tours

Attendees can participate in pre-conference building tours of Better Buildings Challenge partners and other local high-performing buildings on Monday morning. Be sure to sign up when you register.

View this year's Showcase Building Tours here.

Networking and Recognition Opportunities

Better Plants partners will find ample opportunities to network with their peers at the 2017 Summit, including a new conference app available on your phone or tablet, the Better Plants Workshop and a conference-wide networking event on Tuesday evening. DOE will also recognize the good work of goal achievers and highlight new program partners.