Better Buildings Webinars

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Are you getting the most out of your rooftop units (RTUs)? Extreme climates like Chicago can be harsh on RTUs and they need a little TLC to keep them running at peak performance. ComEd and CLEAResult have teamed up to offer the AirCare Plus RTU tune-up program with results in excess of 20% energy savings. Join the Advanced RTU Campaign for a webinar to learn more about the AirCare Plus utility incentive program, the Advanced RTU Campaign, and how to get involved. Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) will present on its RTU Tune-Up Program, and include a testimonial case study from a partner contractor, Murphy & Miller.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Preview the new and innovative technologies that are making headlines this Fall. Hear about the latest from DOE’s High Impact Technology (HIT) Catalyst program including an update on micro-Combined Heat and Power demonstrations, a sneak peak into the energy savings from testing of multi-technology packages (Going Beyond Widgets) as well as opportunities to host joint HIT and Green Proving Ground demonstrations to verify the performance of emerging technologies. Find out more about how you can engage with the Better Buildings Tech team to help you lower energy use in your building portfolio.

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Tuesday, June 07, 2016

This webinar provided an overview of available energy storage technologies, use cases and the benefits they can bring to the commercial real estate sector, along with a case study of a successful energy storage project. 

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Buildings that produce more energy than they consume, commonly defined as zero net energy buildings, have moved from concept to reality in recent years. Can you achieve zero net energy commercial buildings at little to no cost premium? Join us to find out. You’ve read success stories and seen real-world examples. Now it’s time to take action. We’ll show you how to quickly estimate photovoltaic energy production and building energy consumption; and share cost control strategies including performance based procurement, power purchase agreements, tax credits, incentives and more. Ultimately, this webinar will arm you with the practical information and resources you need to develop an early zero net energy building feasibly study and budget.

Presenters: Scott Hackel PE, LEED AP, Principal Energy Engineer, Seventhwave; Ben Heymer PE, Senior Project Manager, Seventhwave; Shanti Pless, Senior Research Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

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Industrial/Multifamily/Residential/Local Government/State Government
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

This webinar presents a Q&A discussion with visual aids of two organizations completing significant energy savings through lighting retrofits. Rachel Healy of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) will discuss the upgrades to their 25 parking garages that serve the transit system of the nation’s capital. Frank Inoa of Arby’s Restaurants will discuss retrofits of 100 Arby’s facilities. This 60-minute event will include a 45-minute presentation and a 15-minute live question and answer session with attendees.

Moderator: Paul Wessel, Director, Market Development at U.S. Green Building Council 

Presenters: Rachel Healy, Director of Sustainability, WMATA; Frank Inoa, FCSI, CFCP, Director of Engineering at Arby’s Restaurant Group

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Presenters: Bill Conley, Yamaha Motor Corporation; Maureen Roskoski, Facility Engineering Associates 

The Measuring & Monitoring Guide is one the newer publications in the How-To Sustainability Guide series. Inspired by the adage that you can’t manage what you don’t measure, the guide was created by subject matter experts and facility management practitioners. It was designed to explain the importance of measuring inputs and outputs while monitoring progress and consistency in facility operations. Recommendations, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and best practices are presented to assist in optimizing and improving facility performance.

The Guide discusses aspects of the Measurement process, including who should be responsible and accountable for the activity and reporting. It outlines appropriate timing for when to measure and how life cycle assessment analysis plays a critical role in establishing a complete accounting of resource management.  It explains key metrics in major categories and highlights resources. 

Items addressed also include sustainability reports, Green House Gas (GHG) emissions and Green Building Rating systems.  The Guide is supplemented by Case Studies, a glossary of common terms and links to external resources.

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Are you wondering how to tackle energy and water efficiency in leased tenant spaces? A representative from DOE discussed technological barriers, opportunities, and collaborative approaches to promoting energy and water efficiency in tenant spaces. Cushman and Wakefield highlighted its recent efforts to integrate energy efficiency into the design and construction of tenant spaces and other measures they have taken to reduce energy and water consumption. Better Buildings Challenge goal-achiever Sprint discussed how they’ve addressed lighting, energy management systems, and roof-top units to see significant reductions in leased space energy use.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

What’s the best way to save money on your rooftop units (RTUs)? Replace them BEFORE they break! The Advanced RTU Campaign promotes proactive replacement with high-efficiency RTUs, and has developed resources to support this process. Leading utilities see the value in proactive replacement and have developed programs in this area. Participants in this webinar will learn about the newest resource from the Advanced RTU Campaign, the Business Case for Proactive RTU Replacement, for commercial building operators. Southern California Edison Utility (SCE) will present on its RTU Early Retirement program and include a testimonial case study from a contractor, TriPacific AMS, who has benefitted from the program.

Presenters: Michael Deru, NREL; Anne Marie Blankenship, SCE; Geoff Wilkins, Energy Solutions; Jim Dunavant, TriPacific AMS

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Wednesday, March 09, 2016

The SEE Action Network announces a new publication, 2020 Leadership Agenda for Existing Commercial and Multifamily Buildings, which defines the baseline actions that states and communities can take by 2020 to demonstrate national energy efficiency leadership in the commercial and multifamily building sectors. Please join us on March 9th to introduce the Leadership Agenda and discuss its recommendations.

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Local Government/State Government
Thursday, March 03, 2016

This pre-In-Plant Training webinar for the Better Plants Program covers the basics of finding energy savings in compressed air systems and introduces the AIRMaster+ software tool.

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Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Do you ever wonder how energy efficiency and sustainability efforts are impacting the value of your properties? This webinar focused on energy efficiency and sustainability in the appraisal and valuation industries. Colliers International explained how they have adapted their processes to ensure that they realize the full value of energy efficiency and sustainability upgrades. Inspyrod discussed various techniques and data challenges that might be encountered during the valuation process. Sustainable Values provided an introduction and overview to the recently launched Energy Matters! training course that teaches appraisers how to incorporate energy and sustainability metrics into their property valuation.

Presenters: John Scott, Colliers International; Devesh Nirmul, Inspyrod; Theddi Wright Chappell, Sustainable Values

Industrial/Multifamily/Residential/Local Government/State Government/Data Centers/Financial Services/Utility
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Thursday, February 04, 2016

This webinar will help Better Buildings Challenge Multifamily partners understand the Better Buildings Summit 2016 recognition criteria. While data sharing is an important part of the program and the recognition criteria, Showcase Projects and Implementation Models also play very important roles. Join your Better Buildings Challenge Account Managers as we discuss what partners can do to be recognized in 2016! Better Buildings Challenge partners will learn about the Better Buildings Summit 2016 recognition criteria and how partners can best work with their Account Managers toward successfully compiling program deliverables worthy of Summit recognition. Attendees will:

  • Learn about the Better Buildings Summit 2016 recognition criteria

  • Review data submission protocols and schedules

  • Learn how to select and draft Showcase Project submissions

  • Learn how to select and draft Implementation Model submissions

  • Learn how the multifamily account managers and data team can expedite your deliverables