Better Buildings Alliance: Webinars

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Efficiency-as-a-service is a relatively new financing mechanism in which customers pay a provider for the service of energy savings. On this webinar, we will highlight a new efficiency-as-a-service toolkit and Better Buildings Financial Allies will share insights from the field.

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

The buildings in which we live, work, and play have a direct impact on our mental and physical health. This webinar showcases Better Buildings partners who are implementing design strategies and benchmarks in their buildings and sustainability plans that focus on the wellness, health, and productivity of the people inside them. Speakers will highlight the Fitwel certifications, WELL standard, and more.

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Real world applications of energy-using equipment and processes can inform the direction of energy-related research. In this webinar, actual end users from among Better Plants partners and representatives of the R&D community will discuss how they have informed research into new energy-related technologies, materials, and best practices.

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

What are the Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines and how will they impact you? We will answer this question and bring some real-world examples of creative solutions our partners are implementing to increase the value of the buildings workforce.

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Come and hear about the recent work of the Better Buildings Technology Research Teams and find out how they can benefit your organization! We will hear from leaders at our National Laboratories working to advance technologies related to space conditioning, lighting, plug loads, building envelope, and energy management information systems.

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Building enclosure technologies account for approximately 30% of the primary energy consumed in residential and commercial buildings. With the advent of energy efficient building envelope technologies, if properly installed, can significantly reduce this energy consumption. Building commissioning has been proven to ensure a better building performance, but what about the enclosure? Why hasn’t Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx) been given more attention? Is it too complicated? Are true incentives missing? Is BECx too expensive and payback time unreasonable?

Join this session to learn about DOE and ORNL’s research into the costs and benefits of BECx as well as the investigation and development of a new building enclosure performance (BEP) metric to support building owners, designers and consultants in evaluating the benefits of BECx and investment in high performing envelope technologies.  ETRT members will be consulted on the value of the proposed BEP metric and ideas for addressing market challenges in conducting BECx.

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

This webinar will introduce comprehensive guidance for K-12 schools along with a review of the newest lighting technologies and strategies for classroom optimization and proficiency, with a goal of helping school energy managers use the best available applications for their schools. To assist with decision-making during the lighting upgrade process, presenters will review technologies such as tunable lighting, controls, and troffer retrofits, offering economic snapshots for the benefits of these upgrades. While focused on K-12 schools, this toolkit can be useful for multiple building types. All are welcome to attend.

Speakers: Robert Davis, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; Tracy Beeson, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The Campaign's second year of operation has seen a significant increase in the data on how participants are using their Energy Management and Information systems, new cost information, and which technologies are seeing increased uptake. Learn about the trends for the continued implementation of EMIS in commercial buildings. 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Accurate and consistent data is a key ingredient in an effective water management strategy, but many organizations struggle with water data collection and analysis. In this webinar, hear from partners that have enacted innovative water metering strategies and analytical methods that allow them to draw greater insights from their data. Additionally, find out more about a new opportunity to gain recognition from the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) for benchmarking your buildings’ water and waste data.

Speakers: Rock Ridolfi Jr., Rivion; Jonathan Bauer, The Tower Companies; Ken Rosenfeld, BOMA International 


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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Join the Better Buildings Space Conditioning Technical Research Team to learn about field test results of several new high-performance HVAC technologies through the DOE HIT and GSA GPG programs. We will cover the test results from high performance circulator pumps, innovative air scrubber technology that removes CO2 and VOCs from the air, and high-performance motor for chilled water pumping. These technologies have shown to produce savings of 30% or more over incumbent technologies.

Presenters: Michael Deru, NREL; Jesse Dean, NREL



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Thursday, September 20, 2018

The DOE Better Buildings Alliance’s Plug and Process Loads (PPL) Technical Research Team hosted their bi-annual call on September 20th. In addition to hearing about PPL TRT updates and activities, experts from NREL discussed the implications of navigating cybersecurity with smart outlets.

Presenters: Rois Langner, NREL; Dane Cristensen, NREL


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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The 2018 Better Buildings Summit was held in August in Cleveland, Ohio. This webinar features 3 of the top-rated presentations from the Summit – a rare chance to catch one of the talks you might have missed! 

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Energy information systems (EIS) are becoming common as a way to organize and analyze energy meter data, especially for large portfolios of buildings.  Join us as two Smart Energy Analytics Campaign participants from the commercial real estate sector share their EIS features and give tips on installing and setting up their systems.  

Presenters: Becca Rushin, Jamestown, LP; Ed Bassford, Lincoln Property Company; Ryan Tinus, Tishman Speyer

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Commercial property assessed clean energy (CPACE) financing can be used to fund resiliency improvements that make buildings more resistant to natural disasters and other threats. Many of these projects have an energy component (e.g. energy efficiency, distributed generation, microgrid), but others do not (e.g. seismic retrofits). This webinar explores the current trend toward CPACE financing for resiliency and discusses how you can take advantage of this rapidly growing financing mechanism. Hear from three leading Financial Allies who recently completed successful resiliency projects using CPACE—including wind-hardening in Florida, microgrid and distributed generation in Connecticut, and a $40M seismic and energy efficiency retrofit in California. Additionally, learn about the recently launched Better Buildings CPACE Financing for Resiliency Toolkit, a one-stop shop for case studies and information on this topic.

Speakers: Will Clark, CleanFund; Michele Pitale, Counterpointe Sustainable Real Estate; and Andrew Zech, Greenworks Lending.

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Tuesday, April 03, 2018

This webinar featured state, local, and commercial sector partners sharing best practices on energy data management, and also introduced DOE's Energy Data Management Guide.

Multifamily/Residential/Local Government/State Government/Data Centers
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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

As there is growing interest of using building energy consumption and system operation data to improve building performance and visibility, many organizations face the challenges of data management. Join this webinar to learn best practices and lessons learned for implementing robust data acquisition and storage - the foundational step in building an effective energy management and information system (EMIS).

Presenters and affiliations: Marco Pritoni, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Stephen Frank, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Learn about tools and resources from the Energy Department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that can help you meter and track water consumption, identify savings opportunities, and implement best practices to accelerate your water saving strategies.

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Tuesday, March 06, 2018

The DOE Better Buildings Alliance’s Plug and Process Loads (PPL) Technical Research Team hosted its biannual call on March 6. Experts from the California Plug Load Research Center (CalPlug), provided insights on their PPL research focus areas that affect commercial building efficiency: plug load appliances and devices in use, consumer behavior studies, energy conservation in server rooms, and benchmarking energy efficiency prototypes and products.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

This sector-wide check-in call focused on advanced refrigeration, one of the key priorities for the Better Builldings Alliance's Retail, Food Service and Grocery sector. This discussion included refrigeration updates that can be helpful across multiple sectors. Speakers included:

  • Michael Deru of the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL): Michael presented on high-efficiency motors and controls for refrigeration condensors, describing new products and how partners can get involved.
  • Tony Bouza of DOE presented on the latest technologies in the market, including propane, compressors, what's big in Europe, and the forthcoming IEA Annex.
  • Danielle Wright of the North American Sustainable Refrigeration Council (NASRC), a BBA Affiliate organization, shared case studies of natural refrigeration projects that also reduced energy use, offered suggestions for specifying natural refrigerant systems to reduce energy costs, and provided an update on increasing propane charges as a means to greater efficiency in self-contained systems.
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Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Learn why small data centers shouldn't be overlooked when it comes to energy efficiency, and discover low-cost, high-win strategies that can reduce energy demand.

Local Government/State Government/Data Centers/Financial Services/Utility
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Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Learn about the National Laboratories and how your organization can work with them to enhance your energy efficiency.


Industrial/Multifamily/Local Government/State Government
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Tuesday, December 05, 2017

How to Become a Green Lease Leader: The Latest in High-Performance Leasing Practices and Recognition

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Over 1.3 billion square feet of commercial, industrial, and retail buildings achieve energy savings with energy-aligned leasing—the Better Buildings Alliance and the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) are proud to announce new enhancements to the Green Lease Leaders program and to continue to push the envelope on sustainability and high performance in leased spaces. Attend our webinar on November 15 to learn how Green Lease Leaders is taking energy efficiency in buildings to new heights with new program features, a walkthrough of the application process, and advice on how to get started!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

K-12 School sustainability conversations are growing beyond energy efficient buildings to include fuel-efficient school transit systems. School bus fleet conversions have been incorporated into K-12 school district sustainability plans to lower vehicle emissions as well as the operating and maintenance expenses for this essential service. When it comes to sustainability goals and creating healthy learning environments for students and faculty, the no-idling rules have been augmented by strategic actions that demonstrate a commitment to long-term, measureable budgetary and environmental impacts. Join the conversation to learn about alternative fuel school bus conversion and potential funding sources for school bus fleet conversions. We will have our experts on hand to highlight available programs and case studies from K-12 school districts around the nation. 

Topics to be covered:

  • Clean Cities Programs-School Case Studies
  • Alternative Fuels for School Buses
  • Funds for School Bus Fleet Conversion
  • Other Program Announcements


  • Crystal McDonald, Moderator, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Ellen Bourbon, Vehicle Technologies Office, Clean Cities Program, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Jonah Steinbuck, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Greg Kleen, Fuel Cell Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy

This webinar is open for K-12 School Districts and Associated Organizations to attend. 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Smart Energy Analytics Campaign has released a new research report, summarizing key themes on the application of Energy Management and Information Systems (EMIS) and Monitoring-based Commissioning (MBCx) practices. 

The high level findings in the report are drawn from the best practices implemented across the 46 portfolios (185 million sq ft) that have joined the Campaign in its first year. 

  • The preliminary savings and costs figures documented in this report show highly promising cost-effectiveness, with an average of less than 1-year simple payback.
  • The report also presents trends in the rapidly evolving industry of EMIS products and MBCx services.

We acknowledge and thank our participants and partners in the Smart Energy Analytics Campaign for providing data about their EMIS installations and MBCx practices.

Please join us for a webinar highlighting the Year 1 findings from the Smart Energy Analytics Campaign, along with success stories from those recognized by the Campaign for their exemplary EMIS efforts.