Better Buildings Alliance: Webinars

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The Lighting and Electrical Research Team’s June webinar will focus on Internet of Things (IoT) and lighting. Discussions will touch base on recent IoT analysis as well as typical IoT applications. DOE is embarking on challenging the industry to develop IoT lighting products and seeks possible partners and feedback

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The Better Buildings Alliance Renewables Integration Technical Research Team hosted an exciting webinar on electric vehicle (EV) charging. Presenters provided an overview on current EV charging technologies, what to consider when planning for EV charging at a building, and what the future will bring with potential 2-way charging technologies. 

Presenters: Myungsoo Jun, NREL; and Tristam Coffin, Whole Foods

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Tuesday, April 09, 2019

The Better Buildings Alliance Renewables Integration Team hosted an exciting conversation on building load flexibility and grid coordination. Monica Neukomm, Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) provided an introduction to DOE’s research interests and stakeholder efforts with utilities and state policymakers in this area. The Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) also presented new research conducted with the General Services Administration to understand the value of commercial buildings to utilities, in providing a resource for load flexibility and capacity to respond to demand requests.

Speakers: Rois Langner, NREL; Monica Neukomm, DOE; Kinga Hydras, GSA; Matt Jungclaus, RMI; Cara Carmichael, RMI; Cedar Blazek, DOE

 

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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 highlight a new efficiency-as-a-service toolkit and Better Buildings Financial Allies share insights from the field.

Speakers:  Bob Hinkle, Metrus Energy; Asher Burg, SparkFund; Richard Braam, Bristol Hospital

 

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The DOE Better Buildings Alliance Plug and Process Load Technical Research Team hosted its biannual call on March 20th, 2019 at 1pm EST. Technical Team Lead, Kim Trenbath, provided updates on current and upcoming PPL Team research efforts, as well as other relevant industry updates. Our technical presentation was given by Alicen Kandt from NREL, who provided a summary of a recent field study that assessed a wireless meter and control system (also known as “smart outlets”) for plug loads in two retail environments. Quantitative and qualitative performance results were discussed. There was also time for attendee discussion and commentary on the call topics. 

Speakers: Kim Trenbath, NREL; Alicen Kandt, NREL

 

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Join this webinar to learn about the 2019 recognition application process for the Interior Lighting Campaign. You’ll also hear about the 3 new “Innovative” categories that were added this year, examples of past recognized projects, and the benefits of recognition. Submissions are due April 16! This event will include a 30 minute presentation by Michael Myer of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, followed by a moderated live Q&A.

Date: Thursday, March 14, 2019 
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EST

Pre-registration is not required.
Event link:  https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/522093029
Audio:  (312) 757-3121 (if you wish to dial-in)
Access Code: 522-093-029

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 highlight the Fitwel certifications, WELL standard, and more.

Speakers: Sara Neff, Kilroy Realty; Megan O'Neil, City of Atlanta; Beth Hawkins, Three3

 

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

DOE is launching an effort to challenge the industry to deliver an easily upgradeable, competitively priced troffer luminaire or retrofit kit for commercial spaces. This call will introduce the Challenge’s goals, discuss the benefits for an upgradeable troffer, and inquire about the near-term IoT applications that would be of most value to building owners. This meeting will also discuss the 2019 ILC Recognition process now underway, and share details on new Innovative Lighting System Categories introduced this year.

Registration link:  Pre-registration is not required.  https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/813580069  |  Audio connection via computer or dial-in +1 (571) 317-3122 Access Code: 813-580-069

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Industry leaders from all around the country are leveraging research and development to harness innovation and solve some of their most challenging problems. In this webinar, actual end users from among Better Plants partners and representatives of the R&D community show how the National Labs and DOE-funded consortia can generate exciting new solutions in the form of technologies, materials, and best practices.

Speakers: Patrick Blanchard, Ford Research and Innovation Center; Stan Petrash, Henkel Corporation; Clara Asmail, DOE

 

Industrial
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Tuesday, December 04, 2018

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

Speakers: Michael Deru, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Melissa Lapsa, Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Michael Meyer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; Kim Trenbath, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Jessica Granderson, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory 

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Landlord and tenant companies representing 1.8 billion square feet of commercial, industrial, and retail buildings achieve energy savings with green (also known as high-performance) leasing. The Better Buildings Alliance and the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) Green Lease Leaders recognition program honors real estate practitioners who continue to push the envelope on sustainability and high performance in leased spaces. In 2018, Better Buildings and IMT released a series of case studies profiling some of the 2018 Green Lease Leaders for their innovative efforts to drive efficiency, clean energy, health & wellness, and smart landlord-tenant engagement strategies in their properties. Attend our webinar to hear their success stories, advice on how to get started greening your lease, as well as how to apply to become a Green Lease Leader in 2019! Speakers include Kilroy Realty and JBG Smith.

Commercial
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 introduced 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 reviewed 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. 

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

 

Education
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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

Commercial
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.

Commercial
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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.

Commercial
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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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