Welcome to the 2016 Better Buildings Summit!

The first day of the 2016 Better Buildings Summit was a day full of action that set the Better Buildings crew up for more two full days of energy efficiency peer-exchange.

The day started off with tours of both commercial and public buildings. Groups broke out and examined DC buildings up close and backstage, while hearing about a number of advanced technologies, green building practices and management systems, ranging from a state-of-the-art bike room in the Tower Companies Millennium Building to modern technologies being put to use in the U.S. Capitol Building. The Better Buildings team gives a big thank you to George Washington University, National Cancer Institute, Montgomery County, MD and all the partners who opened up their buildings to groups of eager and inquisitive Summit-goers.

Better Buildings director Maria T. Vargas and Dr. Kathleen Hogan, deputy assistant secretary for energy efficiency with DOE, gave the opening remarks for Monday’s luncheon, giving an overview of successful DOE-led technological advances, and announcing a new DOE partnership with Costar Group, a leader in real estate energy data, that will result in removing energy information barriers for commercial buildings.

After lunch, sector teams hosted networking lunches and break-out sessions, to maximize fruitful discussions and exchanges. Workshops and sessions from the afternoon included a panel with Wendy’s and HEI Hotels on how brands can partner with owners on energy efficiency, and a state-to-state conversation to learn about Lead by Example (LBE) efforts and experiences.

Today the Summit moves into full swing, with the morning plenary and TED-style Partner Insider talks featuring speakers from UC Irvine, Walmart, Harbec Industries, City of Boston and Shari’s Pies. The Partner Pavilion will feature commercial and industrial experts, available for you to pick their brains on everything from refrigeration to process heating.

We hope you’re looking forward to the lunch addresses by Dr. David Friedman of DOE and Kasim Reed, Mayor of Atlanta.

Don’t forget that Secretary Ernest Moniz will  be hosting a Q&A session after their keynote speeches on Wednesday. So if you have a question that you’ve always wanted to ask them, tweet it at #BBSummit2016, or leave it as a comment here on this blog post!

We hope you all have a great Summit; feel free to communicate with us via social media any time, using the conference hashtag, #BBSummit2016