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The Better Buildings Webinar Series takes on the most pressing topics facing energy professionals, with new experts leading the conversations on proven best practices, cost-effective strategies, and innovative new ways to approach sustainability and energy performance. Questions? See our FAQs. If you are looking for the 2020 Summit sessions, please click here.

Scheduled 2020-2021 Webinars:

Register for the 2020-2021 webinar series below, or browse all upcoming webinars in calendar view.

CPACE Financing Turns 10: Impacts, Challenges, and What Comes Next

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 I 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET
Explore the impacts and success stories of commercial property assessed clean energy (PACE) financing, better known as CPACE, over the last 10 years. Attendees will hear about new research and find out what the future may hold for CPACE financing.

Wastewater Treatment 2.0: The Next Phase of Energy Efficiency and Recovery

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 I 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET
Wastewater treatment is a very energy-intensive process. This webinar will spotlight the latest effort to help water resource recovery facilities achieve energy savings and implement advanced technologies, introducing the Sustainable Wastewater Infrastructure of the Future (SWIFt) Initiative – aka SWIFt 2.0.

Planning for Resilience in Multifamily Housing: A Portfolio-Wide Approach

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 I 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET
This webinar will provide participants with real-world resiliency planning frameworks that can serve as models for property owners and managers. Panelists will discuss how to minimize risk and maintain business continuity through energy efficiency and using new technologies.

Scaling Impact: Multi-Building Approaches to Zero Energy Ready

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 I 3:00 - 4:30 PM ET
Hear about pioneering developments that are integrating energy efficiency, waste heat, renewable energy, and grid interaction across multiple buildings. This webinar will explore best practices on achieving cost savings and carbon reductions at scale.

Beyond Energy Savings: Quantifying the Additional Benefits of Energy Efficiency

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 I 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET
Energy-saving projects can yield extra benefits like reduced maintenance, improved productivity, waste reduction, and more. Join this webinar to learn about a new methodology for quantifying these benefits.

David & Goliath: Financing Energy Retrofits from the Tiny to the Giant

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 I 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET
This webinar will explore the successful implementation of two energy efficiency projects, one small (<$150,000) and one large (>$10 million); there will be a facilitated discussion to compare and contrast the characteristics of each.

Risk Assessments: Evaluating Buildings Sites for Portfolio Resilience

Tuesday, February 2, 2021 I 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET
This webinar will explore a variety of strategies commercial building owners can use to address climate-related risks and identify cost-effective strategies and improvements to protect occupants and assets from short and long-term risks.

Perspectives on Resilience: Insurance and Credit Underwriting

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 I 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET
This webinar will examine how resilience risk impacts organizations through insurance, credit underwriting, and credit ratings. Attendees will get insights from industry practitioners on interpreting risk and what building owners can do to improve performance.

Smart Tools for Smart Labs

Tuesday, March 2, 2021 I 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET
This webinar will share publicly available tools for turning your laboratory into a Smart Lab, as well as a case study from a university that successfully implemented a Smart Labs program. Attendees will also learn what the future holds for laboratory efficiency.

You Have a Data Center - Now What? Stories from the Field

Tuesday, April 6, 2021 I 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET
Hear from Better Buildings partners about experiences implementing energy efficiency projects within small, co-location, and enterprise data centers. Learn how you can leverage energy efficiency to streamline operations, cut operating costs, and increase data center resiliency.

Completed 2020-2021 Webinars:

Building Resilient Communities: State and Local Perspectives

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 I 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET
Discover how different communities can use energy efficiency and renewable energy as resilience measures for mitigating the impacts of natural disasters and learn about tools, partnerships, and strategies that can make your energy resilience projects a reality.

Innovative Energy Efficiency Financing in Public Housing

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 I 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET
Learn replicable approaches from three Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) – all Better Buildings partners – for surmounting the financial barriers that often prevent PHAs from pursuing energy and water efficiency retrofits.

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Behind-the-Meter Distributed Energy Resources: Best Practices for Integrating DERs into Commercial Buildings

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 I 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET
Speakers from Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and Kaiser Permanente discussed best practices for integrating and optimizing the performance of renewables, thermal energy storage, and battery energy for load flexibility. View Webinar.

Program Design with Everyone in Mind: Low-Income Solar Program Strategies

Thursday, July 9, 2020 I 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET
This webinar highlighted examples of low-income renewable energy programs, including the Solar in Your Community Challenge and the Clean Energy for Low-Income Communities Accelerator, best practices, and DOE’s new National Community Solar Partnership. View Webinar.

The Dynamic Duo: Unleash Public Sector Energy Savings with Financing and Technical Assistance

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 I 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET
For states, local governments, and K-12 schools seeking to reduce costs and meet efficiency goals, financing needs to be customized and simplified through technical assistance. Speakers discussed how various financing products can address public sector barriers when paired with effective technical assistance. View Webinar.

Next-Generation Building Performance Policies: Maximizing Energy Savings and Environmental Impacts

Thursday, July 16, 2020 I 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET
Leading cities deploying the next generation of building performance policies highlighted their strategies for policy design, implementation challenges and successes, and early policy impacts. View Webinar.

Combining Energy + Health Upgrades in Multifamily Housing

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 I 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET
In this webinar, panelists presented case studies of innovative partnerships between affordable housing providers, public health, and building science stakeholders to advance energy + health initiatives and shared experiences pursuing the FitWel® certification for healthy buildings. View Webinar.

Case in Point: Oregon's Recent Efforts to Reduce Plug Load Energy Consumption

Wednesday, July 22, 2020 I 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET
DOE's Plug and Process Load Technology Research Team and the National Renewable Energy Lab hosted a technical presentation about a statewide plug load strategy developed by the Oregon Department of Administrative Services and the Oregon Department of Energy. View Webinar.

Everyone Has a Data Center: How to Be an Energy Champion for Yours

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 I 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET
Learn how to make the business case for energy efficiency in data centers. This webinar helped participants identify key stakeholder interests, underlying drivers, and institutional and technical barriers to consider and gave attendees an overview of the technical concepts and relevant tools and resources involved.View Webinar.

Succeed with Submetering: How to Make the Business Case

Tuesday, August 4, 2020 I 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET
Organizations of all shapes and sizes can benefit from a more detailed understanding of their energy usage. Partners discussed how to make a compelling business case for the value of submetering to decision-makers while also sharing the link between submetering, benchmarking, and other data management efforts. View Webinar.

Frequently Asked Questions:

I can no longer attend the webinar; can you send me a recording when it is available?

  • Each webinar’s recording, slide deck, and transcripts are uploaded to the Better Buildings Solution Center within one week of the live event. All registrants are notified by e-mail when the resources are available online.

If I miss the webinar, can I still access it at a later time?

  • Yes, all Better Buildings Webinar recordings, transcripts, and slide decks are uploaded to the Better Buildings Solution Center for reference.

Where can I find a list of all previous webinars?

  • All previously recorded webinars are stored in the On-Demand Webinars page. Each webinar is sorted by topic and listed by year.

How can I access the additional resources from the webinar?

  • From the On-Demand Webinars page, visit the home page for the webinar you attended. Within the PDF copy of the slide deck is an “Additional Resources” slide. Resources are provided by the panelists and are hyperlinked for quick access.

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