Better Buildings Webinar Series

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.

Scheduled 2019-2020 Webinars:

The 2019-2020 Better Buildings Webinar Series is now complete; click MORE under "Completed 2019-2020 Webinars" below to view each webinar. Thank you to our speakers, moderators, and attendees! Stay tuned for more information on our next series starting this Summer. In the meantime, please visit our library of On-Demand Webinars, and check out our E-Learning Center for more online learning opportunities.

Completed 2019-2020 Webinars:

Back by Popular Demand: The Best of the 2019 Better Buildings Summit

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 I 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET
The 2019 Better Buildings Summit was held in July in the Washington, D.C. metro area. This webinar featured 3 of the top-rated presentations from the Summit – a rare chance to catch one of the talks you might have missed! 

Getting to 100%: Overcoming Barriers to Tenant Data Collection in Multifamily Properties

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 I 3:00 - 4:30 PM ET
Learn strategies for collecting multifamily tenant energy consumption data, ranging from obtaining tenant consent to tenant sampling and navigating utility regulations. In addition, during this webinar DOE and HUD outlined ways we are working with multifamily partners to collect data to meet their energy savings goals. 

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Small and Rural K-12 Schools

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 I 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET
This webinar covered energy efficiency and renewable energy resources and strategies available to small and rural schools to help them train a robust workforce and achieve energy and cost savings. It also showcased stories of K-12 school districts that are successfully proving that energy efficiency provides a worthwhile return on investment. 

Rethinking Leasing: Spotlight on the 2019 Green Lease Leaders

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 I 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET
The Green Lease Leaders program shines a spotlight on innovative landlord and tenant companies that add energy efficiency and sustainability clauses to their leases. This webinar recognized the 2019 Green Lease Leaders who are pushing the envelope on building performance and energy-aligned leasing.  

How Buildings of all Shapes and Sizes are Becoming Zero Energy Users

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 I 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET
From affordable student housing to high-infill offices, a rapidly accelerating building trend is the proliferation of zero energy buildings. This webinar explored the financial, technological, and design process innovations that make these projects a reality. 

Best of the Betters: The Better Plants 2019 Better Project and Better Practice Presentations

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 I 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET
The Better Practice and Better Project Awards were created to recognize accomplishments in industrial energy efficiency. Award recipients range from diverse manufacturing sectors to utilities. This webinar showcased some of our 2019 applicants and awardees for their innovative, industry-leading energy management work. 

Save Money and Build Resilience with Distributed Energy Technologies

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 I 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET
Learn about tools from the National Labs for assessing potential facility-level energy technology investments and how to use those assessments to incorporate distributed energy technologies that optimize your facilities’ energy needs.

Building Value: How Energy Efficiency Impacts Mortgages and More

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 I 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET
This webinar addressed the financial impact of energy performance and provided attendees with information used to assess energy and climate risk in portfolios. 

Finance + Resilience Initiative Part 1: Building the Financial Business Case for Resilience

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 | 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET
Part 1 of this 2-week mini-series highlighted how commercial building owners can build the financial case for resilience, best practices for measuring financial risk, and strategies for managing insurance cost and business risk.

Finance + Resilience Initiative Part 2: Taking Action to Improve Resilience & Disclose Performance

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 | 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET
Part 2 of this 2-week mini-series focused on different mechanisms for financing resilience projects, reporting frameworks for disclosing resilience performance, and pulling everything into a resilience risk management plan.

Get Smart (Labs): Results from the Better Buildings Smart Labs Accelerator

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 I 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET
This webinar highlighted best practices for developing a Smart Labs Program and featured results from partners who participated in the 3-year Better Buildings Smart Labs Accelerator. 

Completed 2018-2019 Webinars:

Back by Popular Demand: The Best of the 2018 Better Buildings Summit 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 | 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET

This webinar features 3 of the top-rated presentations from the 2018 Better Buildings Summit – a rare chance to catch one of the talks you might have missed! 


Benchmarking Water: New Approaches and Opportunities for Buildings

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 I 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET

Hear from partners that have enacted innovative water metering strategies and analytical methods that allow them to draw greater insights from their data.  


Bright Idea: Lighting Toolkit for K-12 School Districts 

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 I 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET

Review comprehensive lighting guidance for K-12 schools along with a review of the newest lighting technologies and strategies for classroom optimization and proficiency. 


Latest News From The Technology Research Teams

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 I 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET

Hear from leaders at the National Laboratories working to advance technologies related to space conditioning, lighting, plug loads, building envelope, and energy management information systems. 


Prioritizing Labs to Meet Your Energy Goal

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 I 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET

Using lessons learned and experts in the field this webinar will set up your site for creating a Smart Labs Program. Prioritizing energy efficiency in labs can help organizations quickly meet their energy saving goals.


Lessons from the Field: Real World Applications that Inform R&D

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 I 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET

Better Plants partners and representatives of the R&D community discuss how leveraging the National Labs and DOE-funded consortia can solve tough challenges and produce new energy-related technologies, materials, and best practices.


Better Buildings, Better Bodies: Strategies for Health & Wellness

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 I 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET

Meet Better Buildings partners who are implementing design strategies in their buildings and sustainability plans focusing on the wellness, health, and productivity of the people inside them.


Rethinking Traditional Finance: How Efficiency-as-a-Service Can Drive Upgrades without Upfront Capital

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 I 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET

On this webinar, we highlight a new efficiency-as-a-service toolkit and Better Buildings Financial Allies share insights from the field.


Solutions for Small- to Medium-Sized Data Centers - Air Management

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 I 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET

This webinar focused on practical solutions for air management in small and medium-sized data centers. Discussion was focused on air management techniques, practical applications, and lessons learned in case studies.          

Completed 2017-2018 Webinars:

Back to School: Including Energy Efficiency in K-12 Classrooms

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 | 3:00 - 4:00 PM
Learn how school districts are managing energy costs, maintaining healthy environments, and meeting STEM academic requirements. View webinar.


Year of the Lease: New Tools for Leased Space Energy Efficiency

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 I 3:00 - 4:00 PM
Learn about new developments for furthering energy and water savings in leased spaces, including new programs from EPA and the latest enhancements to Better Buildings efforts. View webinar.


2 for 1: Energy Efficiency and Water Savings are a Combo Deal

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 I 3:00 - 4:00 PM
Learn how you can achieve both energy and water savings in an industrial or commercial setting, and how one often follows the other. View webinar.


Lab Partners: How to Leverage DOE National Laboratories

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 I 3:00 - 4:00 PM
Learn about the National Laboratories and how your organization can work with them to enhance your energy efficiency. View webinar.


Big Results in Small Places: Exploring the Untapped Energy Efficiency Potential of Small Data Centers

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 I 3:00 - 4:00 PM
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. View webinar.

Buildings that Rebound: Resiliency Strategies for Commercial Buildings and Communities

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 I 3:00 - 4:00 PM
As the energy sector is subject to more external risk due to natural and human events, more developers and building owners are discussing resilient building design. Learn about the technologies and strategies being pursued to address resilience. View webinar.

Cutting Water Waste: DOE and EPA Resources to Advance Water Efficiency

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 I 3:00 - 4:00 PM
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. View webinar.

Taking Control: Best Practices in Energy Data Management and Tools for Success

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 I 3:00 - 4:00 PM
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. View webinar.

Financing 2.0: Navigating 3rd-Party Financing for Efficiency and Renewables

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 I 3:00 - 4:00 PM
This webinar introduces the Better Buildings Financing Navigator 2.0, the latest iteration of DOE's online tool that helps connect organizations with financing for energy efficiency and renewables projects. Learn about the new features and key trends in financing. View webinar.

Completed 2016-2017 Webinars:

Fall Tech Trends: Promising new products from DOE’s High Impact Technologies Catalyst program

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 | 3:00 - 4:00 PM
Preview the new and innovative technologies that are making headlines this Fall. View webinar.


Shout it from the Mountaintops!: Working with your communications team to tell your energy efficiency success story

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 I 3:00 - 4:00 PM
Tune in to learn how leading partners capture stories behind savings projects to promote future projects. View webinar.


Show me the Money!: How to find financing, access incentives, and get projects done

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 I 3:00 - 4:00 PM
Learn about ways and available tools to find funding for energy efficiency projects and how to avoid common pitfalls. View webinar.


Efficiency Treasure Chest: Unlocking energy savings in warehouses and distribution centers

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 I 3:00 - 4:00 PM
Hear how partners are addressing energy use in warehouses and distributions and gain ideas for you to take back to your buildings.View webinar.


Made to Fit: How paid-from-savings projects can work more broadly for providers of multifamily rental housing

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 I 3:00 - 4:00 PM
Learn more about how more owners of multifamily rental housing can find technical experts and financing options while protecting their interests and realizing energy and water savings. View webinar.


Zero Energy Buildings: From dream to reality in public and private sectors

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 I 3:00 - 4:00 PM
Learn about Zero Energy Buildings from the public and private sector. View webinar.



Because Wastewater Matters: Evolutions in Wastewater Treatment and Examples of Distributed Treatment

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 I 3:00 - 4:00 PM
Commercial office buildings, schools and factories treating their own wastewater on site? Treating wastewater can be very energy intensive and doing the job on site can be done efficiently, can improve the efficiency of wastewater treatment collection systems, reduce costs...and it's darn cool! View webinar.

Municipal Know-How for Energy Efficiency: Energy Data, ESPCs, and Outdoor Lighting

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 I 3:00 - 4:00 PM
Does your state or local government want to implement big energy efficiency changes, but isn’t sure how to finance them? Is your municipality ready to upgrade their outdoor lighting infrastructure? Two Better Buildings Accelerators have produced the resources you need to help! View webinar.


Mission Complete: Outcomes from the Challenge to Develop a $100 Wireless Submeter

Thursday, July 27, 2017 I 2:00 - 3:00 PM
At the Better Buildings Summit, DOE recognized wireless technology company Meazon for their exemplary performance in meeting the specifications set forth by the Low-Cost Wireless Metering Challenge. This webinar will give partners an opportunity to learn more about the challenge, its specifications, and the outcome. 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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