Better Buildings Summit - Industrial Sector Presentations

The Better Buildings Summit is a national meeting where leading organizations across key sectors showcase solutions to cut energy intensity in their buildings and facilities. The 2017 Summit featured the most industrial sector content yet with over 10+ sessions dedicated to Plant Energy Management, Water and Wastewater efficiency, communicating energy efficiency successes, financing projects, combined heat and power systems, and identifying new opportunities.

Plant/Facility Energy Management

These Sessions covered topics related to plant/facility energy managment from training the next generation of energy managers to utlizing DOE tools to implement energy management systems like ISO 50001.

This session explored strategies to impart hard-won knowledge to the next generation of employees ensuring that lessons learned by existing energy managers are known by those coming up the ranks.
 
This session covered participant perspectives on the benefits of joining the Smart Energy Analytics Campaign and how they have received technical assistance, and are on-track to earn national recognition.
 
DOE has launched the Guide for Energy Management, which assists interested parties in creating an EnMS. Panelists discussed the benefits, challenges, and lessons learned when implementing an EnMS at their organizations.
 
This session showcased examples of smart manufacturing technologies and practices and demonstrate the importance of tracking performance by using critical data.
Water Wastewater Efficiency

Water and Wastewater had a large focus at this year's summit. Topics ranged from sharing best practices for implementing low- and no- cost energy savings measures to experiences in implementing renewable energy projects at wastewater facilities.

Learn from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and industry experts who have insights on how organizations can master the strategy and planning aspects of water management.
 
In this session, experts from the public and private sectors shared their perspectives on key technology, business, and policy solutions that address the energy-water nexus. 
 
Significant energy savings are achievable in wastewater treatment plants through operational changes and other no- and low-cost measures. This presentation was led by experts and plant managers that have successfully cut their energy bills through measures that require little or no upfront capital.
 
Partnerships between utilities and state and local governments can yield more efficient planning and coordination on best practices for wastewater treatment, along with energy savings and environmental, economic, and social benefits.
 
Organizations sometimes struggle to make the business case for water saving projects due to low water rates, low usage, or some combination of the two. Learn from experts who have successfully made saving water a business imperative by taking an expanded view of the value of water saving actions. 
 
This session covered the why and how of submetering energy and water in buildings, data centers, and other facilities. This is a redux of the wildly popular November installment of the Better Buildings Webinar Series on the same topic. 
 
Water and wastewater treatment plants are increasingly turning to renewable sources of energy to power their operations as they seek to cut their carbon footprint and improve resiliency. Panelists discussed their experiences implementing innovative projects including biogas recovery, solar photovoltaics, and low-head hydropower.
Communicating Energy Efficiency Successes

Getting the word out about your energy project's success can be hard, these sessions covered how industrial partner's are promoting their successes and promoting action within their own organization.

Understanding how to effectively present energy efficiency ideas from corporate to the plants and from plants to corporate is often critical for achieving authorization to proceed with large-scale energy efficiency projects.
 
Communications is a tool of the future and the present day. Take advantage of best practice techniques and tips for getting the word out on your energy achievements. Learn the difference between messaging what matters and messaging for impact.
Financing Energy Efficiency Projects

Energy Efficiency financing is a key road block for many projects. At this year's summit sessions focused directly on how organizations can leverage different programs and financing options for their specific project.

Speakers in this panel, representing a diverse array of organizations working in residential, commercial, and industrial sectors, explored how each organization has approached investments and progress toward energy reduction and clean energy.
 
Spoiler alert: there's no shortage of capital for the right deal. So what does a good deal look like to investors and lenders? This panel covered key requirements for successful energy efficiency borrowing from the perspective of private banks and mission investors.
 
This session addressed key questions to ask when looking for project financing, especially if you are a building owner, executive, or other decision-maker. We covered how to select the right financing option, find and vet providers, capture incentives, and avoid common pitfalls.
 
This session covered the state of the efficiency financing industry in broad strokes, targeted at a general audience. Leading experts guided us through topics including trends in both new and old financing products, key policy changes affecting the industry, and the market outlook for 2018 and beyond.
Combined Heat and Power

Find out why Combined Heat and Power systems are becoming more and more popular, also see real life examples from the Better Buildings Combined Heat and Power Accelerator.

This session explores real-world examples from the Better Buildings Combined Heat and Power Accelerator and includes case studies from partner organizations that have had successful experiences.
 
This session discussed solutions that are being uncovered as the resiliency accelerator moves forward. Partners showcaseed how CHP helps achieve resiliency in their facilities.
Identifying New Opportunities

Looking for your next energy efficiency project? These sessions covered how partner's are starting to identify new opportunities in their facilities and using new cutting-edge technologies to cut energy use even further.

Existing industrial systems (compressed air, pumping, steam, process heating and fans) offer significant opportunities for energy savings and improved production reliability. This session showcased innovative approaches to energy efficiency in such systems.
 
This session showcased a set of technologies and examples of their application in manufacturing plants.
 
In the past year a new training from DOE's Better Plants program has enabled groups of employees from different organizations to work together in each other's plants to uncover energy savings opportunities. Learn more about these opportunities and how you can participate.
 
This roundtable offered presentations from researchers on the latest building energy technologies, followed by a facilitated discussion exploring what R&D challenges should be addressed to develop products that are most needed by building owners and operators.
 

Expert building technologists discussed what they are excited about now and what fledgling ideas are exciting for generations to come. This session highlighted information that can help you decide for yourself which building strategies can help you meet your goals now and well into the future.