Better Buildings Challenge: Webinars

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 will highlight the Fitwel certifications, WELL standard, and more.

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Real world applications of energy-using equipment and processes can inform the direction of energy-related research. In this webinar, actual end users from among Better Plants partners and representatives of the R&D community will discuss how they have informed research into new energy-related technologies, materials, and best practices.

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

What are the Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines and how will they impact you? We will answer this question and bring some real-world examples of creative solutions our partners are implementing to increase the value of the buildings workforce.

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

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

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

This webinar will introduce 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 will review 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. All are welcome to attend.

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

Education
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; Ken Rosenfeld, BOMA International 

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

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.

Industrial/Multifamily/Residential/Local Government/State Government/Data Centers/Financial Services/Utility
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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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Every school district should be able to create zero energy schools because of recent advancements in technology. So what are some strategies to get there? Join us on April 25 for a review of the recently released Advanced Energy Design Guide for K-12 School Buildings: Achieving Zero Energy (AEDG). Recognizing that many schools have limited staff and resources, the AEDG provides step-by-step direction to support elementary, middle, and high schools in their pursuit of zero energy performance goals for deep retrofits and new construction projects. The technical guidance should enable school districts to take energy-efficiency goals from concept to fruition, and is meant to complement existing resources and strategies. Join this webinar if you are an educator, administrator, architect, engineer, or other buildings operations professional who is interested in pursuing zero energy schools or has experience in zero energy projects.

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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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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, February 06, 2018

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. 

Commercial
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Tuesday, January 09, 2018

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.

Local Government/State Government/Data Centers/Financial Services/Utility
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Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Learn about the National Laboratories and how your organization can work with them to enhance your energy efficiency.

 

Industrial/Multifamily/Local Government/State Government
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Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Learn how you can achieve both energy and water savings in an industrial or commercial setting, and how one often follows the other.

Commercial/Industrial
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Thursday, October 26, 2017

K-12 School sustainability conversations are growing beyond energy efficient buildings to include fuel-efficient school transit systems. School bus fleet conversions have been incorporated into K-12 school district sustainability plans to lower vehicle emissions as well as the operating and maintenance expenses for this essential service. When it comes to sustainability goals and creating healthy learning environments for students and faculty, the no-idling rules have been augmented by strategic actions that demonstrate a commitment to long-term, measureable budgetary and environmental impacts. Join the conversation to learn about alternative fuel school bus conversion and potential funding sources for school bus fleet conversions. We will have our experts on hand to highlight available programs and case studies from K-12 school districts around the nation. 

Topics to be covered:

  • Clean Cities Programs-School Case Studies
  • Alternative Fuels for School Buses
  • Funds for School Bus Fleet Conversion
  • Other Program Announcements

Speakers:

  • Crystal McDonald, Moderator, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Ellen Bourbon, Vehicle Technologies Office, Clean Cities Program, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Jonah Steinbuck, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Greg Kleen, Fuel Cell Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy

This webinar is open for K-12 School Districts and Associated Organizations to attend. 

Education
Tuesday, October 03, 2017

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.

Commercial/Multifamily
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

More than 50 million students and faculty occupy our nation's nearly 130,000 school buildings for 1,000 hours and 200 school days every year. According to recent data, annual K-12 school utility expenditures top $10 billion. Learn how school districts are managing energy costs, maintaining healthy environments, and meeting STEM academic requirements.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Dealing with rooftop air conditioning units (RTUs) at the end of life can be a financial and environmental liability. In addition, changing regulations are challenging to follow. Join this webinar to learn about new regulations and how to minimize the environmental impact of and gain value from old RTUs at the same time.

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Commercial
Thursday, July 27, 2017

The U.S. Department of Energy issued the Low-Cost Wireless Metering Challenge encouraging manufacturers to produce a cost-effective, accurate, wireless system capable of measuring various electric loads within a building and wirelessly communicating the data. Although commercial buildings spend over 120 billion dollars annually on electricity, much of that energy is not measured or managed. Data provided by submeters can provide visibility on energy use to building owners and operators, allowing them to strategically implement energy efficiency measures that can save money. Unfortunately, the technology for submetering has been cost-prohibitive putting savings out of reach in many circumstances. On May 15, 2017, DOE recognized wireless technology company Meazon for their exemplary performance in meeting the specifications. Although Meazon is the only company to meet the specification so far, the performance specification stands as an opportunity for other organizations to enhance the market for low cost submetering. This webinar gave Better Buildings partners an opportunity to learn more about the challenge, its specifications, and the outcome. Speakers: Anne Wagner (PNNL), Stelios Koutroubinas (Meazon), John Gionas (Meazon)

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Better Buildings Public Sector Partners have contributed to solutions that invigorate energy efficiency in the built environment. Following in the footsteps of the Energy Data Accelerator (EDA), two recent efforts, known as the Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) Accelerator and the Outdoor Lighting Accelerator (OLA), concluded after three years of developing solutions to market barriers, identifying both innovative and proven approaches, and creating toolkits that offer a wide array of resources. Each program lead reviewed key accomplishments, introduced the resulting toolkit, and discussed the application of the toolkit to current state and municipal projects. Department of Energy speakers: Monica Neukomm, Andrew Burr, Alice Dasek, and Crystal McDonald.

Local Government/State Government
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Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Treating wastewater can be very energy intensive; learn how doing the job on-site can improve the efficiency of wastewater treatment collection systems and reduce costs.

Industrial/Multifamily/Residential/Local Government/State Government/Data Centers/Financial Services/Utility
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Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Large organizations are no stranger to the paid-from-savings retrofit model that is marketed by major energy-services companies (ESCos). But small organizations are increasingly searching for technical and financial support in pursuing these projects. Learn more about how small organizations and large organizations alike can seek out technical experts and financing options while protecting their interests and saving energy and water.

Industrial/Multifamily/Residential/Local Government/State Government/Data Centers/Financial Services/Utility
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

This webinar includes tips on how to share facility level data quickly and easily with DOE, and examples of how partners have leveraged this data sharing and review to make an impact in their organizations.

Industrial/Multifamily/Local Government/State Government
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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Hear how partners are addressing energy use in warehouses and distributions and gain ideas for you to take back to your buildings.

Local Government
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