Better Buildings Challenge: Webinars

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

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

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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.

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The City of Milwaukee is already leading by example by committing to reduce the energy used in city buildings by 20 percent by 2022, and the city has expanded its activities beyond municipal facilities with the Better Buildings Challenge of Milwaukee (BBC-MKE). This comprehensive energy efficiency program aims to assist local businesses and K-12 schools in every aspect of energy efficiency projects, including assessment, financing, and implementation, to help buildings reach their energy goal. To date, more than 86 non-city buildings are participating in BBC-MKE. To continue to grow the program and encourage energy efficiency across the city, Milwaukee developed a three-pronged business and community engagement strategy.

Milwaukee’s Business and Community Engagement Strategy

The City of Milwaukee’s three-pronged business and community engagement strategy includes incentives, education and outreach, and recognition to encourage local businesses and K-12 schools to join BBC-MKE and implement energy efficiency projects in their buildings.

Incentives

To help building owners and operators identify energy-saving opportunities, the BBC-MKE program offers free energy assessments of Class B&C offices, small commercial space, and K-12 schools. These assessments are a modified Level 2 ASHRAE assessment, which identify no-and low-cost opportunities, potential capital-intensive energy savings opportunities, operational improvements, and some analysis of energy costs, energy use, potential energy and cost savings, and rough initial implementation costs. In addition, the BBC-MKE program offers benchmarking guidance, and partnered with the USGBC Wisconsin chapter to hold ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager technical support sessions. The city will also establish building profiles in Portfolio Manager for those that are eligible for building assessments.

In addition, BBC-MKE provides financial assistance through the City of Milwaukee's Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program. Milwaukee’s PACE program funds energy improvements with private capital, which is paid back over time with the savings from energy improvements through a special municipal charge tied to the property tax system. BBC-MKE also partnered with Focus on Energy, Wisconsin utilities’ statewide energy efficiency and renewable resource program, to provide incentives to businesses to reduce the implementation costs of energy projects. As part of the free energy assessments, participants are introduced to the incentives available based on specific assessment recommendations.

Education and Outreach

The City of Milwaukee teamed up with the Mitchell Street Business Improvement District (BID) and We Energies, a local utility, on an outreach campaign to engage small businesses in the Mitchell Street BID on energy efficiency.  The city provided business owners with free energy consultations for a week, utilizing a small business auditing report tool from We Energies, and determined businesses that were pre-qualified for small-business incentives utilizing a business list provided by the Mitchell Street BID. To get the word out, the city developed a mailer to advertise the free energy consultations and point business to the other BBC-MKE program’s resources. The City also held an informal information session in case businesses had questions and went door to door offering to do a walkthrough of businesses and connect them with resources to help them implement energy efficiency projects.  At the end of the outreach campaign, Milwaukee held a session for BID participants to answer questions about the energy consultation reports and provide training on benchmarking in ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager.

To reach a broader business audience, Milwaukee published an advertorial in the Milwaukee Business Journal. The six-page advertorial, "Making Buildings Better: What’s Being Done Locally to Reduce Energy Consumption,” featured a panel of local experts assembled to discuss energy efficiency in Milwaukee. The interview-style advertorial was moderated by the president of the commercial realtor association in Milwaukee and the panel consisted of an employee from the city, a financier of energy-efficiency projects, an executive from a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Milwaukee, and a local property manager. The advertorial highlighted resources available to business interested in pursuing energy efficiency, including the BBC-MKE program, and shed light on some of the panelists’ strategies and perspectives on energy-efficiency technologies and financing opportunities. 

The City of Milwaukee and the Midwest Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC) partnered to develop a clean technology resource page to help building owners, managers, and contractors find energy-efficient technologies, support local manufacturers, and stay informed on building retrofit practices. The resource page also links to Milwaukee's ECO Design Guidelines, which provide further insight into sustainable design practices for multi-family and commercial projects. To further educate local businesses on energy efficiency, the City of Milwaukee partnered with the M-WERC Construction & Engineering Working Group on a one-day conference on implementing energy efficiency in commercial buildings (November 2017). The event highlighted the BBC-MKE program and established a roadmap to implementing energy efficiency in commercial buildings, both new and renovated. The conference also discussed high-impact technologies that can help building owners save thousands of dollars annually on energy bills.

To bring broader community awareness to energy efficiency, the City of Milwaukee utilized a popular community event, Doors Open Milwaukee, to showcase buildings participating in the BBC-MKE program.  The BBC-MKE program sponsored the two-day event which included behind-the-scenes tours of more than 150 buildings throughout Milwaukee’s downtown and neighborhoods and in-depth tours led by community leaders. Milwaukee created window clings so building tour participants could easily identify the buildings in the BBC-MKE program and worked with Doors Open to create a feature on their website to allow interested attendees to filter for buildings participating in the BBC-MKE program.

Recognition

To recognize participating buildings in the BBC-MKE program, the city hosted its first annual awards and celebration event, ReEnergize Milwaukee 2017. The event showcased the leaders that are helping re-energize and strengthen the greater community through the built environment and spur action in the City of Milwaukee and surrounding area to make buildings better. It also served as an opportunity for local businesses and building owners to network and share best practices in energy reduction. Mayor Tom Barrett and the City of Milwaukee’s Environmental Collaboration Office presented awards in the following five categories:   

  1. Outstanding Energy Performance was awarded to the building with the most significant Source Energy Use Intensity reduction in 2016 compared to the building's baseline year
  2. Energy Efficiency Project of the Year was awarded to individual projects that displayed innovation and a high impact on energy use relative to investment, including use of available incentives
  3. ReEnergizer of the Year recognized exceptional facility managers, building engineers, and others that successfully lead their team in going above and beyond to manage building operational efficiency, seek out energy reduction projects, and implement tenant engagement strategies
  4. Occupant Engagement highlighted the building team that did the best job communicating their energy-efficiency goals and initiatives to their tenants or other occupants and engaged their occupants to implement initiatives within their individual leased spaces

There was also a People's Choice Award selected by attendees at the event from a group of candidates that had a physical display at the event and were highlighted leading up to the event via social media and through online profiles.  The People’s Choice Award focused on celebrating the community of participants that make up the City of Milwaukee's Better Buildings Challenge and attendees voted on the candidate they believed had done the most to embrace the Better Buildings Challenge. 

Local Government
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Join the Department of Energy for a webinar and peer exchange on financing for K-12 Schools. Learn about the use of bonds for energy efficiency retrofits as well as considerations for private financing. Experience a live demo of the new Energy Efficiency Financing Navigator. 
Featuring: 
• Crystal McDonald, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy 
• Toby Rittner, President and CEO of the Council of Development Finance Agencies 
• Joe Indvik, JDM Associates 

Education
Tuesday, December 06, 2016

If you’ve been struggling to find funding for energy efficiency projects in your buildings, then this session is the one for you. This webinar (1) demonstrates the Efficiency Financing Navigator, a new tool to help you find financing that's right for you; (2) explains how to access incentives and tax credits using DSIRE and other resources; and (3) gives you practical advice about where to start and how to look out for pitfalls when finding financing.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Energy Management has evolved a lot over the past decade. As organizations move beyond just changing out light bulbs, investment in commercial and industrial building energy efficiency has more than doubled between 2006 and 2014, from $7 billion to $16 billion. This growth has been fueled by a mix of organizational sustainability commitments, the availability of enabling incentive programs, the proliferation of cost-effective technologies, and the promise of significant financial savings. Since 2008, the EDF Climate Corps program has played a significant supporting role in this growth, helping over 400 “host organizations” jumpstart energy management solutions by matching them with trained graduate student fellows who work onsite to identify actionable energy reduction strategies. This one-hour webcast will summarize findings from a comprehensive report that highlights key trends, opportunities and next steps for companies regardless of their sophistication on energy management topics.

You’ll learn how:

  1. To be more strategic and sophisticated about energy management, beyond just energy efficiency
  2. Companies are scaling up their energy projects to achieve greater results
  3. To choose and implement energy projects, leveraging the latest technologies
  4. To leverage your investments to provide better environmental returns

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Commercial
Wednesday, November 09, 2016

This webinar was the inaugural meeting of the new Building Envelope Tech Team. The main topics discussed were:

  • Online resources such as real world demonstrations, case studies, specification documents, and installation guidance for building envelope subcategories: windows, walls, and roofs
  • Profiling Chesapeake College, a Better Buildings Partner, investments in building envelope wall, windows, and roof technologies
  • Discussion of the pros and cons of new technology, such as: next generation windows, dynamic controls, window shading, and sprayable air sealing.
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Tuesday, November 08, 2016

In parallel with decreasing system costs and new business models, public policy is driving energy storage adoption around the country. Organizations are beginning to consider energy storage options, but little information is publicly available on benefits, business models, or best practices. Energy storage is a broad category of technologies with many different capabilities that can be daunting to sift through and find the best opportunities. In this session, attendees will get an overview of energy storage technologies, use cases, business models and how it can help you manage energy spend. 

1. Understand types of energy storage available and what may work on your building 
2. Identify use cases for energy storage that provide you value 
3. Learn about potential business models and procurement strategies 
4. Identify additional resources to help you make decisions on energy storage 

Industrial/Multifamily/Local Government/State Government/Data Centers
Tuesday, November 01, 2016

While sub-meters on their own don’t save energy or water, they play a crucial part in successful energy and water reduction efforts. Get the low down from our expert panelists on the best practices, benefits and current costs to meter energy, water and data centers in your buildings.

Industrial/Multifamily/Residential/Local Government/State Government/Data Centers/Financial Services/Utility
Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Capturing the story behind energy savings projects helps catapult a culture around planning future projects, funding them, and growing a team's value in your company or organization. Hear from leading partners, learn about the innovative SWAP, and learn from media experts giving tips on telling your tale.

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Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Workplace charging programs are successful when organizations choose the charging station design that best fits the needs of both, employers and employees. Taking into account the available budget, program goals, employee interest, and site specific requirements, an employer may choose to install Level 1, Level 2, or DC fast charging. During this webinar, Margaret Smith will present an overview of the types of charging stations and share examples of Workplace Charging Challenge Partners that use each type of charging.

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Commercial
Thursday, September 22, 2016

The commercial mortgage loan process involves high stakes and energy efficiency is generally not a motivating factor for lenders, with current mortgage practices not fully accounting for the risks and opportunities associated with energy use of buildings. After a scoping study and stakeholder engagements with lenders and building owners, Lawrence Berkeley Nat Lab and Haas School of Business identified several potential inventions to properly account for energy factors in the lending process. Here, they demonstrated how and where energy factors can "move the needle" on key underwriting metrics such as default risk, NOI, and economic or functional obsolescence. 

Presenters: 
Paul Matthew, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory 
Nancy Wallace, Haas School of Business UC Berkeley

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Preview the new and innovative technologies that are making headlines this fall. Hear about the latest from DOE’s High Impact Technology (HIT) Catalyst program, including an update on micro-Combined Heat and Power demonstrations, a sneak peek into energy savings from testing of multi-technology packages (Going Beyond Widgets), as well as opportunities to host joint HIT and Green Proving Ground demonstrations to verify the performance of emerging technologies. Find out more about how you can engage with the Better Buildings Tech team to help you lower energy use in your building portfolio.

Presenters: Amy Jiron, DOE; Cynthia Regnier, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Kris Jorgensen, A.O. Smith Corporation

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Tuesday, June 07, 2016

This webinar provided an overview of available energy storage technologies, use cases and the benefits they can bring to the commercial real estate sector, along with a case study of a successful energy storage project. 

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Buildings that produce more energy than they consume, commonly defined as zero net energy buildings, have moved from concept to reality in recent years. Can you achieve zero net energy commercial buildings at little to no cost premium? Join us to find out. You’ve read success stories and seen real-world examples. Now it’s time to take action. We’ll show you how to quickly estimate photovoltaic energy production and building energy consumption; and share cost control strategies including performance based procurement, power purchase agreements, tax credits, incentives and more. Ultimately, this webinar will arm you with the practical information and resources you need to develop an early zero net energy building feasibly study and budget.

Presenters: Scott Hackel PE, LEED AP, Principal Energy Engineer, Seventhwave; Ben Heymer PE, Senior Project Manager, Seventhwave; Shanti Pless, Senior Research Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

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