Better Buildings Events Calendar

Better Buildings partners participate in webinars, peer-exchange calls, meetings, and industry workshops and conferences. Browse upcoming events and opportunities to participate by month.

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Event: In-Plant Training: Ingevity Corporate in Wickliffe, KY on Multi-System (Fans & Pumps)

In-Plant Training: Ingevity Corporate in Wickliffe, KY on Multi-System (Fans & Pumps)

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Monday, April 27, 2020 9:00 am to Friday, May 1, 2020 5:00 pm
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Webinar: Managing Buildings During a Shutdown and Bringing Them Back Online

Managing Buildings During a Shutdown and Bringing Them Back Online

Webinar
Friday, May 1, 2020 2:30 pm EST

In many situations, such as the ones driven by current events, many buildings become unoccupied: offices, hotels, schools, universities, retail stores, restaurants, etc. As buildings are no longer occupied, questions about which services are still needed and which can be reduced need to be addressed. In this presentation the speakers discussed their experiences with different types of buildings in different scenarios. Climate considerations and building use were discussed. Steps of reoccupying buildings are also important and were addressed.

Speakers: George DuBose, Liberty Building Forensics Group; Mead Rusert, Automated Logic Corporation 

 
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Webinar: Managing HVAC Systems to Reduce Infectious Disease Transmission

Managing HVAC Systems to Reduce Infectious Disease Transmission

Webinar
Monday, May 4, 2020 2:30 pm EST

Managing our buildings to minimize the risk of infectious disease transmission is of paramount concern today. Every building and climate are different, making it challenging to have one approach work in all situations. Dr. Bahnfleth provided a critical review of guidance published by ASHRAE and other built environment organizations and discussed their relationship to recommendations of science and health-focused organizations like WHO. Dr. Bahnfleth provided expert insight based on the best research for operations to help mitigate risks and what practices to avoid.

Speaker: Bill Bahnfleth, Penn State University

 
 
Webinar: Lighting & Electrical Technology Research Team Webinar

Lighting & Electrical Technology Research Team Webinar

Webinar
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 2:00 pm EST

The Lighting and Electrical Technology Research Team’s webinar focused on the Integrated Lighting Campaign, early results from field-validations, and progress on the IoT-Upgradeable Lighting Challenge. Discussions included some of the aspects and opportunities/benefits of integrating lighting systems and future-proofing buildings through lighting investments (i.e., upgradeable luminaires).  Plug and Process Load Technology Research Team lead, Dr. Kim Trenbath, gave a primer on plug loads and highlighted best practices for integrating plug loads and lighting. 

Presenters: Dr. Kim Trenbath, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Felipe Leon and Michael Myer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

 
 
Webinar: The Value of Distributed Energy Resources to Owners: A Current Market Landscape

The Value of Distributed Energy Resources to Owners: A Current Market Landscape

Webinar
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 2:00 pm EST

Building owners are becoming increasingly aware of opportunities to install distributed energy resources (DERs) on their properties to save utility costs, improve resiliency, and help meet their carbon reduction goals.  Many technical options exist in the market, including battery storage, thermal storage, solar photovoltaics, on-site generation/combined heat and power, and flexing of building loads (such as shifting HVAC loads to off-peak). This webinar introduced the DER technology options, described multiple value streams from these DERs, and presented a landscape of customer-sited DER solution providers. The webinar was created based on a set of interviews with 15 DER Solutions Providers and five Better Buildings Alliance EMIS Team members.

Speaker: Hannah Kramer, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab 

 
 
Webinar: Resources You Should Know: USDA Rural Development Programs and the Department of Commerce Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Resources You Should Know: USDA Rural Development Programs and the Department of Commerce Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Webinar
Thursday, May 7, 2020 1:00 pm EST
Sector: Industrial

Participants in this session learned about other federal resources for industry besides Better Plants, including the Agriculture Department’s Rural Development programs and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Centers. Speakers from those two organizations discussed how to tap into grants, loans, loan guarantees and technical assistance to support manufacturing and energy efficiency.

Speakers: David Stieren, U.S. Department of Commerce; Venus Welch-White, U.S. Department of Agriculture

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

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

Webinar
Tuesday, May 12, 2020 3:00 pm EST
Sectors: Commercial, Education

For the past three years, 18 Better Buildings partners have been working through the Smart Labs Accelerator to reduce their energy intensity in their laboratory buildings through the development of a Smart Labs Program. A Smart Labs Program promotes safe and efficient world-class science by: reducing ventilation to the lowest safe levels (during occupied and unoccupied times), implementing high ventilation effectiveness design, minimizing fan energy, and installing smart building controls. This webinar highlighted best practices for developing a Smart Labs Program and featured results from Accelerator participants.

Speakers: Phil Wirdzek, International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL); Rachel Romero, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL); Otto VanGeet, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) 

 
 
 
Webinar: Compressed Air Systems

Compressed Air Systems

Webinar
Thursday, May 14, 2020 1:00 pm EST
Sector: Industrial

Compressed air systems consume around 90 billion kWh electricity in US each year.  With almost 80% of this input electricity being dissipated as heat, compressed air is a very expensive utility. This session discussed the pros and cons of different compressor configurations, its controls with examples from the field and common energy conservation measures. Commonly identified compressed air energy efficiency opportunities were also discussed. Attendees also learned about various resources for modeling and identifying opportunities in compressed air system, including the AirMaster+ tool.

 
 
Event: ITEAM prize applications are due

ITEAM prize applications are due

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Friday, May 15, 2020
7:00 am to 5:00 pm
EST

ITEAM prize applications are due to reward and recognize employees at U.S. manufacturing facilities who implement a significant energy-saving project.

 
 
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Webinar: Training: Introduction to SEED Advanced Features

Training: Introduction to SEED Advanced Features

Webinar
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 3:00 pm EST

Learn about the Standard Energy Efficiency Exchange Platform's (SEED) advanced capabilities, including GIS data integration, uploading interval and meter data, and the ability to connect with other tools such as ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, BuildingSync, Audit Template, and the Open Efficiency Platform.

 
 
Webinar: Smart Energy Analytics Campaign - Spring 2020 Award Winners

Smart Energy Analytics Campaign - Spring 2020 Award Winners

Webinar
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
EST

The Smart Energy Analytics Campaign recognizes exemplary efforts in the implementation of energy management and information systems, or EMIS. These will be the last awards in the Campaign, so join us to learn how the awardees have successfully implemented building analytics through their EMIS in a wide variety of building types, saving energy and moving from reactive to proactive maintenance. Please note, pre-registration is not required; join using the link below.

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Webinar: Sneak Peek of the Building Envelope Campaign

Sneak Peek of the Building Envelope Campaign

Webinar
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 2:00 pm EST

The Building Envelope Campaign is designed to help building owners and managers create more energy efficient buildings by targeting the building envelope thermal performance, determining available energy savings, and providing technical support. This webinar presented the campaign structure and schedule, resources that have been compiled for participants, and opportunities for involvement across the industry. Attendees got a sneak peek at how to get an easy performance assessment of your building envelope - along with solution packages containing actions for improved performance and discussion with the technical experts behind the campaign.

Speakers: Hayley McLeod & Simon Pallin, Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL)

 
 
Webinar: Show Me the Data: What Does Observational Research Reveal About Today’s Connected Lighting Systems?

Show Me the Data: What Does Observational Research Reveal About Today’s Connected Lighting Systems?

Webinar
Thursday, May 21, 2020
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
EST

The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), in collaboration with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), is pleased to offer a special free webinar series, “Show Me the Data.”

Ongoing evaluations at Parsons, the New School, and Virginia Tech Transportation Institute show the power of observational research. Evaluators and end users apply systematic protocols to collect subjective, qualitative data on connected lighting systems installed in working classrooms at Parsons and in parking lots at Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center. This webinar will explore how that information drives new understanding of the challenges involved in specifying, installing, and configuring these systems to identify best practices and needed product improvements.

Speaker: Ruth Taylor, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Webinar participants are eligible for one (1) IES Continuing Education Unit (CEU).

Please note, you must create a free account with IES to register for this webinar. 

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Webinar: Opportunities for ESPCs in Data Centers

Opportunities for ESPCs in Data Centers

Webinar
Thursday, May 21, 2020
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
EST
Sector: Data Centers

This webinar will present an overview of opportunities for using energy saving performance contracts (ESPCs) as a mechanism to finance energy improvements in data centers. First, an industry expert will explain ESPCs. Next, the training will review what makes data center efficiency improvements uniquely positioned and well-suited for an ESPC. It will explore considerations unique to ESPCs for data centers including important questions and practical considerations to advance data center inclusion in an ESPC project. Finally, this training will explore examples of successful data center ESPC projects.

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Webinar: Better Buildings, Better Plants Waste Reduction Pilot – Second Quarterly Call Webinar

Better Buildings, Better Plants Waste Reduction Pilot – Second Quarterly Call Webinar

Webinar
Thursday, May 28, 2020 2:21 pm EST
Sector: Waste Reduction Pilot

This food waste-focused webinar for Waste Reduction Pilot partners included presentations from Samantha Kenny, Program Officer on the Food Waste Team at World Wildlife Fund US, and Lori Driver, Corporate Sustainability Manager at Flowers Foods.

 
 
 
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