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This session provided an overview of challenges and opportunities associated with the integration of energy efficiency and renewables into the residential and commercial building sectors and how those are being addressed.
This session explored how JCPenney is implementing a strategy to make the most valuable HVAC retrofit and replacement decisions, and discussed new technologies and resources from the Better Buildings Space Conditioning Research Team and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
This session was an opportunity for Better Buildings Retail, Food Service, and Grocery (RFSG) partners and Affiliates to connect with their peers, share accomplishments and challenges, and hear success stories from throughout the RFSG sector.
Speakers provided updates on an industry-wide effort to support commercial real estate practitioners measuring water and waste consumption, and shared their experiences benchmarking water consumption in multifamily buildings.
Attendees heard from states and cities how, despite limited resources, they created programs to build resilience for low-income communities.
This session introduced several promising new tools to help multifamily owners and managers conceptualize and plan potential retrofits, including: BIT Building, a building performance improvement and recognition program that facilitates incremental upgrades portfolio-wide; and CPC VeriFi, a new online app that allows property owners to calculate estimated cost savings for energy and water efficiency upgrades.
Leaders across multiple market segments shared and discussed the business case for data-driven energy management.
Real estate academics shared findings from recent research focused on the connection between energy, buildings, and financial performance, with useful takeaways for building operators and energy policymakers.
This year fellow states and experts discussed effective frameworks for making energy efficiency "business as usual." Attendees broke out into small groups to discuss specific suggestions on how to support those frameworks via policy and action.
This discussion centered around the quest to encourage the development of new, innovative lighting products that are highly energy-efficient, controllable, easily upgradeable for more advanced controls/IoT, and are "plug-and-play" at a competitive price.
Attendees heard perspectives on the value of Measurement & Verification (M&V) in energy efficiency upgrades, learned how they could use M&V data to share their milestones throughout the life of a project, and how keeping success stories top-of-mind can build support for future energy efficiency projects.
Through the experiences of K-12 partners in the Better Buildings Challenge, this session explored how energy efficiency fits into the modernization of public school facilities and improves the learning environment for students.
The Sustainable Wastewater Infrastructure of the Future Accelerator (SWIFt) worked with more than 70 wastewater treatment facilities to plan and implement infrastructure improvements. Attendees heard from DOE and its partners about the tools they developed along the way to help others follow the same path to infrastructure improvement.
This session engaged with fellow Smart Labs Accelerator partners and subject matter experts from DOE and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for a facilitated discussion and peer exchange
Local Government sector attendees engaged in an interactive meet-up to connect and exchange best practices with peers, share accomplishments and challenges, and learn about innovations happening at the local level.
Better Buildings Challenge Multifamily partners, affiliates, and other stakeholders celebrated the past year’s accomplishments and shared strategies for multifamily housing providers to save more energy and water and preserve affordable housing.
This session explored ways to leverage the benefits of Zero Energy with both new and existing homes, including the Zero Energy Ready Home program and new research exploring how to scale zero energy retrofits through advanced offsite production and aggregated demand.
This session addressed how states, cities, and wastewater facilities have tackled the energy security issue and discussed lessons learned for best practices in the field.
This session explored common challenges, innovative approaches, and best practices in schools, health facilities, and modular housing in rural areas.
Attendees and panelists explored the interconnection between energy efficiency, energy storage with renewables, and resiliency to extreme weather events and learned about various strategies that public and private building owners have developed to identify which energy efficiency practices might be most effective to build energy resiliency.
Advanced building envelope materials can reduce building energy use and costs by lowering heating and cooling loads. This session explored how building owners are implementing cutting-edge envelope improvements, from pilots to portfolio rollouts.
Commercial real estate fund and asset managers shared how investment decision-making around resilience is informing investments in commercial developments, while local government representatives shared their organizational strategies to enhance community resilience.
This session explored how public sector partners can help homeowners in their jurisdictions access energy information, efficiency upgrade financing, and the benefits of energy efficiency through DOE’s building energy modeling tools.
This session addressed best practices to overcome perceived risks from issues such as: consumer protections regarding the size of financing payments relative to overall household budget; the ability to fund the cost of necessary structural and health & safety improvements; and the split incentive for a landlord to pay for a retrofit that only benefits the tenant.
The Better Practice and Better Project Awards were created to recognize outstanding accomplishments in implementing and promoting industrial energy efficiency projects and programs. Participants learned from several exceptional 2019 applicants and award winners.
Better Plants partners and stakeholders took this opportunity to network, hear program updates, participate in small-group breakout sessions, and celebrate partner achievements; the director of AMO also held a "fireside chat" with the National Association of Manufacturers.
This session highlighted cost-competitive and carbon-free strategies beyond the typical renewables dialogue, including micro hydro and deep geothermal, from higher education institutions.
This session highlighted innovative approaches to controlling plug loads with other systems, including highlights from a field evaluation of LED systems equipped with advanced lighting controls that interface with the HVAC systems and plug loads.
The session highlighted the public value proposition for C-PACE programs, the role of third-party partners and program design, and a case study showcasing how a property benefited from C-PACE financing.
This discussion focused on elements that lead to a successful apprenticeship program based on different real-world examples. Attendees left with the tools to develop an apprenticeship program at their institution.
In this session, Better Buildings partners across the commercial sector shared proven technologies and strategies being used for building resilience.
This session showcased the Home Energy Labeling Information Exchange (HELIX); the Hawaii Advanced Environment Visualization Nexus (HAVEN); and the Local Government Project for Energy Planning (LoGoPEP). The session also featured DOE's Low-income Energy Affordability Data Tool (LEAD), which provides interactive state, county, and city-level data to support energy planning in the low- and moderate-income sector.
The session covered new education modules for understanding zero energy building design and operation, the DOE Building Technologies Office's JUMP into STEM university student competition, Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines, public sector partnerships between municipalities and universities to train interns, and career training programs for students to become champions in energy efficiency.
This session explored the different ways organizations have been able to catalyze and propel careers in energy efficiency among underrepresented groups.
Partners shared updates on their work as well as the barriers and successes they are experiencing with their data centers, including discussions topics on industry trends, liquid cooling, IT consolidation, and more.
This presentation explored the potential of "digital twins" - or the mirrored representation of real building systems in a computerized environment - to enhance energy program decision-making.
Participants learned about drivers and incentives for their workforce at all levels and how they worked as a team towards a common goal utilizing efficient equipment, smart controllers, and robust building management systems.
This session was designed to help participants address the challenges of operating aging education facilities and leveraging best practices to transform them into modern, resilient campuses.
State and local representatives discussed lessons learned, best practices, and new ideas in energy emergency planning, energy assurance, and cybersecurity including everything from first steps to tabletop exercises and plan enactment.
This session provided a deep dive into the state of the energy financing market, emerging energy financing solutions, and resources to help building owners demystify and access financing.
Participants from the healthcare, public, and commercial real estate sectors sat down for a wide-ranging discussion on how to navigate the path from getting analytics up and running to achieving deeper savings.
Building owners are placing a greater emphasis on implementing resilience improvements that make buildings more resistant to natural disasters and other threats. This session focused on how to pay for these types of projects with case study examples from Better Buildings Financial Allies.
This session featured strategies for aligning goals and activities to enable action around energy efficiency among multiple actors, including property management teams with their real estate clients and landlords with their commercial and federal tenants.
In this session, multifamily partners presented innovative, outside-the-box strategies for collecting tenant energy consumption data, ranging from how to obtain tenant consent for sharing data to embarking on a portfolio-wide campaign to collect 100% whole property data.
Measurement and Verification (M&V) in multifamily properties is complicated, giving energy services companies an informational advantage. This session taught property owners how to be informed energy services consumers and ensure that M&V for retrofit projects is as accurate as possible.
We often hear small projects are not good candidates for using Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC), but the good news is they can be. Attendees learned about a suite of strategies small communities and small projects can use to develop projects eligible for ESPC.
This session explored how different building sectors are considering how to optimize and integrate traditional demand assets, like lighting and HVAC, with new on-site demand energy response assets, like PV and batteries, to meet varying objectives including comfort, increased resiliency, sustainability, and energy savings goals.
Healthcare sector partners at this meet-up discussed sector priorities, reviewed progress so far, and workshopped new ideas for the 2019-2020 year.