Public Sector Sessions: What's Planned for the Summit

For 2018, the Department of Energy's (DOE's) Better Buildings Summit is teaming up with Energy Exchange for a one-of-a-kind event in Cleveland, Ohio. Attendees from state and local governments and the federal government will benefit from sector-specific peer exchanges, workshops, and cross-cutting educational sessions.

Preview of selected speaker organizations:
  • Boston, MA
  • Chattanooga, TN
  • Chula Vista, CA
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • State of Minnesota
  • State of Rhode Island


Sessions for Local and State Governments

Sessions will cover a range of topics that will demonstrate the breadth of innovation that state and local governments have shown in advancing clean energy within their own buildings and infrastructure and across their communities. Attendees will have an opportunity to hear other public sector partners discuss their challenges and solutions on topics such as clean energy financing, energy resiliency, energy data access and management, zero energy buildings, low-income energy programs, community-wide energy planning, outdoor lighting, renewables, and more. For a detailed agenda, click here.

Several cross-cutting sessions are geared towards the public sector including:

Monday, August 20: FEMP Pre-Conference Workshops (separate registration required

  • Operation and Maintenance of Solar Photovoltaic Systems: Reducing Cost and Improving Effectiveness 
  • Energy and Water Resilience Planning for Executing Projects 
  • Cut Your Utility Bill: Demand Response and Load Management 
  • Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) One-Day Workshop 
  • FEMP Support for Natural Disaster Recovery

Tuesday, August 21

  • 101 Sessions: Topics include Controls Data, HVAC, Lighting, Data Analytics, Water Resilience Planning (Energy Exchange) 
  • What Keeps You Up at Night? Today's Threats to Critical Infrastructure (Energy Exchange) 
  • Energy Modeling (Energy Exchange) 
  • Metering (Energy Exchange) 
  • Energy Storage vs. Back-up Generation (Energy Exchange) 
  • Hiring, Training, and Sustaining the Energy Management Community (Energy Exchange) 

Wednesday, August 22

  • Local Government Sector Meet-Up (Better Buildings)
  • State Government Sector Meet-Up (Better Buildings)
  • Advanced Microgrid Solutions (Energy Exchange)
  • Big Data and Analytics (Energy Exchange) 
  • Best Practices for Leadership and Organizational Design (Energy Exchange) 
  • Operations & Maintenance Part I (Energy Exchange) 
  • Commissioning for Persistence (Energy Exchange) 
  • Integrated Distributed Energy Applications (Energy Exchange) 

Thursday, August 23

  • Energy Planning: State, Local, Utility, and Private Sector Perspectives (Better Buildings)
  • Learning What Works: Energy Data Management (Better Buildings)
  • We're Engaged! Building Relationships that Lower Energy Intensity (Better Buildings)
  • Community/Utility Partnerships that emPOWER Success (Better Buildings)
  • Spreading the Love, Upping the Likes (Better Buildings)
  • Saving Energy Cleans Up the Air! Tales from the Trenches (Better Buildings)
  • A Level Playing Field: New Tools and Programs for Energy Affordability (Better Buildings)
  • Cross-Sector Success: ESPC as an Energy Efficiency Strategy (Better Buildings)
  • Follow the Sun: Successful Strategies for Solar Adoption (Better Buildings)
  • Leveraging Commercial PACE to Drive Economic Development and Resiliency (Better Buildings)
  • Turning Data into Information with DOE Data Tools (Better Buildings)

Workforce Matters: Training and Credentialing

Training incumbent staff and creating a pathway for the next generation of energy efficiency professionals is a foundational element in high performance building design, operations, and maintenance. Our partners with credentialing organizations – including the Building Operator Certification® (BOC) and LEED (or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) – will discuss workforce benefits, alignment with staffing policies and requirements, and success stories of technical career programs in the energy sector. Stakeholders will learn the benefits of credentialing and why it matters on the road to high performing smart buildings.

eProject Performance: eProject Builder Training for ESPC

This 2-hour training introduces participants to the highlights of eProject Builder, DOE’s national database for recording and managing Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) projects. Attendees will receive instruction for how best to use the features and have the opportunity to ask questions.

Going Deep on Building Enclosure Commissioning

Participate in a Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx) workshop! Hear from Envelope Technology Research Team members on their experiences with designing and constructing buildings with advanced window, wall, and roof technology choices. They will also share how their buildings were commissioned and provide insights into achieving optimal performance. This interactive session will cover best practices in selecting and implementing envelope technologies, BECx processes, and identification of solutions for forensic investigations.

Showcase Project Building Tours

Attendees can participate in pre-conference building tours of Better Buildings Challenge partners and other local high-performing buildings on Tuesday afternoon. Be sure to sign up when you register.

View this year's Showcase Building Tours here.