Better Buildings Webinars Archive

Friday, September 25, 2020

How to navigate using RFPs and procurement for energy management and information systems, as presented by Beaumont Health.

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Friday, September 25, 2020

How to effectively design energy information systems, spresented by Jamestown, LP, Tishman Speyer

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Friday, September 25, 2020

Best practices regarding building data managment, as presented by the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and the National Renewable Energy Lab.

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Friday, September 25, 2020

Utilizing energy information systems during the decision making process, as presented by Stanford University Residential and Dining Services.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Energy and water efficiency upgrades in public housing can free up operating funds while reducing tenant utility bills and improving resident health and comfort. However, Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) face persistent financial barriers that often prevent them from accessing capital for retrofits. This webinar presented innovative solutions from three PHAs that successfully financed efficiency projects. Panelists spotlighted the proven, replicable approaches that made their projects possible.

Speakers: Tina Miller, Cambridge Housing Authority; JoAnn Sutton, Manhattan Housing Authority; Stephen Cea, Jersey City Housing Authority

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

The pandemic has had wide ranging impacts on how we manage energy, find opportunities and implement projects. During the 2020 Better Plants Summit, numerous partners shared the challenges and opportunities that they were facing. A series of lessons learned were captured and is being published in a new Better Plants report. Join us as we release our summary report on the topic and highlight how various companies are strategically modifying their industrial energy management programs and systems to be successful going forward.

Industrial
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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

With claims that building diagnostic software uses artificial intelligence (AI) or machine learning (ML) becoming commonplace, what does this really mean to building operation? In this webinar, LBNL provided an overview of AI and ML techniques and described the most promising applications in commercial buildings.

Speakers: Jessica Granderson & Hannah Kramer, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Commercial
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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

This webinar explored how different state and local governments are developing and planning their communities to improve energy efficiency and bolster resilience. Attendees discovered how energy efficiency and renewable energy act as resilience measures for mitigating the impacts of natural disasters. Panelists shared how they use federal and local funds, tools, and public-private partnerships to support energy resilience projects. Panelists also shared real-world examples and best practices for building resilient communities.

Speakers: Will Lauwers, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources; Peter Brandom, City of Hillsboro, Oregon; Megan Levy, Wisconsin Office of Energy Innovation

Local Government/State Government
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Thursday, September 10, 2020

This webinar will provide an overview of electric power supply components in data centers; identification of typical energy savings opportunities among those components; and an introduction and demonstration of Berkeley Lab's revamped and updated Electric Power Chain Tool, which allows detailed characterization of the power chain for a data center and recommended/tailored actions to achieve energy savings.

This webinar is the second in a series that introduces a comprehensive toolkit for identifying energy-saving opportunities in data centers in furtherance of statutory and administrative requirements that federal agencies reduce their energy use and ensure energy resilience for critical infrastructure. Putting these tools in the hands of federal data center operators and energy managers enables the achievement of those objectives.

Instructors

Steve Greenberg, Senior Energy Management Engineer in the High Tech and Industrial Systems Group, LBNL

Kim Traber, Founder and President, Traber Engineers

 

Thursday, September 03, 2020

Process heating accounts for about 70% of all process energy (energy applied to convert material into manufactured products) used in the U.S. manufacturing sector. This webinar introduces process heating and energy-saving measures for industrial process heating equipment such as furnaces, dryers, ovens, heaters and kilns. During this webinar, the audience will learn performing a heat balance for a heating system, overall waste heat opportunities in various industries, and typical waste heat recovery methods. The webinar will quickly introduce participants to DOE’s new MEASUR tool (Process Heating Assessment module). MEASUR helps survey furnaces and heaters, identify major energy-using equipment, prioritize improvement opportunities, and assess available methods to improve thermal efficiency in industrial plants. Join us to learn more about the various resources for improving your process heat systems.

Industrial
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Monday, August 31, 2020

Join this sector-wide call for Retail, Food Service, and Grocery partners in the Better Buildings program. We’ll discuss general program updates, current challenges facing RFSG partners, and also brainstorm sector priorities and activities for the upcoming year.

To register or request information, please email Cecilia Govrik: Cecilia.Govrik@icf.com

Commercial
Thursday, August 27, 2020

Pump and fan systems are part of the vital, but often overlooked, infrastructure that keeps our facilities and processes working correctly.  Join us we step through system basics and fundamentals on understanding how these systems operate and more importantly, how to ensure they are optimized and operating efficiently.  Finally, attendees will also learn about various resources for modeling, identifying and quantifying opportunities in these systems.

Industrial
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Thursday, August 20, 2020

Energy Treasure Hunts are a fun way to engage employees and identify meaningful energy-saving opportunities. Treasure Hunt events are focused on identifying low- and no-cost opportunities with most events resulting in the identification of 5%-10% site energy savings. Join our speakers from the DOE Better Plants and EPA ENERGY STAR for Industry as they highlight and discuss the many resources available to companies to host your own Treasure Hunt activity.

 

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Tuesday, August 04, 2020

Organizations of all shapes and sizes can benefit from a more detailed understanding of their energy usage. Partners from both the public and private sectors discussed how to make a compelling business case for the value of submetering to decision-makers. They also shared the link between submetering to benchmarking and other data management efforts.

Speakers: David St. Jean, Maryland Department of General Services; Steve Kolb, Townson University; Ted Bohn, Argonne National Lab

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Learn how to make the business case for energy efficiency in data centers. This webinar helped participants identify key stakeholder interests, underlying drivers, and institutional and technical barriers that need to be considered and gave attendees an overview of the technical concepts and relevant tools and resources involved. Attendees also heard a real-world example from a data center that has effectively engaged stakeholders, aligned interests, and overcame barriers to implement energy efficiency measures.

Speakers: Jason Lee Morris, Los Alamos National Lab; Hannah Stratton, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab; Steve Greenberg, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab; Mike Strevell, Los Alamos National Lab

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

DOE's Plug and Process Load Technology Research Team gave a technical presentation about a Statewide Plug Load Strategy developed by the Oregon Department of Administrative Services and the Oregon Department of Energy. Presenters discussed the strategy's 5 key components: portfolio management, planning and specifications in procurement, reviewing and adjusting settings/configuration before use, optimizing use, and outreach and education. They also discussed the state’s adoption of ASHRAE 90.1-2016 energy codes and Oregon’s recently adopted Energy and Resource Conservation Policy, which directs agencies to implement several components of the Plug Load Strategy.

Speakers: Dave Wortman, Statewide Sustainability Officer Oregon Department of Administrative Services; Stephanie Kruse, Facilities Engineer, Oregon Department of Energy

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

This interactive webinar provided an opportunity for speakers to share their strategies for combining energy and health upgrades to help promote health and wellness for residents of multifamily buildings. Panelists presented case studies of innovative partnerships between affordable housing providers, public health, and building science stakeholders to advance energy + health initiatives and will share experiences pursuing the FitWel® certification for healthy buildings.

Speakers: Krista Egger, Enterprise Community Partners; Ruchi Shah, Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation; Neil Steinkamp, Stout; Roberto Valle Kinloch, Healthy Building Network; Drew Vernalia, Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation

Multifamily
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Thursday, July 16, 2020

Cities are deploying the next generation of building performance policies to maximize energy savings in buildings and meet their energy and environmental goals.In this webinar, leading cities deploying the next generation of building performance policies highlighted their strategies for policy design, implementation challenges and successes, and early policy impacts.

Speakers: Dave Epley, District of Columbia Department of Energy and the Environment; Rajiv Ravulapati, City of St. Louis; Nicole Ballinger, City of Seattle

Local Government
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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Re-opening buildings in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic creates a never-before-seen challenge to building owners and operators; every system in the building must be considered in a new light. In this session, commissioning experts Geremy Wolff and Jesse Sycuro of McKinstry discussed recent activity and lessons learned from the buildings they are helping to re-open. Moderated by Hannah Kramer of LBNL, this session was a joint presentation with the Building Commissioning Association.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

For states, local governments, and K-12 stakeholders seeking to reduce costs and meet efficiency goals, financing needs to be customized and simplified through technical assistance. Speakers discussed how financing products such as energy-as-a-service, energy savings performance contracting, and traditional loans and leases can address public sector barriers. When paired with effective technical assistance, these financing products can serve a broader segment of the public sector to maximize energy and cost savings.

Speakers: Dale Hahs, Energy Services Coalition; Anastasia Beckett, Metrus Energy

State Government
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Thursday, July 09, 2020

This webinar highlighted examples of low-income renewable energy programs, including the Solar in Your Community Challenge and the Clean Energy for Low-Income Communities Accelerator, best practices, and discussed DOE’s National Community Solar Partnership.

Speakers: Emily Schapira, Philadelphia Energy Authority; Nate Hausman, Clean Energy States Alliance; Chris Jedd, Denver Housing Authority

Multifamily/Residential
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Wednesday, July 08, 2020

This webinar focused on the strategic integration of DERs in commercial buildings. Join speakers from Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and Kaiser Permanente for a discussion of methods and best practices for integrating and optimizing the performance of renewables, thermal energy storage, and battery energy for load flexibility. There was also a Q&A led by DOE's EMIS and Renewables Integration Technology Research Teams.

Speakers: Hannah Kramer, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab; Gary Mullaney, Kaiser Permanente

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Thursday, July 02, 2020

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.”

Data supporting driving safety effects from substituting the broad-based spectrums of LEDs in roadway lighting for incumbent sodium or mercury vapor luminaires are limited. While a few related studies have been conducted under controlled conditions, they differ significantly from actual driving situations that involve complex combinations of driver distractions, environmental and road conditions, stress levels, and other random variables. This webinar will share preliminary findings from a new PNNL field study of roadway crash statistics, investigating whether converting to energy-efficient LED roadway lighting with some blue content influences driving safety. PNNL is partnering with over 60 municipalities in the Philadelphia region on this project, along with the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission and Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.

Speakers: Bruce Kinzey and Jason Tuenge, 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. 

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

As part of the process of sunsetting the Better Buildings Smart Labs Accelerator, we are partnering with I2SL to conduct two webinars for the remainder of the year. This webinar will explore the impact evaporative cooling systems can have on both cooling load requirements and water consumption, demonstrated through two different case studies.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Leaders representing multiple sectors discussed how they are working across building portfolios to advance energy efficiency while supporting building occupants' health, comfort, and productivity.

Speakers: David Nemtzow, DOE; Jonathan Bauer, The Tower Companies; Wendell Brase, University of California, Irvine; Laura Capps, Efficiency Vermont; Rachel Gutter, International WELL Building Institute; Bill Perhacs, Bristol-Myers Squibb; Jon Utech, Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Education/Industrial/Local Government/Multifamily/Residential/State Government
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Thursday, June 11, 2020

Better Buildings Goal Achievers are leaders in energy efficiency and stand as an example for their peers in the public and private sectors. There is no one-size-fits-all solution for becoming a goal achiever, and oftentimes partners use several unique approaches to reach their targets. Watch this interactive discussion with a diverse group of partners who shared their personal experiences and insights into the tools that led to their success and find out how to apply similar strategies to help get you across the finish line.

Speakers: Shelby Buso, City of Atlanta, GA; Jim Henry, Iron Mountain Data Centers; Megan Saunders, Lendlease

Education/Local Government/Multifamily/State Government
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Thursday, June 11, 2020

When developing programs to address energy affordability, it is important to understand the concept of equity – how it is defined and the role of income, race, gender, and other factors. Learn how DOE’s Clean Energy for Low Income Communities Accelerator addressed equity in its program toolkit and get examples from state and local governments that are working to address equity in low-income energy affordability. Representatives from Minnesota discussed the state’s engagement of Tribal participants and the District of Columbia shared how D.C. is addressing the equity gap in access to energy efficiency and renewable energy in low-income households – including multifamily renters.

Speakers: Ariel Drehobl, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE); Michelle Gransee, Minnesota State Energy Office; Mary Otto, Minnesota Department of Commerce; Daniel White, D.C. Department of Energy and Environment

Residential/State Government
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Thursday, June 11, 2020

Better Buildings, Better Plants waste pilot participants shared best practices for waste management, early results from the pilot, and relevant resources from DOE and beyond. There was also a moderated discussion with commercial and industrial partners to explore the waste and energy nexus as well as waste management lessons learned.

Speakers: Mark Pannell, Volvo Group North America; Bill Whitfield, Shorenstein

Waste Reduction Pilot
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Thursday, June 11, 2020

This session addressed pathways for achieving zero energy ready performance by maxing out on energy efficiency and controlling costs. Technical, financial, and programmatic strategies for pursuing zero energy in schools and the multifamily sector were discussed, showcasing examples that can apply to other building types. The session also highlighted hands-on resources available to convince decision-makers to pursue zero energy, design high-performance buildings, and control costs while optimizing building performance and functionality.

Speakers: Katie Ackerly, DBA Architects; John Chadwick, Arlington County Public Schools; Tony Hans, CMTA, Inc.; Stet Sanborn, Smith Group; Paul Torcellini, National Renewable Energy Lab

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

This session enlisted some of the top experts in critical facilities like data centers, laboratories, hospitals, wastewater treatment plants, and correctional facilities, who provided a high-level overview of their fields and answered attendee questions. See if anyone could stump the chumps and challenge our experts on how to optimize energy usage in critical facilities!

Speakers: Wendell Brase, University of California, Irvine; Chris Halpin, NV5; Daniel Mastin, New York-Presbyterian Hospital; Jen Muir, JKMuir, LLC; Dale Sartor, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Read additional responses for questions that were not able to be addressed during the session – Stump the Chumps Additional Q/A Responses

Industrial/Local Government/State Government
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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

This session focused on how packaged combined heat and power (CHP) can provide efficiency, economic, and resilience benefits to growing non-traditional CHP markets, and how DOE’s Packaged CHP eCatalog reduces project risks for both CHP users and CHP suppliers. The Packaged CHP eCatalog is an open-source, web-based system that hosts DOE-recognized packaged CHP systems provided by CHP Packagers, who commit to providing pre-engineered and tested CHP packages that meet or exceed DOE performance requirements, and CHP Solution Providers, who commit to providing responsible installation, commissioning, maintenance, and service of recognized Packaged CHP Systems.

Speakers: Brandon Bowser, Maryland Energy Administration; Richard Sweetser, Exergy Partners Corp.; Aaron Tasin, 2G Energy, Inc.

Industrial
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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

How can affordable multifamily housing developers make the most of opportunities to increase performance in new construction? Which green building standards, designs, and techniques should they use? This session spotlighted different pathways to maximize energy performance in new construction while overcoming typical challenges that affordable housing developers face. Hear about lessons learned from electrification in new construction, as well as cutting-edge standards and frameworks for multifamily new construction projects including Passive House, Enterprise Green Communities, and LEED.

Speakers: Krista Egger, Enterprise Community Partners; Michael Hindle, Passive to Positive; Ruchi Shah, Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation

Multifamily/Residential
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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

DOE’s Building Envelope Campaign team from Oak Ridge National Lab introduced the new Building Envelope Assessment Tool, which will be used to quantify the savings achieved by Campaign participants. The workshop also delved into the Building Envelope Thermal Performance (BTP) metric. With the help of real-world buildings owned or managed by early adopters of the campaign, we explored energy efficiency strategies for success based on four major building envelope contributors: walls, windows, roofs, and airtightness. Workshop facilitated by Oak Ridge National Lab.

Speakers: Jessica Abralind, Arlington County Department of Environmental Services; Hayley McLeod, Oak Ridge National Lab; Dr. Simon Pallin, Oak Ridge National Lab

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

This workshop highlighted common elements of and best practices in the solar project development process. Learn how different steps of the project development process factor into successful project outcomes, and hear from Better Buildings partners and experts from DOE’s Solar Energy Technologies Office and EPA’s Green Power Partnership Program on how to get started and identify resources for your next project engagement.

Speakers: Ian Lahiff, City of Orlando, FL; Jesse Warren, University of Virginia; James Critchfield, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

The Better Practice and Better Project Awards were created to recognize outstanding accomplishments in implementing and promoting industrial energy efficiency projects and programs. Learn more from several exceptional 2020 applicants and award winners.

Speakers: Mike Brown, Electrolux; Amy Costello, Armstrong Flooring; Robin Davis, Imperys Carbonates North America; Daniel Downen, ThyssenKrupp Elevator; Marco Gonzalez, Waupaca Foundry; Bert Hill, Volvo Group North America; John Keller, ThyssenKrupp Elevator; Dan Lefebvre, Electrolux; Nathan Onchuck, Ozinga Brothers; Kate Peterson, General Motors; David Reid, Celanese Corporation; Michael Waitek, PepsiCo; Jeff White, Ford Motor Company; Alexander Zhang, Lineage Logistics

Industrial
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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Energy and water efficiency upgrades in affordable multifamily housing can reduce owners’ operating costs and tenants’ utility bills while improving resident health and comfort. This highly interactive session examined current opportunities and challenges around financing efficiency upgrades in affordable multifamily housing. Panelists spotlighted successful and replicable new approaches and dialogue with participants to identify obstacles. Participants then split into strategic planning and listening breakouts to discuss recommendations and potential sector-wide strategies for lowering pervasive financing barriers that stand in the way of more and deeper energy and water efficiency interventions.

Speakers: Thomas Deyo, Montgomery County Green Bank; Jeff Greenberger, Affordable Community Energy Services; Caitlin Rood, Mercy Housing; Karyn Sper, Fannie Mae

Financial Services/Multifamily
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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

It’s well understood that switching to LED systems saves big bucks on lighting energy bills, but there’s more – today’s leading-edge lighting systems are capable of communicating with other building systems to enable additional energy-saving opportunities while collecting valuable insights about a business’s operations. However, less than 1% of systems are currently connected. This workshop formally launched DOE’s Integrated Lighting Campaign and discussed the performance of these connected systems, best practices, attractive use cases, and the benefits of joining. This interactive workshop provided a forum for asking tough questions, sharing stories, and hearing the experiences of others. Workshop facilitated by Pacific Northwest National Lab.

Speakers: Ron Bernstein, RBCG Consulting; Kandice Cohen, Trane Technologies; Felipe Leon, Pacific Northwest National Lab; Lauren Morlino, Efficiency Vermont; Michael Myer, Pacific Northwest National Lab; Kenny Seeton, California State University, Dominguez Hills

Financial Services/Local Government/Multifamily/State Government
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Tuesday, June 09, 2020

This session provided a deep dive into the state of the energy financing market. Better Buildings Financial Allies shared insights on emerging energy financing solutions such as commercial PACE, efficiency-as-a-service, and green bonds to help building owners demystify and access financing.

Speakers: Rachel Davis, Petros PACE Finance; Edwin Luevanos, Citizen Energy; Greg Montgomery, Abundant Power

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Tuesday, June 09, 2020

Unlike conventional back-up diesel generators, distributed energy resources (DER) like combined heat and power (CHP) and battery storage coupled with renewable energy technologies can provide both cost savings and resilience benefits. In this session, Better Building partners shared their solutions for leveraging DER to reduce costs and keep operating when the grid goes down.

Speakers: Emma Elgqvist, National Renewable Energy Lab; Tina Jones, Chesapeake College; Isaac Panzarella, N.C. State University

Commercial/Education
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Tuesday, June 09, 2020

Water/wastewater treatment facilities can account for up to 30% of municipal energy use; however, through data-driven operational changes, they can achieve significant energy and cost savings. In this session, attendees learned how several wastewater treatment plants used data-informed best practices to set energy savings goals. The discussion focused on how these best practices, including establishing energy-use baselines and deploying SCADA systems, helped prioritize infrastructure improvement plans that maximized savings.

Speakers: Wendy Anderson, City of Denver, Colorado; Howard Carter, Water Resource Recovery Department for City of Saco, Maine

Local Government/State Government
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Tuesday, June 09, 2020

Presenters covered different energy management topics using PechaKucha, a storytelling format based solely on images. The session covered topics like energy efficiency opportunities in industrial energy support systems (e.g. steam, process heating, etc.); In-Plant Trainings, energy marathons, and energy treasure hunts; employee awareness and engagement activities; effective communication tools; energy performance tracking tools and resources; and more. More information on PechaKucha can be found here: https://www.pechakucha.com/about

Speakers: Rishabh Bahel, ArcelorMittal; Tari Emerson, Charter Steel; Jason Grant, Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department; Paul Hartmeister, General Motors; John Troyer, Schneider Electric

Industrial
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Tuesday, June 09, 2020

Across the country, millions of Americans participate in the clean energy workforce who make it possible to design, build, operate, and finance better buildings. Ensuring that this workforce is widespread and well prepared to deploy new technologies is vital to achieving Better Buildings Challenge goals, as well as state and local energy commitments. Hear from speakers about the landscape of the clean energy and buildings workforce today, and how gaps in existing awareness, pathways, and training can be filled.

Speakers: Phil Jordan, BW Research; Dean Stanberry, International Facility Management Association; Sarah Truitt, National Renewable Energy Lab

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Monday, June 08, 2020

DOE hosted a fireside chat to explore the newest trends in emerging technologies. Leadership from DOE's National Labs shared what's next for energy efficiency and answered your questions about preparing for the future.

Speakers: Alex Fitzsimmons, DOE; Johney Green, National Renewable Energy Lab; Suresh Sunderrajan, Argonne National Lab; Jud Virden, Pacific Northwest National Lab

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Monday, June 08, 2020

At this 2020 Summit meet-up, Commercial Real Estate sector partners and DOE discussed trending topics in energy efficiency. Hear from experts on electric vehicle charging stations, growth of renewable energy in the sector, and how to set energy performance standards when up against benchmarking ordinances.

Speakers: Audi Banny, Institute for Market Transformation; Emma Elgqvist, National Renewable Energy Lab; Drew Torbin, Black Bear Energy

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Monday, June 08, 2020

Watch healthcare partners discuss energy efficiency challenges, solutions, and opportunities in this critical sector. Interactive segments focused on how to set energy goals to achieve ultra-low EUI performance and zero energy status, a discussion about trends in building electrification, as well as how energy efficiency and planning for renewables can support portfolio sustainability and resilience goals.

Speakers: Travis English, Kaiser Permanente; Shanti Pless, National Renewable Energy Lab

Commercial
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Monday, June 08, 2020

The industrial sector meet-up was an opportunity for Better Plants partners and stakeholders to come together virtually and discuss challenges and solutions. Program manager Eli Levine provided an update on new tools and resources, highlighted partner achievements, and facilitated a Q&A session.

Industrial
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Monday, June 08, 2020

This interactive meet-up was an opportunity for local government attendees to connect and exchange best practices with peers, share accomplishments and challenges in a candid format, and learn about innovations happening at the local level.

Speakers: Chris Castro, City of Orlando, FL; Lauren Faber O'Conner, City of Los Angeles, CA; Grace Rink, City and County of Denver, CO

Local Government
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Monday, June 08, 2020

Better Buildings Challenge Multifamily partners, Goal Achievers, and other stakeholders shared best practices, celebrated accomplishments, and discussed strategies for multifamily housing providers to save energy and water and preserve affordable housing. Discussion topics included financing energy efficiency upgrades and the link between healthy housing and energy efficiency.

Speakers: Julie Klump, Preservation of Affordable Housing; Richard Maxfield, Trinity Housing Corporation of Greeley; Jonathan Owens, Corcoran Management; Caitlin Rood, Mercy Housing; Ted Toon, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD)

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Monday, June 08, 2020

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. Industry experts highlighted advances in workforce training and data management in addition to partner case studies. Watch a targeted roundtable discussion on key barriers and opportunities for engagement on the topics of workforce, energy data, rural schools, resilience, smart labs, zero energy ready schools, and financing.

Speakers: Christos Chrysiliou, Los Angeles Unified School District; Brendan Hall, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Rachel Romero, National Renewable Energy Lab; Paul Torcellini, National Renewable Energy Lab

Education
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Monday, June 08, 2020

Better Buildings Data Center Challenge and Accelerator partners and subject matter experts from DOE and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab held a facilitated discussion and peer exchange. Partners were recognized for their success during the Challenge and Accelerator and shared progress on projects such as liquid cooling, IT consolidation, and more.

Speakers: David Grant, Oak Ridge National Lab; Steve Greenberg, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab; Jim Henry, Iron Mountain Data Centers; Dale Sartor, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab; John Sasser, Sabey Data Centers; Hannah Stratton, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Data Centers
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Monday, June 08, 2020

Millions of Americans work on the energy infrastructure that powers the U.S., and that infrastructure works best when a skilled workforce connects the wires, pours the concrete, and seals the gaps. Today, too few Americans participate in the energy efficiency workforce overall, and of those, few have the necessary skills and expertise to install and maintain cutting-edge efficiency technologies in the retrofit and new construction markets. Learn from organizations that are leading the way in identifying the barriers and developing new resources, training systems, and pathways for people and underserved groups to join and excel in the building energy workforce. This meet-up featured the launch of the Better Buildings Workforce Accelerator and the kick-off of the Advanced Building Construction Workforce Development Awards.

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Monday, June 08, 2020

Hear from DOE leadership on the latest Better Buildings program activities including highlights from the 2020 Progress Report and a spotlight on the 2020 Better Buildings Challenge Goal Achievers. Featured a keynote by Under Secretary of Energy Mark W. Menezes and remarks from guest speaker and healthy buildings expert Dr. Joseph Allen of Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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Thursday, June 04, 2020

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.”

Color tunable light sources provide tremendous flexibility in terms of spectral power distribution, but the resulting range of variation in chromaticity, color rendition, and other characteristics poses a challenge for product characterization and specification. The millions or billions or trillions (or more!) of spectral power distributions that can be created from one luminaire enables designers to meet various design intents and influence the visual appearance of spaces. However, in contrast with characterizing the performance of a fixed-output luminaire, there are no established methods or guidelines for characterizing performance over the tuning range for the variety of SPD-related metrics, which can impede engineering and specification of color tunable products. Using a massive dataset generated with high-performance computers, this webinar will discuss new methods to convey the extent to which color rendition can be varied, and how different factors (number of LED channels, typed of LEDs) influence the range of performance.

Speaker: Michael Royer, Pacific Northwest National Lab

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. 

Thursday, May 28, 2020

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.

Waste Reduction Pilot
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Thursday, May 21, 2020

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.

Data Centers
Thursday, May 21, 2020

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. 

Thursday, May 21, 2020

This webinar discussed why water efficiency is important to U.S. manufacturers, what drives water efficiency efforts, and what common water-related issues manufacturers face today. This webinar also highlighted the concept behind the Plant Water Profiler (PWP) tool and its functionality through pilot water In-Plant Trainings delivered in three manufacturing facilities in the U.S. The lessons learned from the pilot trainings were also discussed.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

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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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

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)

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

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.

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

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.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

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) 

Commercial/Education
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Thursday, May 07, 2020

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

Industrial
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Wednesday, May 06, 2020

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 

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Tuesday, May 05, 2020

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

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Monday, May 04, 2020

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

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Friday, May 01, 2020

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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Thursday, April 30, 2020

The Plug and Process Load Technology Research Team provided team updates and hosted two technical presentations focused on automatic receptacle controls, which are methods for reducing plug load energy consumption. The first presentation discussed the current code requirements for automatic receptacle controls, where they are being adopted, and their inclusion in the 2021 IECC (International Energy Conservation Code) code cycle. The second presentation reviewed findings from a study exploring how relevant stakeholders are adjusting to the new code requirements for automatic receptacle controls.

Speakers: Harold Jepsen, Legrand; Kelly Cunningham & Marisa Lee, Pacific Gas & Electric

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Thursday, April 30, 2020

The Audit Template is a web-based tool for entering building energy audit data, performing data validation, exporting and sharing audit data, and submitting data to cities that have local energy audit ordinances. This training will demonstrate how Audit Template can support a standard ASHRAE Level 2 energy audit. Step by step, you’ll learn how to create an account, choose the corresponding template, share your building data, and output your data in various formats. You will also learn how Audit Template can help maximize your audit data utilization and value through standard formatting, automated error checking, and integration with other DOE tools.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Lighting systems, building envelope, and HVAC systems are very important for safety and productivity in manufacturing facilities. This session covered various lighting technologies (CFL, HID, LED, etc.) and lighting system control strategies (occupancy censors, light level sensors, etc.). This presentation also discussed how to measure the energy performance of building envelope and HVAC systems and how to select based on their performance. Attendees also learned about how to identify conservation opportunities and quantity savings for these three energy systems.

Industrial
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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Part 2 of this two-week webinar mini-series focused on different mechanisms for financing resilience projects, various reporting frameworks for disclosing resilience performance, and pulling everything together into a resilience risk management plan. View Part 1 here.

Speakers: Mike Doty, Greenworks Lending; Guy Van Syckle, Hannon Armstrong; Brenna Walraven, Corporate Sustainability Solutions

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

The Standard Energy Efficiency Exchange Platform (SEED) is a central hub for an organization’s building-relevant datasets from multiple sources, which can be linked with other tools or dashboards and to prioritize buildings for upgrades and identify cost-effective upgrade measures within them. This training will introduce SEED’s basic functionality and how to get started using the tool.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

The Renewables Integration Team Call focussed on utility rate structures and opportunities to incentivize demand management and load flexibility strategies. We welcomed guest speakers Chris Perry from ACEEE and Candice Tsay from ConEd to talk about general findings on utility program design to encourage demand management and load flexibility, and to provide a deep dive into ConEd’s smart home demonstration program. The webinar discussed obstacles and successes that both utilities and building owners face in implementing solutions to achieve more grid-interactive efficient buildings.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Energy Asset Score (Asset Score) is a national standardized tool for assessing the physical and structural energy efficiency of commercial and multifamily residential buildings. This training will provide an overview of Asset Score from concept to implementation. Step by step, you’ll learn how to create an energy model of your building and generate the Asset Score report in less than 30 minutes -- no modeling experience required. You’ll also learn how to navigate through our online resources and interpret your Asset Score report.

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Commercial buildings are full of hidden energy savings potential, and facility managers and building owners are now reaping the cost-saving benefits of data analytics through the use of Energy Management and Information Systems (EMIS).

The Smart Energy Analytics Campaign program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy through the Better Buildings Initiative and managed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) encouraged the use of a wide variety of commercially available EMIS technologies and ongoing monitoring practices to help uncover those energy-saving opportunities and improve building performance. IFMA was an organizing partner in the original design of the campaign and contributed to the outreach plan to target building owners and operators.

Based on the article appearing in the Mar-Apr Facilities Management Journal, join us for an in-depth look at the analytics behind energy use and how to find those hidden savings.

Speakers: Claire Curtin, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab; Hannah Kramer, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Thursday, April 23, 2020

This session discussed the basics of industrial energy and a systematic approach to improve its efficiency. Attendees learned about how to perform energy accounting, utility bill analysis, energy benchmarking, and energy assessments and the benefits of these activities. This webinar also covered some important energy related codes and standards, diagnostic instruments, software tools and technical resources for industrial energy efficiency.

Industrial
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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Part 1 of this two-week webinar mini-series highlighted how commercial building owners can build the financial business case for resilience within an organization, best practices for measuring financial risk at the asset and portfolio level, and strategies for managing insurance cost and business risk. Attendees were also introduced to the new Finance and Resilience Roadmap Toolkit

Speakers: Katharine Burgess, Urban Land Institute; Josh Sawislak, Clio Strategies; Scot Gnewuch, Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company

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Thursday, April 16, 2020

As part of the process of sunsetting the Better Buildings Smart Labs Accelerator, we are partnering with I2SL to conduct three webinars for the remainder of the year. This webinar will describe new methods to test, manage and maintain variable air volume fume hoods and modern, high-performance, airflow systems to achieve safe, energy-efficient and sustainable laboratories.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

The inaugural webinar in the Better Plants Online Learning series was an opportunity for partners to share current challenges; they heard from Al Hildreth of General Motors, who discussed his company's activities in the fight against COVID-19.

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Thursday, April 02, 2020

Bruce Lung (DOE) and Prakash Rao from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory shared results and resources available through the Better Plants Water Savings Initiative, including best practice water management strategies and water saving measures implemented by partner companies.

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Thursday, April 02, 2020

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.”

What can be learned today from the data provided by tunable lighting systems? This webinar reviews key findings from studies that reveal what is actually happening in the field, and how that information can be used to provide feedback to lighting designers, optimize system performance for building occupants, and improve manufacturers’ understanding of their lighting systems in realistic environments.

Speakers: Andrea Wilkerson and Sarah Safranek, 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. 

Tuesday, March 03, 2020

How does the market value high-performance, energy-efficient buildings? This webinar addressed the financial impact of energy performance and provided attendees with information used to assess energy and climate risk in portfolios.

Expert panelists from academia, commercial real estate, and the insurance industry discussed recent research results, new tools, and strategies that can help building owners analyze and quantify these risks and inform resilience planning at the asset level.

Moderator: Blake Dressel, U.S. Department of Energy

Speakers: John Gilbert, Rudin Management Company; Robert Azrin, Breckinridge Capital Advisors; Nancy Wallace, UC Berkeley - Haas School of Business

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

During this webinar, panelists will give a demonstration of the Laboratory Benchmarking Tool, focusing on the new features and how best to use them to further your sustainability goals. They will also explain why a strong benchmarking tool is so important for labs, why submitting your data strengthens the LBT, and future plans on expanding the tool's functionality, including a new module to benchmark operational practices in laboratories. The training will also highlight selected user perspectives.

Speakers: Alison Farmer, kW Engineering; Paul Mathew, LBNL; Deirdre Carter, LBNL

Monday, February 24, 2020

This webinar for Waste Reduction Pilot partners included presentations from the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Plastics Innovation Challenge and covered the pilot’s waste data reporting form.

Waste Reduction Pilot
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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

This webinar highlighted the design and rollout of the newest Better Buildings Recognition Campaign for achievements in adopting high-performance building envelope technologies. 

Speakers: Simon Pallin, Oak Ridge National Lab; Hayley Mcleod, Oak Ridge National Lab. 

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Friday, February 14, 2020

Cooling towers provide an effective method of heat rejection and are widely used for space conditioning, refrigeration, and industrial cooling applications. Maintaining cooling towers typically entails chemical treatments and regular blow-downs to control scale, corrosion, fouling, and biological growth often resulting in 20% to 50% waste. In this Space Conditioning Technology Research Team call, industry experts discussed 4 recent publications related to improving efficiency and longevity of cooling tower systems through various water treatment technologies.

Speakers: Michael Deru, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Miles Hayes, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Marcus Bianchi, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

 

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Thursday, February 06, 2020

The Interior Lighting Campaign (ILC) is a public-private partnership to accelerate the development and utilization of next-generation high-efficiency lighting and control systems in commercial buildings – first with troffer lighting and later with additional lighting applications. Since 2015, the ILC has offered a suite of resources to participants, including best practices, lessons learned, and expert guidance, and has recognized organizations for demonstrating exemplary performance in the field.  In 2019, the ILC wrapped up its final recognition event and is currently transforming to become the Integrated Lighting Campaign - with a new focus on advanced lighting control systems, and on lighting that is integrated with HVAC, plug loads, other building systems. This webinar presented highlights from a recently-released DOE report on the ILC, and shared information about what’s to come with the Integrated Lighting Campaign. 

Speakers: Michael Myer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; Felipe Leon, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Interior Lighting Campaign

Campaign's Organizing Partners

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Tuesday, February 04, 2020

Building owners face a range of priorities when it comes to powering their buildings – minimizing cost, ensuring resilience, and in many cases, meeting renewable energy goals. This webinar introduced two tools from the National Labs for assessing potential facility-level energy technology investments: The Distributed Energy Resources Customer Adoption Model (DER-CAM), and REopt Lite. Presenters discussed strategies for using these tools to incorporate distributed energy technologies to optimize the unique energy needs of their facilities. 

Speakers: John Agan, U.S. Department of Energy; Emma Elgqvist, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Nicholas DeForest, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

The Plug and Process Load Technology Research Team hosted two technical presentations from recently published studies that describe novel approaches for better understanding device-level energy consumption in buildings. Bennett Doherty (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) discussed findings from a new journal article titled Device-level plug load disaggregation in a zero energy office building and opportunities for energy savings and Bruce Nordman (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) presented his team’s work surrounding the ability for devices to self-report energy use from a recent report titled Energy Reporting: Device Demonstration, Communication Protocols, and Codes and Standards.

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Thursday, January 09, 2020

The Lighting and Electrical Research Team’s January meeting focused on the IoT-Enabled Lighting Challenge.  Most LED fixtures in the market today are basic (no controls) or simple systems (lighting controls only), and are not cost-effective to retrofit in the future. We are challenging industry to produce IoT-enabled light fixtures (at a slightly increased cost) with drive to power features and a standard ‘port’ feature for a sensor.  

 

 

Tuesday, January 07, 2020

The Better Practice and Better Project Awards were created to recognize outstanding accomplishments in industrial energy efficiency at both the organizational and facility level. Award recipients range from diverse manufacturing sectors to water and wastewater utilities. This webinar showcased some of our 2019 applicants and awardees for their innovative, industry-leading energy management work. 

Moderator: Eli Levine, U.S. Department of Energy

Speakers: Bruce Bartel, NEW Water; Mark Minter, Agropur; Blair Sturm, Saint-Gobain Corporation

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Wednesday, December 04, 2019

The webinar series includes presentations related to packaged CHP technologies, markets, and policies, and topical information about the Packaged CHP Accelerator and eCatalog developments.

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

From affordable student housing to high-infill offices, a rapidly accelerating building trend is the proliferation of zero energy buildings. Embracing "deep" energy efficiency, this webinar highlighted projects that prioritize efficiency and adding on-site renewable generation to achieve net zero energy use. This webinar discussed financial, technological, and design process innovations that make these projects a reality.

Moderator: Sarah Zaleski, U.S. Department of Energy

Speakers: Rachel Bannon-Godfrey, Stantec; Greg Farley, Washington College; Jason Fierko, EwingCole

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

The Plug and Process Load Technology Research Team provided updates on current and upcoming PPL Team research efforts followed by two technical presentations, each on different measures for plug load savings. Amanda Farthing (University of Michigan) discussed the recently published study, Energy savings and usability of zero-client computing in office settings, and Jennifer Amann (American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy) highlighted energy savings from Set Top Box (STB) and small network equipment voluntary agreements (VA).

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

The Green Lease Leaders program shines a spotlight on innovative landlord and tenant companies that add energy efficiency and sustainability clauses to their leases. This webinar recognized the 2019 Green Lease Leaders who are pushing the envelope on building performance and energy-aligned leasing. Speakers demonstrated how smart leases enable landlords and tenants to work together to keep costs down, while ensuring energy efficiency and workplace comfort.

Moderator: Hannah Debelius, U.S. Department of Energy 

Speakers: Audi Banny, Institute for Market Transformation; Sara Neff, Kilroy Realty Corporation; Nicole Stika, Greater Cleveland Partnership; John Sasser, Sabey Data Centers 

Commercial/Data Centers
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Tuesday, November 05, 2019

This webinar, planned by the Renewables Integration Technical Research Team, hosted great presenters including Dan York from ACEEE who provided an overview of their new publication: Integrated Energy Efficiency and Demand Response Programs. In addition, we heard from some of our Better Buildings Members who have engaged in efficiency and demand response programs – and go beyond those programs to continually lower energy consumption and manage peak demand.

Speakers: Dan York, ACEEE; Craig Wright, Aurora Public Schools; Gregg Fischer, Tishman Speyer

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

The Smart Energy Analytics Campaign's third year of operation has seen a significant increase in the data on how participants are using their Energy Management and Information Systems (EMIS). Watch this webinar to learn about new cost information, which technologies are seeing increased uptake, and trends for the continued implementation of EMIS in commercial buildings. 

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

This webinar covered energy efficiency and renewable energy resources and strategies available to small and rural schools to help them train a robust workforce and achieve energy and cost savings. It also showcased stories of K-12 school districts that are successfully proving that energy efficiency provides a worthwhile return on investment.

Moderator: Brooke Holleman, U.S. Department of Energy

Presenters: Scott Slusher, State of Tennessee Energy Efficient Schools Initiative; Karen Lasure, West Virginia Office of Energy; John Balfe, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships; Trudy Trimbath, Poudre School District

Education
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Tuesday, October 01, 2019

As multifamily housing providers work to rehabilitate properties, benchmarking their portfolio's energy consumption is critical for making investment decisions and verifying promised savings. As the saying goes, you can't manage what you don't measure, yet unique barriers to benchmarking persist in the multifamily housing sector. In this webinar, 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.

Moderator: Leslie Zarker, ICF

Speakers: Josh Geyer, Department of Housing and Urban Development; David Ruggiero, ICF; Caitlin Rood, Mercy Housing; Claire McLeish, Wegowise by Appfolio; Ilene Mason, Rethinking Power Management

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The 2019 Better Buildings Summit was held in July in the Washington, D.C. metro area. This webinar featured 3 of the top-rated presentations from the Summit – a rare chance to catch one of the talks you might have missed! Presentations included:

  • Grid Modernization: The Role of Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings
  • Buildings of the Future: Commercial Partner Strategies for Building Resilience
  • Best of the Betters: 2019 Better Project and Better Practice Presentations


SpeakersSara Neff, Kilroy Realty; Aaron Daly, Whole Foods Market; Alexander Woolf, Lineage Logistics

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

The semi-annual Space Conditioning Technical Research Team call was held on August 27th, 2019. There is a growing push to add energy storage to buildings and while batteries are getting most of the attention, thermal energy storage can be less expensive and have a larger impact in the right application. In this webinar, we heard from industry experts on the basics, current technology, and new research into thermal energy storage and how it impacts energy costs and energy performance for buildings.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The Better Buildings Alliance Renewables Integration Technical Research Team hosted an exciting webinar on electric vehicle (EV) charging. Presenters provided an overview on current EV charging technologies, what to consider when planning for EV charging at a building, and what the future will bring with potential 2-way charging technologies. 

Presenters: Myungsoo Jun, NREL; and Tristam Coffin, Whole Foods

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Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Nearly half of all data center IT equipment resides in small data centers. Faced with unique challenges, these small data centers have immense opportunities to improve air management and reduce infrastructure energy costs. This webinar focused on practical solutions for air management in small and medium sized data centers. Discussion were focused on air management techniques, practical applications, and lessons learned in case studies.

Speakers: Steve Greenberg, LBNL; John Sasser, Sabey Data Centers

 

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

This Envelope Technology Research Team webinar focused on wall technologies. Exterior walls are the major components of the building envelope. By being a barrier between the interior and the exterior environments, walls need to have features that minimize the energy losses while maintaining durability. Each year, about 1.5 quads of energy is lost through walls in commercial buildings in America. Fortunately, there exist wall assemblies that are more energy efficient than traditional solutions. Tapan Patel, from the US Army Corps of Engineers presented on their Fort Drum project using modified atmosphere insulation (MAI) panels. Participants also heard an update on Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) research on existing walls, cross-laminated timber (CLT), and investigation of a building enclosure performance metric.

 

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Tuesday, April 09, 2019

The Better Buildings Alliance Renewables Integration Team hosted an exciting conversation on building load flexibility and grid coordination. Monica Neukomm, Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) provided an introduction to DOE’s research interests and stakeholder efforts with utilities and state policymakers in this area. The Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) also presented new research conducted with the General Services Administration to understand the value of commercial buildings to utilities, in providing a resource for load flexibility and capacity to respond to demand requests.

Speakers: Rois Langner, NREL; Monica Neukomm, DOE; Kinga Hydras, GSA; Matt Jungclaus, RMI; Cara Carmichael, RMI; Cedar Blazek, DOE

 

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Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Efficiency-as-a-service is a relatively new financing mechanism in which customers pay a provider for the service of energy savings. On this webinar, we highlighted the efficiency-as-a-service toolkit and Better Buildings Financial Allies shared insights from the field.

Speakers:  Bob Hinkle, Metrus Energy; Asher Burg, SparkFund; Richard Braam, Bristol Hospital

 

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The DOE Better Buildings Alliance Plug and Process Load Technical Research Team hosted its biannual call on March 20th, 2019 at 1pm EST. Technical Team Lead, Kim Trenbath, provided updates on current and upcoming PPL Team research efforts, as well as other relevant industry updates. Our technical presentation was given by Alicen Kandt from NREL, who provided a summary of a recent field study that assessed a wireless meter and control system (also known as “smart outlets”) for plug loads in two retail environments. Quantitative and qualitative performance results were discussed. There was also time for attendee discussion and commentary on the call topics. 

Speakers: Kim Trenbath, NREL; Alicen Kandt, NREL

 

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Thursday, March 07, 2019

This call provided an overview of research activity, resources, and new space conditioning technologies. Michael Deru (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) highlighted new technology award winners from the 2019 AHR Expo, including the Product-of-the-Year winner.

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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 highlight the Fitwel certifications, WELL standard, and more.

Speakers: Sara Neff, Kilroy Realty; Megan O'Neil, City of Atlanta; Beth Hawkins, Three3

 

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Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Industry leaders from all around the country are leveraging research and development to harness innovation and solve some of their most challenging problems. In this webinar, actual end users from among Better Plants partners and representatives of the R&D community show how the National Labs and DOE-funded consortia can generate exciting new solutions in the form of technologies, materials, and best practices.

Speakers: Patrick Blanchard, Ford Research and Innovation Center; Stan Petrash, Henkel Corporation; Clara Asmail, DOE

 

Industrial
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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Air leakage in commercial buildings in the U.S. accounts for about one quad of energy annually. As the thermal resistance of commercial building envelopes continues to improve, the relative contribution of air leakage to heating and cooling loads is increasing. During this webinar meeting, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Better Buildings Partner Arlington County, VA discussed market trends and methods for addressing air tightness in buildings. Jessica Abralind (Arlington County, VA) and Philip Agee (Viridiant) presented results and experiences from air leakage testing at the County’s Solid Waste and Traffic Engineering Office.  ORNL’s Dr. Diana Hun and Dr. Mahabir Bhandari presented research results on characterizing market trends in air leakage requirements, testing methods, and an examination of the energy cost savings potential for select building types. 

 

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Tuesday, January 08, 2019

This webinar focused on the Department of Energy’s Smart Labs Accelerator Program and the first steps for incorporating Smart Labs methodology into your organization's current management plan. Using lessons learned and experts in the field, this webinar helped advise how to set up your site for creating a Smart Labs Program. Prioritizing energy efficiency in labs can help organizations quickly meet their energy-saving goals.

Speakers: Otto VanGeet, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Thomas Checksfield, 3flow; Monica Witt, Los Alamos National Laboratory 

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

This webinar explored the current landscape for financing energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in the higher education sector featuring speakers from Chesapeake College, Michigan State University, and the University of Virginia. Additionally, representatives from the Department of Energy shared the higher education energy financing primer.

Education/Financial Services
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Tuesday, December 04, 2018

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

Speakers: Michael Deru, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Melissa Lapsa, Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Michael Meyer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; Kim Trenbath, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Jessica Granderson, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory 

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Researchers from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory evaluated five different LED systems with ALC at a test-bed site in Fort Worth, Texas, and provided an analysis of the added savings and costs of the controls as well as guidance on where ALC with LED can be best deployed. During the webinar, researchers and facility managers discussed findings from the evaluation, shared operational guidance, and answered questions. This webinar is part of GSA's GPG Outbrief series. 

Note: Attendees are eligible to receive 1 continuing education credit from the American Institute of Architects for attending webinars.

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Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Building enclosure technologies account for approximately 30% of the primary energy consumed in residential and commercial buildings. With the advent of energy efficient building envelope technologies, if properly installed, can significantly reduce this energy consumption. Building commissioning has been proven to ensure a better building performance, but what about the enclosure? Why hasn’t Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx) been given more attention? Is it too complicated? Are true incentives missing? Is BECx too expensive and payback time unreasonable?

Learn about DOE and ORNL’s research into the costs and benefits of BECx as well as the investigation and development of a new building enclosure performance (BEP) metric to support building owners, designers and consultants in evaluating the benefits of BECx and investment in high performing envelope technologies.  ETRT members were consulted on the value of the proposed BEP metric and ideas for addressing market challenges in conducting BECx.

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

This webinar introduced 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 reviewed 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. 

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

 

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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, partners shared 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; Jonathan Bauer, The Tower Companies; Ken Rosenfeld, BOMA International 

 

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Thursday, October 04, 2018

This webinar provided viewers with an introduction to DOE’s new Manufacturing Energy Assessment Software for Utility Reduction (MEASUR) tool suite and its features and capabilities.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Join the Better Buildings Space Conditioning Technical Research Team to learn about field test results of several new high-performance HVAC technologies through the DOE HIT and GSA GPG programs. This webinar covered the test results from high performance circulator pumps, innovative air scrubber technology that removes CO2 and VOCs from the air, and high-performance motor for chilled water pumping. These technologies have shown to produce savings of 30% or more over incumbent technologies.

Presenters: Michael Deru, NREL; Jesse Dean, NREL

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

The DOE Better Buildings Alliance’s Plug and Process Loads (PPL) Technical Research Team hosted their bi-annual call on September 20th. In addition to hearing about PPL TRT updates and activities, experts from NREL discussed the implications of navigating cybersecurity with smart outlets.

Presenters: Rois Langner, NREL; Dane Cristensen, NREL

 

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

This webinar featured a few of the top-rated presentations from the 2018 Better Buildings Summit – a rare chance to catch one of the talks you might have missed! Featured presentations include Building a Next Generation Workforce for Next Generation Buildings, Transition Planning for Energy Managers, and Investor-Oriented Sustainability Insights. 

Speakers: Richie Stever, University of Maryland Medical Center; Matthew Pekar, United Technologies Corporation; Brenna Walraven, Corporate Sustainability Strategies 

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

This webinar presented resources for measuring the results of ESPC projects and shared positive impacts with management and the public. Tool highlights include: Measurement & Verification Guidelines, Project Benchmark Sheets, State and Local Government Project Benchmark Sheet, K-12 Project Benchmark Sheet, Post-Secondary Project Benchmark Sheet, Public Housing Project Benchmark Sheet, and Overview of Economic Impact Analysis Tools.

Speakers: Alice Dasek, U.S. Department of Energy; Robert Slattery, Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Peter Larsen, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Torsten Kieper, The Cadmus Group 

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

This training addressed how to introduce ESPC to market sectors that lack familiarity or experience with the mechanism, and includes a summary of successful results achieved by several Accelerator partners. Tool highlights include: ESPC Guide Series for Underserved Markets, ESPC Primer for K-12 Schools, ESPC Guide for Fleets and Fueling Infrastructure, ESPC Guide for Water Resource Recovery Facilities and an Implementation Model: Expanding ESPC to New Markets.

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Friday, June 29, 2018

This webinar walked viewers through how to use the Energy Performance Indicator Tool (EnPI) to develop an energy baseline and track facility-energy performance.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

This training is geared towards state and local governments establishing support and services for ESPC as the go-to project financing mechanism in their jurisdictions. Tool highlights include: ESPC Key Attributes, Guidelines for Establishing ESPC Support Program, Virtual Technical Assistant for download, Networking Toolkit, Champions Toolkit, and State ESPC Program Examples.

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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 explored 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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Thursday, May 10, 2018

This training features practical tips for carrying out an ESPC project. Tool highlights include: ESPC Virtual Technical Assistant, Financing Decision Tree, Best Practices for Selecting an Energy Service Company, Model ESPC Contract Documents, and eProject Builder.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

This pre-In-Plant Training webinar for the Better Plants Program covered the basics of finding energy savings in industrial fan systems.

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

This training is geared towards practitioners considering ESPC for their energy efficiency projects and includes tools for making this decision and establishing the conditions for ESPC. Tool highlights include: ESPC or Design-Bid-Build?, ESPC Preliminary Diagnosis Tool, ESCO Market Study, and Legislative Library.

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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

This webinar presented 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.

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Tuesday, March 06, 2018

The DOE Better Buildings Alliance’s Plug and Process Loads (PPL) Technical Research Team hosted its biannual call on March 6. Experts from the California Plug Load Research Center (CalPlug), provided insights on their PPL research focus areas that affect commercial building efficiency: plug load appliances and devices in use, consumer behavior studies, energy conservation in server rooms, and benchmarking energy efficiency prototypes and products.

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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. 

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

This sector-wide check-in call focused on advanced refrigeration, one of the key priorities for the Better Builldings Alliance's Retail, Food Service and Grocery sector. This discussion included refrigeration updates that can be helpful across multiple sectors. Speakers included:

  • Michael Deru of the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL): Michael presented on high-efficiency motors and controls for refrigeration condensors, describing new products and how partners can get involved.
  • Tony Bouza of DOE presented on the latest technologies in the market, including propane, compressors, what's big in Europe, and the forthcoming IEA Annex.
  • Danielle Wright of the North American Sustainable Refrigeration Council (NASRC), a BBA Affiliate organization, shared case studies of natural refrigeration projects that also reduced energy use, offered suggestions for specifying natural refrigerant systems to reduce energy costs, and provided an update on increasing propane charges as a means to greater efficiency in self-contained systems.
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Tuesday, January 09, 2018

This webinar explained why small data centers shouldn't be overlooked when it comes to energy efficiency, and how low-cost, high-win strategies can reduce energy demand.

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

This webinar highlighted 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, December 05, 2017

This webinar provided an overview of Green Leasing along with strategies to leverage commercial leases. Partners shared steps to take to become a Green Lease Leader.  

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Over 1.3 billion square feet of commercial, industrial, and retail buildings achieve energy savings with energy-aligned leasing—the Better Buildings Alliance and the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) are proud to announce new enhancements to the Green Lease Leaders program and to continue to push the envelope on sustainability and high performance in leased spaces. This webinar explained how the Green Lease Leaders program is taking energy efficiency in buildings to new heights with new program features, a walkthrough of the application process, and advice on how to get started!

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Better Buildings Webinar Series

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

This webinar detailed 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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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Interested in taking a proactive approach to protecting indoor air quality (IAQ) while boosting energy efficiency in your multifamily building? This webinar will take you through the steps of getting started.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

This webinar introduced the energy treasure hunt process and typically identified opportunities.

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Friday, October 06, 2017

This webinar discussed the steps any manufacturing facility can take to get started with water efficiency.

Industrial
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Tuesday, October 03, 2017

In this webinar, attendees learned about new developments for furthering energy and water savings in leased spaces, including programs from EPA and enhancements to Better Buildings efforts.

Commercial/Multifamily
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Better Buildings Alliance is a peer-to-peer networking and education initiative, bringing together energy management professionals, DOE’s commercial buildings team, and experts from DOE’s National Labs to help you set and reach your energy management goals. The Better Buildings Alliance Open House webinar highlighted upcoming activities and energy management priorities, resources and recognition, and opportunities to test new technologies.

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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. In this webinar attendees learned how school districts are managing energy costs, maintaining healthy environments, and meeting STEM academic requirements.

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Monday, July 31, 2017

This pre-In-Plant Training webinar discussed the water-energy nexus and provided energy efficiency tips related to water and wastewater treatment.

Industrial
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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, June 13, 2017

Standard Guide for Building Enclosure Commissioning provides recommendations for the enclosure commissioning process from its project planning through design, construction and occupancy and operation phases. The commissioning process is outlined in ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 202. However, enclosure retro commissioning (RCx) or existing building commissioning, a systematic process to improve an existing building envelope’s performance, can play an important role in energy efficiency of existing buildings.  During this Building Envelope Tech Team Meeting, we discussed current practices in envelope Cx and RCx and we gathered Tech Team Member input on technical resources and action items taken to support the application of envelope RCx.

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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, March 28, 2017

Air barrier solutions, like sealants, membranes, spray foams, and sheathings, are key to addressing air leakage in commercial buildings, which can account for about 20 percent of the total energy used to heat and cool buildings. During this Building Envelope Tech Team Meeting, the team discussed current practices in measuring air leakage and explored technical resources to support application of advanced air barrier technologies.

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Tuesday, March 07, 2017

This webinar covered Zero Energy Buildings across the public and commercial sectors, and highlighted DOEs new Zero Energy focused accelerators. Participants learned from experiences of those who built ZE buildings and received an overview of the growth of ZE buildings in the US.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

During this webinar, you'll hear from two BBC Partners – Kathleen Berube, National Housing Trust and Brian Bieler, Reach Community Development Corporation (CDC) – on how they have successfully partnered with WegoWise and BrightPower, respectively, to benchmark their portfolio.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Saving big on upgrading your existing fluorescent lighting systems to LED technology is on the horizon. The Controls-Enabled LED Retrofit Kit Performance Specification webinar highlighted the draft  voluntary “challenge” specification (currently under development) that will help building owners and operators define the desired performance characteristics for retrofit kits used to convert existing lighting systems used in troffer, suspended, low bay, and high bay applications to light-emitting diode (LED) and controls technology.  With savings expected to be as high as 80% compared to existing systems, products developed to meet the specification will offer not only aggressive energy performance, but also an attractive return on investment to building owners.

Presenter:  Felipe Leon, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Moderator:  Michael Myer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

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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. This webinar highlighted 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 highlighted 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

This webinar highlighted 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 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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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 

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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. This webinar highlighted SWAP and media experts gave tips on telling your tale.

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Better Buildings Alliance is the leading peer-to-peer networking and education initiative for any organization that owns or operates commercial real estate and wants to know more about energy efficiency. Experts from the Department of Energy outlined their plans for 2017, and shared how your organization can get involved. This webinar provided an opportunity to learn more about the Better Buildings Alliance, tech retrofit campaigns, and energy savings strategies in your sector.

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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 National 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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Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Are you wondering how to tackle energy and water efficiency in leased tenant spaces? A representative from DOE discussed technological barriers, opportunities, and collaborative approaches to promoting energy and water efficiency in tenant spaces. Cushman and Wakefield highlighted its recent efforts to integrate energy efficiency into the design and construction of tenant spaces and other measures they have taken to reduce energy and water consumption. Better Buildings Challenge goal-achiever Sprint discussed how they’ve addressed lighting, energy management systems, and roof-top units to see significant reductions in leased space energy use.

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Thursday, March 03, 2016

This pre-In-Plant Training webinar for the Better Plants Program covered the basics of finding energy savings in compressed air systems and introduced the AIRMaster+ software tool.

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Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Do you ever wonder how energy efficiency and sustainability efforts are impacting the value of your properties? This webinar focused on energy efficiency and sustainability in the appraisal and valuation industries. Colliers International explained how they have adapted their processes to ensure that they realize the full value of energy efficiency and sustainability upgrades. Inspyrod discussed various techniques and data challenges that might be encountered during the valuation process. Sustainable Values provided an introduction and overview to the recently launched Energy Matters! training course that teaches appraisers how to incorporate energy and sustainability metrics into their property valuation.

Presenters: John Scott, Colliers International; Devesh Nirmul, Inspyrod; Theddi Wright Chappell, Sustainable Values

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Tuesday, February 02, 2016

This webinar explored innovative measures Better Buildings Challenge partners have taken to improve water efficiency while reducing energy use. United Technologies Corporation discussed their impressive water reduction goals and best practices in managing water, while also focusing on energy management strategies at diverse manufacturing sites. The City of Atlanta discussed their new, high-efficiency pumping station and how the efforts of large-scale users to reduce water use can help the City reduce both water and energy use. InterContinental Hotels Group highlighted its worldwide water management program, which includes metering and tracking consumption and water efficiency strategies.

Presenters: Sean West, United Technologies Corporation; Juliette Apicella and Jean Pullen, Southface (representing the City of Atlanta); Maury Wolfe, InterContinental Hotels Group

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Monday, February 01, 2016

This webinar will help you learn how your company can partner with the Interior Lighting Campaign to speed the adoption of high efficiency troffer lighting. New troffer technology and the availability of smart controls are becoming increasingly important to delivering high efficiency troffer lighting solutions with an attractive return-on-investment. Learn about the role of manufacturers and distributors in the ILC, from getting the word out about the campaign and the benefits of high efficiency troffers, to making it easy for participants to identify high efficiency troffer solutions that qualify for the ILC within your product offerings.

Presenters: Felipe Leon, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; Andy Mitchell, U.S. Department of Energy

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

This webinar described how the DOE helps move energy efficiency opportunities in buildings from ideas to mass-market uptake by identifying and developing high impact technologies. Panelists included Better Buildings Challenge partner New York Presbyterian Hospital describing their experiences measuring and managing their energy savings and demand reduction opportunities through the BuildingIQ platform. We also hosted the founder and CEO from enVerid discussing their technology for achieving energy savings by reducing the amount of outdoor air required in buildings without sacrificing air quality.

Presenters: Andy Mitchell, U.S. Department of Energy; Roberto Nunez, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital; Udi Meriav, enVerid.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The adoption of LED technology in outdoor lighting applications brings with it an opportunity for controls that was not possible with previous technologies. A growing number of vendors - some familiar, some not – have been developing and aggressively marketing new software and hardware products promoting the many potential benefits of controls. However, actual field experience remains relatively limited and the various components and associated standards and protocols continue to evolve, and as a result many questions persist for potential new users of networked outdoor lighting controls systems. This webinar session briefly reviewed some of the lessons learned by early adopters of these systems over the course of multiple pilot projects, with a focus on the following topics: justifying and financing an installation, writing a specification, start-up and commissioning challenges, dimming and energy savings, monetizing energy savings and utility tariffs, and identifying and qualifying additional value propositions.

Industrial/Multifamily/Residential/Local Government/State Government
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Wednesday, January 06, 2016

This pre-In-Plant Training webinar covered how to improve thermal efficiency for process heating equipment and use the U.S. Department of Energy’s PHAST tool.
 

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Come learn more about interior lighting, with a focus on troffers and how new technology can significantly reduce energy use in higher education spaces. Colleges and universities in the U.S. spend around $1.10 per square foot on electricity with lighting representing 31% of the energy usage. The presentation covered Princeton University’s lighting and controls upgrades, the University Financing Foundation assistance to education and research organizations with planning, development, and financing of facilities and equipment at below-market costs, and an overview of the Interior Lighting Campaign.

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Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Plug and process loads become a larger piece of the building energy pie as the low hanging fruits of energy efficiency, such as lighting retrofits, are harvested. This webinar included a discussion by NREL on simple low-cost and portable plug and process loads interventions. Stanford University shared its successes in creating a plug load inventory, analysis and action plan to reduce associated energy consumption. The General Services Administration presented one of its marquee projects of the federal government leading by example highlighting strategies for reducing plug and process loads in an historic zero energy building retrofit. 

Presenters: Rois Langer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL); Moira Hafer, Stanford University; Jason Sielcken, U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) 

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Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Think you are not an IT company? Think again. As sales move online, email archives grow, and more information is collected and stored, many organizations are seeing dramatic increases in energy use from data centers. Watch this webinar to learn how Better Buildings Challenge and Accelerator partners have formed partnerships within their organizations and implemented measures to dramatically reduce data center energy usage.

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Monday, October 19, 2015

This webinar provided an overview of the new energy efficiency resources and upcoming opportunities available this year through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Alliance.  Each sector group (Commercial Real Estate, Healthcare, Higher Education, Hospitality, Retail/Food Service/Grocery) presented the hot topics selected to address this year and highlighted the latest from the Technology Solutions and Market Solutions teams. Learn about new solutions that can help reduce energy costs for your organization. 

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Tuesday, October 06, 2015

This webinar focused on transforming building milestones such as purchase, sale, tenant transitions, etc. into energy efficiency opportunities. Presenters from Better Buildings participants University of Virginia, the City of Hillsboro, Oregon, and Arby’s Restaurant Group shared their strategies for taking advantage of these milestones to get more from their buildings.

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Tuesday, September 08, 2015

This webinar shared strategies and resources building owners, managers, and tenants can utilize to transform the energy model from a one-time report provided at the end of design to an iterative tool used throughout the design process to drive energy savings. The National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) highlighted its Building Energy Modeling Guide for Building Owners, Better Buildings Challenge partner District of Columbia shared case studies demonstrating the value of getting to know your energy model and DOE provided a brief primer on modeling.

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Friday, July 17, 2015

This webinar covered the benefits, commitments, support offered, and promotional opportunities of joining the Home Upgrade Program Accelerator (this accelerator is completed).  Partners who signed up for the Better Buildings Home Upgrade Accelerator demonstrated a range of best practices to minimize program costs while improving and expanding program savings, including through the use of information technology and adoption of common data standards to streamline data exchange, and other process improvements. Key collaborators included developers of program management and home energy assessment software that implemented common data standards to streamline data exchange.

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Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Advanced Power Strips (APS) have the potential to significantly reduce plug loads in commercial buildings, but procuring the right type of APS for a building is not always simple. The U.S. Department of Energy, through the Better Buildings Alliance, published a technical specification to help building owners define, procure, and use APSs in commercial buildings. The presentation walked through the details of the specification and provided examples of how stakeholders can apply the specification – for example, tenants in leased spaces, building owners and managers across their portfolios, utilities for energy incentive programs, and more.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

This webinar highlighted the Interior Lighting Campaign – a joint effort by the U.S. Department of Energy, Building Owners and Managers Association International, International Facility Management Association, and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America. The ILC is a recognition and guidance program designed to help facility owners and managers take advantage of savings opportunities from high efficiency interior lighting solutions, with a specific focus on troffer lighting and associated controls. Troffers are the ubiquitous rectangular fixtures recessed or mounted to the ceiling, and represent half of all commercial fluorescent fixtures. Their annual energy use equates to that consumed each year by more than 8 million homes. New technologies for troffers allow for energy savings of 60%, and much more when coupled with lighting controls. The Campaign offers resources and limited technical assistance to those who join, and the potential for awards to those whose sites demonstrate exemplary performance. In addition to an overview of the Campaign, this webinar discussed high efficiency troffer and associated controls options, and Yamaha Motor Corporation’s experiences as they consider upgrading thousands of troffers.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Have you dreamed of having broad support internally for energy efficiency projects? This webinar highlighted ways to persuasively present lighting efficiency projects to different audiences in your organization, including management, human resources, and clinicians. John D'Angelo, VP for Facilities at Northwestern University, discussed how to promote improved patient outcomes, safety, and experiences, and tying these to HCAHPS scores. Michael Myer, lighting expert with PNNL, presented some of the latest lighting technologies and applications for healthcare facilities.

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Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Zero energy buildings combine energy efficiency and renewable energy generation to consume only as much energy as can be produced onsite through renewable resources. Achieving zero energy is an ambitious yet increasingly achievable goal that is gaining momentum across geographic regions and markets.

Better Buildings Challenge partner Walgreens shared their experiences designing, constructing and operating their zero energy store in Evanston IL. Rocky Mountain Institute described their collaboration with Better Buildings Alliance member McDonalds and other partners in determining the feasibility of zero energy quick serve restaurants. The National Institute for Building Sciences (NIBS) provided an update on recent efforts to develop an industry definition for zero energy buildings.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Ventilation requirements for healthcare facilities are large drivers of energy consumption - space heating represents about 40% of the average healthcare facility's energy consumption (US EIA). However, significant energy savings are possible through proper control and setbacks on ventilation rates. This Better Buildings Alliance healthcare sector peer exchange had ASHRAE expert Jeff Boldt explain changes in ASHRAE Standard 170-2013, Ventilation of Health Care Facilities. Alliance members Cleveland Clinic Foundation and New York Presbyterian Hospital also presented case studies on successful implementation of HVAC setbacks.

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Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Finding energy savings opportunities for a business franchise can be easy, but getting them implemented can be hard. While franchisors typically supply business knowledge, architectural designs and equipment, franchise agreements and business models are not often designed to make it simple for franchisees to capture energy efficiency opportunities as they arise. In this webinar Better Buildings partners Ford Motor Company, Dunkin Brands and InterContinental Hotels Group shared the programs and tools they use to bridge this gap and motivate franchisees to save energy and reduce their environmental impact.

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Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Better Buildings Challenge Partners and Allies learned how Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) is expanding to new sectors to impact building energy efficiency. They also learned how you can take advantage of ESPCs to see long-term energy savings in your buildings with little or no upfront cost. A representative from the Department of Energy also introduced DOE’s ESPC Accelerator – a high impact program designed to support expansion of ESPCs among state and local governments.

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Wednesday, January 07, 2015

This pre-In-Plant Training webinar for the Better Plants Program covered how to find energy savings in steam systems.

Industrial
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Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Water stewardship is a complex dimension to energy conservation that some fail to consider. Presenters from Cummins, National Church Residences, and the Environmental Defense Fund's Corporate Climate Partnership discuss their water conservation strategy success stories and take questions from the listening audience. Cummins and National Church Residences are very different companies (one manufacturing and one multifamily housing), but both take systematic approaches to conservation in their portfolios. Through its Corporate Partnership Program, EDF partnered with AT&T to implement water savings through their cooling towers. This webinar brought together presenters to discuss different water stewardship and conservation strategies

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Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Whole Foods Market, Houston, TX, and General Motors each described how they have collaborated with utilities to bring big energy savings to their portfolios and help reduce the overall peak electricity demand for the utility. Presenters offered recommendations for working with utilities to create innovative energy savings opportunities customized to your portfolio type.

Commercial/Utility
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Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Webinar attendees learned how the Department of Energy prioritizes high impact technologies (HITs) to advance energy efficiency. A Better Buildings program participant spoke about her experience working with Department staff to test promising technologies in buildings. Find out what they are finding and how you can get involved.

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Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing is a vehicle to pay for energy efficiency improvements or renewable energy installations on private property. Local or state governments or other entities fund the upfront costs of the improvements which are paid back over time through property assessments added to the owner’s property tax bills. In this webinar, Better Buildings Challenge partners described their successful experiences with PACE financing as program developers, city administrators, and property owners.

State Government/Financial Services
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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

In hospitality facilities, past efforts to reduce lighting energy use have mostly consisted of implementing compact fluorescent lamps (CFL). CFLs offer reduced energy consumption, higher efficacy, and much longer lifetimes than incandescent and halogen lamps, but they also have drawbacks. LEDs improve upon many of these drawbacks and offer an attractive combination of additional energy savings, longer lifetimes, and other lighting and control benefits. The Hilton Columbus Downtown hotel installed more than 3700 dimmable LED downlights in guest rooms at 450,000 square foot facility, which opened in October 2012. Why did they choose LED and not CFL? This webinar highlighted their experiences and lessons learned. 

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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Re-tuning is a low-cost process to identify and correct building operational problems that lead to energy waste. To expand the practice of re-tuning, the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) developed a curricula focused on retuning both large (with a building automation system, or BAS) and small (without a BAS) commercial buildings. Better Buildings Challenge Partners who have employed retuning training covered how to improve building performance and opportunities to participate in trainings in your area.

Education/Financial Services/Industrial/Local Government/Multifamily/Residential/State Government/Utility
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Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Time, money, and expertise are often barriers to a robust energy management program. Better Buildings Challenge Partners Shorenstein and Allegheny College described solutions that helped them jump these hurdles to develop a culture of sustainability within their organizations—and a track record of successful energy efficiency projects. Jaxon Love detailed Shorenstein’s experience bringing on energy management fellows for summer appointments, building the case for a full-time sustainability position at the company. Kelly Boulton outlined how she and campus professors worked together to engage students to develop and present the business case for campus energy efficiency projects to administrators. Renee Lefrenz also profiled the Alliance to Save Energy's PowerSave Campus program, a student internship supporting energy efficiency efforts in schools.

Industrial/Multifamily/Residential/Local Government/State Government/Data Centers/Financial Services/Utility
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Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Deep energy retrofits take a whole building approach to achieve dramatic energy savings. Upgrades to multiple building systems can be made all at once or in a planned sequence over a number of years, and can sometimes reap energy savings of 50% or more. In this webinar, Better Buildings Alliance member Carlos Santamaria discussed Glenborough’s experience implementing deep energy retrofits. Cara Carmichael of the Rocky Mountain Institute also shared best practices gleaned supporting numerous deep energy retrofit projects across the country. Could deep energy retrofits be right for your buildings?

Commercial
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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

This pre-In-Plant Training webinar for the Better Plants Program provided guidance on implementing and replicating energy efficiency opportunities identified by energy assessments.

Industrial
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Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Getting approval for energy efficiency measures can sometimes be the most challenging aspect of the project. Better Buildings Challenge Partners USAA Real Estate Company; University of California, Irvine; and Kohl's shared their best practices for communicating the value of building energy efficiency projects and working with financial decision-makers to make those projects happen.

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Tuesday, August 06, 2013

This webinar presented on the underlying barriers to energy data access. Learn about solutions underway across the country, including a successful collaboration between building owners, utilities, regulators, and policymakers in Philadelphia who worked together to provide access to whole-building energy use data. The session also highlighted new resources to help you replicate this model in your community.

Industrial/Multifamily/Residential/Local Government/State Government/Data Centers/Financial Services/Utility
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Thursday, February 14, 2013

This webinar was an introduction to case door retrofit technology and the potential that it offers food retail store operators. Speakers include REMIS America, a company which designs, manufactures, and installs case retrofit kits. REMIS spoke on the technology itself and the options currently available on the market. The second set of speakers consisted of representatives from Target Corporation, a major national retailer which has implemented open refrigerated display case retrofits in numerous stores as part of its energy efficiency plan. Target discussed these projects in detail, including energy savings and strategies for overcoming barriers to implement the technology.

Commercial
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