Better Buildings Webinars Archive

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, September 17, 2019

The Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Initiative supports partners in achieving their energy reduction goals. Find out how UW Health in Madison, Wis., and Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., beat their 20% reduction goals through leadership engagement, educating staff, and consistently measuring performance to verify the results. 

Both health systems are also going beyond the target energy reduction and aim to reduce 30% by 2022 for UW Health and by 2025 for Mayo Clinic.

This webinar is presented by Practice Greenhealth and Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Initiative to provide a closer look from stakeholders who helped champion and measure energy reduction efforts.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

The semi-annual Space Conditioning Technical Research Team call was held on August 27th, 2019. There is 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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Thursday, August 08, 2019

DOE and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) are assessing the performance of a connected building operating system to reduce operating expenses and save energy. DOE seeks a commercial office host site to pilot Prescriptive Data’s Nantum system and receive free, independent M&V conducted by Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The Lighting and Electrical Research Team’s June webinar will focus on Internet of Things (IoT) and lighting. Discussions will touch base on recent IoT analysis as well as typical IoT applications. DOE is embarking on challenging the industry to develop IoT lighting products and seeks possible partners and feedback

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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Thursday, June 06, 2019

Each year, the Better Buildings Smart Energy Analytics Campaign recognizes exemplary efforts in the implementation of energy management and information systems, or EMIS. 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.

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

 

Data Centers
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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

This webinar will present an overview of prioritization and implementation of IT consolidation in data centers. IT consolidation plays an important role in reducing IT energy use as well as the energy use of infrastructure support systems, such as cooling. Additionally, the session will discuss drivers and best practices for IT consolidation in the Federal government including the latest developments in the Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI). Representative(s) from National Laboratories will discuss their experience with IT consolidation.

Instructor
Magnus Herrlin, member of the High Tech Group, LBNL

Learning Objectives
In this course you will:

  • Understand the nature of IT consolidation
  • Understand the importance of IT consolidation
  • Understand how IT consolidation impacts IT energy use
  • Understand how IT consolidation impacts infrastructure support systems
  • Understand how to perform IT consolidation
  • Understand the best practices of IT consolidation
  • Learn about drivers and best practices in the Federal government
  • Learn about actual IT consolidation case study (ies).
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Five years ago, a movement focused exclusively on reducing the environmental impact of laboratories began to gain momentum. This "green labs" movement seeks to address sustainability holistically, focusing on working with scientists to take concrete steps toward reducing energy, water, waste, and the use of hazardous materials. his movement has continued to grow, and there are now more than 100 organizations across the United States with Green Labs programs. Green Labs programs not only help conserve resources, they also provide a unique opportunity to engage with scientists, strengthening relationships among facilities, safety and sustainability staff, and scientists.

Learning Objectives

By attending this webinar, participants will learn:

  • Which key stakeholders to involve in forming a Green Labs team so that they can form their own teams at their organization;
  • The details of Green Lab Certification and how to participate in this program;
  • Which green lab initiatives are often the most impactful for reducing energy, water, and waste; and
  • How Green Labs fits into the context of the Smart Labs Accelerator program.
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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Monday, April 29, 2019

Do high-performing energy efficient buildings perform better financially than their more energy consuming counterparts? What value do environmental interventions such as green building certifications and tenant engagement strategies provide to owners and investors? The US Department of Energy and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab partnered with the Real Estate Research Institute (RERI) to fund an RFP for new research that investigates these questions. Academics from New York University, York University, and University of Guelph will share findings from recent research that focuses on the connection between energy/environment, buildings, and financial performance, with takeaways that are useful for building operators, investors, and energy policymakers.

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 highlight a new efficiency-as-a-service toolkit and Better Buildings Financial Allies share 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 14, 2019

Join this webinar to learn about the 2019 recognition application process for the Interior Lighting Campaign. You’ll also hear about the 3 new “Innovative” categories that were added this year, examples of past recognized projects, and the benefits of recognition. Submissions are due April 16! This event will include a 30 minute presentation by Michael Myer of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, followed by a moderated live Q&A.

Date: Thursday, March 14, 2019 
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EST

Pre-registration is not required.
Event link:  https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/522093029
Audio:  (312) 757-3121 (if you wish to dial-in)
Access Code: 522-093-029

Thursday, March 07, 2019

This call will provide an overview of research activity, resources, and new space conditioning technologies. Michael Deru (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) will highlight 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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Thursday, February 21, 2019

DOE is launching an effort to challenge the industry to deliver an easily upgradeable, competitively priced troffer luminaire or retrofit kit for commercial spaces. This call will introduce the Challenge’s goals, discuss the benefits for an upgradeable troffer, and inquire about the near-term IoT applications that would be of most value to building owners. This meeting will also discuss the 2019 ILC Recognition process now underway, and share details on new Innovative Lighting System Categories introduced this year.

Registration link:  Pre-registration is not required.  https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/813580069  |  Audio connection via computer or dial-in +1 (571) 317-3122 Access Code: 813-580-069

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 will discuss market trends and methods for addressing air tightness in buildings. Jessica Abralind (Arlington County, VA) and Philip Agee (Viridiant) will present 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 will present recent 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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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Please join us for a GPG Outbrief webinar on Alternative Water Treatments (AWT) for Cooling Towers. Researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory assessed the effectiveness of five off-the-shelf AWT technologies and found that four of them maintained adequate water quality, reduced blowdown and saved an average of 26% water. All four had a positive return-on-investment, and at the GSA average water rate of $16.76/kgal payback was under four years. During the webinar, researchers and facility managers will discuss findings from the evaluation, share operational guidance and answer questions.

Note: Attendees are eligible to receive 1.5 continuing education credit from the American Institute of Architects for attending webinars.

To register for the webinar:  https://meet.gsa.gov/gpg-18/event/registration.html 

To attend the webinar: https://meet.gsa.gov/gpg-outbrief/ 

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

This webinar focuses on the Department of Energy’s Smart Labs Accelerator Program and the first steps for incorporating Smart Labs methodology into your organizations current management plan. Using lessons learned and experts in the field this webinar will 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 explores 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 share a recently released 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 29, 2018

Landlord and tenant companies representing 1.8 billion square feet of commercial, industrial, and retail buildings achieve energy savings with green (also known as high-performance) leasing. The Better Buildings Alliance and the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) Green Lease Leaders recognition program honors real estate practitioners who continue to push the envelope on sustainability and high performance in leased spaces. In 2018, Better Buildings and IMT released a series of case studies profiling some of the 2018 Green Lease Leaders for their innovative efforts to drive efficiency, clean energy, health & wellness, and smart landlord-tenant engagement strategies in their properties. Attend our webinar to hear their success stories, advice on how to get started greening your lease, as well as how to apply to become a Green Lease Leader in 2019! Speakers include Kilroy Realty and JBG Smith.

Commercial
Thursday, November 15, 2018

NREL will be hosting a half-day event on November 15th to discuss what was learned at the SkyPosium event, best practices and resources for SkySpark users, and best practices for analytics more generally. Although the event at NREL is focused on applying SkySpark to laboratory spaces, many of the best practices discussed could be applied to other building types as well. If you cannot attend in person NREL will be providing a webinar.

Webinar Time 3-7pm ET

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 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?

Join this session to 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 will be 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

 

Education
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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The Campaign's second year of operation has seen a significant increase in the data on how participants are using their Energy Management and Information systems, new cost information, and which technologies are seeing increased uptake. Learn about the trends for the continued implementation of EMIS in commercial buildings. 

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

This in-person training session/ webinar held by Idaho Power with FEMP participation focuses on best practices for improving the overall energy efficiency of data centers. This course is suitable for a wide range of management, design, and operations professionals.

How to Register  

This in-person training session is also available as a webinar. To register please email: training@idahopower.com or phone: 208-388-5099. The registration deadline is October 12th, 2018.
 

Agenda

10:00 am ET - Introduction • Performance metrics & benchmarking • IT equipment & software efficiency • Federal acquisition • Environment conditions • Approaching the EMS Decisions
 
BREAK • Air Management • Cooling systems
 
BREAK • Electrical systems • Use IT to manage IT (monitoring & integrated controls
)
 
Resource and Workshop Summary
 
2:00 pm ET - Adjourn
 

Questions 

Visit www.idahopower.com/training or contact Idaho Power at 208-388-5099 or training@idahopower.com  
 

 

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Recent studies in the commercial and multifamily mortgage market show a correlation between energy efficiency and mortgage default rate. Public sector debt advisors are beginning to warn cities to address climate risks or face a downgrade in their bond rating. Institutional investors from CalPERS to Blackrock to SwissRE are developing investment screens built around environment, social, and governance guidelines.
 
What do these recent studies and market announcements mean for debt investors? This panel will discuss some of the recent studies associated with sustainability risk, opportunity, and debt markets and share strategies debt investors use to better evaluate risks and identify market opportunities.

Commercial
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, hear from partners that have enacted 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 provides viewers with an introduction to DOE’s new Manufacturing Energy Assessment Software for Utility Reduction (MEASUR) tool suite and its features and capabilities.

Industrial
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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

During this webinar, Dr. Magnus Herrlin at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) will provide an overview of resources for better air management in data centers that are available in the Center of Expertise for Energy Efficiency in Data Centers. (More information here).

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. We will cover 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

The 2018 Better Buildings Summit was held in August in Cleveland, Ohio. This webinar features 3 of the top-rated presentations from the Summit – a rare chance to catch one of the talks you might have missed! 

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

This webinar presents resources for measuring the results of ESPC projects and sharing 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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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Energy information systems (EIS) are becoming common as a way to organize and analyze energy meter data, especially for large portfolios of buildings.  Join us as two Smart Energy Analytics Campaign participants from the commercial real estate sector share their EIS features and give tips on installing and setting up their systems.  

Presenters: Becca Rushin, Jamestown, LP; Ed Bassford, Lincoln Property Company; Ryan Tinus, Tishman Speyer

Commercial
Thursday, July 12, 2018

This training addresses 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.

Local Government/State Government
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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

This webinar introduces the Better Buildings Financing Navigator 2.0, the latest iteration of DOE's online tool that helps connect organizations with financing for energy efficiency and renewables projects. Learn about the new features and key trends in financing.

Industrial/Multifamily/Residential/Local Government/State Government/Data Centers/Financial Services/Utility
Friday, June 29, 2018

This webinar walks 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.

Local Government/State Government
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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 explores 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.

Commercial
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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.

Local Government/State Government
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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Every school district should be able to create zero energy schools because of recent advancements in technology. So what are some strategies to get there? Join us on April 25 for a review of the recently released Advanced Energy Design Guide for K-12 School Buildings: Achieving Zero Energy (AEDG). Recognizing that many schools have limited staff and resources, the AEDG provides step-by-step direction to support elementary, middle, and high schools in their pursuit of zero energy performance goals for deep retrofits and new construction projects. The technical guidance should enable school districts to take energy-efficiency goals from concept to fruition, and is meant to complement existing resources and strategies. Join this webinar if you are an educator, administrator, architect, engineer, or other buildings operations professional who is interested in pursuing zero energy schools or has experience in zero energy projects.

Education
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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

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

Industrial
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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.

Local Government/State Government
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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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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

As there is growing interest of using building energy consumption and system operation data to improve building performance and visibility, many organizations face the challenges of data management. Join this webinar to learn best practices and lessons learned for implementing robust data acquisition and storage - the foundational step in building an effective energy management and information system (EMIS).

Presenters and affiliations: Marco Pritoni, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Stephen Frank, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Learn about 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.

Commercial
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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.

Commercial
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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. 

Commercial
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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

Learn why small data centers shouldn't be overlooked when it comes to energy efficiency, and discover low-cost, high-win strategies that can reduce energy demand.

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

Learn about 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

How to Become a Green Lease Leader: The Latest in High-Performance Leasing Practices and Recognition

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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. Attend our webinar on November 15 to learn how Green Lease Leaders 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!

Commercial
Monday, November 13, 2017

Better Buildings Webinar Series

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Learn how you can achieve both energy and water savings in an industrial or commercial setting, and how one often follows the other.

Commercial/Industrial
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Thursday, October 26, 2017

K-12 School sustainability conversations are growing beyond energy efficient buildings to include fuel-efficient school transit systems. School bus fleet conversions have been incorporated into K-12 school district sustainability plans to lower vehicle emissions as well as the operating and maintenance expenses for this essential service. When it comes to sustainability goals and creating healthy learning environments for students and faculty, the no-idling rules have been augmented by strategic actions that demonstrate a commitment to long-term, measureable budgetary and environmental impacts. Join the conversation to learn about alternative fuel school bus conversion and potential funding sources for school bus fleet conversions. We will have our experts on hand to highlight available programs and case studies from K-12 school districts around the nation. 

Topics to be covered:

  • Clean Cities Programs-School Case Studies
  • Alternative Fuels for School Buses
  • Funds for School Bus Fleet Conversion
  • Other Program Announcements

Speakers:

  • Crystal McDonald, Moderator, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Ellen Bourbon, Vehicle Technologies Office, Clean Cities Program, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Jonah Steinbuck, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Greg Kleen, Fuel Cell Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy

This webinar is open for K-12 School Districts and Associated Organizations to attend. 

Education
Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Smart Energy Analytics Campaign has released a new research report, summarizing key themes on the application of Energy Management and Information Systems (EMIS) and Monitoring-based Commissioning (MBCx) practices. 

The high level findings in the report are drawn from the best practices implemented across the 46 portfolios (185 million sq ft) that have joined the Campaign in its first year. 

  • The preliminary savings and costs figures documented in this report show highly promising cost-effectiveness, with an average of less than 1-year simple payback.
  • The report also presents trends in the rapidly evolving industry of EMIS products and MBCx services.

We acknowledge and thank our participants and partners in the Smart Energy Analytics Campaign for providing data about their EMIS installations and MBCx practices.

Please join us for a webinar highlighting the Year 1 findings from the Smart Energy Analytics Campaign, along with success stories from those recognized by the Campaign for their exemplary EMIS efforts.

Registration: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/wu2f5vynucvb&eom

Commercial
Friday, October 13, 2017

This webinar provides an introduction to the energy treasure hunt process and typical identified opportunities.

Industrial
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Friday, October 06, 2017

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

Industrial
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Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Learn about new developments for furthering energy and water savings in leased spaces, including new programs from EPA and the latest enhancements to Better Buildings efforts.

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. Find out how you can get involved in the Alliance’s market-moving activities this year. Attend the Better Buildings Alliance Open House webinar to learn about 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. Learn how school districts are managing energy costs, maintaining healthy environments, and meeting STEM academic requirements.

Education
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Dealing with rooftop air conditioning units (RTUs) at the end of life can be a financial and environmental liability. In addition, changing regulations are challenging to follow. Join this webinar to learn about new regulations and how to minimize the environmental impact of and gain value from old RTUs at the same time.

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Commercial
Monday, July 31, 2017

This pre-In-Plant Training webinar discusses the water-energy nexus and provides 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.

Local Government/State Government
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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 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.

Local Government/State Government
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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. Learn more about how small organizations and large organizations alike can seek out technical experts and financing options while protecting their interests and saving energy and water.

Industrial/Multifamily/Residential/Local Government/State Government/Data Centers/Financial Services/Utility
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

This webinar includes tips on how to share facility level data quickly and easily with DOE, and examples of how partners have leveraged this data sharing and review to make an impact in their organizations.

Industrial/Multifamily/Local Government/State Government
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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Hear how partners are addressing energy use in warehouses and distributions and gain ideas for you to take back to your buildings.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

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

Education
Tuesday, December 06, 2016

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

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

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

You’ll learn how:

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

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Commercial
Wednesday, November 09, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Commercial
Thursday, September 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 provides an opportunity to learn more about the Better Buildings Alliance, tech retrofit campaigns, and energy savings strategies in your sector.

Industrial/Multifamily/Residential/Local Government/State Government/Data Centers
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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 Nat Lab and Haas School of Business identified several potential inventions to properly account for energy factors in the lending process. Here, they demonstrated how and where energy factors can "move the needle" on key underwriting metrics such as default risk, NOI, and economic or functional obsolescence. 

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

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

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

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

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Are you getting the most out of your rooftop units (RTUs)? Extreme climates like Chicago can be harsh on RTUs and they need a little TLC to keep them running at peak performance. ComEd and CLEAResult have teamed up to offer the AirCare Plus RTU tune-up program with results in excess of 20% energy savings. Join the Advanced RTU Campaign for a webinar to learn more about the AirCare Plus utility incentive program, the Advanced RTU Campaign, and how to get involved. Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) will present on its RTU Tune-Up Program, and include a testimonial case study from a partner contractor, Murphy & Miller.

Commercial
Tuesday, June 07, 2016

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

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

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

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

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Industrial/Multifamily/Residential/Local Government/State Government
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

This webinar presents a Q&A discussion with visual aids of two organizations completing significant energy savings through lighting retrofits. Rachel Healy of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) will discuss the upgrades to their 25 parking garages that serve the transit system of the nation’s capital. Frank Inoa of Arby’s Restaurants will discuss retrofits of 100 Arby’s facilities. This 60-minute event will include a 45-minute presentation and a 15-minute live question and answer session with attendees.

Moderator: Paul Wessel, Director, Market Development at U.S. Green Building Council 

Presenters: Rachel Healy, Director of Sustainability, WMATA; Frank Inoa, FCSI, CFCP, Director of Engineering at Arby’s Restaurant Group

Commercial
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Presenters: Bill Conley, Yamaha Motor Corporation; Maureen Roskoski, Facility Engineering Associates 

The Measuring & Monitoring Guide is one the newer publications in the How-To Sustainability Guide series. Inspired by the adage that you can’t manage what you don’t measure, the guide was created by subject matter experts and facility management practitioners. It was designed to explain the importance of measuring inputs and outputs while monitoring progress and consistency in facility operations. Recommendations, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and best practices are presented to assist in optimizing and improving facility performance.

The Guide discusses aspects of the Measurement process, including who should be responsible and accountable for the activity and reporting. It outlines appropriate timing for when to measure and how life cycle assessment analysis plays a critical role in establishing a complete accounting of resource management.  It explains key metrics in major categories and highlights resources. 

Items addressed also include sustainability reports, Green House Gas (GHG) emissions and Green Building Rating systems.  The Guide is supplemented by Case Studies, a glossary of common terms and links to external resources.

Commercial
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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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

What’s the best way to save money on your rooftop units (RTUs)? Replace them BEFORE they break! The Advanced RTU Campaign promotes proactive replacement with high-efficiency RTUs, and has developed resources to support this process. Leading utilities see the value in proactive replacement and have developed programs in this area. Participants in this webinar will learn about the newest resource from the Advanced RTU Campaign, the Business Case for Proactive RTU Replacement, for commercial building operators. Southern California Edison Utility (SCE) will present on its RTU Early Retirement program and include a testimonial case study from a contractor, TriPacific AMS, who has benefitted from the program.

Presenters: Michael Deru, NREL; Anne Marie Blankenship, SCE; Geoff Wilkins, Energy Solutions; Jim Dunavant, TriPacific AMS

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Commercial
Wednesday, March 09, 2016

The SEE Action Network announces a new publication, 2020 Leadership Agenda for Existing Commercial and Multifamily Buildings, which defines the baseline actions that states and communities can take by 2020 to demonstrate national energy efficiency leadership in the commercial and multifamily building sectors. Please join us on March 9th to introduce the Leadership Agenda and discuss its recommendations.

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Local Government/State Government
Thursday, March 03, 2016

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

Industrial
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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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Thursday, February 04, 2016

This webinar will help Better Buildings Challenge Multifamily partners understand the Better Buildings Summit 2016 recognition criteria. While data sharing is an important part of the program and the recognition criteria, Showcase Projects and Implementation Models also play very important roles. Join your Better Buildings Challenge Account Managers as we discuss what partners can do to be recognized in 2016! Better Buildings Challenge partners will learn about the Better Buildings Summit 2016 recognition criteria and how partners can best work with their Account Managers toward successfully compiling program deliverables worthy of Summit recognition. Attendees will:

  • Learn about the Better Buildings Summit 2016 recognition criteria

  • Review data submission protocols and schedules

  • Learn how to select and draft Showcase Project submissions

  • Learn how to select and draft Implementation Model submissions

  • Learn how the multifamily account managers and data team can expedite your deliverables 

 

Multifamily
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 their 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

Industrial/Multifamily/Residential/Local Government/State Government/Data Centers/Financial Services/Utility
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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

Commercial
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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Join the Better Buildings Alliance Market Solutions team for updates from its many initiatives to address market based barriers to energy efficiency. Learn about opportunities to incorporate energy efficiency into leasing practices, commercial appraisals, and mortgage underwriting, and to participate in research into the connection between building energy performance and building financial performance. The session will conclude with an opportunity for attendees to ask questions and discuss additional focus areas for the Market Solutions team.

Commercial
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

This webinar describes how the DOE helps move energy efficiency opportunities in buildings from ideas to mass-market uptake by identifying and developing high impact technologies. Hear highlights of up and coming emerging technology demonstrations and how you can get involved. 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 had 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.

Industrial/Multifamily/Residential/Local Government/State Government/Data Centers/Financial Services/Utility
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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 covers how to improve thermal efficiency for process heating equipment and use the U.S. Department of Energy’s PHAST tool.
 

Industrial
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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 will cover Princeton University’s recent 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) 

Industrial/Multifamily/Residential/Local Government/State Government/Data Centers/Financial Services/Utility
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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Lighting is a sizable portion of energy usage for facility managers.  Parking facility lighting is easy target for energy savings for sites.  Coupling new equipment with lighting controls can enable sites to achieve energy savings of nearly 90% compared to their existing practices.  Attendees of this webinar will learn about energy saving technologies/practices for parking facilities as well as IFMA’s recently released lighting guide.

Industrial/Multifamily/Residential/Local Government/State Government/Data Centers/Financial Services/Utility
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.

Commercial/Education
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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.

Local Government
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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.

Commercial/Local Government
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Friday, July 17, 2015

Watch this webinar to learn about the benefits, commitments, support, and promotional opportunities of joining. Partners who sign up for the Better Buildings Home Upgrade Accelerator demonstrate 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 include developers of program management and home energy assessment software that implement 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.

Commercial
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Come learn about 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? View this webinar to learn about 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.

Commercial
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Monday, May 04, 2015

A Better Buildings webinar summarizing available retrofit technologies for advanced control of walk-in coolers and freezers (WICFs). Nine WICF control technologies were discussed and a matrix of their key energy-saving features was presented.

Commercial
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 recent 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 covers how to find energy savings in steam systems.

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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 difference 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. You may access the full transcript and presenter slides below. 

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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.

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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.

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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? Do the LEDs deliver the light levels and color quality needed? How did they make sure the dimming and controls would work properly? Are they saving energy? Did they pay more initially? Would they do it again, and what would they change?

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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. Hear from Better Buildings Challenge Partners who have employed retuning training to improve building performance and learn about opportunities to participate in trainings in your area.

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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.

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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?

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

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

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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

A presentation 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 will also highlight new resources to help you replicate this model in your community.

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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.

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