Better Buildings Webinars Archive

Tuesday, February 07, 2023

Watch this webinar to learn about electrification strategies for multifamily buildings of varying ages, climate zones, and sizes. The discussion will highlight key factors to consider when pursuing electrification projects and diverse case studies from multifamily organizations.

Speakers: Wesley Stanhope, Building Evolution Corporation; Brett Webster, Rocky Mountain Institute; Jackie Montesdeoca, Elevate

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Thursday, February 02, 2023

Equitable decarbonization goals apply to all energy consumers, not just those who can afford elaborate retrofits and cutting-edge technologies. Watch this webinar for a discussion of approaches to engaging underserved commercial buildings and examples of successful deployments and retrofits. Speakers will include experts and practitioners in the field, who will bring first-hand advice and lessons learned.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Watch this webinar to learn about the strategic partnerships used by state and local governments to meet ambitious climate and energy goals through utility-scale solar investments.

Speakers: Katie Richardson, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Erik Schmidt, City of Chattanooga, TN; John Odell, City of Worcester, MA

Utility
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Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Watch to hear Better Buildings partners discuss how pursuing ISO certification helped to develop an organization-wide approach to energy data collection and efficiency improvements across multiple facilities.

Speakers: Paul Sheaffer, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Jim Henry, Iron Mountain Data Centers; Andrew Hejnar, 3M; Pete Baum, Loews Hotels

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Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Many refrigerants can lead to a sizable contribution of greenhouse gas emissions in an organization's overall carbon footprint. Watch to learn about resources to manage refrigerant emissions by exploring the benefits of leak detection and refrigerant alternatives with lower global warming potentials.

Speakers: Kersey Manliclic, United States Environmental Protection Agency; Danielle Wright, North American Sustainable Refrigeration Council; Dustin Herner, Weis Markets.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Cities are electrifying their municipal buildings and fleets to meet local greenhouse gas reduction goals. Watch this webinar to learn from Better Climate Challenge partners about how electrification programs and strategies could make a difference in your community. 

Speakers: Susan Alvarez, Dallas, TX; Drew Halpern, Denver, CO; Mahanth Joishy, Madison, WI

Local Government/State Government
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Thursday, December 08, 2022

The Biden Administration recently took the powerful step of invoking the Defense Production Act to increase the production and installation of heat pumps. The International Energy Agency projects the installed heat pump stock to jump from 180 to 600 million by 2030. Hear what is happening on the ground to make this a reality.

Residential
Tuesday, December 06, 2022

The amount of details, varying charges, calculations, and lack of explanations in water bills can be confusing. Watch this webinar to learn about how understanding your utility bills and water rates can empower you to achieve greater cost savings through energy efficiency.

Speakers: Alex Botts, Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Don Nichols, Carlisle, LLC (The Wendy's Company franchisee)

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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Interested in submitting a lighting project for recognition to the Integrated Lighting Campaign? Learn about the recognition categories, four of which are new in 2023. Participants and Supporters now have more opportunity than ever to get recognized by DOE!

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Thursday, November 17, 2022

Watch the Waste Reduction Network’s quarterly webinar, “Coming Full Circle: An Introduction to Circular Economy Principles," to learn more about circularity and the challenges and approaches to implementing circularity principles in buildings or plants. This webinar featured researchers Heather Goetsch and Swaroop Atnoorkar from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), who live demoed NREL’s MFI tool and provided best practices and resources related to circularity. Kingspan Insulated Panels' Director of Sustainability, Brent Trenga, also discussed waste reduction from building construction materials.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2022

DOE’s MEASUR tool suite contains more than 70 calculators to help users analyze their energy use for a wide range of industrial systems. If you have it in your facility, you can probably model it using MEASUR! Watch a demonstration of this powerful, open-source software package to see how it could help your organization.

Speakers: Kristina Armstrong,Oak Ridge National Laboratory; David Rawls, Eastman Chemical Company; Prasath Vinayagamoorthy, 3M Corporation; Jonathan Settell, Valvoline

Industrial
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Thursday, November 10, 2022

Electric Vehicles (EVs) are slated to increase by historical numbers and with them a historic increase in residential charging and energy use. Hear about efforts to prepare for that new reality, such as unprecedented investments and initiatives like the Equitable Building Electrification Framework.

Residential
Tuesday, November 01, 2022

A skilled and qualified workforce is key to making buildings more energy-efficient and companies more competitive. Learn about how Industrial Assessment Centers (IACs) at higher education institutions foster energy efficiency and a built environment workforce by providing training, hands-on education, and job opportunities.

Speakers: John Smegal, U.S. Department of Energy; Ethan Languri, Tennessee Technological University; Kody Powell, University of Utah; Pete Kiser, Henry Ford College; Kristen Cetin, Michigan State University

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Thursday, October 27, 2022

Heat pump retrofits have become a key strategy in electrifying a building’s HVAC systems, allowing for increased use of renewable energy and less reliance on natural gas for heating. Hear design engineers share diverse real-world case studies that tell the stories of heat pump retrofits for different building types, configurations, and climates.

Speakers: Nora Hart, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Alper Erten, BCC Technical Account Manager; Dan Luddy, BCC Technical Account Manager; Stet Sanborn, BCC Technical Account Manager

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Thursday, October 27, 2022

Why are two pieces of equipment needed to heat a home and its water? What efficiencies might be possible if one piece of equipment could heat both? What products are available on the market to do this? What have experiences been with them? Bring your questions and find out.

Residential
Wednesday, October 26, 2022

The US Department of Energy and Berkeley Lab have partnered with the smart buildings industry to deliver the first-ever technologies to automatically find and fix HVAC control problems. Learn about the technology, field results, and how to acquire these capabilities for your portfolio.

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

This webinar recognizes participants in the second year of DOE's Building Envelope Campaign. Watch to hear about the successful deployment of high-performance building envelope technologies organizations used to achieve a 30-60% improvement in envelope performance across both new and existing commercial buildings.

Speakers: Mahabir Bhandari, Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Eric Turon, North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality; Justin Ahern, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

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Tuesday, October 18, 2022

On October 18, the U.S. Department of Energy hosted a conversation with state and local government Home Energy Score™ partners about how they’re using the Score to promote transparency in home sales and rentals and drive demand for energy-efficiency opportunities.

Speakers included DOE’s Home Energy Score Program Manager and representatives from the City of Berkeley, CA; City of Gainesville, FL; City of Portland, OR; Oregon Department of Energy; and StopWaste in California.

State Government
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Tuesday, October 18, 2022

The efficient use of water results in lower operating costs, a more reliable water supply, and improved water quality. Learn how market leaders in the hospitality sector finance and deploy projects that tackle energy efficiency and water conservation nexus.

Speakers: Lauren Pravlik, American Hotel and Lodging Association; Tara O'Hare, U.S. EPA WaterSense;  Paul Bienstock, Citi Bank; Sandeep Thakrar, Neema Hospitality

Commercial
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Thursday, October 13, 2022

In honor of National Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Day on 10/08, DOE’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office joined Better Buildings for a featured hydrogen 101 webinar. Hear examples of how hydrogen and fuel cells can be used in buildings and plants to help reduce carbon and criteria pollutant emissions.

Speakers: Julie Fornaciari, U.S. DOE; Meegan Kelly, U.S. DOE; Sathya Motupally, HyAxiom; Paul Wilkins, Bloom Energy; Tony Leo, FuelCell Energy

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Tuesday, October 04, 2022

The Smart Leasing Program provides tools, training, and resources to better align the interests of tenants and landlords. This will help Denver achieve healthier and more energy-efficient buildings. This webinar covered specific smart leasing strategies that can help buildings drive down energy use and emissions to comply with state and local building policy.

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Tuesday, October 04, 2022

Warehouses and distribution centers are one of the fastest-growing building types in the commercial sector. Owners and operators have jumpstarted decarbonization by implementing energy-efficient features such as LED lighting, on-site solar PV, and electric vehicle charging. Explore other ways warehouse owners and operators have achieved energy-savings and the role warehouses play in sustainability and resilience.

Speakers: Rois Langner, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Erica Weeks, Hastings Architecture

Commercial
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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

You've received approval for a decarbonization project, but how will you fund it? Learn about the financing mechanisms Better Buildings Financial Allies use with organizations interested in decarbonization projects, along with practical steps to identify and source capital from grants, third-party investors, bonds, and more.

Speakers: Peter Ludwig, Connecticut Green Bank; Martin Powell, Siemens Financial Services; Natalie Campos Goodman, IncentiFind

Financial Services
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Wednesday, September 21, 2022

The September 2022 Low Carbon Pilot Peer Exchange call covered the topic of Financing Decarbonization. Kyle Saltsman, the RE Tech Carbon Solutions Technical Lead and Better Buildings Financial Ally Lead, and Rick Wenger, the Technical Sales Engineer at Skyven, were its expert speakers.

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Thursday, September 15, 2022

COVID-related absenteeism has cost US employers an average of $1 Billion per week since the pandemic began. Concern about the spread of infections in the workplace has driven many building operators to increase outside air ventilation at a significantly increased energy cost. Recent research from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and others finds that well-designed germicidal UV systems can be more effective and far more energy efficient than increasing ventilation to prevent the spread of airborne illness. The Better Buildings Lighting Systems Technology Research Team shared insights on germicidal ultraviolet radiation and its impact on both energy use and airborne pathogens. PNNL’s Lighting Research Engineers Gabe Arnold presented the latest research on GUV technology and how it compares to other methods of indoor air disinfection. Additionally, continuing from the last Lighting Systems Technology Research Team meeting in June, attendees can provided input on how DOE resources can provide the most valuable impact.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2022

ASHRAE's latest Advanced Energy Design Guide for Multifamily Buildings, developed with support from DOE, assists multifamily building owners and operators, design professionals, and developers in achieving zero energy buildings. The guide's creators walked attendees through various strategies while demonstrating how the document can serve as a step-by-step guide for organizations to pursue zero-energy buildings.

This webinar was organized in collaboration with the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

Speakers: Keith McCulloch, SBP; Stet Sanborn, SmithGroup; Paul Torcellini, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Multifamily
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Thursday, September 08, 2022

Watch this webinar to learn about an energy efficiency pilot for older commercial buildings, a study approved by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in partnership with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Mesa (part of Google). They covered the main causes of energy use, how automated controls can save you up to 20% of energy, followed by an invitation to be a host site for this study.

Commercial
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Thursday, August 25, 2022

Buildings account for 39% of global carbon emissions. To address this, real estate companies have widely adopted ESG goals into their corporate strategies; over 82% of respondents to ULI’s 2022 Emerging Trends survey considering ESG elements when making operational or investment decisions. In addition to garnering the environmental benefits of decarbonization, the industry faces increasing pressure from investors, local governments, regulators, and occupants to demonstrate reductions in carbon emissions.

This revolution has led to opportunities for the industry to undertake new initiatives to achieve ambitious carbon reduction goals. To achieve whole-building reductions in carbon emissions, property owners and tenants have to work together – sometimes in new creative ways. This webinar from the Urbain Land Institute featured an upcoming collection of primers that share how to drive sustainability through tenant engagement will dive into best practices and examples of how property owners are aligning their sustainability goals and their tenant engagement strategies. This webinar featured some of those strategies for tenant engagement, specifically addressing the first two primers: Taking Green Leases to Net Zero and Engaging Tenants through Data Collection. Panelists spoke to their own organization’s experiences and broadly on the importance of integrating sustainability into tenant engagement.

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Commercial
Tuesday, August 16, 2022

The inaugural webinar of the Waste Reduction Network describing how to use tools to track and analyze your waste data. The webinar features experts from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the EPA, who live demoed DOE’s Waste Stream Energy Content Calculator and various EPA tools to provide actionable insights for tracking waste data and finding opportunities for improvement.

Speakers: Jenny Stephenson, Environmental Protection Agency; Subodh Chaudhari, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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Tuesday, August 09, 2022

The recent IPCC report warns that all sectors need to accelerate permanent GHG reductions within decades – not half a century. Many institutions and enterprises have made net-zero commitments, although “net” usually means procurement of emissions RECs and offsets; at best an interim solution. This webinar walks through a deep energy efficiency program that is far more impactful, permanent, and affordable than emissions offsets. “Deep” efficiency sets the bar high at 50% reduction in energy use-intensity for both new and retrofitted buildings. This is not a theoretical model, but a program that has proven successful at the University of California, Irvine for more than two decades.

Speakers: Brian Pratt, University of California, Irvine; Wendell Brase, University of California, Irvine 

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Thursday, August 04, 2022

Dispersed, unintegrated, and sometimes inaccessible data can make quantitative energy planning too expensive or time-intensive for many state and local governments to pursue. To confront this issue, DOE and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory developed the State and Local Planning for Energy (SLOPE) Platform to provide a free, easy-to-use ‘one-stop shop’ for clean energy planning data. Learn about the new features added to SLOPE in 2022, including: 1) Scenario planning capabilities that allow jurisdictions to explore the potential impacts of strategies like grid decarbonization, energy efficiency, and electrification on energy consumption, emissions, and costs; and 2) Energy and environmental justice data to help state and local governments understand inequities within their jurisdiction and ensure disadvantaged communities benefit from clean energy projects. Watch this webinar for a demonstration of these new features and learn how SLOPE can support your jurisdiction’s energy planning.

Speakers: Katie Richardson, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Kofi Wakhisi, Atlanta Regional Commission; Shannon Zaret; U.S. Department of Energy

Local Government/State Government
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Tuesday, August 02, 2022

From solar to wind and geothermal to hydro, the world of renewable energy options can be hard to navigate. Through Better Plants DOE has developed a guidance document on renewable energy for industry. Learn the basics of different renewable technologies, find out how you can obtain renewable power for your organization, and discover tools and resources that can help you evaluate renewable energy systems.

Speakers: Ahmad Abbas, Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Luis Quinones, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems; Barry Wenskowicz, Narragansett Bay Commission

Industrial
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Thursday, July 28, 2022

Improving indoor air quality can help lower the risk of transmission of infectious diseases in learning spaces from K-12 to higher education. Promoting healthy indoor air can also improve student academic performance, daily attendance, and overall wellness. Learn from subject matter experts and partners about practices to consider in a variety of education spaces, including labs and classrooms, that can improve indoor air quality and promote student health.

Speakers: Anisa Heming, U.S. Green Building Council; Rachel Romero, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Shannon Oliver, Adams 12 School District

Education
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Tuesday, July 26, 2022

DOE’s new 50001 Ready decarbonization management guidance helps organizations align internal systems, processes, and stakeholders to reduce energy-related GHG emissions effectively and efficiently. Embedded tools enable teams to improve the quality of emission data and information shared internally and with key stakeholders. Learn how to use continuous improvement practices to decarbonize and reduce energy intensity.

Speakers: Ethan Rogers, U.S. Department of Energy; Paul Sheaffer, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory 

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Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Community resilience hubs are locally identified and community-serving facilities that provide residents year-round access to support resources. During extreme weather, they can reduce the burden on emergency response teams by supplying power before, during, and after grid outages through onsite energy systems. Learn from Better Buildings partners who have successfully identified buildings and leveraged energy efficiency, distributed generation, and storage resources to ensure critical community facilities are online when they are needed most.

Speakers: Ian Lahiff, City of Orlando; Indu Priya Manogaran, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Tony Sparks, Albuquerque Public Schools

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Thursday, June 30, 2022

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory staff who lead the U.S. DOE’s Better Buildings Lighting Systems Technology Research Team invited viewers to join and hear from Integrated Lighting Campaign Participants who were recognized for their integrated lighting systems. Shanna Olson of IMEG Corp. and Adam Hutchinson of Denver Water will share insights and recommendations related to their installations a year after being Recognized. Attendees experienced an interactive session and provided input on how DOE resources can help more buildings install systems like these and provide the most valuable impact.

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Thursday, June 30, 2022

The 2022 Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit was held in May in the Washington, D.C. metro area. This webinar featured Summit presentations from Commercial, Financing, Industrial, and Multifamily sectors – a rare chance to catch one of the talks you might have missed! Presentations included:

  • Best of the Betters: 2022 Better Project Awards
  • Innovative Financing for Decarbonization
  • Multifamily Passive House 101: Key Pitfalls and Smart Strategies
  • The Good Fight: What's Next After Carbon Neutrality

 

Speakers: Ana Duffy, Hudson Pacific Properties; Marco Gonzalez, Waupaca Foundry; Joe Indvik, RE Tech Advisors; Tim McDonald, Onion Flats Architecture

Industrial/Multifamily
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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

This webinar discussed ways small business owners and building managers can ensure healthy indoor air quality for staff and customers.

Speakers: John Zhai, University of Colorado, Boulder; Scott Williams, Williams Building Systems Engineering

Commercial
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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

DOE, through Better Plants, developed a guidance document around demand response for industrial partners. Learn from the authors about how demand response works and how it can be leveraged at your facility to lower costs and reduce emissions.

Speakers: Jesse Tootell, Lineage Logistics; Joe Benyon, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power; Paulomi Nandy, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Industrial
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Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Commercial buildings and campuses can leverage large-scale heat pump systems, including geothermal, to decarbonize central plants. Learn from building owners and central plant engineers about the planning process to justify systems and the changes in operational costs and energy consumption. The discussion focused on large systems including college campuses, office buildings, and hospital complexes, but can be scaled down for smaller buildings.

Speakers: Ted Borer, Princeton University; Mike Walters, Salas O'Brien; Trent Yunker, Baldwin Hospital

Commercial/Education
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Thursday, May 19, 2022

DOE Leadership recognized 2022 Goal Achievers and partner accomplishments, followed by a special conversation with senior leaders at three of DOE's National Labs. These experts shared their perspectives on the things to watch for and the latest in decarbonization and emerging technologies. Carolyn Snyder, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency at DOE, moderated the discussion.

Panelists:

  • Dr. Craig Blue, Advanced Manufacturing Program Manager, Oak Ridge National Lab
  • Dr. Johney Green, Jr., Associate Laboratory Director, National Renewable Energy Lab
  • Bing Liu, Building Sector Manager, Pacific Northwest National Lab

 

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

The Secretary of Energy and National Climate Advisor delivered opening keynotes. Better Buildings and Better Plants leaders from the industrial, local government, multifamily, and commercial sectors discussed the key issues, emerging trends, and challenges impacting their work and the market at large.

Panelists:

  • Katie Bergfeld, Chief, Building Performance and Enforcement Branch, D.C. Department of Energy and Environment
  • Darien Crimmin, Vice President of Energy and Sustainability, WinnCompanies
  • Randy Gaines, Senior Vice President of Operations and New Hotel Openings, Americas, Hilton
  • Sean Uhl, Sustainability Technology Director, Chemours
  • Jon Utech, Senior Director, Office for a Healthy Environment, Cleveland Clinic
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Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Decarbonizing the industrial sector is critical to addressing the climate crisis, but market adoption of emerging technologies is often impeded due to a lack of credible demonstration projects to validate costs and effectiveness. DOE’s Industrial Technology Validation (ITV) pilot can mitigate these risks in part with reliable information from robust field demonstrations and independent measurement and verification (M&V). By providing the research and data necessary to validate technology claims, field validations help shepherd innovative technologies out of R&D (“Technology Valley of Death”) to break through into the commercial market to help propel the nation towards our carbon reduction goals. During this webinar, we will cover details about the pilot, how to participate, and answer any questions about the pilot or submitting a response to the open application.

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Wednesday, April 06, 2022

Watch this webinar to hear about how your historic building can gain recognition through current DOE Technology Campaigns. The Building Envelope Campaign and the Storm Window and Insulating Panel Campaign present FREE engagement and recognition opportunities for historic buildings.

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Tuesday, April 05, 2022

It is possible for most building types to get to zero carbon emissions using technologies already available on the market today. Watch this webinar to learn about the strategies some owners are already using – and those you could be using – to get buildings to low- and no-carbon.

Speakers: Paul Torcellini, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL); Kent Peterson, P2S Inc.; Stanton Stafford, Integral Group

 

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Thursday, March 24, 2022

This webinar covered research to identify the potential for cost savings and carbon reduction from implementing efficiency and demand flexibility in the commercial building sector. Get a better understanding of the financial motives and technical considerations in the implementation of Grid-interactive Efficient Building technologies and techniques and learn about examples from buildings across the country.

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Thursday, March 24, 2022

This is an excerpt from a series of peer exchanges hosted in 2022 by the Better Buildings Low Carbon Pilot. It takes a deeper look at a building's energy profile more broadly and HVAC's contributions. The second portion dives into various heat pump applications that can be implemented today to decarbonize commercial HVAC systems.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2022

System integration is the next step in improving plug load management, enabling whole-building controls and increased energy savings. Learn how the Minnesota Department of Transportation Cedar Avenue Truck Station accomplished plug load controls integration with lighting occupancy sensors and how the University of California San Diego is integrating plug load controls with their building management system, facilities information management system, and occupancy data system.

 

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Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Industry experts and practitioners learned more about the state of solar in the commercial and industrial (C&I) market. They shared solar lease practices that ensure both building owner and system owner get the biggest bang for their buck and optimize roof space for solar potential. Speakers also touched on Community Solar and how this strategy can be scaled to accommodate large commercial and industrial portfolios.

Speakers: Aaron Olson, Black Bear Energy; Hannah Tillman, Berkshire Residential Investments; Emily Paciolla, Federal Investment Realty Trust

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Thursday, March 10, 2022

In this webinar, Kaiser Permanente, a Smart Energy Analytics Campaign recognition recipient, shared real world lessons on scaling up fault detection and diagnostic (FDD) tools from a pilot to a large portfolio of over 150 sites and 16.5M square feet. Topics include how to sell the value of FDD within your organization and how to make FDD part of the way your organization operates.

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Thursday, March 03, 2022

Compared to window replacements, secondary windows are a cost-effective and efficient way to improve thermal performance and occupant comfort and reduce noise. Researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory found 15% average whole-building savings compared to single-pane windows. During the webinar, researchers and facility managers will discuss findings from a testbed evaluation, share operational guidance, and answer questions. 

Wednesday, March 02, 2022

Watch this webinar to hear about how your multifamily building can gain recognition through current DOE Technology Campaigns. The Building Envelope Campaign and the upcoming Storm Window and Insulating Panel Campaign presented FREE engagement and recognition opportunities for multifamily buildings. 

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Tuesday, March 01, 2022

Learn about Better Plants partners’ fun and innovative systems for choosing and executing processes and engaging employees on energy efficiency and sustainability. This webinar explored a new “Implementation Toolkit,” which includes a variety of templates and tools for helping organizations implement new projects and processes.

Speakers: Sam Schneider, Saint-Gobain North America; Bob Baird and Paul Hartmeister, General Motors; David Reid, Celanese

Industrial
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Thursday, February 24, 2022

Homeowners have spoken – they do not care that much about energy, but they do care about their comfort, their sleep, and the health of their household -- from newborns to seniors. Hear how efficiency programs can appeal to areas of deep personal interest to engage homeowners more effectively and highlight how home energy upgrades can deliver benefits they truly care about.

Residential
Thursday, February 24, 2022

This webinar is for building or facility owners and managers interested in tapping into the benefits of advanced lighting systems and/or the integration of lighting with other building systems. Learn how to access practical resources, gain access to technical assistance and guidance, and receive recognition for your advanced lighting projects. Speakers introduced new recognition categories and explained how to successfully submit your project for recognition. Join other industry professionals like you who are using advanced lighting to improve energy efficiency, operations, and occupant comfort. 

Transcript coming soon.

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Thursday, February 24, 2022

This video is an excerpt from a series of peer exchanges hosted in 2022 by the Better Buildings Low Carbon Pilot. It focuses on how to integrate plug and process loads into the energy efficiency piece of a decarbonization strategy.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are strong greenhouse gases used in many applications, including refrigeration and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is requiring a phasedown of HFCs under the American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act of 2020: an 85% reduction in HFC production and consumption is required over the next 15 years. In addition, several states have implemented or are considering implementing further HFC regulations. What will this mean for building owners and facility managers, and what alternatives are available for equipment utilizing these gases? This webinar explains the phase down and describes steps you can take to prepare for the transition.

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Thursday, February 10, 2022

What do the most successful residential efficiency programs know that others may not? How did they come to know what worked best, how do they track progress, and use data to inform program improvements? Get the inside intel and learn how to improve your game and results.

Residential
Wednesday, February 09, 2022

The Integrated Lighting Campaign (ILC) confers recognition each year to organizations that are helping drive the adoption of advanced lighting systems and the integration of lighting with other buildings and business systems.  Supporters (e.g., utilities, designers, ESCOs, energy efficiency organizations, and manufacturers) help the campaign identify and recruit exemplary projects that may be eligible for recognition from DOE. Learn about the new recognition categories for Participants and opportunities available to Supporters, including recognition available as an Exemplary Supporter or DEI Champion and how your products and/or services may be featured in a future case study.

 

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Wednesday, February 02, 2022

Watch this webinar to hear about how schools can benefit from technical assistance and gain recognition through current DOE Technology Campaigns. Staff from the Building Envelope Campaign, the Efficient and Healthy Schools Campaign, and the Integrated Lighting Campaign presented FREE resources available to all K-12 schools and educational facilities. Campaign participants presented practical approaches to improving energy efficiency and health.

Education
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Tuesday, February 01, 2022

Rooftop solar is a common renewable energy strategy, and owners and operators are now exploring potential financial benefits to the value of commercial and industrial properties. Learn from several building owners and managers on how they made the business case for solar PV and found increased asset value during appraisal or at the time of sale. This webinar highlighted multiple building types and financial models for solar PV.

Speakers: Katie Rothenberg, Tower Companies; Sam Stockdale, Link Logistics; Brenna Walraven, Corporate Sustainability Strategies

Commercial
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Thursday, January 27, 2022

Please join us for this Better Buildings Residential Network peer exchange call: Space heating and cooling systems account for 44% of U.S. residential energy consumption. Improper installation and maintenance of HVAC systems leads to increased energy use, unnecessary repairs, and occupant comfort issues. Hear how smart diagnostics can reduce contractor callbacks, carbon and energy use, and deliver comfort and lower bills to homeowners.

Residential
Thursday, January 27, 2022

Please join GSA for a webinar on a testbed evaluation of lightweight quad-pane windows. Researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory evaluated two configurations of quad-pane windows at an office building at the Denver Federal Center. Both configurations have the same form factor and a similar weight as a standard commercial double-pane window. Researchers found that on average quad-pane windows saved 24% heating and cooling energy compared with a high-performing double-pane window. For new construction and window replacements, the quad-pane windows have payback between one and six years, depending on climate zone and utility rates. During the webinar, researchers and facility managers will discuss findings from the evaluation, share operational guidance and answer questions.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Millions of Americans work on the energy infrastructure that powers the U.S. and the buildings that power our economy. Better Buildings Workforce Accelerator partners support and grow our energy efficiency workforce by connecting to training, education, and job opportunities. Learn about the strategies and programmatic efforts they have implemented to support curricula development, job training, and career awareness to bolster future workers in the built environment.

Speakers: Erick Shambarger, City of Milwaukee; Laure-Jeanne Davignon, Interstate Renewable Energy Council; Roger Ebbage, Lane Community College

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Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Since 2015, Better Buildings and Better Plants partners have showcased how water management can reduce cost, energy, and environmental impact, saving more than 10 billion gallons. However, additional benefits can include more efficient operations and increased resiliency. Watch partners from multiple sectors to learn how they've realized the many benefits of water reduction and hear about what's next from the Water Savings Network.

Speakers: Bob Bechtold, HARBEC; Dave Crum, Highwoods Properties; Prakash Rao, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

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Thursday, December 16, 2021

In this EMIS Tech Team webinar, UC Davis shared a scalable approach for remotely controlling and monitoring HVAC systems in small buildings on campus using wireless thermostats with scheduling and setpoint control through a central interface. The “SWARM” solution is reaping energy savings while improving comfort and reducing maintenance costs, providing a template for applying analytics across the significant (and largely untapped) small buildings segment.

Education
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Thursday, December 16, 2021

As more multifamily housing providers begin to develop decarbonization goals, it’s time for a conversation on strategies to break down barriers. During this webinar, take a deeper dive into the challenges and opportunities for reducing carbon in multifamily buildings, and how multifamily organizations can begin to set goals and plan strategies.

Speakers: Webly Bowles, New Buildings Institute; Greg Hale, NYSERDA; Mark Puchalski and Magda Szymanska, Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation

Multifamily
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Wednesday, December 15, 2021

The Better Buildings Lighting and Electrical Technology Research Team discusses takeaways from 13 advanced lighting system projects recognized in DOE’s Integrated Lighting Campaign and resources needed to support the uptake of connected lighting systems. The team also shared how to get involved with the Lighting Prize (L-Prize).

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Thursday, December 09, 2021

Heat pump usage at scale is predicted to be a game-changer in driving residential energy efficiency, but what will it take? Is our industry ready to prove that heat pumps will deliver comfort and savings in all climates at a reasonable upfront cost and installed properly by trained contractors? Join the Better Buildings Residential Network and hear about advances in heat pump technology and efforts to address market barriers.

Residential
Wednesday, December 08, 2021

Properly managing plug loads in a building can lead to substantial energy savings and other non-energy benefits. And many of these management strategies require little to no upfront cost! Hear from three organizations about their experiences and successes in managing their building’s plug loads. Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) implemented a network-wide computer power management system that resulted in 74% energy savings. Cornell University’s faculty and student engagement promotes plug load management awareness and helps them achieve energy savings. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s plug load management strategies led to their Research Support Facility reaching net-zero energy.

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Tuesday, December 07, 2021

Building materials and construction represent 11% of global CO2 emissions. In this webinar, move from theoretical assessment and reduction to practice as panelists share real-world examples of tackling embodied carbon. Watch as we explore life-cycle assessments and building design and renovation to reduce CO2 emissions.

Speakers: Ana Duffy, Hudson Pacific Properties; Victoria Herrero-Garcia, Ambient Energy - A Mead & Hunt Company; Ryan Poole, DPR Construction

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Thursday, December 02, 2021

Part 3 of this 3-part Energy Data Management Webinar Series focused on how to hardwire energy management into your organization. The webinar examined Steps 6 and 7 in the Department of Energy’s Energy Data Management Guide, a web-based resource that provides public-sector organizations with a seven-step approach to establish a robust and sustainable energy data management program, and featured proven practices from North Carolina and the District of Columbia.

 



Speakers: Reid Conway, State of North Carolina; Andrew Held, District of Columbia

Local Government/State Government
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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Many financial institutions require long-term performance data before investing in products or projects – energy efficiency lending is no exception. A forthcoming report from Berkeley Lab provides a first-of-its-kind analysis of the long-term performance of four energy efficiency financing programs. Watch this webinar to find out how financial institutions can market energy efficiency to their customers and lend them the money they need at low risk, all while creating a more efficient U.S. building stock.

Speakers: Mary Templeton, Michigan Saves; Neda Arabshahi, Inclusiv; Greg Leventis, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab; Jeff Deason, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

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Thursday, November 18, 2021

Why would a homeowner agree to spend significant amounts of money to deal with an issue about which they know little to nothing? The energy efficiency field has been wringing its hands for decades on how to overcome homeowner lack of knowledge and lack of interest. Hear real world examples about reaching homeowners and getting more customers to take action on efficiency.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Watch the Waste Pilot Team for the final webinar of the Pilot! Included was an update on the next steps for the program, as well as insights from guest speakers from the industry.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Please join us for our upcoming peer exchange on water usage data tracking and monitoring as part of the Better Buildings Water Savings Network. Accurate data systems are essential for identifying and implementing effective water efficiency programs and continuing to maintain water savings throughout any project's lifestyle. Monitoring systems for water usage present unique challenges that require unique solutions. The Better Buildings Water Savings Network works to bring a variety of partners together to discuss and troubleshoot through such challenges and find value in proven partner solutions.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

U.S. industrial organizations are increasingly looking to renewable power and fuel sources to reduce fossil fuel demand and carbon emissions. This webinar navigated the renewable energy market by providing background on renewable technologies and their benefits, as well as a wide range of purchasing options. It also highlighted tools and resources for evaluating renewable energy projects and introduced Better Plants’ new guide, “Renewable Energy Guidance for Industry.”

Speakers: Bob Bechtold, HARBEC; Jim Kelly, Narragansett Bay Commission; Luis Quinones, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems

Industrial
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Tuesday, November 09, 2021

Leading organizations are increasingly using financing mechanisms to achieve their carbon reduction targets. Given the variety of internal and third-party financing structures, there is no one-size-fits-all solution for every application. Learn how three leading organizations -- including two Better Buildings Financial Allies -- are using finance to address carbon emissions, including green bonds and energy-as-a-service.

Speakers: Anastasia Beckett, Metrus Energy; Guy Van Syckle, Hannon Armstrong; Greg Montgomery, CleanSource Capital

Financial Services
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Thursday, November 04, 2021

Part 2 of this 3-part Energy Data Management Webinar Series focused on how to build a solid foundation for your energy data management program. The webinar examined Steps 3-5 in the Department of Energy’s Energy Data Management Guide, a web-based resource that provides public-sector organizations with a 7-step approach to establish a robust and sustainable energy data management program, and features proven practices from Knoxville, Tennessee, and Maryland.

Speakers: Brian Blackmon, Knoxville, Tennessee; Robert Hopp and Lionel Hill, State of Maryland; Adam Guzzo, U.S. Department of Energy

State Government
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Wednesday, November 03, 2021

Analyzing water bills can sometimes pose unique problems. Depending on your utility company, your bills can be very long and detailed or short, with just a few totals listed. Different charges can appear each month with no apparent explanation of why or how they are calculated. Learning to read your utility bills and understand why your utility charges different fees is critical in maximizing your cost savings through energy efficiency. The Understanding Your Utility Bills: Water webinar is intended to help companies learn about and analyze their water bills. Data collected from utility bills can be used with the DOE Energy Performance Indicator software tool to establish an energy baseline and track progress over time.

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Wednesday, November 03, 2021

Analyzing natural gas (NG) bills can sometimes pose unique problems. Depending on your utility company, your bills can be very long and detailed or short, with just a few totals listed. Different charges can appear each month with no apparent explanation of why or how they are calculated. Learning to read your utility bills and understand why your utility charges different fees is critical in maximizing your cost savings through energy efficiency. The Understanding Your Utility Bills: Natural Gas webinar is intended to help companies learn about and analyze their natural gas bills. Data collected from utility bills can be used with the DOE Energy Performance Indicator software tool to establish an energy baseline and track progress over time.

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Monday, November 01, 2021

Electricity bills can sometimes be very difficult to decipher. Depending on your utility company, your bills can be very long and detailed or quite short, with just a few totals listed. Different charges can appear each month with no apparent explanation of why or how they are calculated. Learning to read your utility bills and understand why your utility charges different fees is very important in maximizing your cost savings through energy efficiency. The Understanding Your Utility Bills: Electricity webinar is intended to help companies learn about and analyze their electric bills. Data collected from utility bills can be used with the DOE Energy Performance Indicator software tool to establish an energy baseline and track progress over time.

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Friday, October 29, 2021

Watch this webinar to learn more about the new Better Climate Challenge. We will give an overview of the partnership, the value to your organization of participating, and address audience Q&A.

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Thursday, October 28, 2021

Homeowners have spoken - they do not care that much about energy, but they do care about their comfort, their sleep, and the health of their household - from newborns to seniors. Hear how efficiency programs can appeal to areas of deep personal interest to engage homeowners more effectively and highlight how home energy upgrades can deliver benefits they truly care about. 

Monday, October 25, 2021

DOE's Building Technologies Office partners with GSA annually on the Green Proving Ground (GPG/HIT) program for innovative technologies targeted at improving existing buildings. In May 2021, five technology finalists were chosen for field validation. DOE partners with national laboratories for these validations and seeks existing commercial building partners as the test sites. 2021's technologies include advanced nano-fiber air filters, air-born insulation solutions for small air gaps, retrofit operable window insulation panels, coreless electric motors, and HVAC pretreatment dehumidification. This webinar explained the field validation site expectations, each of the five technologies in further detail, and the site criteria for each technology.

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Thursday, October 21, 2021

This is an excerpt from a series of peer exchanges hosted in 2021 by the Better Buildings Low Carbon Pilot. It focuses on heat pumps and decarbonization.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

As building owners and operators reflect on the pandemic, they are making plans to increase preparedness, improve resilience, and enact responsive building operations that can reduce energy and scale occupancy. Improving operations during periods of low occupancy, such as temporarily decommissioning buildings, can reduce energy consumption and help building owners avoid unnecessary costs. Learn from experts in the field as they discuss changes to their own pandemic preparedness and response plans and best practices for navigating future events.

Presenter: Luke Leung, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, ASHRAE Environmental Health Committee Chair, ASHRAE Pandemic Task Force Commercial Team Lead

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Monday, October 18, 2021

Watch to learn about the Energy Intensity Baselining and Tracking Guidance, our tool that helps companies meet the Better Plants program’s reporting requirements by describing the steps necessary to develop an energy consumption and energy intensity baseline and to calculate consumption and intensity changes over time. The Department of Energy has developed a free companion Energy Performance Indicator software tool (EnPI) that can be valuable to many types of organizations in the baseline development and tracking process, especially those looking to validate their energy savings. The methodologies and guidance within the document are applicable to any organization interested in developing an energy consumption and intensity baseline to track changes to those metrics on an annual basis.

 

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Monday, October 18, 2021

More than one-third of the energy consumed in the United States (more than $200B a year) is used to power our manufacturing plants and industrial factories. Saving energy can lead to cost savings and strengthen the company’s manufacturing competitiveness. The vast majority of manufacturing companies in the United States are considered to be small, and for many of these small to medium-sized manufacturers, it can be difficult to know how to tackle saving energy, especially with limited budgets and bandwidth. Watch to learn about The Department of Energy’s Quick Start Guide to Saving Energy for Small and Medium Manufacturers, a resource as you begin your sustainability journey.

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Friday, October 15, 2021

Watch this webinar to learn more about the new Better Climate Challenge. Get an overview of the partnership, the value to your organization of participating, and hear answers to audience Q&A.

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Thursday, October 14, 2021

According to Market Study Report LLC’s recent U.S. home remodeling market outlook, the home remodeling market is expected to reach more than $500 Billion by 2026. Are efficiency contractors and manufacturers going to miss out?  Hear how this rarely addressed leverage point could be the biggest opportunity to scale residential efficiency.

Thursday, October 07, 2021

Part 1 of this 3-part Energy Data Management Webinar Series focused on how to generate buy-in for your energy data management program. The webinar examined Steps 1 and 2 in the Department of Energy’s Energy Data Management Guide, a web-based resource that provides public-sector organizations with a seven-step approach to establish a robust and sustainable energy data management program, and features proven practices from Boston, Massachusetts, and Portland Public Schools.

Speakers: Aaron Presberg, Portland Public Schools; Chris Karmer and Joseph Larusso, Boston, Massachusetts; Adam Guzzo, U.S. Department of Energy

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Tuesday, October 05, 2021

More and more residents at multifamily properties are purchasing electric vehicles (EVs) and looking to charge them, while building owners want to meet the demand for tenant amenities and energy efficiency. Watch industry owners and experts in exploring the demand for EVs at multifamily properties and understanding how EVs are part of a comprehensive energy strategy. 

Presented in partnership with the National Apartment Association.

Speakers: Angela Keckler, AvalonBay Communities; Susan Vickery, Caryatid Consulting; Jesse Bennett, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Commercial/Multifamily
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Thursday, September 30, 2021

The Water Savings Network is a way to showcase leadership in the water efficiency space and share successes, challenges, and innovations with a cross-sectoral peer network. Please watch this webinar to learn more about the Network and how it can benefit your organization.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

As extreme drought conditions threaten western states, hear from water efficiency experts who reach beyond the low-hanging fruit of faucet aerators and low-flow showerheads to implement deep water conservation measures in multifamily housing. Learn about innovative irrigation and landscape design techniques, rainwater harvesting systems, and cutting-edge toilet monitoring and leak detection technologies.

Speakers: Nicholas Benz, Sensor Industries; John Skach, Atlanta Housing; Gillan Taddune, Banyan Water; Kevin Mulcahy, AvalonBay Communities

 

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Thursday, September 23, 2021

Did you know that 85% of water heater purchases are emergency replacements, according to the New Buildings Institute? The vast majority of homeowners wait for home mechanical equipment to break before investing in replacements.  Consumers treat cars and homes very differently and simply aren’t taught to invest in preventive maintenance when it comes to their home’s heating, cooling, and hot water systems.  Hear how this rarely addressed reality of human behavior could be the biggest barrier to achieving residential efficiency.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

This webinar covered research to quantify the value of demand flexibility from Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings (GEBs) to the utility, and highlighted incentive mechanisms that utilities and policy makers can use to encourage demand flexibility as a grid asset and capture this value. Building owners can understand financial motives and technical considerations to support the implementation of demand-flexible operational plans and agreements.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Learn more about the people and partnerships involved in deploying new energy-saving technology in your buildings. According to the International Energy Agency, meeting carbon goals requires faster scale-up of technologies. As much as half of the carbon dioxide reductions needed to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 must come from technologies that have not yet reached the market. This webinar explored examples of deploying technologies developed by DOE and the National Labs. Participants learned about DOE’s ongoing efforts and opportunities to collaborate with the department.

Speakers: Chad Kruse, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency; Kevin Dwyer, Illinois Department of Central Management Services; Armando Casillas and Guanjing Lin, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Internal engagement is key to implementing long-term sustainability plans and achieving energy reduction goals. This webinar discussed how organizations can share their energy efficiency vision with employees and engage them in contributing to that vision, while ensuring consistent communication and team collaboration.

Speakers: Diane Crouch, Hawaiian Airlines; Jed Thompson, UNMC; Nathan Yale, C+C

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Thursday, September 09, 2021

How do people circumvent the best efforts of technology, efficiency and climate modeling? What can the science of behavior change tell us about how to tackle residential energy efficiency and climate? Join this webinar to learn more.

Thursday, September 02, 2021

The Integrated Lighting Campaign’s first year is complete, and the projects that have been recognized are nothing short of exemplary! The innovation that our participants demonstrated with the implementation of these projects is a notable reduction in energy use, increased occupant comfort, the collection of useful data to support business decisions, streamlining/reduction of maintenance efforts, among others. Watch to learn more about the great ideas and advanced technologies that these leading organizations have put into practice.

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Thursday, August 19, 2021

Learn about the variety of energy management and information systems (EMIS), including energy information systems (EIS) and fault detection and diagnostics (FDD), and how to select and implement an EMIS that best meets your needs. This webinar refreshes an earlier EMIS crash course with lessons learned and best practices from the Smart Energy Analytics Campaign and provides an overview of the updated EMIS Procurement Specification. 

Speaker: Hannah Kramer, LBNL

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Thursday, August 12, 2021

Air Conditioning is an essential efficiency issue – necessary for comfort, for basic human health in the face of climate change-induced higher temperatures and resilience to natural weather events, but also a contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. Sustainable cooling is possible by reducing the cooling loads of single- and multi-family homes through efficiency measures that enhance thermal performance, efficient installation and utilization of cooling equipment, and optimizing that equipment’s performance. Learn more by joining this Better Buildings Residential Network peer exchange call.

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Dispersed, unintegrated, and sometimes inaccessible data can make data-driven energy planning too expensive or time-intensive for many state and local governments to pursue. To confront this issue, the State and Local Planning for Energy (SLOPE) Platform, a collaboration between DOE and NREL, integrates and delivers data on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainable transportation into an easy-to-access online platform, helping enable data-driven state and local energy planning.

Watch this webinar to learn how New Mexico is using SLOPE to identify clean energy opportunities to inform its Grid Modernization Roadmap Project and learn how SLOPE’s new transportation data can help your jurisdiction answer questions such as: 

  • How might electric vehicle adoption change my community’s electricity demand over time?
  • Is the amount of travel via personal vehicles expected to decrease by 2050 for residents in my state? 
  • How might the number of battery electric, conventional gasoline, hybrid gasoline, and plug-in hybrid personal vehicles change in the future? 

Speakers: Jacqueline Waite, New Mexico’s Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department; Katie Richardson, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Local Government/State Government
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Tuesday, August 03, 2021

For two years, DOE has worked with over 40 Better Buildings and Better Plants partners to identify and share waste reduction opportunities and strategies for multiple sectors. Watch this webinar to hear about the lessons they learned and some of the resources developed as part of the Waste Reduction Pilot. Speakers also looked ahead at what comes next for waste reduction efforts in Better Buildings and beyond.

Speakers: Jarrod Bridge, EPA; Scott Nicholson, NREL

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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

This webinar recognized participants in the first year of DOE's Building Envelope Campaign. Hear about the best practices these organizations used to achieve high-performance building envelopes and how you can apply those strategies in your own buildings. These projects represented a diverse range of new construction and retrofit building types, including K-12 schools, commercial real estate, multifamily, higher education, and others.

Each organization gave a brief presentation on their recognized project. Attendees also learned more about how to get involved in the campaign. To see the list of all 14 recognized projects and organizations, click here.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

The pandemic changed the commercial real estate landscape, causing building owners and operators to invest in innovative solutions that ensure healthy, safe, and productive workplaces while continuing to pursue ambitious energy and carbon reductions. Watch this webinar for an interactive discussion among industry leaders that emphasizes the connections between energy efficiency and occupant health and unveils strategies for maximizing impact in the evolving CRE market. 

Speakers: Larissa Oaks, USGBC; Jim Landau, MetLife Investment Management; Kim Pexton, JBG Smith; Dana Schneider, Empire State Realty Trust

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Monday, July 19, 2021

How does COVID-19 and other pathogens spread between different zones of the office? Dr. Jason DeGraw of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) discussed the effect of ventilation rates on the concentration and spread of COVID-19 and other pathogens within office buildings as well as the energy implications of the ventilation strategies addressed. Analysis of air movement using CONTAM, a multizone indoor air quality and ventilation model developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), provides a detailed understanding of how ventilation rates and office building design can affect the exposure of office workers and can help building operators balance these considerations with the associated energy impacts.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2021

State, local governments, and public institutions have a new pathway to help them preserve, track, and report data related to their energy efficiency projects. This webinar introduced DOE's eProject eXpress (ePX), a streamlined set of features for managing energy project data – such as energy savings performance contracting (ESPC) project information – in DOE's eProject Builder platform.

By making it easier to track and manage energy project data, ePX enables users to better demonstrate the success of state and local energy efficiency efforts like ESPC programs. Watch this webinar to learn about the benefits of the new ePX tool and get a demonstration of its features.

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Thursday, July 01, 2021

DOE experts shared how to identify candidate CHP project opportunities, provided an overview of the CHP project development process, and completed a step-by-step screening analysis for CHP – a no-cost service provided to end-users through the DOE CHP Technical Assistance Partnerships (TAP) program. The webinar also highlighted the benefits CHP can provide your facility, from reducing operating costs and meeting decarbonization and sustainability goals to increasing your on-site resiliency.

Speakers: Cliff Haefke, DOE Midwest CHP Technical Assistance Partnership; Bruce Hedman, Entropy Research

Industrial
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Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Interested in heat pumps but not sure what to do next? Watch this webinar for an overview of heat pump technologies and a discussion of current state policies surrounding them. Speakers examined how those policies are designed to help consumers and small businesses maximize market opportunities for cost savings, energy efficiency, grid benefits, and cleaner air.

Speakers: Walter Hunt, PNNL; Muhammad Hassan, Trane Technologies; Karen Fenaughty, FSEC Energy Research Center

Multifamily/Residential
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Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Please join us for a Green Proving Ground (GPG) Outbrief webinar to review guidance on how to design, install and maintain PV systems so they are more likely to survive severe weather events. After the 2017 hurricane season, GPG hired the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to conduct post-storm field inspections in order to better understand why some PV systems failed, while others survived. Based on these field observations as well as others in the aftermath of hail storms, strong winds, and flooding, LBNL created guidance to help agency managers identify the most common PV vulnerabilities and the actions that can be taken to prepare for them. During the webinar, DOE researchers will review the guidance and answer questions from attendees.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Higher education institutions of all shapes and sizes were invited to join this discussion of creative financing solutions for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Campus panelists presented on successful internal and external funding mechanisms and attendees received a demonstration of DOE’s Better Buildings Financing Navigator, a tool helping schools understand the array of energy project financing solutions available in the market.

This webinar was organized in collaboration with the National Association of College & University Business Officers (NACUBO).

Speakers: Megan Schneider, NACUBO; Morgan Olsen, Arizona State University; Elaine Sadowski, Community College of Allegheny County; Kyle Saltsman, RE Tech Advisors & Better Buildings Financial Allies Coordinator

Education
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Monday, June 21, 2021

What data and metrics can be monitored to determine if a building is healthy for its occupants?  Are additional sensors necessary? In this presentation, the Better Buildings EMIS Tech Team clarified opportunities for monitoring and analytics to identify areas that need attention, from fresh air delivery (including air change rates and purge cycles) and airborne contaminants to comfort metrics. 

Speaker: David Landman, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Watch an interactive conversation focused on strategies for industrial and manufacturing sectors to increase energy utilization, improve resilience, and meet clean energy goals through the installation of combined heat and power (CHP).

Speakers: Gavin Dillingham, Houston Advanced Research Center; Bruce Hedman, Entropy Research

Industrial
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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Watch this webinar to better understand the basics of Energy Savings Performance Contracting, or ESPC. This foundational training covered how state and local governments can facilitate energy efficiency investments through ESPC, and how facility managers can use ESPC to enhance their facility’s energy performance. Whether you are a stakeholder from a state or local government, university, K-12 school, or hospital, this webinar can help you become ESPC-ready.

This webinar is based on the "Foundations of ESPC" training offered by the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) and the Energy Services Coalition as part of the DOE-NASEO Return-to-Work Initiative.

Speakers: Dale Hahs, Energy Services Coalition; Sam Cramer, NASEO

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Tuesday, June 08, 2021

The move to clean energy and renewable sources of power is driving a move to electrification in the building stock. One of the real-world challenges facing owners and managers is that in a typical building, a substantial part of a building’s load is for heating and cooling – typically provided by fossil fuels such as natural gas. Building owners are struggling to find solutions that meet their needs and are cost-effective. This webinar explored options available today and different approaches to meet carbon goals, featuring building owners and design teams that are leading the market to achieve electrification goals.

Speakers: Paul Donohoo-Vallet, DOE; Christos Chrysiliou, Los Angeles Unified School District; Julie Klump, POAH; Kent Peterson, P2S Inc

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Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Plug loads comprise a much greater amount and proportion of total building energy consumption than they have in the past. There is a significant opportunity to reduce this consumption. However, these loads are rarely managed well due to lack of effective technologies and plug load management strategies. Properly managing plug loads was a key reason the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) was able to transition its headquarters from a LEED Platinum office building first occupied in 2017 to become the first Net Zero Energy certified office building in Texas in early 2020. This webinar explored the different stages of plug load consumption and the strategies used to manage and reduce plug loads and overall building energy consumption at HARC.

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Thursday, May 20, 2021

More than 25% of Fortune 500 companies have committed to dramatically reducing greenhouse gas emissions through Science-Based Targets, RE100, or a carbon neutrality pledge. However, not all targets are equal, and emissions reduction programs for commercial buildings and plants vary widely in both timeframe and approach. Drawing from the newly launched Low Carbon Pilot, this session addressed common questions, considerations, and pitfalls for setting carbon targets and designing programs to meet them.

Speakers: Matt Donath, City of Milwaukee, WI; Jim Landau, MetLife Investment Management; Mark Puchalski, Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation

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Thursday, May 20, 2021

Watch Better Buildings and Better Plants leaders from the industrial, local government, multifamily, and retail sectors discuss the issues, trends, and challenges impacting their work and the market at large. This discussion was moderated by Kelly Speakes-Backman, Acting Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy.

Speakers: David Hughes, Walgreens; Sushma Masemore, State of North Carolina; Jonathan Rose, Jonathan Rose Companies; Steve Skarda, Procter & Gamble

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Thursday, May 20, 2021

You've rolled out your LEDs and Building Automation Systems across your portfolio, now what? In this session, you'll learn about strategies to get even more energy savings from your buildings through the utilization of integrated technology packages, smart energy analytics, and more!

Speakers: Wendell Brase, University of California, Irvine; Peter Isabell, Life Time Fitness; Becca Rushin, Jamestown

Local Government/Multifamily/State Government
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Thursday, May 20, 2021

Multifamily housing providers and tenants can both benefit from the deployment of community solar projects. These projects can create direct electricity bill savings as well as indirect community or workforce benefits. Watch DOE’s Solar Energy Technologies Office, the National Renewable Energy Lab, and Better Buildings partners for a discussion about balancing the financial viability of solar projects with meaningful direct and/or indirect benefits to tenants. Multifamily housing providers explored implementation pathways for various approaches and lessons learned from the field. The panel was followed by a facilitated workshop where attendees will consider different approaches for balancing building owner and tenant benefits when designing community solar projects.

Speakers: Jeffrey Cook, National Renewable Energy Lab; Ian Fischer, Urban Ingenuity; Kranti Malik, BRIDGE Housing Corporation; Andrew Martin, National Housing Trust; Nicole Steele, U.S. Department of Energy; Christopher White, New York City Housing Authority

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Thursday, May 20, 2021

Communities nationwide are increasingly preparing for impacts from a range of natural disasters. From prioritizing upgrades at critical facilities to leveraging innovative funding opportunities, this session showcased collaborative partnerships and planning pathways to creating more resilient communities, highlighting the role energy efficiency can play in the planning process. It also highlighted timely DOE resilience tools to aid in planning and funding.

Speakers: Chris Castro, City of Orlando, FL; Rob Cox, Energy Production & Infrastructure Center (EPIC) at UNC Charlotte; Cherylyn Kelley, State of Missouri; Beth Schrader, New Hanover County, NC

Local Government/State Government
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Thursday, May 20, 2021

Watch the 2021 Green Lease Leaders explore how green leasing offers a competitive advantage for multiple sectors, helping buildings be more flexible, save money, and reduce climate and health risks.

Speakers: Audi Banny, Institute for Market Transformation (IMT); Sam Stockdale, Link Industrial Properties; Carla Walker, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Industrial/Local Government/Multifamily
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Thursday, May 20, 2021

In this session, Better Buildings Workforce Accelerator leaders shared their best practices for developing a diverse and qualified building efficiency workforce that enables high-performance buildings. Learn how these leaders are building interest, streamlining pathways, and improving skills in a variety of ways, from developing new workforce programs to engaging underrepresented communities and creating new resources such as curricula, trainings, websites, and education modules.

Speakers: Aneysha Bhat, Perennial Culture; Roger Ebbage, Lane Community College; Teresa Piazza, Association of Energy Engineers (AEE); Erick Shambarger, City of Milwaukee, WI

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Thursday, May 20, 2021

Women leaders in the energy and sustainability industries shared their perspectives on workplace diversity, mentorship, and the challenges and opportunities in being a woman in the buildings space.

Speakers: Paula Glover, Alliance to Save Energy; Alexandra Harry, Catholic University of America; Sara Neff, Kilroy Realty; Susan Rochford, Legrand North America

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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Multiple building sectors are considering occupant health, wellness, and productivity alongside efficiency and operations. This session explored how partners have realized the co-benefits of health, indoor air quality, and energy efficiency. Partners shared their insights on building operations, looked back through the pandemic and ahead for more healthy, resilient buildings. From green leasing practices to curtailment, explore tools and practices at the health-energy nexus.

Speakers: Jonathan Bauer, The Tower Companies; Sara Neff, Kilroy Realty; Rishi Shah, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Behind-the-meter energy resources are now more affordable than ever. A more dynamic electric grid with variable generation provides even more opportunities for building owners to leverage their facilities as tools for deeper cost savings. Hear how storage, on-site renewables, and advanced controls can all help you save money and increase demand flexibility.

Speakers: Dana Schneider, Empire State Realty Trust; Tim Wilson, Gundersen Health System; Luba Zhaurova, City of Worcester, MA

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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

We live in an era of high-tech innovation, so why are most of our homes and buildings still using inefficient technologies and construction practices that have hardly changed in over a century? DOE’s Advanced Building Construction (ABC) Initiative is disrupting the building industry by catalyzing the union of superior energy efficiency and low-carbon solutions with modernized approaches to construction. ABC makes it easier and more affordable to achieve superior quality retrofits and new buildings while re-energizing our manufacturing industry and workforce. Watch this session and learn how DOE and its partners are working with private- and public-sector stakeholders across the buildings and construction sectors to transform the buildings market with ABC solutions.

Speakers: Tim Kohut, National Core; Christina McPike, WinnCompanies; Lucas Toffoli, RMI

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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Low-income households face a disproportionately higher energy burden, three times higher than for non-low-income households. Watch this session to learn from organizations within the Better Buildings Initiative and beyond that have successfully targeted low- and moderate-income energy initiatives through innovative methods, including using DOE’s Low-Income Energy Affordability Data (LEAD) Tool and offering workforce development opportunities to low-income residents.

Speakers: Tonya Gayle, Green City Force; Vlada Kenniff, New York City Housing Authority; Kenya Stump, Commonwealth of Kentucky; Yasmin Yacoby, State of Rhode Island

State Government
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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

There is a growing trend toward all-electrification of new and existing buildings in multifamily housing as a means to achieve significant cost savings, reduce carbon pollution, and improve indoor air quality and public safety. This session addressed programmatic and technological approaches to going all-electric in multifamily housing, explored current challenges in domestic hot water, technologies for space heating using heat pumps, and more.

Speakers: Rory Christian, New York City Housing Authority; Jordan Dentz, The Levy Partnership; Andrew McNamara, Bright Power; Edwin Mendez, New York City Housing Authority; Julie Klump, Preservation of Affordable Housing

Multifamily
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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

The Better Practice award is presented annually to companies for innovative and industry-leading accomplishments in implementing and promoting practices, principles, and procedures of energy management. Learn more from several exceptional 2021 applicants and award winners.

Speakers: Casey Dupuie, Steelcase, Inc.; Al Hildreth, General Motors; Luis Quinones, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems; David Reid, Celanese Corporation; Blair Sturm, Saint-Gobain Corporation; Jash Vora, Lineage Logistics

Industrial
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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Efficiency-as-a-service (EaaS) is a pay-for-performance financing structure that enables building owners to implement energy and water projects by integrating with a service provider. Along with the growth of this financing model, there has been a proliferation of contract terms and structures. Watch this session to learn about the key differences in service definitions directly from organizations providing EaaS.

Speakers: Julia Berg, Redaptive; Aaron Block, Allumia

Commercial/Financial Services
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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Take a virtual tour with partners Ford Motor Company, Iron Mountain Data Centers, and the State of Maryland to learn about their unique energy-saving features, then watch a Q&A as they share details about their energy efficiency efforts.

Speakers: Michelle Croal, Ford Motor Company; Jim Henry, Iron Mountain Data Centers; David St. Jean, State of Maryland

State Government
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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Architects, engineers, and contractors (A/E/C) are critical partners in working with building owners to create buildings that deliver top value for their clients. This collaborative discussion highlighted real-world strategies from leading A/E/C firms on how they are helping their clients deliver zero-carbon and other high-performance buildings. It was also a chance to learn about the Better Buildings Design and Construction Allies program and how you can get involved.

Speakers: Sammy Houssainy and Paul Torcellini, National Renewable Energy Lab; Ryan Jang, Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects; Ryan Poole, DPR Construction; Stet Sanborn, SmithGroup

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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Water reduction solutions come from a variety of building and manufacturing operations, including greywater systems, technology and fixture upgrades, optimization, and behavioral changes. In this session, Better Buildings partners shared diverse, creative solutions for water reductions across multiple sectors.

Speakers: Jaime Gonzalez Braña, Owens Corning; Joan Kowal, Emory University; Ken Rosenfeld, Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA)

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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Part 1: High-Impact Envelope Strategies – A high-performing building envelope is crucial to reducing the overall energy demand of a building. Watch to learn about a metric that measures your building envelope performance and can aid in design decisions, and hear success stories from the first year of DOE's Building Envelope Campaign.

Part 2: Integrated Lighting Strategies – Integrating your lighting system with other building systems can enable deeper whole-building energy savings and non-energy benefits with significant value-add. Watch and learn what the research shows, get pointers on making a lighting integration project successful, and find out what building owners are doing to save energy and operate their buildings smarter from DOE's Integrated Lighting Campaign first-year entries for recognition.

Speakers: Jay Amundson, University of Minnesota; Chris Chmiel, Athens County, OH; Scott Hackel, Slipstream; Ginger Scoggins, Engineered Designs Inc.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

The benefits of conducting energy efficiency (EE) upgrades in buildings and manufacturing plants may seem obvious to some; however, this is not the case for many who are unaware of the non-energy benefits, including enhanced building performance and productivity, that result from such improvements. This session focused on the most effective ways to sell and communicate EE-related projects internally. It also explored how active partners identify the multiple benefits of EE upgrades and train energy consultants in conducting energy assessments.

Speakers: Andrew Hejnar, 3M; Erin Hiatt, Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA); Scott Moline, Energy Strategist

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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

From crafting a compelling narrative to sharing data-driven results, how you talk about your efficiency work matters. Hear from the Better Buildings communications team to learn best practices for external communications – like writing for your audience and finding a media hook – and even workshop some common but tricky scenarios yourselves. Watch this session to strengthen your PR chops and get your projects the recognition they deserve.

Speaker: Bryan Cohen, C+C

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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

The Commercial PACE (CPACE) Toolkit for States and Local Governments is a compilation of resources intended to address persistent barriers facing the adoption and implementation of CPACE financing programs. Watch this session to learn how you can put these resources to work in your jurisdiction.

Speakers: Sam Cramer, National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO); Greg Leventis, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab; Maryrose Myrtetus, City of Philadelphia, PA

Local Government/State Government
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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Realizing progress toward ambitious goals is best achieved by an integrated team. Hear from leading Better Buildings partners about structuring stakeholder engagement toward carbon reduction goals across building portfolios. This session focused on team implementation – specifically who, when, and how – for collaborating across institutions, local governments, and national portfolios.

Speakers: Ian Lahiff, City of Orlando, FL; Andrea Trimble, University of Virginia; Jon Utech, Cleveland Clinic

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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Through the Better Project award, DOE recognizes partners annually for outstanding accomplishments in implementing industrial energy, water, and waste projects at individual facilities. Learn more from several exceptional 2021 applicants and award winners.

Speakers: Alex Floyd, Tyson Foods; Todd Jackson, SugarCreek Packing Co.; Balaji Jayaseelan, Graham Packaging; Margaret Ann Marsh, Flowers Foods, Inc.; Brian Mohr, 3M; Brett Rasmussen, Nissan North America; Don Scarsella, Owens Corning; Michael Stein, Lockheed Martin; Prasath Vinayagamoorthy, 3M

Industrial
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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

This session surveyed the current regulatory landscape for community solar in multifamily housing and explored promising strategies to overcome barriers. Multifamily partners presented their experiences partnering with local organizations to deliver community solar projects that resulted in utility savings to low-income residents and brought workforce and economic development opportunities to the community.

Speakers: Darien Crimmin, WinnCompanies; Jenny Heeter, National Renewable Energy Lab; Christopher Jedd, Denver Housing Authority

Multifamily
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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

The energy efficiency and renewable energy finance space is constantly adapting to new market developments and financing innovations. During this session, several market experts weighed in on recent trends in several key financial products, including:

  • How self-managed green revolving funds can help institutions recover and finance their energy efficiency/renewable energy retrofits after the pandemic;
  • Expansion of efficiency-as-a-service into municipal, university, school, and hospital (MUSH) markets;
  • Expansion of energy savings performance contracts (ESPC) into the commercial space;
  • Green bond deployment trends; and
  • Retroactive commercial PACE (CPACE) financing unlocking capital for businesses during the pandemic.
     

Speakers: Donnel Baird, BlocPower; Devesh Nirmul, Counterpointe SRE; Mark Orlowski, Sustainable Endowments Institute; Brenna Walraven, Corporate Sustainability Strategies

Financial Services
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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

This session featured innovations in energy planning for resilience at critical facilities, including wastewater treatment plants, correctional facilities, data centers, and labs.

Speakers: Jason Grant, Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department; Chris Halpin, Energy Efficiency Services, LLC; James Henry, Iron Mountain Data Centers

Data Center/Industrial
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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Watch leaders from DOE’s National Labs as they share their insights into the future of energy efficiency and highlight the newest trends and emerging technologies. Kathleen Hogan, Acting Under Secretary for Science and Energy at DOE, moderated the discussion.

Speakers: Angela Becker-Dippmann, Pacific Northwest National Lab; Martin Keller, National Renewable Energy Lab; Tom Kurfess, Oak Ridge National Lab

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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Watch this session for a look at the highlights from the first year of DOE's Waste Reduction Pilot. DOE spotlighted the Pilot's "greatest hits," including new solutions and findings from multiple working groups. There was also a panel discussion covering several waste reduction and diversion topics, including data and measurement, engagement and outreach, and external support and frameworks.

Speakers: Elizabeth Cole, City of Beaverton, OR; Clare Lumkong, Bristol Myers Squibb; Brett Marczewski, General Motors; Jason McIntyre, USAA Real Estate

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Monday, May 17, 2021

Core members of the Biden Administration convened industry stakeholders in dialogue on equitable decarbonization of America's buildings, associated opportunities for jobs, and new programs for efficient electrified buildings. This session was moderated by Mark Chambers of the White House Office of Domestic Climate Policy.

Panelists:

  • Jennifer Granholm, Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Gina McCarthy, National Climate Advisor, White House Office of Domestic Climate Policy
  • Brenda Mallory, Chair, White House Council on Environmental Quality
  • Michael Regan, Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Katy Kale, Acting Administrator, U.S. General Services Administration
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Monday, May 17, 2021

The Secretary of Energy delivered the opening keynote. DOE leadership recognized the 2021 Goal Achievers and recent partner accomplishments.

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Monday, May 17, 2021

Better Buildings Workforce Accelerator partners shared best practices for developing the energy efficiency workforce through three key areas: Building Interest, Streamlining Career Pathways, and Improving Skills.

Speakers: Adele Ferranti, NYSERDA; Frank Mruk, Roxbury Community College; Mary Ellen Sprenkel, The Corps Network

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Monday, May 17, 2021

Watch DOE and partners in the commercial building sector, including commercial real estate, hospitality, healthcare, higher education, retail, food service, and grocery have a panel discussion. We addressed key trends in the sectors, new resources and best practices from Better Buildings, and a closer look at the impacts of the pandemic, such as evolving building needs and space types.

Speakers: Alysson Vogt Blackwelder, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC); Kirby Brendsel, Welltower; Kara Brooks, American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE); Dean Stanberry, International Facility Management Association (IFMA); Mary Evers Statz, UW Health

Commercial
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Monday, May 17, 2021

The Local Government sector meet-up was an opportunity for attendees to connect and exchange best practices with peers, as well as share accomplishments and challenges in a candid, interactive format.

Speakers: Katie Bergfeld, Washington, D.C.; Fernando Berjano, City of El Paso, TX; Adam Guzzo, U.S. Department of Energy; Brendan Hall, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Dominic McGraw, City of Philadelphia, PA; Amy Royden-Bloom, U.S. Department of Energy

Local Government/State Government
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Monday, May 17, 2021

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 and highlighted partner achievements, followed by a fireside chat on the industrial decarbonization challenge.

Speakers: Diane Bauer, U.S. Department of Energy; Jane Flegal, White House Council on Environmental Quality

Industrial
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Monday, May 17, 2021

Multifamily housing peers connected at the Multifamily Meet-up and shared challenges and successes in reaching energy efficiency goals. We heard from HUD’s new leadership on implementing the Biden Administration’s climate and clean energy agenda in affordable housing. An interactive discussion explored how partners can build upon successes in energy efficiency to set and achieve low-carbon goals.

Speakers: Caitlin Rood, Mercy Housing; Rebecca Schaaf, Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future

Multifamily
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Monday, May 17, 2021

The K-12 Schools meet-up was an opportunity for attendees to connect and exchange best practices with peers and share accomplishments and challenges in a candid, interactive format.

Speakers: Katy Hatcher, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Anisa Heming, USGBC Center for Green Schools; John Lord, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA; Erik Lueders, Parkway School District

Education
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Monday, May 17, 2021

Industrial wastewater treatment facilities can be a proving ground for new technologies later adopted by municipal facilities. This session discussed the intersection between industrial and municipal wastewater treatment, specifically highlighting some industrial facilities that are providing municipal water/wastewater treatment services to help identify technology development and deployment needs for enabling synergistic operations.

Speakers: Rishabh Bahel, Cleveland-Cliffs Inc.; Christobel Ferguson, The Water Research Foundation; Al Hildreth, General Motors; Erin Partlan, The Water Research Foundation; Prakash Rao, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab; Kiran Thirumaran, Oak Ridge National Lab

Industrial
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Monday, May 17, 2021

Building managers, community planners, and policymakers are turning to distributed generation and storage technologies to help critical facilities remain operational when they are needed most. In this “hands-on” workshop, experts guided participants through publicly available online tools for energy resilience planning, such as REopt Lite and DER-CAM, that can assist in site-specific optimization of onsite generation and backup power. Attendees also learned about available funding resources to help resilience projects come to fruition. Watch to learn how to apply these resources to your own projects, engage with experts in real-time, and hear about opportunities to stay connected.

Speakers: Nicholas DeForest, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab; Emma Elgqvist, National Renewable Energy Lab

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Monday, May 17, 2021

Learn how to save time while getting more from your data using DOE’s building energy tools. Whether you’re an expert or just getting started, this hands-on walkthrough of the Asset Score, Audit Template (starts at 2:04:39), SEED Platform (starts at 1:12:40), and Unique Building ID (starts at 0:18:33) applications has something for everyone. Interested participants test drove the tools during an expert-led “BYOData!” session, and shared their thoughts with other attendees as the group worked through each tool. Finally, we discussed an exciting new policy tool for state and local governments – the building performance standard – and how the tools featured in this workshop can help implement one in your jurisdiction (starts at 2:53:05).

Speakers: Fernando Berjano, El Paso, TX; Andrew Held, Washington, D.C.; Kevin Keene, Pacific Northwest National Lab; Nicholas Long, National Renewable Energy Lab; Marta Marello, Miami-Dade County, FL; Robin Mitchell, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab; Sarah Newman, Pacific Northwest National Lab; Chris Sanchez, Miami-Dade County, FL

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Thursday, May 06, 2021

What are the technologies of the future that will make commercial buildings more energy-efficient and climate-friendly? The Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office Commercial Building Integration team (CBI) wants to hear from you as we review 2021’s most promising, market-ready, energy efficient commercial building technologies.

CBI is hosting a series of discussions to collect feedback and comments on a prioritized set of cost-effective, underutilized, deployment-ready, energy-efficient technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and will support our market transformation programs. Each year we invite participation from federal technology managers, renewable energy/ energy efficiency organizations, utilities, local governments, and industry and non-governmental organizations. This year, we specifically request feedback and participation from diverse and underrepresented populations.

If you think you may have contributions help guide CBI’s prioritization of commercial building technologies, join us for a HIT Catalyst Stakeholder Workshop!

Dates and Times:

  • Tuesday, March 30, 1:00-2:00 ET
  • Thursday, April 8, 2:30-3:30 ET
  • Monday, April 12, 10:00-11:00 ET
  • Wednesday, April 21, 1:00-2:00 ET
  • Friday, April 30, 12:00-1:00 ET
  • Thursday, May 6, 3:00-4:00 ET

 

To RSVP or with any questions on the workshops, please email Tim Manganello at Timothy.Manganello@guidehouse.com. In your RSVP, please include your:

  • Name
  • Organization
  • Top TWO preferred timeslots (we will be assigning people to timeslots to ensure we can keep the number of participants relatively even)
     

For more information on the HIT Catalyst program, please visit the Better Buildings website at https://www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/high-impact-technology-catalyst, or contact Christie.Rewey@ee.doe.gov.

Friday, April 30, 2021

What are the technologies of the future that will make commercial buildings more energy-efficient and climate-friendly? The Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office Commercial Building Integration team (CBI) wants to hear from you as we review 2021’s most promising, market-ready, energy efficient commercial building technologies.

CBI is hosting a series of discussions to collect feedback and comments on a prioritized set of cost-effective, underutilized, deployment-ready, energy-efficient technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and will support our market transformation programs. Each year we invite participation from federal technology managers, renewable energy/ energy efficiency organizations, utilities, local governments, and industry and non-governmental organizations. This year, we specifically request feedback and participation from diverse and underrepresented populations.

If you think you may have contributions help guide CBI’s prioritization of commercial building technologies, join us for a HIT Catalyst Stakeholder Workshop!

Dates and Times:

  • Tuesday, March 30, 1:00-2:00 ET
  • Thursday, April 8, 2:30-3:30 ET
  • Monday, April 12, 10:00-11:00 ET
  • Wednesday, April 21, 1:00-2:00 ET
  • Friday, April 30, 12:00-1:00 ET
  • Thursday, May 6, 3:00-4:00 ET

 

To RSVP or with any questions on the workshops, please email Tim Manganello at Timothy.Manganello@guidehouse.com. In your RSVP, please include your:

  • Name
  • Organization
  • Top TWO preferred timeslots (we will be assigning people to timeslots to ensure we can keep the number of participants relatively even)
     

For more information on the HIT Catalyst program, please visit the Better Buildings website at https://www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/high-impact-technology-catalyst, or contact Christie.Rewey@ee.doe.gov.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

What are the technologies of the future that will make commercial buildings more energy-efficient and climate-friendly? The Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office Commercial Building Integration team (CBI) wants to hear from you as we review 2021’s most promising, market-ready, energy efficient commercial building technologies.

CBI is hosting a series of discussions to collect feedback and comments on a prioritized set of cost-effective, underutilized, deployment-ready, energy-efficient technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and will support our market transformation programs. Each year we invite participation from federal technology managers, renewable energy/ energy efficiency organizations, utilities, local governments, and industry and non-governmental organizations. This year, we specifically request feedback and participation from diverse and underrepresented populations.

If you think you may have contributions help guide CBI’s prioritization of commercial building technologies, join us for a HIT Catalyst Stakeholder Workshop!

Dates and Times:

  • Tuesday, March 30, 1:00-2:00 ET
  • Thursday, April 8, 2:30-3:30 ET
  • Monday, April 12, 10:00-11:00 ET
  • Wednesday, April 21, 1:00-2:00 ET
  • Friday, April 30, 12:00-1:00 ET
  • Thursday, May 6, 3:00-4:00 ET

 

To RSVP or with any questions on the workshops, please email Tim Manganello at Timothy.Manganello@guidehouse.com. In your RSVP, please include your:

  • Name
  • Organization
  • Top TWO preferred timeslots (we will be assigning people to timeslots to ensure we can keep the number of participants relatively even)
     

For more information on the HIT Catalyst program, please visit the Better Buildings website at https://www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/high-impact-technology-catalyst, or contact Christie.Rewey@ee.doe.gov.

Monday, April 12, 2021

What are the technologies of the future that will make commercial buildings more energy-efficient and climate-friendly? The Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office Commercial Building Integration team (CBI) wants to hear from you as we review 2021’s most promising, market-ready, energy efficient commercial building technologies.

CBI is hosting a series of discussions to collect feedback and comments on a prioritized set of cost-effective, underutilized, deployment-ready, energy-efficient technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and will support our market transformation programs. Each year we invite participation from federal technology managers, renewable energy/ energy efficiency organizations, utilities, local governments, and industry and non-governmental organizations. This year, we specifically request feedback and participation from diverse and underrepresented populations.

If you think you may have contributions help guide CBI’s prioritization of commercial building technologies, join us for a HIT Catalyst Stakeholder Workshop!

Dates and Times:

  • Tuesday, March 30, 1:00-2:00 ET
  • Thursday, April 8, 2:30-3:30 ET
  • Monday, April 12, 10:00-11:00 ET
  • Wednesday, April 21, 1:00-2:00 ET
  • Friday, April 30, 12:00-1:00 ET
  • Thursday, May 6, 3:00-4:00 ET

 

To RSVP or with any questions on the workshops, please email Tim Manganello at Timothy.Manganello@guidehouse.com. In your RSVP, please include your:

  • Name
  • Organization
  • Top TWO preferred timeslots (we will be assigning people to timeslots to ensure we can keep the number of participants relatively even)
     

For more information on the HIT Catalyst program, please visit the Better Buildings website at https://www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/high-impact-technology-catalyst, or contact Christie.Rewey@ee.doe.gov.

Thursday, April 08, 2021

This three-day webinar will educate attendees about how to implement energy and water projects through an energy savings performance contract (ESPC). The workshop will offer a basic introduction to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) IDIQ contracts and how to get started with an ESPC project at your site. Training sessions cover task order ordering procedures, contractor selection, energy saving technologies, risk and responsibility, measurement and verification (M&V), understanding task order schedules, pricing and financing aspects of the project, and post award contract administration.

Breakout sessions focusing on technical and contracting topics will provide attendees with an opportunity to learn by doing. Whether you are at the beginning of acquisition planning and considering the ESPC approach or are already underway with a project, this webinar will provide a comprehensive understanding of the ESPC process. The webinar is sponsored by DOE's Federal Energy Mangement Program (FEMP) and will be taught by experts in the field of alternatively financed contracts including federal contracting officers (retired and active), federal project executives, DOE national laboratory experts, and other consultants with extensive background in ESPCs. Students will interact with instructors who are experts in contracting and the technical aspects of project development.

Speakers:

  • Tom Hattery, Federal Project Executive, U.S. Department of Energy  
  • Kurmit Rockwell, PE, CEM, LEED AP, U.S. Department of Energy Federal Energy Management Program  
  • Eusebio M. (Sam) Espinosa, Retired Federal Contracting Officer, Boston Government Services  
  • Christine E. Walker, PhD, PE, CEM, LEED AP, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Thursday, April 08, 2021

What are the technologies of the future that will make commercial buildings more energy-efficient and climate-friendly? The Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office Commercial Building Integration team (CBI) wants to hear from you as we review 2021’s most promising, market-ready, energy efficient commercial building technologies.

CBI is hosting a series of discussions to collect feedback and comments on a prioritized set of cost-effective, underutilized, deployment-ready, energy-efficient technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and will support our market transformation programs. Each year we invite participation from federal technology managers, renewable energy/ energy efficiency organizations, utilities, local governments, and industry and non-governmental organizations. This year, we specifically request feedback and participation from diverse and underrepresented populations.

If you think you may have contributions help guide CBI’s prioritization of commercial building technologies, join us for a HIT Catalyst Stakeholder Workshop!

Dates and Times:

  • Tuesday, March 30, 1:00-2:00 ET
  • Thursday, April 8, 2:30-3:30 ET
  • Monday, April 12, 10:00-11:00 ET
  • Wednesday, April 21, 1:00-2:00 ET
  • Friday, April 30, 12:00-1:00 ET
  • Thursday, May 6, 3:00-4:00 ET

 

To RSVP or with any questions on the workshops, please email Tim Manganello at Timothy.Manganello@guidehouse.com. In your RSVP, please include your:

  • Name
  • Organization
  • Top TWO preferred timeslots (we will be assigning people to timeslots to ensure we can keep the number of participants relatively even)
     

For more information on the HIT Catalyst program, please visit the Better Buildings website at https://www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/high-impact-technology-catalyst, or contact Christie.Rewey@ee.doe.gov.

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

This three-day webinar will educate attendees about how to implement energy and water projects through an energy savings performance contract (ESPC). The workshop will offer a basic introduction to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) IDIQ contracts and how to get started with an ESPC project at your site. Training sessions cover task order ordering procedures, contractor selection, energy saving technologies, risk and responsibility, measurement and verification (M&V), understanding task order schedules, pricing and financing aspects of the project, and post award contract administration.

Breakout sessions focusing on technical and contracting topics will provide attendees with an opportunity to learn by doing. Whether you are at the beginning of acquisition planning and considering the ESPC approach or are already underway with a project, this webinar will provide a comprehensive understanding of the ESPC process. The webinar is sponsored by DOE's Federal Energy Mangement Program (FEMP) and will be taught by experts in the field of alternatively financed contracts including federal contracting officers (retired and active), federal project executives, DOE national laboratory experts, and other consultants with extensive background in ESPCs. Students will interact with instructors who are experts in contracting and the technical aspects of project development.

Speakers:

  • Tom Hattery, Federal Project Executive, U.S. Department of Energy  
  • Kurmit Rockwell, PE, CEM, LEED AP, U.S. Department of Energy Federal Energy Management Program  
  • Eusebio M. (Sam) Espinosa, Retired Federal Contracting Officer, Boston Government Services  
  • Christine E. Walker, PhD, PE, CEM, LEED AP, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Tuesday, April 06, 2021

This three-day webinar will educate attendees about how to implement energy and water projects through an energy savings performance contract (ESPC). The workshop will offer a basic introduction to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) IDIQ contracts and how to get started with an ESPC project at your site. Training sessions cover task order ordering procedures, contractor selection, energy saving technologies, risk and responsibility, measurement and verification (M&V), understanding task order schedules, pricing and financing aspects of the project, and post award contract administration.

Breakout sessions focusing on technical and contracting topics will provide attendees with an opportunity to learn by doing. Whether you are at the beginning of acquisition planning and considering the ESPC approach or are already underway with a project, this webinar will provide a comprehensive understanding of the ESPC process. The webinar is sponsored by DOE's Federal Energy Mangement Program (FEMP) and will be taught by experts in the field of alternatively financed contracts including federal contracting officers (retired and active), federal project executives, DOE national laboratory experts, and other consultants with extensive background in ESPCs. Students will interact with instructors who are experts in contracting and the technical aspects of project development.

Speakers:

  • Tom Hattery, Federal Project Executive, U.S. Department of Energy  
  • Kurmit Rockwell, PE, CEM, LEED AP, U.S. Department of Energy Federal Energy Management Program  
  • Eusebio M. (Sam) Espinosa, Retired Federal Contracting Officer, Boston Government Services  
  • Christine E. Walker, PhD, PE, CEM, LEED AP, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Tuesday, April 06, 2021

Gain insight into energy efficiency from organizations that have prioritized their data centers as an opportunity for savings. As organizations increasingly rely on data centers as mission critical operations, energy efficiency offers opportunities to make meaningful reductions in overall operating costs. These opportunities, experiences implementing projects, and lessons learned may vary across different data center types, whether they be small, co-location, or enterprise. In this webinar, attendees heard from Better Buildings partners about their experiences implementing energy efficiency projects within each of these data center types. Learn how you can leverage energy efficiency to streamline operations, cut operating costs, and increase data center resiliency.

Data Center
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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

What are the technologies of the future that will make commercial buildings more energy-efficient and climate-friendly? The Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office Commercial Building Integration team (CBI) wants to hear from you as we review 2021’s most promising, market-ready, energy efficient commercial building technologies.

CBI is hosting a series of discussions to collect feedback and comments on a prioritized set of cost-effective, underutilized, deployment-ready, energy-efficient technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and will support our market transformation programs. Each year we invite participation from federal technology managers, renewable energy/ energy efficiency organizations, utilities, local governments, and industry and non-governmental organizations. This year, we specifically request feedback and participation from diverse and underrepresented populations.

If you think you may have contributions help guide CBI’s prioritization of commercial building technologies, join us for a HIT Catalyst Stakeholder Workshop!

Dates and Times:

  • Tuesday, March 30, 1:00-2:00 ET
  • Thursday, April 8, 2:30-3:30 ET
  • Monday, April 12, 10:00-11:00 ET
  • Wednesday, April 21, 1:00-2:00 ET
  • Friday, April 30, 12:00-1:00 ET
  • Thursday, May 6, 3:00-4:00 ET

 

To RSVP or with any questions on the workshops, please email Tim Manganello at Timothy.Manganello@guidehouse.com. In your RSVP, please include your:

  • Name
  • Organization
  • Top TWO preferred timeslots (we will be assigning people to timeslots to ensure we can keep the number of participants relatively even)
     

For more information on the HIT Catalyst program, please visit the Better Buildings website at https://www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/high-impact-technology-catalyst, or contact Christie.Rewey@ee.doe.gov.

Monday, March 22, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased interest in novel technologies, such as ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) and bi-polar ionization. What factors should practitioners consider when exploring these technologies as part of a building operations reopening plan? Seema Bhangar of WeWork and Marwa Zaatari of DZINE Partners discussed the use and efficacy of new technologies and highlight proven and impactful strategies – such as filtration, social distancing and masks, and HVAC upgrades – for safe reopening without compromising energy efficiency.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

How people use plug load devices can strongly affect their energy consumption. This webinar highlighted what factors are most important for certain types of devices, and how to reduce inefficiencies.

Speakers: Felipe Leon, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; Joy Pixley, University of California, Irvine

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Dispersed, unintegrated, and sometimes inaccessible data can make data-driven energy planning too expensive or time-intensive for many state and local governments to pursue. To confront this issue, DOE developed the State and Local Planning for Energy (SLOPE) Platform. SLOPE is a collaboration between DOE and the National Renewable Energy Lab to support state and local action in building a 100% clean energy economy.

SLOPE integrates and delivers data on energy efficiency and renewable energy into an easy-to-access online platform to enable data-driven state and local energy planning. The platform is adding sustainable transportation data in Spring 2021. This webinar featured a demonstration of SLOPE's functionality. Attendees also learned how Milwaukee, Wisconsin is using SLOPE in its energy planning and decision-making processes.

Presenters: Adam Guzzo, U.S. Department of Energy; Megan Day, National Renewable Energy Lab; Matthew Donath, City of Milwaukee

Local Government/State Government
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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

In this webinar, experts discussed topics submitted by Better Buildings' EMIS Tech Team members about implementing, using and maintaining energy management and information systems.

Speakers: Hannah Kramer & David Landman, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

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Tuesday, March 02, 2021

Smart Labs programs are a proven approach to help enhance laboratory performance, mitigate safety and health risks, reduce energy, and improve ventilation. This webinar shared available tools for putting together a team, assessing laboratory functions, and optimizing operation. Attendees also heard a case study from a university that successfully implemented a Smart Labs Program. Learn from Better Buildings Smart Labs partners' experiences crossing the finish line, and what they expect is next in laboratory efficiency.

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Monday, March 01, 2021

The webinar included a quick pilot update and focused on the business case for waste reduction, featuring presentations from Brie Fulton, Sustainability Program Manager at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, and Heidi Frasure, Sustainability Team Leader at Steelcase.

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Join us for this Better Buildings Residential Network peer review call.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

This webinar from the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), part of the GPG Outbrief series, is about the evaluation of low-cost single-circuit submeters. NREL assessed the submeter at a testbed in Denver, Colorado. Researchers found that the submeter was highly accurate when compared with revenue-grade reference meters and would be valuable for overtime utility billing and improved fault detection and diagnostics. During the webinar, researchers and facility managers will discuss findings from the evaluation, share operational guidance and answer questions. Continuing education credits are available through the American Institute of Architects.

Monday, February 22, 2021

What is the energy impact of major HVAC system operation guidance to reduce transmission of COVID-19 inside buildings across the U.S. commercial building stock? Speakers discussed the energy implications of (1) 100% outdoor air ventilation rates, (2) installing MERV-13 filters or better, (3) disabling demand control ventilation, and (4) HVAC flushing mode operation. Analysis of these measures using ComStock provided a national view of the energy implications for various commercial building types in all U.S. climate zones.

Speakers: Chris CaraDonna & Kim Trenbath, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Thursday, February 18, 2021

This webinar will examine advanced concepts of measurement and verification (M&V) in energy savings performance contracting (ESPC) projects. Students will interact with U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratory instructors who are experts in the technical aspects of ESPC project development and M&V application. The webinar will provide an overview of basic M&V as required by the DOE IDIQ contracts and explain how to choose the appropriate level of M&V depending on site or facility needs and requirements. Training sections will move on to examine M&V in each ESPC phase, type, and purpose; M&V confidence; operations and maintenance savings verification; baseline development; M&V options with energy conservation measure (ECM) examples; and M&V in the performance period.

Speakers:

  • Kurmit Rockwell, PE, CEM, LEED AP, U.S. Department of Energy Federal Energy Management Program  
  • Phil Coleman, MS, CEM, CMVP, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory  
  • Phil Voss, Senior Project Leader, National Renewable Energy Laboratory  
  • Christine E. Walker, PhD, PE, CEM, LEED AP, Oak Ridge National Laboratory 
Thursday, February 11, 2021

Join us for this Better Buildings Residential Network peer review call.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

This webinar highlighted how to utilize ILC resources, get free technical assistance, and get recognized for your efforts to explore and adopt advanced lighting systems and/or integrate your lighting with other building systems to deliver added value. Panelists reviewed the recently introduced categories for recognition and what you need to share about your project(s) in order to be considered for recognition.

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Tuesday, February 09, 2021

This webinar examined how climate and resilience risk are impacting organizations through insurance, credit underwriting, and credit ratings. Attendees received insights from industry practitioners on how they interpret risk and uncertainty around building resilience, as well as what building owners can do to improve performance.

Financial Services
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Tuesday, February 02, 2021

Commercial real estate property owners are utilizing unique strategies to protect their assets against extreme weather events by evaluating building sites for resilience. This webinar explored a variety of strategies to address climate-related risks and identify cost-effective strategies and improvements to protect occupants and assets from short and long-term risks.

Speakers: Zachary Brown & Rielle Green, CBRE; Allison Pumphrey Beck & Michelle German, LBA Realty

Commercial
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Thursday, January 28, 2021

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Monday, January 25, 2021

Guidance on how to best manage HVAC systems to minimize the spread of infectious diseases, published by ASHRAE and other built environment-focused organizations, has evolved during the COVID-19 pandemic through new data and research. For this virtual discussion, Dr. William Bahnfleth, Professor of Architectural Engineering at Penn State University, revisited his previous presentation on Managing HVAC Systems to Reduce Infectious Disease Transmission and discussed what has changed since May, highlighting current best practices. Dr. Bahnfleth additionally considered the energy and cost implications of building system upgrades and changes to operations.

Speaker: Dr. Bill Bahnfleth, The Pennsylvania State University

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Thursday, January 21, 2021

This webinar, co-hosted by the National Apartment Association (NAA) and DOE's Better Buildings, features multifamily organizations sharing their experiences leveraging green leases to engage tenants in their energy efficiency goals. Learn about resources from DOE's Green Lease Leaders program and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) that can help your company pursue high-performance status for your multifamily properties. Speakers covered ULI's Tenant Energy Optimization Program (TEOP), how to leverage and adapt green leasing lessons from commercial offices for multifamily, and how to successfully integrate popular multifamily sustainability features into your marketing and education.

Speakers: 

  • Andrew White, RE Tech Advisors (Moderator)
  • Emily Pierce, ULI
  • Jonathan Bauer, The Tower Companies
  • Erin Hatcher, AMLI Residential
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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

This webinar explored the successful implementation of two energy efficiency projects, one small and one large; attendees learned about the financial and operational challenges for each and how they were overcome. The webinar featured a facilitated discussion that compared and contrasted the lessons learned during project implementation.

Speakers: Anastasia Beckett, Metrus Energy; Jay Merves, NYCEEC

Financial Services
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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Fault detection and diagnostics (FDD) is the process of using building operational data to identify system and equipment faults and optimization opportunities by using algorithms specific to the building systems. What happens to FDD when a building goes into COVID-19 operation?  What does it do to existing FDD algorithms? What strategies can be applied to support a healthy efficient building operation under “pandemic-mode” and what are the consequences?

Speaker: David Landman, Pure Energy Information Systems

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

This webinar highlighted how to leverage the ILC to deliver value to your customers, members, and stakeholders – and get recognized. Speakers covered how the ILC can support your communication efforts to encourage advanced lighting systems, integration of lighting with other building systems, and how you can help your customers or members submit the needed information to be considered for recognition.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Often, energy-saving projects can yield extra benefits beyond reduced energy use and costs. These benefits can include reduced maintenance, improved productivity, waste reduction, and more. This webinar highlighted a new methodology to quantify the non-energy savings and revenues from energy efficiency projects.


Speakers: Catherine Cooremans, Université de Lausanne; Alex Zhang, Lineage Logistics

Industrial
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Thursday, December 17, 2020

This webinar is a part of BTO's webinar series on the life cycle of energy. This webinar will discuss the current impact of construction and demolition waste, consider ways to address this both by recovering materials from waste and by designing for recovery/reuse, and consider how this relates to the Advanced Building Construction Initiative.

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Tenant energy efficiency is key for driving down energy use in buildings. Learn how three industry-leading programs—Green Lease Leaders, Urban Land Institute’s Tenant Energy Optimization Program (TEOP), and ENERGY STAR Tenant Space, together can guide building owners in optimizing energy savings in the rapidly changing work environment.

Wednesday, December 09, 2020

Join this webinar to hear from our guest speaker, Mark Lien of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), about germicidal ultraviolet (UV) lighting and the possibility of using it as a means to disinfect buildings and surfaces from viruses and bacteria. The presentation will be followed by an update from PNNL on the IoT-Upgradeable Challenge and the Integrated Lighting Campaign.

Tuesday, December 08, 2020

Through the Building Envelope Campaign, DOE is working with building owners to save energy and money. In this webinar attendees got an update on the Building Envelope Campaign and were part of an interactive discussion, including hearing from a participant who shared best practices on incorporating the campaign into their process. As of December 2020 the campaign is open to new participants. 

Speakers: Hayley McLeod & Dr. Simon Pallin, Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Cristine Gibney, American Geophysical Union

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Monday, December 07, 2020

Building owners, plant managers, and employees across the country are continuing to improve building operations during this pandemic. This Better Buildings discussion provided updates on relevant outcomes in research and technology. It highlighted strategies for operating air delivery and cleaning systems plus expert recommendations, best practices, and approaches. Also investments that can enhance energy efficiency and improve building performance to produce healthier, more resilient buildings over the longer term were discussed

Speakers: Lew Harriman, Mason Grant Consulting; Iain Walker, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

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Friday, December 04, 2020

The webinar included a quick pilot update and focused on electronics waste recycling, featuring presentations from Jim Henry, Global Compliance Manager at Iron Mountain, and Ed Daniels, Project Engineer at the REMADE Institute.

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Thursday, December 03, 2020

This webinar is a part of BTO's webinar series on the life cycle of energy. This webinar will discuss how the building sector is already incorporating life cycle impacts of buildings with international perspectives and domestic commercial building portfolios (Better Buildings Alliance - out of 181 total partners, 82 of which are BBC partners 56 partners have set carbon reduction goals) and discuss the goals of these different organizations.

Tuesday, December 01, 2020

Hear about pioneering developments that are integrating energy efficiency, waste heat, renewable energy, and grid interaction across multiple buildings. This webinar explored best practices on achieving cost savings and carbon reductions at scale.

Speakers: Brad Liljequist and Nick Edney, McKinstry; Barb Frommell, City and County of Denver; Laura Rip, Jacobs Engineering Group; Shanti Pless and Ben Polly, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

As multifamily owners and managers face increasingly critical threats from a range of natural hazards, there has never been a better time for resilience assessments and planning to protect residents, buildings, and infrastructure. This webinar provided participants with real-world resiliency planning frameworks that can serve as models for property owners and managers. Panelists delved into topics including making the business case for resilience measures, assessing risks by region, and prioritizing properties. Panelists also described how to minimize risk and maintain business continuity through energy efficiency and resilience measures.

Speakers: Nathalie Beauvais, Kleinfelder; Tom Chase, New Ecology; Laurie Schoeman, Enterprise Community Partners; Lauren Zullo, Jonathan Rose Companies

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Thursday, November 12, 2020

This webinar is a part of BTO's webinar series on the life cycle of energy. This webinar will discuss current innovations in building materials from basic research to startups, consider structural and non-structural materials including envelope technologies, and explore where the focus has been and where it may move to the future.

Monday, November 09, 2020

This webinar will cover a new Industrial Technology Validation (ITV) pilot being launched by the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO to help industry better identify and evaluate innovative technologies by hosting field validation testbeds. The initial pilot phase within DOE’s Better Plants will aim to identify cost-effective, emerging technologies with significant performance improvement opportunities and adoption potential.

Industrial
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Thursday, October 29, 2020

This webinar is a part of BTO's webinar series on the life cycle of energy. This webinar will discuss the importance of data and measuring lifecycle impacts of buildings, as well as what analytical tools are available today, their merits and limitations, and who uses them.

Thursday, October 29, 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.

Industrial
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Thursday, October 29, 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.

Industrial
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Thursday, October 29, 2020

The webinar included a quick pilot update and focused on plastics recycling, featuring presentations from Amy Costello, P.E., Sustainability Manager at pilot partner Armstrong Flooring, and Jack DeBell, Recycling Program Development Director at University of Colorado Boulder.

Industrial
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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Automated fault detection and diagnostics (AFDD) is a tool that can help maintain the operation of heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning equipment at expected efficiencies, customize maintenance schedules, and alert building owners when occupant comfort is at risk of being compromised due to catastrophic failure. This presentation highlighted the capabilities of AFDD for specific systems including rooftop units and how facility managers use the data to improve operations and make smarter decisions.

Speakers: Michelle German, LBA Realty; Megan Runnion, Ulta

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

The Smart Energy Analytics Campaign presented final results on the use, costs and energy savings from the 104 participants implementing energy information systems (EIS) and fault detection and diagnostics (FDD). Four years of data collection from the Campaign participants represents the largest dataset gathered to date on use of these tools and technologies in commercial buildings.

Speakers: Hannah Kramer & Eliot Crowe, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Commercial
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Thursday, October 22, 2020

The Better Buildings Alliance Renewables Integration Team focused its team call on building-to-grid integration in the context of COVID and how the pandemic is accelerating the transition to grid-interactive efficient buildings (GEBs). Krystal Maxwell from Guidehouse highlighted key findings from a recent study published on this topic. We also heard the perspective from one of our Better Buildings members, Craig Wright from Aurora Public Schools (APS), on how APS is managing building operations during COVID, and perspectives on COVID’s implications for further GEB adoption.

Speakers: Rois Langner, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Kystal Maxwell, Guidehouse; Craig Wright, Aurora Public Schools

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Building off of the Better Buildings Accelerator of the same name, part two of the Sustainable Wastewater Infrastructure of the Future (SWIFt) Initiative brings wastewater facilities together with DOE experts to work towards both short-term and long-term energy savings. Attendees learned about the types of technical assistance available through SWIFt 2.0, including energy data management, technology integration, and project financing, and about the target goals for participants. The webinar showcased DOE’s new Wastewater Energy Management Toolkit.

Speaker: Shannon Zaret, U.S. Department of Energy

State Government
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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

After its first several months in operation, DOE's Building Envelope Campaign team provided updates for new and active participants and supporters. 

Speakers: Hayley McLeod and Dr. Simon Pallin, Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Kristi Ennis, Boulder Associates

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Thursday, October 08, 2020

Owners in New York state have implemented energy management and information systems (EMIS) at over 600 buildings as a part of NYSERDA's Real Time Energy Management incentive program. Attendees heard how these owners used EMIS to elevate building performance and drive savings.

Speakers: Hannah Kramer, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab; Alicia Noriega & Thomas Yeh NYSERDA

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Wednesday, October 07, 2020

This webinar will provide an overview of cooling air management (AM) in data centers; identification of typical energy-saving opportunities in air management; and selective demonstration of Berkeley Lab's air management tools, including the introduction of the new AM Lookup Tables (aimed chiefly at smaller data centers). To varying degrees, these tools enable detailed diagnosis of cooling airflow and environmental control issues for a data center and, with two of the three tools, recommended or tailored actions to achieve energy savings, as well as estimates of those energy savings.

Instructors

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

Magnus Herrlin, Principal Scientific Engineering Associate in the High Tech & Industrial Systems Group, LBNL  

Ian Hoffman, Senior Scientific Engineering Associate, LBNL  

Tuesday, October 06, 2020

This webinar explored the impacts and success stories of commercial property assessed clean energy (PACE) financing, better known as CPACE, 10 years since the completion of the first CPACE project. Attendees heard the story of CPACE’s growth and growing pains, learned about new research on prevailing practices for tracking impacts from CPACE programs, and found out what the future may hold – both obstacles and opportunities – for CPACE financing.

Speakers: Mike Centore, PACENation; Charlene Heydinger, Texas PACE Authority; Greg Leventis, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Commercial/Financial Services
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Thursday, October 01, 2020

Chillers and cooling tower systems are necessary for keeping our products, equipment and staff cool throughout the year. This session provided an overview of these systems and covered the various technologies, control strategies and opportunities to optimize your process cooling systems.

Industrial
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Thursday, September 24, 2020

So you know that you have some opportunities in your facility…do you know how much it’s worth or how to begin analyzing it? Join us to learn about DOE’s FREE, open-source MEASUR software tool suite and how you can get started analyzing and optimizing your own facility systems.

The MEASUR software is a technology- and vendor-agnostic software tool suite that allows you to quickly calculate the energy savings for a wide variety of opportunities found in your facility. The software allows users to analyze data, model energy using systems, perform various what-if analyses, and create dynamic reports for management. During this session, we will step through the software to give you an introduction to the tools' various capabilities so that you can start moving projects from identification towards implementation today!

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

Commercial/Industrial
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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

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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

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

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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

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

Local Government
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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

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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

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

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

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

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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

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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 Center
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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

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.

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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.

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).

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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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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

The Smart Energy Analytics Campaign recognized the following participants in Spring 2020: Partners, Stony Brook University, University of Utah Health, Pomona College

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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.

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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

Financial Services
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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

This Renewables Integration Team Call focused 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.

Industrial
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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.

Industrial
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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.

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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

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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

Commercial/Education
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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

The Smart Energy Analytics Campaign recognized the following participants in Fall 2019: Swedish Medical Center, LBA Realty, Vanderbilt University, Universal Health Services in association with Grumman Butkus

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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 Center
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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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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

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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 Technology Research Team hosted an exciting webinar on electric vehicle (EV) charging and its impact on building energy demand. Presenters provided an overview of 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

The Smart Energy Analytics Campaign recognized the following participants in Spring 2019: Hewlett Packard in association with ISS Facilities, Jamestown LP, Kaiser Permanente, Benchmark Electronics, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Macalester College, Amgen

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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 19, 2019

Smart Energy Analytics Campaign participant Beaumont Health describes their experience with the EMIS RFP process and their lessons learned, including their approach to getting a performance guarantee that avoided a complex contract.

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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

 

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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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Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Stanford University's Residential and Dining Enterprises, a Smart Energy Analytics Campaign participant, implemented an energy information system (EIS) and achieved $450,000 in cost savings in the first year through operational and behavior changes. Learn how EIS gave them the ability to track and reduce their energy consumption.

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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.

Industrial
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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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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Energy information systems are becoming common as a way to organize and analyze energy meter data, especially for large portfolios of buildings. In this webinar, Jamestown LP and Tishman Speyer -- Smart Energy Analytics Campaign participants from the commercial real estate sector -- share their EIS features and give tips on system installation and set-up.

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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.

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 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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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The Smart Energy Analytics Campaign recognized the following participants in Spring 2018: University of Iowa, General Services Administration, The Franklin, District of Columbia Department of General Services, California State University - Dominguez Hills.

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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 18, 2018

This pre-In-Plant Training webinar for the Better Plants Program covered 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.

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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.

Industrial/Local Government/Multifamily/Residential/State Government
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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

While there is growing interest in using building energy consumption and system operation data to improve building performance and visibility, many organizations face the challenges of data management. This webinar presents 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) – from experts at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and the National Renewable Energy Lab.

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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.

Commercial
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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

This webinar demonstrated the use of a planning tool developed by Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF) that helped you create a strategy for reaching energy or water reduction targets for your portfolio, sort through different conservations options, and make informed choices that demonstrate to decision-makers a concrete path to success.

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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

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.

Financial Services/Industrial/Local Government/State Government/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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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

This webinar covers top EIS metrics and analytics to include in your dashboard, resources for selecting and implementing EIS, and guest presentations from Smart Energy Analytics Campaign participants Carleton College and Aurora Public Schools, both of whom implemented EIS to support their energy management goals.

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Monday, November 13, 2017

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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.

Commercial/Industrial
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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.

Multifamily
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Friday, October 13, 2017

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

Industrial
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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.

Education
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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.

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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 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.

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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 distribution centers, providing 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 

Education/Industrial/Local Government/Multifamily/State Government
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.

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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.

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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.

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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? 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.

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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 provided guidance on implementing and replicating energy efficiency opportunities identified by energy assessments.

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Tuesday, November 05, 2013

A little rivalry goes a long way when it comes to reducing building energy use through behavior change. In this webinar, Better Buildings Challenge Partner City of El Paso and Better Buildings Better Plants Partner Legrand shared their experiences leveraging friendly competitions to drive building energy efficiency within their organizations.

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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.

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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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