Better Buildings Webinars

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 will discuss how to make a compelling business case for the value of submetering to decision makers. They will also share 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

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:

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, Better Building EMIS Tech Team will provide an overview of AI and ML techniques and will describe the most promising applications in commercial buildings.

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

Transcript coming soon.

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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.