Better Buildings Webinars

Wednesday, December 07, 2022


Indoor farming, or controlled environment agriculture (CEA), is an energy and resource intensive process but has the potential to produce high value crops at maximum productivity and resource efficiency when ideal growing conditions are met. To meet ideal growing conditions, the facility’s horticultural systems, like lighting, HVAC, and humidity must be finely tuned and controlled. Integrating these systems can yield synergistic energy savings and, just like commercial facilities, the lighting system and controls can serve as a solid foundation for integration through data collection via sensors and providing a network interface. Join the Better Buildings Lighting Systems Technology Research Team and two Integrated Lighting Campaign Recognized partners, University of Vermont and Vertical Harvest Farms, as they share their success stories in integrating their lighting with horticultural controls.

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.

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

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

Local Government/State Government
Tuesday, January 10, 2023

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

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Better Buildings partners discuss how ISO certification garnered support and engagement from leadership to develop an organization-wide approach to energy data collection and efficiency improvements across multiple facilities.

Speakers: Paul Sheaffer, Laurence Berkeley National Lab; Jim Henry, Iron Mountain Data Centers

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Join 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.

Thursday, February 02, 2023

Equitable decarbonization goals apply to all energy consumers, not just those who can afford elaborate retrofits and cutting-edge technologies. Join us 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.

Tuesday, February 07, 2023

This webinar will highlight the innovative technologies used in the development of multifamily buildings abroad. This includes, but is not limited to, living concrete, Energiesprong building wrap, air-to-water heat pumps, and other technologies. The webinar will also look at innovative building performance standards and labels abroad such as the widely used energy passport or Energy Performance Certificate (CPE).

Thursday, February 09, 2023

Properly managing larger plug and process loads, often referred to as process loads, can lead to substantial energy savings. Hear from two organizations about their experiences and successes in managing process loads. CMTA will share their best practices for process load reduction from their experience designing high-performance buildings. Sabey Data Centers will share their expert insight and hone in on data center energy efficiency best practices. Additionally, a resource will be featured that outlines best practices on how to identify loads to target for energy reduction, as well as an overview of reduction technologies and strategies for 5 categories of process loads: food handling, refrigeration, internal mobility, data centers, and information technology, and water handling.

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Architects, engineers, and contractors (A/E/C) are essential in designing and delivering buildings that offer top value to clients while meeting energy and carbon goals. This discussion will highlight the A/E/C and client barriers to routine design and delivery of zero-caron buildings, in addition to resources developed by the Better Buildings Design and Construction Allies that address the challenges.

Thursday, February 16, 2023

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 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. Join us to learn about the new recognition categories for Participants and opportunities available to Supporters, including recognition available as an Exemplary Supporter or Energy Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion and how your products and/or services may be featured in a future case study.

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

This newly published DOE framework helps organizations develop an actionable plan to achieve their Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions reduction targets across a portfolio of buildings. The major milestones in the emissions reduction planning process will be illustrated using examples from commercial building owners.

Thursday, February 23, 2023

Do you have a lighting project that is worthy of ILC recognition? 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 will introduce new recognition categories and will explain 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. We’ll leave time at the end of the webinar for Q&A.

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Climate change disproportionately impacts certain communities, that is why diversity, equity, and inclusion are crucial to consider when creating a climate action plan. Learn how Better Buildings partners ensure their actions respond to the needs of those most impacted by climate change and policy.

Tuesday, March 07, 2023

Electrifying fossil fuel powered processes is a key decarbonization strategy for manufacturers. Electrification has the potential to provide other benefits too, such as higher energy efficiency, reduced maintenance costs, and even product quality improvements. Learn from Better Plants partners about the benefits and challenges in implementing electrified systems in your facilities.

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

In healthcare facilities, large plug and process loads pose a significant obstacle to reducing on-site energy consumption. Sub-metering medical equipment allows landlords and property managers to understand energy use patterns and helps energy managers match reduction strategies to different equipment types. Join this webinar to learn about how Better Buildings healthcare partners deploy submetering strategies to identify energy savings opportunities.

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

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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.

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.

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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