Better Buildings Webinars

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. Join the Better Buildings Lighting Systems Technology Research Team as they share insights on germicidal ultraviolet radiation and its impact on both energy use and airborne pathogens. PNNL’s Lighting Research Engineers Gabe Arnold and Belal Abboushi will present 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 provide input on how DOE resources can provide the most valuable impact.

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

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

Commercial
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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