Better Buildings Webinars

Thursday, November 29, 2018

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

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Come and hear about the recent work of the Better Buildings Technology Research Teams and find out how they can benefit your organization! We will hear from leaders at our National Laboratories working to advance technologies related to space conditioning, lighting, plug loads, building envelope, and energy management information systems.

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

This webinar will focus on the Department of Energy’s Smart Labs Accelerator Program and the first steps for incorporating Smart Labs methodology into your organizations current management plan. Using lessons learned and experts in the field this webinar will set up your site for creating a Smart Labs Program. Prioritizing energy efficiency in labs can help organizations quickly meet their energy saving goals.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

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

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

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Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Real world applications of energy-using equipment and processes can inform the direction of energy-related research. In this webinar, actual end users from among Better Plants partners and representatives of the R&D community will discuss how they have informed research into new energy-related technologies, materials, and best practices.

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 will highlight the Fitwel certifications, WELL standard, and more.

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 will highlight a new efficiency-as-a-service toolkit and Better Buildings Financial Allies will share insights from the field.

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

What are the Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines and how will they impact you? We will answer this question and bring some real-world examples of creative solutions our partners are implementing to increase the value of the buildings workforce.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

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

Webinar Time 3-7pm ET

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Please join us for a GPG Outbrief webinar on Advanced Lighting Controls (ALC) with LED. Researchers from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory evaluated five different LED systems with ALC at a test-bed site in Fort Worth, Texas, and provided analysis of the added savings and costs of the controls as well as guidance on where ALC with LED can be best deployed. During the webinar, researchers and facility managers will discuss findings from the evaluation, share operational guidance and answer questions.

Note: Attendees are eligible to receive 1 continuing education credit from the American Institute of Architects for attending webinars.

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Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Building enclosure technologies account for approximately 30% of the primary energy consumed in residential and commercial buildings. With the advent of energy efficient building envelope technologies, if properly installed, can significantly reduce this energy consumption. Building commissioning has been proven to ensure a better building performance, but what about the enclosure? Why hasn’t Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx) been given more attention? Is it too complicated? Are true incentives missing? Is BECx too expensive and payback time unreasonable?

Join this session to learn about DOE and ORNL’s research into the costs and benefits of BECx as well as the investigation and development of a new building enclosure performance (BEP) metric to support building owners, designers and consultants in evaluating the benefits of BECx and investment in high performing envelope technologies.  ETRT members will be consulted on the value of the proposed BEP metric and ideas for addressing market challenges in conducting BECx.

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

This webinar introduced comprehensive guidance for K-12 schools along with a review of the newest lighting technologies and strategies for classroom optimization and proficiency, with a goal of helping school energy managers use the best available applications for their schools. To assist with decision-making during the lighting upgrade process, presenters reviewed technologies such as tunable lighting, controls, and troffer retrofits, offering economic snapshots for the benefits of these upgrades. While focused on K-12 schools, this toolkit can be useful for multiple building types. 

Speakers: Robert Davis, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; Tracy Beeson, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

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

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

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

How to Register  

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


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


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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

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

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Accurate and consistent data is a key ingredient in an effective water management strategy, but many organizations struggle with water data collection and analysis. In this webinar, hear from partners that have enacted innovative water metering strategies and analytical methods that allow them to draw greater insights from their data. Additionally, find out more about a new opportunity to gain recognition from the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) for benchmarking your buildings’ water and waste data.

Speakers: Rock Ridolfi Jr., Rivion; Jonathan Bauer, The Tower Companies; Ken Rosenfeld, BOMA International 


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Thursday, October 04, 2018

This webinar provides viewers with an introduction to DOE’s new Manufacturing Energy Assessment Software for Utility Reduction (MEASUR) tool suite and its features and capabilities.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

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