Better Buildings Webinars

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Please join our next semi-annual Space Conditioning Technical Research Team call on August 27th, 2019. There is 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, you will hear 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.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Initiative supports partners in achieving their energy reduction goals. Find out how UW Health in Madison, Wis., and Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., beat their 20% reduction goals through leadership engagement, educating staff, and consistently measuring performance to verify the results. 

Both health systems are also going beyond the target energy reduction and aim to reduce 30% by 2022 for UW Health and by 2025 for Mayo Clinic.

This webinar is presented by Practice Greenhealth and Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Initiative to provide a closer look from stakeholders who helped champion and measure energy reduction efforts.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The 2019 Better Buildings Summit was held in July in the Washington, D.C. metro area. This webinar features 3 of the top-rated presentations from the Summit – a rare chance to catch one of the talks you might have missed! Presentations include:

  • 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

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 will present 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.

Speakers: Caitlin Rood, Mercy Housing; Claire McLeish, Wegowise; Ilene Mason, Rethinking Power Management

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Small and rural K-12 schools have unique opportunities for improvement due to their size, location, and available resources. This webinar will cover 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. The webinar will also showcase stories of states and K-12 school districts that are successfully navigating their challenges and proving that energy efficiency provides a worthwhile return on investment.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

The Smart Energy Analytics Campaign's third year of operation has seen a significant increase in the data on how participants are using their Energy Management and Information Systems (EMIS). Join us to learn about new cost information, which technologies are seeing increased uptake, and trends for the continued implementation of EMIS in commercial buildings. 

Tuesday, November 05, 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 will recognize the 2019 Green Lease Leaders who are pushing the envelope on building performance and energy-aligned leasing. Speakers will demonstrate how smart leases enable landlords and tenants to work together to keep costs down, while ensuring energy efficiency and workplace comfort.

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, these projects prioritize efficiency and add on-site renewable generation to achieve net zero energy use over the year. Come hear about the financial, technological, and design process innovations that make these projects a reality today.

Tuesday, January 07, 2020

The Better Practice and Better Project Awards were created to recognize outstanding accomplishments in implementing and promoting industrial energy efficiency projects and programs. Join this webinar to learn more from several exceptional 2019 applicants and award winners.

Tuesday, February 04, 2020

Building owners, municipal planners, and governments 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 will introduce two tools used for assessing potential facility-level energy technology investments: the Distributed Energy Resources Customer Adoption Model (DER-CAM) and REopt Lite. DOE’s National Laboratories developed and used these tools to analyze potential energy investments at existing Better Buildings Challenge partner facilities; learn the results of the completed analysis and how these publicly available tools were able to help energy managers and other decisionmakers optimize the unique energy needs of their facilities.

Tuesday, March 03, 2020

This webinar will present a range of research – empirical, quantitative, and market-based – on the effects of energy efficiency and green building measures on the financial performance of commercial real estate. Academic and financial experts will share their findings on what high-performance building features mean for commercial mortgages and overall value.

Tuesday, May 05, 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 will highlight best practices for developing a Smart Labs Program and feature results from Accelerator participants.

Thursday, August 08, 2019

DOE and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) are assessing the performance of a connected building operating system to reduce operating expenses and save energy. DOE seeks a commercial office host site to pilot Prescriptive Data’s Nantum system and receive free, independent M&V conducted by Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The Lighting and Electrical Research Team’s June webinar will focus on Internet of Things (IoT) and lighting. Discussions will touch base on recent IoT analysis as well as typical IoT applications. DOE is embarking on challenging the industry to develop IoT lighting products and seeks possible partners and feedback

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The Better Buildings Alliance Renewables Integration Technical Research Team hosted an exciting webinar on electric vehicle (EV) charging. Presenters provided an overview on 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

Each year, the Better Buildings Smart Energy Analytics Campaign recognizes exemplary efforts in the implementation of energy management and information systems, or EMIS. 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.

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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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

This webinar will present an overview of prioritization and implementation of IT consolidation in data centers. IT consolidation plays an important role in reducing IT energy use as well as the energy use of infrastructure support systems, such as cooling. Additionally, the session will discuss drivers and best practices for IT consolidation in the Federal government including the latest developments in the Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI). Representative(s) from National Laboratories will discuss their experience with IT consolidation.

Magnus Herrlin, member of the High Tech Group, LBNL

Learning Objectives
In this course you will:

  • Understand the nature of IT consolidation
  • Understand the importance of IT consolidation
  • Understand how IT consolidation impacts IT energy use
  • Understand how IT consolidation impacts infrastructure support systems
  • Understand how to perform IT consolidation
  • Understand the best practices of IT consolidation
  • Learn about drivers and best practices in the Federal government
  • Learn about actual IT consolidation case study (ies).
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Five years ago, a movement focused exclusively on reducing the environmental impact of laboratories began to gain momentum. This "green labs" movement seeks to address sustainability holistically, focusing on working with scientists to take concrete steps toward reducing energy, water, waste, and the use of hazardous materials. his movement has continued to grow, and there are now more than 100 organizations across the United States with Green Labs programs. Green Labs programs not only help conserve resources, they also provide a unique opportunity to engage with scientists, strengthening relationships among facilities, safety and sustainability staff, and scientists.

Learning Objectives

By attending this webinar, participants will learn:

  • Which key stakeholders to involve in forming a Green Labs team so that they can form their own teams at their organization;
  • The details of Green Lab Certification and how to participate in this program;
  • Which green lab initiatives are often the most impactful for reducing energy, water, and waste; and
  • How Green Labs fits into the context of the Smart Labs Accelerator program.
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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Monday, April 29, 2019

Do high-performing energy efficient buildings perform better financially than their more energy consuming counterparts? What value do environmental interventions such as green building certifications and tenant engagement strategies provide to owners and investors? The US Department of Energy and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab partnered with the Real Estate Research Institute (RERI) to fund an RFP for new research that investigates these questions. Academics from New York University, York University, and University of Guelph will share findings from recent research that focuses on the connection between energy/environment, buildings, and financial performance, with takeaways that are useful for building operators, investors, and energy policymakers.

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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