Better Buildings Webinars

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.

Speakers:  Bob Hinkle, Metrus Energy; Asher Burg, SparkFund; Richard Braam, Bristol Hospital

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Join the Better Buildings Alliance Renewables Integration Team for 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) will provide an introduction to DOE’s research interests and stakeholder efforts with utilities and state policymakers in this area. The Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) will also present 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.

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Collecting tenant utility data is critical to benchmarking energy and cost savings for multifamily housing retrofit projects. But tenants are sometimes skeptical about how building owners/managers will use their data and the benefit to residents. This webinar will identify strategies for obtaining tenant consent to share their utility data; it will also explore ways to inform multifamily residents about the benefits of energy efficiency upgrades.

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 will focus on one emerging solution: air management packages. These packages bundle several individual measures together. They can be replicated with little or no customization, help reduce upfront implementation costs, and are eligible for utility incentives. Presenters will discuss the research, field validation, and practical application of these packages.

Data Centers
Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The DOE Better Buildings Alliance Plug and Process Load Technical Research Team hosted its biannual call on March 20th, 2019 at 1pm EST. Technical Team Lead, Kim Trenbath, provided updates on current and upcoming PPL Team research efforts, as well as other relevant industry updates. Our technical presentation was given by Alicen Kandt from NREL, who provided a summary of a recent field study that assessed a wireless meter and control system (also known as “smart outlets”) for plug loads in two retail environments. Quantitative and qualitative performance results were discussed. There was also time for attendee discussion and commentary on the call topics. 

Speakers: Kim Trenbath, NREL; Alicen Kandt, NREL

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Join this webinar to learn about the 2019 recognition application process for the Interior Lighting Campaign. You’ll also hear about the 3 new “Innovative” categories that were added this year, examples of past recognized projects, and the benefits of recognition. Submissions are due April 16! This event will include a 30 minute presentation by Michael Myer of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, followed by a moderated live Q&A.

Date: Thursday, March 14, 2019 
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EST

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Audio:  (312) 757-3121 (if you wish to dial-in)
Access Code: 522-093-029

Thursday, March 07, 2019

This call will provide an overview of research activity, resources, and new space conditioning technologies. Michael Deru (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) will highlight new technology award winners from the 2019 AHR Expo, including the Product-of-the-Year winner.

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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 highlight the Fitwel certifications, WELL standard, and more.

Speakers: Sara Neff, Kilroy Realty; Megan O'Neil, City of Atlanta; Beth Hawkins, Three3


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Thursday, February 21, 2019

DOE is launching an effort to challenge the industry to deliver an easily upgradeable, competitively priced troffer luminaire or retrofit kit for commercial spaces. This call will introduce the Challenge’s goals, discuss the benefits for an upgradeable troffer, and inquire about the near-term IoT applications that would be of most value to building owners. This meeting will also discuss the 2019 ILC Recognition process now underway, and share details on new Innovative Lighting System Categories introduced this year.

Registration link:  Pre-registration is not required.  |  Audio connection via computer or dial-in +1 (571) 317-3122 Access Code: 813-580-069

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Industry leaders from all around the country are leveraging research and development to harness innovation and solve some of their most challenging problems. In this webinar, actual end users from among Better Plants partners and representatives of the R&D community show how the National Labs and DOE-funded consortia can generate exciting new solutions in the form of technologies, materials, and best practices.

Speakers: Patrick Blanchard, Ford Research and Innovation Center; Stan Petrash, Henkel Corporation; Clara Asmail, DOE


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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Air leakage in commercial buildings in the U.S. accounts for about one quad of energy annually. As the thermal resistance of commercial building envelopes continues to improve, the relative contribution of air leakage to heating and cooling loads is increasing. During this webinar meeting, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Better Buildings Partner Arlington County, VA will discuss market trends and methods for addressing air tightness in buildings. Jessica Abralind (Arlington County, VA) and Philip Agee (Viridiant) will present results and experiences from air leakage testing at the County’s Solid Waste and Traffic Engineering Office.  ORNL’s Dr. Diana Hun and Dr. Mahabir Bhandari will present recent research results on characterizing market trends in air leakage requirements, testing methods, and an examination of the energy cost savings potential for select building types. 


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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, January 08, 2019

This webinar focuses 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.

Speakers: Otto VanGeet, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Thomas Checksfield, 3flow; Monica Witt, Los Alamos National Laboratory 

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

This webinar explores the current landscape for financing energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in the higher education sector featuring speakers from Chesapeake College, Michigan State University, and the University of Virginia. Additionally, representatives from the Department of Energy share a recently released higher education energy financing primer.

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