Better Buildings Webinars

Tuesday, October 01, 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 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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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 highlight a new efficiency-as-a-service toolkit and Better Buildings Financial Allies share insights from the field.

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


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