Better Buildings Webinars

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. 

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Real world applications of energy-using equipment and processes can inform the direction of energy-related research and spark innovation. In this webinar, 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.


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, 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.


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

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The DOE Better Buildings Alliance Plug and Process Load Technical Research Team is hosting its biannual call on March 20th at 1pm EST. Technical Team Lead, Kim Trenbath, will provide updates on current and upcoming PPL Team research efforts, as well as other relevant industry updates. Our technical presentation will be given by Alicen Kandt from NREL, who will provide 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 will be discussed. There will be time for attendee discussion and commentary on the call topics. We hope you can join us!

Speakers: Kim Trenbath, NREL; Alicen Kandt, NREL

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

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
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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Tuesday, December 04, 2018

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

Speakers: Michael Deru, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Melissa Lapsa, Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Michael Meyer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; Kim Trenbath, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Jessica Granderson, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory 

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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.

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

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 discussed findings from the evaluation, shared operational guidance, and answered questions. This webinar is part of GSA's GPG Outbrief series. 

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.