Upcoming Events

Better Buildings Alliance events bring together diverse participants to share insights, ideas, and updates about energy efficiency in commercial buildings. Webinars and team conference calls feature experts from industry as well as from the U.S. Department of Energy's national laboratories. View archived webinar recordings, slides, and transcripts.

Refrigeration Team Meeting

  • August 6, 2014 1:00-2:30 PM EDT

Better Buildings Challenge: Education Sector Update

  • August 7, 2014 3:00-3:45 PM EDT

July 2014

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2014 Better Buildings Case Competition: Here Comes the Sun

2014 Better Buildings Case Competition: Here Comes the Sun

July 1, 2014
12:00-1:00 PM EDT

The Better Buildings Case Competition challenges collegiate teams to present unique and innovative solutions for reducing energy waste and improving the efficiency of our nation’s homes and commercial buildings to industry leaders. The 2014 winning student teams included Harvard University, Carnegie Mellon University, Yale University, Stanford University, University of California - Santa Barbara, University of California – San Diego, University of California – Berkeley, Columbia University, and MIT.

Team Delta Eta, of Columbia University, will present their solution to: Here Comes the Sun: Satisfying RPS with Solar Case Study - Students developed a cost effective solar incentive program strategy for utility companies charged with meeting Renewable Portfolio Standards. Register today.

Most Innovative: Team Delta Eta from Columbia University
Delta Eta was awarded Most Innovative for their novel hybrid model rate structure which is applicable to both large and small scale operations. The team conducted excellent financial analyses and looked into multiple kinds of ownership structures.

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2014 Better Buildings Case Competition: Picking up PACE

2014 Better Buildings Case Competition: Picking up PACE

July 3, 2014
12:00-1:00 PM EDT

The Better Buildings Case Competition challenges collegiate teams to present unique and innovative solutions for reducing energy waste and improving the efficiency of our nation’s homes and commercial buildings to industry leaders. The 2014 winning student teams included Harvard University, Carnegie Mellon University, Yale University, Stanford University, University of California - Santa Barbara, University of California – San Diego, University of California – Berkeley, Columbia University, and MIT.

Team Everpower, of Carnegie Mellon University, will present their solution to: Picking up PACE: Taking Commercial PACE Financing to Scale Case Study. For this case, students developed a program structure and business plan for states to use to effectively implement PACE financing and scale up energy efficiency. Register today.

Best Proposal: Team Everpower, Carnegie Mellon University
Team Everpower was awarded Best Proposal for their self-sustaining, scalable solution. Through an emphasis on a broad range of value streams to building owners, like worker productivity, the case lays a foundation for market demand. The team outlines a feasible segmentation of eligible projects, intended to lead to a high conversion rate.

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2014 Better Buildings Case Competition: Welcome Home to Savings

2014 Better Buildings Case Competition: Welcome Home to Savings

July 10, 2014
12:00-1:00 PM EDT

The Better Buildings Case Competition challenges collegiate teams to present unique and innovative solutions for reducing energy waste and improving the efficiency of our nation’s homes and commercial buildings to industry leaders. The 2014 winning student teams included Harvard University, Carnegie Mellon University, Yale University, Stanford University, University of California - Santa Barbara, University of California – San Diego, University of California – Berkeley, Columbia University, and MIT.

Team Millennial Makers, of Stanford University, and Team Xenergy, of University of California, Santa Barbara, will present their solution to: Welcome Home to Savings: Distributed Generation in Multifamily Housing Case Study - Students developed a replicable strategy to expand energy efficiency and distributed generation at federally assisted housing complexes. Register today.

Best Proposal: Team Millennial Makers from Stanford University
Team Millennial Makers was awarded Best Proposal for their exhibit of strong research and both quantitative and qualitative analysis. The team interviewed building owners and utilities, considering differences across states. The team also touched on vital aspects of the case including resilience, cost-benefit, and HUD’s financial outlay.

Most Innovative: Team Xenergy from University of California, Santa Barbara
Team Xenergy was awarded Most Innovative for thinking outside of the box of the affordable housing complex and looking at the whole community. This team conducted in-depth research and applied it to one specific case study which addressed climate resiliency and community development priorities.

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Better Buildings Challenge: Multifamily Update

Better Buildings Challenge: Multifamily Update

July 10, 2014
3:00-3:45 PM EDT

Presenter: Kevin Bush, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Join the Energy Department as we share how Better Buildings Challenge multifamily partners are achieving their energy goals by deploying energy management programs. Learn about exciting new solutions including implementation models and innovative showcase projects, showing actual performance data and delivering real energy and cost savings results. Also hear how Partners are beginning to demonstrate progress in 2013 including percent improvement and cumulative savings in the multifamily residential housing sector. Register today.

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2014 Better Buildings Case Competition: Experimenting with Efficiency

2014 Better Buildings Case Competition: Experimenting with Efficiency

July 11, 2014
12:00-1:00 PM EDT

The Better Buildings Case Competition challenges collegiate teams to present unique and innovative solutions for reducing energy waste and improving the efficiency of our nation’s homes and commercial buildings to industry leaders. The 2014 winning student teams included Harvard University, Carnegie Mellon University, Yale University, Stanford University, University of California - Santa Barbara, University of California – San Diego, University of California – Berkeley, Columbia University, and MIT.

Team Golden Energtech, of University of California, Berkeley, and Team Xenergy, of University of California, Santa Barbara, will present their solutions to: Experimenting with Efficiency: Greening the Grant Process for Research Institutions. Students developed a business case and implementation strategy for universities to promote energy efficiency projects on their campuses funded by external grants. Register today.

Most Innovative: Team Golden Energtech from University of California, Berkeley
Team Golden Energtech was awarded Most Innovative for their excellent proposal that demonstrated attention to the human element in the problem. The proposal addresses energy training, operations and maintenance, and ways grant makers can encourage grantees to invest more in energy efficiency.

Most Innovative: Team Xenergy from University of California, Santa Barbara
Team Xenergy was awarded Most Innovative for their novel energy management information system application and metering system that could identify and report on energy savings opportunities to universities and grant making agencies. This team made a particular effort to leverage existing networks in creative new ways and catalyze market growth for energy efficiency in lab technology.

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Lighting & Electrical Team: Interior Lighting

Lighting & Electrical Team: Interior Lighting

July 17, 2014
1:00-2:00 PM EDT

  • Introductions/Announcements
  • Outdoor Lighting Team update (Michael Myer)
  • Lightfair Highlights – June 3-5, 2014 in Las Vegas (Jeff McCullough)
  • Lightfair BBA Session in DOE booth
  • Any products members saw that were of interest?
  • Interior Lighting Campaign Planning (Jeff McCullough)
  • Walmart LED Ambient Lighting Specification (Ralph Williams)
  • Open Discussion/Networking (All)
  • Wrap Up

  • Target Audience: Team members and potential members

    Audio: 1-877-336-1839, passcode 6299368 #

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    Renewables Integration Team Meeting

    Renewables Integration Team Meeting

    July 22, 2014
    2:00-3:00 PM EDT

  • Team Update
  • Planning Update
  • Supermarket Refrigeration Initiative and Performance Metric
  • Presentation on Community Solar Options by Anna Brockway of the SunShot Program

  • Registration: If you are interested in attending this meeting, please email the Team Lead, Jay Paidipati, at jpaidipati@navigant.com.

    Target Audience: Members of the Renewables Integration Team

    Audio: 1-800-811-9285, Conference Code 415-399-2191

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    Guide to Navigating Building and Fire Codes for Laboratories Webinar

    Guide to Navigating Building and Fire Codes for Laboratories

    July 24, 2014
    1:00-2:00 PM EDT

    Presenter: Craig Wray, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

    There are many fire and building codes and standards that are referenced for laboratory design and operation. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has reviewed the various documents and prepared a guideline for navigating through their requirements. This webinar will focus on reviewing the guidelines. Register here and use the code 4952417#.

    Audio: 866-740-1260

    Target Audience: Laboratory and High-tech Owners, Operators, Designers

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    Better Buildings Challenge: Public Sector Update

    Better Buildings Challenge: Public Sector Update

    July 24, 2014
    3:00-3:45 PM EDT

    Presenter: Sarah Zaleski and Alice Dasek, U.S. Department of Energy

    Join the Energy Department as we share how Better Buildings Challenge public partners are achieving their energy goals by deploying energy management programs. Learn about exciting new solutions including implementation models and innovative showcase projects, showing actual performance data and delivering real energy and cost savings results. Also hear how Partners demonstrated progress in 2013 including percent improvement, and cumulative savings across counties, cities and states. Register today.

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