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Past Webinars

Information about past Better Buildings Alliance Webinars, including videos and slides, appears on this page. Please note that the Better Buildings Alliance was formerly known as the Commercial Buildings Energy Alliance (CBEA). The following Webinar archives are available for viewing in Windows Media Player as Windows Media Video (WMV) files. To view these WMV files, you will need a computer running Microsoft Windows with Windows Media Player, version 9 or later. Download Windows Media Player.

  • September 16, 2014: Overview of the Advanced RTU with Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance Audience

    Older, inefficient commercial HVAC rooftop unit (RTU) air conditioning systems are common and can significantly waste a building’s energy costs. By replacing or retrofitting them, you can save money, improve your energy efficiency, make your building more comfortable, and help the environment. The Advanced RTU Campaign (ARC) encourages commercial building owners and operators to replace their old RTUs with more efficient units or to retrofit their RTUs with advanced controls in order to take advantage of these benefits. The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) is a Supporter of the campaign, in collaboration with the lead organizers, ASHRAE, the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Better Buildings Alliance.
    This webinar is an introduction to ARC and a review of tools available to evaluate and implement high efficiency RTU technology. Information is provided on the energy and cost savings potential, benefits of joining the Campaign, how to join, and the myriad technical resources available for RTU evaluation and improvement. The webinar also features information on programs and incentives available to businesses in the Midwest to help them make these RTU investments in their buildings, and a case study example from Focus on Energy, another ARC Supporter, of a Midwestern company’s RTU replacement with high-efficiency units.

  • September 2, 2014: Make Your Building Sing!: Building Re-tuning to Reduce Energy Waste

    Re-tuning is a low-cost process to identify and correct building operational problems that lead to energy waste. To expand the practice of re-tuning, the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) developed a curricula focused on retuning both large (with a building automation system, or BAS) and small (without a BAS) commercial buildings. Hear from Better Buildings Challenge Partners who have employed retuning training to improve building performance and learn about opportunities to participate in trainings in your area.

  • July 30, 2014: Better Buildings Challenge Multifamily Partners: Pathways to Meeting Your Energy Data Commitment

    The Department of Energy and the Department of Housing and Urban Development presented a webinar to multifamily sector Better Buildings Challenge Partners on accessing whole-building energy data. Learn about the current landscape of whole-building energy data in the multifamily sector and what other Better Buildings Challenge Partners are doing to fulfill their energy data commitments.

  • July 24, 2014: Guide to Navigating Building and Fire Codes for Laboratories

    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 focuses on reviewing the guidelines.

  • July 10, 2014: Better Buildings Challenge: Multifamily Update

    The Energy Department shared 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.

  • July 10, 2014: 2014 Better Buildings Case Competition: Welcome Home to Savings

    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.

    Team Millennial Makers, of Stanford University, and Team Xenergy, of University of California, Santa Barbara, presented 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.

  • July 3, 2014: 2014 Better Buildings Case Competition: Picking Up PACE

    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.

    Team Everpower, of Carnegie Mellon University, presented 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.

  • July 1, 2014: 2014 Better Buildings Case Competition: Here Comes the Sun

    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.

    Team Delta Eta, of Columbia University, presented 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.

  • June 27, 2014: 2014 Better Buildings Case Competition: A Side of Savings

    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.

    Team Everpower, of Carnegie Mellon University, and Team Crown Joules, of Harvard University, presented their solution to: A Side of Savings: Energy Efficiency in the Restaurant Franchise Model Case Study - Students were challenged to develop a strategy for restaurant franchises to deploy energy efficiency solutions, including consideration of the complicated ownership, investment, and management.

  • June 19, 2014: Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge: Manufacturing Update

    The Energy Department shared how Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge partners are achieving their energy goals by deploying energy management programs. Learn about an exciting new pilot with Better Plants partners to enroll their key suppliers into the program to help them manage their energy. Topics covered include progress demonstrated in 2013, including percent improvement and cumulative savings across industrial plants and facilities.

  • June 5, 2014: Better Buildings Challenge: Commercial Sector Update

    The Energy Department shared how Better Buildings Challenge commercial partners are achieving their energy goals by deploying energy management programs. Learn about exciting new solutions through innovative case studies 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 in buildings such as grocery stores, retail stores, hospitals, hotels, and office buildings.

  • May 22, 2014: Better Buildings Progress and Results Overview for Business Forward
  • May 21, 2014: Impacts of Energy Efficiency on the Financial Performance of Commercial Buildings

    The Department of Energy conducted a review of existing market research on the impact of Energy Efficiency and Green Labels on building financial performance. This webinar presented the results of the review and discussed areas that have been identified for further research. The goal of the effort was to determine the extent to which empirical evidence currently available to the market demonstrates that efficiency contributes to overall building financial performance. The research review covered a range of factors impacted by efficiency, including operating expenses, rents, vacancy, sales prices and other drivers of Net Operating Income and Asset Value, and presents ranges of typical premiums associated with green labels. Over 50 relevant studies from the market were reviewed and compiled into this summary.

  • May 20, 2014: Using the RTU Comparison Calculator to Justify High-Efficiency Units

    The Advanced RTU Campaign is working with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to update its RTU Comparison Calculator (RTUCC). This webinar presented how contractors and building owners/managers can use the RTUCC to compare RTU options and justify high-efficiency units, and took input on how the RTUCC can be improved for users. The RTUCC compares high-efficiency rooftop air conditioners to standard equipment in terms of life cycle cost. This web application provides an alternative to complicated building simulation models, while offering more detail than simplified estimating tools that are commonly available. While simplified tools are typically based on full-load efficiencies and full-load equivalent operating hours, the RTUCC accounts for local climate and partial-load, as well as full-load efficiencies. The Comparison Calculator assists decision-making regarding the purchase or replacement of packaged rooftop air conditioning equipment, by estimating a product´s lifetime energy cost savings at various efficiency levels.

  • May 14, 2014: Review Core Competencies for Appraisers to Value Green Buildings

    The Appraisal Foundation is developing a document to describe the fundamentals of the Valuation of Green Buildings. This document highlights the core skill sets and data necessary for appraisers to value green homes and commercial buildings properly, and provides guidance on how to obtain them. This second draft of this document is available for public review and was presented on this webinar for real-time comments and feedback.

  • April 29, 2014: Overview of the Advanced RTU Campaign with Efficiency Vermont and Burlington Electric Department

    Older, inefficient commercial HVAC rooftop unit (RTU) air conditioning systems are common and can significantly waste a building’s energy costs. By replacing or retrofitting them, you can save money, improve your energy efficiency, make your building more comfortable, and help the environment. The Advanced RTU Campaign encourages commercial building owners and operators to replace their old RTUs with more efficient units or to retrofit their RTUs with advanced controls in order to take advantage of these benefits. Efficiency Vermont (EVT) and Burlington Electric Department (BED) are supporting partners in the Campaign, in collaboration with the lead organizers, ASHRAE, the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Better Buildings Alliance.

    This webinar was an introduction to the Advanced RTU Campaign and a review of tools available to EVT and BED customers to evaluate and implement high efficiency RTU technology. We provided information on the energy and cost savings potential, benefits of joining the campaign, how to join, and what participants can expect from the campaign. The webinar also featured information on programs and incentives available to EVT and BED customers to help them make these investments in their buildings.

  • April 15, 2014: Results from Tompkins County’s usage of the ARC RTU Inventory Spreadsheet

    The Advanced RTU Campaign is collaboration between ASHRAE, the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Better Buildings Alliance. The purpose of the campaign is to promote adoption of high efficiency rooftop unit (RTU) technologies by aligning stakeholders and by increasing access to resources available to building owners, managers, and contractors. In this webinar, ARC technical experts introduced the RTU Inventory Spreadsheet and explained how it helps building owners/managers track and maintain their air conditioning equipment. Tompkins County, in New York State, shared its experience using and results from this document in evaluating its RTU technology inventory, which has informed their replacement/retrofit of equipment as appropriate.

  • March 20, 2014: Cornell's Laboratory Ventilation Management Program

    This webinar presented the work of the Cornell LVMP, a comprehensive program that incorporates institutional energy goals with the maintenance of the health and safety of the lab population. This presentation focused on the components of the program and highlighted the recent changes and additions to the Lab Design Standard to better align the design process with both safety and energy priorities.

  • February 25, 2014: Taking Action Toward Efficient RTUs (and Keeping them Efficient after Installation)

    The Advanced Rooftop Unit Campaign (ARC), in coordination with NYSERDA HVAC Business Partners, held a webinar on why building owners and operators should install high-efficiency rooftop units (RTUs) and how and to keep them running efficiently with Quality Maintenance practices. Michael Deru from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Ed Smyth from DNV GL, an independent contractor to NYSERDA, presented these details at the ASHRAE Winter Conference.

  • January 7, 2014: Better Buildings Webinar Series—Kick-starting Your Energy Management Program

    Time, money, and expertise are often barriers to a robust energy management program. Better Buildings Challenge Partners Shorenstein and Allegheny College described solutions that helped them jump these hurdles to develop a culture of sustainability within their organizations—and a track record of successful energy efficiency projects. Jaxon Love detailed Shorenstein’s experience bringing on energy management fellows for summer appointments, building the case for a full-time sustainability position at the company. Kelly Boulton outlined how she and campus professors worked together to engage students to develop and present the business case for campus energy efficiency projects to administrators. Renee Lefrenz also profiled the Alliance to Save Energy's PowerSave Campus program, a student internship supporting energy efficiency efforts in schools.

  • December 10, 2013: The Advanced RTU Campaign's New Technical Resources for a Streamlined RTU Evaluation Process

    New technologies for replacement and retrofits of existing rooftop air conditioning units (RTUs) offer tremendous savings opportunities; however, the process of finding the best options can be overwhelming. To help build the business case for the best high-efficiency solutions, the Department of Energy’s Advanced RTU Campaign (ARC) has developed a set of resources built around a streamlined RTU evaluation methodology. This webinar demonstrated how these resources can be used to assess your existing equipment for retrofit or replacement, identify the highest priority RTUs, make the business case, and determine the best options for proceeding with the RTU retrofits and replacements.

  • December 3, 2013: Better Buildings Webinar Series—Deep Energy Retrofits

    Deep energy retrofits take a whole building approach to achieve dramatic energy savings. Upgrades to multiple building systems can be made all at once or in a planned sequence over a number of years, and can sometimes reap energy savings of 50% or more. In this webinar, Better Buildings Alliance member Carlos Santamaria discussed Glenborough’s experience implementing deep energy retrofits. Cara Carmichael of the Rocky Mountain Institute also shared best practices gleaned supporting numerous deep energy retrofit projects across the country. Could deep energy retrofits be right for your buildings?

  • November 7, 2013: Building the Business Case for Adoption of Energy Information Systems (EIS)- Costs and Benefits of Technology Use In Commercial Buildings

    Energy information systems (EIS) can enable site energy savings of up to 20%. However, adoption remains low due to 2 critical barriers: 1. Lack of information on technology costs and associated energy and cost savings; 2. Limited understanding of how the technology can be used for maximum benefit. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) has worked with Better Buildings Alliance members and other early adopters to analyze critical aspects of successful EIS implementation. This webinar provided detailed study findings, including generalized EIS technology procurement costs, specific energy and cost savings benefits, and best practice uses. EIS pricing models and cost drivers, and the relative impact of factors such as increased metering, were also presented.

  • November 5, 2013: Better Buildings Webinar Series—Intra-organization Energy Efficiency Competitions

    A little rivalry goes a long way when it comes to reducing building energy use through behavior change. In this webinar, Better Buildings Challenge Partner City of El Paso and Better Buildings Better Plants Partner Legrand shared their experiences leveraging friendly competitions to drive building energy efficiency within their organizations. The session also included an overview of the U.S. EPA’s Energy Efficiency Competition Guide.

  • October 1, 2013: Better Buildings Webinar Series—Speaking the CFO Language: Building the Case for Energy Efficiency with Financial Decision-makers

    Getting approval for energy efficiency measures can sometimes be the most challenging aspect of the project. In this Better Buildings Webinar Series presentation, Better Buildings Challenge Partners USAA Real Estate Company; University of California, Irvine; and Kohl's shared their best practices for communicating the value of building energy efficiency projects and working with financial decision-makers to make those projects happen.

  • September 23, 2013: Advanced RTU Campaign Resource Spotlight: RTU Performance Calculators

    The Advanced RTU Campaign is a collaboration between ASHRAE, the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), and the Better Buildings Alliance. The purpose of the campaign is to promote adoption of high efficiency RTU technologies by aligning stakeholders and by increasing access to resources available to building owners, managers, and contractors. This webinar introduced a RTU evaluation approach and two performance calculators that building owners, managers, contractors, and operators can use to evaluate their RTUs for energy and cost savings. This presentation also provides discussed examples of how these tools can be used to help your organization evaluate the impact and cost saving benefits of implementing high efficiency RTU technology.

  • September 19, 2013: Targeting 100! How Healthcare Can Meet the 2030 Challenge

    Targeting 100! is a roadmap that lays the groundwork for achieving exceptionally energy efficient hospitals in the most diverse climate regions and most populous centers of the U.S. The goal of Targeting 100! is to provide detailed energy and cost models that show it is possible to reduce energy by 60% from typical operational examples to less than 100 kBtu/SF yr with very little incremental cost increase. This webinar discussed overarching strategies to reduce energy use and increase overall indoor environmental quality inspired by low energy examples world-wide and input from industry experts. This presentation also included approaches, results, and suggested strategies through a digital tool developed for implementing Targeting 100!

  • August 6, 2013: Better Buildings Webinar Series—Data Access

    This presentation on the underlying barriers to energy data access is a part of the Better Buildings Webinar Series. Learn about solutions underway across the country, including a successful collaboration between building owners, utilities, regulators, and policymakers in Philadelphia who worked together to provide access to whole-building energy use data. The session also highlights new resources to help you replicate this model in your community.

  • June 17, 2013: Advanced RTU Campaign Webinar

    Older, inefficient commercial HVAC rooftop unit (RTU) air conditioning systems are common and can significantly waste a building’s energy costs. By replacing or retrofitting them, you can save money, improve your energy efficiency, make your building more comfortable, and help the environment. The Advanced RTU Campaign (ARC) encourages commercial building owners and operators to replace their old RTUs with more efficient units or to retrofit their RTUs with advanced controls in order to take advantage of these benefits. The campaign is collaboration between ASHRAE, the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Better Buildings Alliance. Click here to read more about ARC and to join.

    This webinar provided an introduction to the Advanced RTU Campaign and a review of strategies that businesses have used to implement high-efficiency RTU technology in their buildings. The session included information on the energy and cost savings potential, additional benefits of joining the campaign, how to join, and what participants can expect from the campaign. The webinar also featured two case study examples of high efficiency technology that qualifies to participate in the campaign.

  • May 23, 2013: Commercial Building Partnership Success Story Webinar Series- A Look at PNC Bank’s Net Zero Bank Branch in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    PNC Financial Services (PNC) partnered with the Department of Energy (DOE) to develop and implement solutions to build new, low-energy buildings that are at least 50% below ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2004 as part of DOE’s Commercial Building Partnerships (CBP) Program. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory provided technical expertise in support of this DOE program. This webinar focused on a specific PNC bank branch located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and discussed energy savings, how efficiency goals were met, case study replication in PNC’s portfolio, and project strategies.

  • May 9, 2013: Commercial Building Partnership Success Story Webinar Series- A look at The Home Depot’s most Energy Efficiency Store

    The Home Depot partnered with the Department of Energy (DOE) to develop and implement solutions to build new, low-energy buildings that are at least 50% below Standard 90.1-2007 as part of DOE’s Commercial Building Partnerships (CBP) Program. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory provided technical expertise in support of this DOE program. This webinar focused on a specific Home Depot store in Lodi, California, the first Home Depot store built using a new prototype design and the most energy efficient Home Depot store in the country. The webinar discussed energy savings, how efficiency goals were met, case study replication in The Home Depot’s portfolio, and project strategies.

  • January 16, 2013: Commercial Kitchen Demand Control Ventilation (DCV)

    This webinar provided an overview of developments in commercial kitchen Demand Control Ventilation (DCV) technology, describing its energy-savings potential and the factors that impact its potential. Featured speakers included Rich Shandross from the Food Service Project Team of the Better Buildings Alliance, Don Fisher from the Food Service Technology Center of Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), and Kim Erickson from the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE). The speakers discussed the utility perspective and explained industry efforts to improve DCV efficiency. They also addressed the challenges of realizing DCV savings potential across diverse facilities and identified opportunities to collaborate with CEE members.

  • November 29, 2012: Introduction to the 50% Advanced Energy Design Guides (AEDGs)

    The 50% Advanced Energy Design Guides (AEDGs) are a series of publications that provide recommendations for achieving at least 50% energy savings over the minimum code requirements of ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2004. The guides were developed through collaboration between ASHRAE, AIA, USGBC, and DOE. Four 50% AEDGs have been published, addressing specific building types: small to medium office buildings, K-12 school buildings, medium to big box retail stores, large hospitals.

    This webinar featured speakers Shanti Pless of National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Bing Liu of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). They provided an overview of features of the 50% AEDGs, which allow design and construction teams to achieve advanced levels of energy savings without having to resort to detailed calculations or analyses. Prescriptive recommendations are contained in a single table for each of the eight U.S. climate zones. Additional "how-to" information is cross-referenced with numbered tips and color-coded climate zone maps. Case studies of advanced building designs and technologies are also provided to illustrate points and demonstrate the flexibility offered by the AEDG. Bonus recommendations point out additional opportunities to incorporate greater energy savings. Each AEDG is available as a free PDF download (registration required).

  • October 10, 2012: Launch of New Technology Specifications

    DOE and CBEA have released five new technology specifications. The specifications are voluntary communication tools that can be provided to a manufacturer by a purchaser to ensure procurement of a highly efficient product. In addition, with this launch DOE has developed web pages to assist purchasers through the process of upgrading to higher-efficiency technology. The web pages host resources such as energy-savings calculators, a list of financial incentives, and a list of products that meet the specifications. This webinar introduced these new specifications and walked participants through the revamped web pages.

  • September 27, 2012: Overview of the Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign

    Saving energy from high-efficiency parking lot and parking structure lighting technology is a proven opportunity for commercial buildings to cut operating costs. Case studies have shown that implementing this strategy can save up to 70% on energy costs and 90% on maintenance costs. The Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign is a collaboration to help businesses take advantage of this savings opportunity. The campaign is led by the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), Green Parking Council (GPC), and the International Facility Management Association (IFMA). The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) supports LEEP by providing implementation resources, including specification documents and technical assistance, to LEEP campaign participants via DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Read more about and join the LEEP campaign here.

    This webinar was an introduction to the LEEP campaign and a review of strategies that businesses have used to implement high-efficiency lighting technologies in parking applications. LEEP campaign organizers discussed the campaign, how to get involved, resources available to participants, and recognition for organizations that achieved the highest energy savings. The webinar also featured two case study examples of businesses that have implemented high-efficiency parking lighting projects. Speakers discussed their projects in detail, including energy and financial results and strategies for overcoming barriers to implement this technology.

  • August 8, 2012: Energy-Goal-Based Building Procurement: Achieving 90% Energy Savings in a Parking Structure

    In this webinar, staff members from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) described the replicable, goal-based procurement process used to design and construct NREL's new 1,800-space parking structure to achieve 90% energy savings compared to code. The discussion highlighted specific solutions, such as LED lighting, and preliminary energy performance results. The Commercial Building Energy Alliance (CBEA) lighting team was on hand to discuss resources that can help you update your parking structure lighting.

  • July 30, 2012: Hydrocarbon Refrigerants in Self-Contained Commercial Refrigeration Equipment

    Hydrocarbon refrigerants, already in widespread use internationally, are beginning to gain acceptance in the U.S. market. In this webinar, representatives from Emerson Climate Technologies and True Manufacturing provided an introduction to hydrocarbon refrigerants, discussed their potential uses in retail and food service applications, and presented an overview of the technologies and features used in systems utilizing hydrocarbons. Time was reserved at the end of the presentations for questions from attendees.

  • June 28, 2012: Whole Building Energy Modeling — Reducing Modeling Time with the OpenStudio 0.8 User Interface and the Building Component Library

    This webinar provided attendees with a preview of recent improvements to NREL and DOE's free open-platform energy modeling software, OpenStudio. The newly developed OpenStudio version 0.8 features integration with the Building Component Library, an online repository of reusable components for rapid and consistent energy modeling. The presenters also demonstrated a complete and easy-to-use modeling workflow using the OpenStudio SketchUp Plug-in and the stand alone OpenStudio application.

  • June 25, 2012: Refrigerated Display Case Controls

    Electronic case controllers are a proven technology that can offer significant savings potential to supermarkets and other food retail operators. This presentation provided an overview of case control functionality and how the technology can be applied to commercial refrigerated display equipment to lower electrical installation costs, improve product quality, and provide operation savings related to maintenance and energy costs.

  • April 19, 2012: High Efficiency Troffer Specification v3.0 Webinar

    On February 15, 2012, DOE released the CBEA High-Efficiency Troffer Lighting Specification v3.0, which sets performance requirements for high-efficiency LED and fluorescent troffer products in 2'x4', 2'x2', and 1'x4' configurations. If designed and installed properly, high-efficiency troffers that meet the specification can realize energy savings of 15-45% on a one-for-one basis compared to traditional fluorescent troffers, and up to 75% if integrated with dimming, occupant, or daylight controls.

    In addition to the direct energy cost savings, maintenance costs are reduced because of the need for fewer and less frequent lamp replacements. Jeff McCullough and Michael Myer of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory described the technical design, and performance aspects of the specification. Kevin Powell of the General Services Administration (GSA), who served as the CBEA Chairperson for this project, discussed opportunities for high-efficiency troffers in GSA facilities, and provided an update on troffer lighting demonstration projects underway at GSA.

  • April 10, 2012: Update on the 2012 Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey

    The next Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) will be conducted in April 2013, collecting data for reference year 2012. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) is currently working with stakeholders to finalize the survey questionnaire by June 2012. This webinar provided information on the timeline of key events in the 2012 CBECS, discussed improvements, and let participants know how to provide feedback to EIA.

  • March 26, 2012: Tools and Practices for Implementing Green Leasing

    Misaligned incentives between building owners and tenants are a prominent barrier to increasing energy efficiency in commercial buildings. Green leasing (or energy-efficient leasing) is a non-technical solution that allows property owners and occupants to share energy efficiency costs and benefits. Showcasing green leasing is a market solution to improve building energy efficiency. This webinar was targeted to a broad audience — from building owners and tenant organizations to lawyers and building raters — and showcased a new green leasing library website. This website is a one-stop shop for green leasing resources and was developed in coordination with BOMA, the Rocky Mountain Institute, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the U.S. Department of Energy, NYU, GSA, and the Institute for Market Transformation.

  • March 12 & 15, 2012: DOE Commercial Building Energy Asset Rating Pilot Project Information Webinar

    DOE is looking for commercial building owners, managers, or operators interested in participating in the commercial building energy asset rating pilot program, starting in spring 2012. Webinar participants received an analysis of their building's energy performance at the system level and a list of cost-effective energy efficiency recommendations for each building entered in the pilot. Technical support was provided throughout the webinar process.

  • March 8, 2012: Updating Chicago Properties without Capital Expenditure or Debt

    The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) recently launched a Commercial Building Program, which includes credit enhancements for Managed Energy Services Agreements that allow building owners to upgrade their facilities without capital expenditure or the assumption of debt. During this webinar, the program administrator at CMAP shared details on the program and answered questions regarding eligibility, benefits, and how to get started.

  • February 16, 2012: CBEA High-Efficiency Troffer Lighting Specification

    The specification provides minimum performance levels for LED and fluorescent 1'x4', 2'x4', and 2'x2' troffers used in commercial buildings, including offices, healthcare facilities, and restaurants, and delivers energy savings between 15% to 45% on a one-for-one basis and up to 75% with the use of controls. This webinar provided highlights of the specification and let CBEA members know where to find additional information, including where to look for products that meet the specification.

  • January 18, 2012: The L Prize-Winning LED A19 Replacement—What Commercial Building Owners/Operators Can Expect in 2012

    This webinar presented an update on the status of LED A19 lamp options for commercial businesses, with an overview of DOE's L Prize competition and the rigorous lab, lifetime, and field testing that went into selection of the winning lamp. During the webinar, Kelly Gordon of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory presented current A19 LED options and provided details on where LEDs are most competitive and ready. Gordon also shared insights on the L Prize competition winner, the role of partners in market development, and preliminary plans for promotions and incentives. Todd Manegold, Director of LED Lamps Marketing at Philips Lighting, outlined best applications for the winning lamp in commercial settings, Philips' plans for commercial distribution, and a financial calculator showing expected cost/payback using actual examples from field tests.

  • December 7, 2011: Designing and Modeling HVAC Systems with SystemOutliner

    This webinar introduced a new software application, SystemOutliner, developed at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to facilitate the design and simulation of HVAC systems using EnergyPlus and OpenStudio. The key user features of SystemOutliner were demonstrated and discussed, including the ability to assemble custom HVAC systems through a drag-and-drop interface and rapidly model common HVAC system types using built-in templates.

  • November 30, 2011: Implementation of the ENERGY STAR® Commercial Kitchen Package

    This webinar discussed strategies to implement EPA's ENERGY STAR Commercial Kitchen Package in the retail and food service sectors will be presented. Participants learned about the energy and cost-savings benefits and recommendations to successfully achieve them.

  • November 21, 2011: Assessing and Reducing Plug and Process Loads in Commercial Office and Retail Buildings

    Strategies to reduce plug and process loads (PPLs) for commercial offices and large retail buildings were presented. This webinar, aimed at building owners, occupants, and facility managers, outlined recent NREL research and publications designed to help them reduce PPL energy consumption.

  • November 16, 2011: Restaurant Energy Performance Evaluation: How-To Guide and Spreadsheet

    To address the difficulty that restaurant building owners and operators have in prioritizing energy-saving building upgrades within their building portfolio, NREL developed a performance evaluation how-to guide and spreadsheet toolkit. This webinar presented an overview of these tools, which help owners prioritize use of capital resources for cost-effective energy-efficiency measures.

  • October 31, 2011: Controlling Capital Costs in High-Performance Office Buildings

    This webinar presented a set of 15 best practices for owners, designers, and construction teams to reach high performance goals while maintaining a competitive budget. To achieve these goals, all key members of the integrated team must understand their opportunities to control capital costs. These best practices were derived from the design/build team experiences in constructing the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) high-performance office building, the Research Support Facility (RSF).

  • October 25, 2011: High Efficiency Troffer Specification Webinar

    The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) hosted a Webinar presenting an overview of DOE's High-Efficiency Troffer Specification by a cross-cutting project team from DOE's Commercial Building Energy Alliances (CBEA). The Webinar reviewed the energy-saving benefits of high-efficiency troffers, highlighted their design and implementation considerations, and identified different troffer types.

  • October 12, 2011: High Performance Windows Volume Purchase Program Webinar

    The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), the Alliance to Save Energy, the National Fenestration Rating Council, and Energetics Incorporated held a Webinar presenting an overview of DOE's High Performance Windows Volume Purchase Program (WVP) from the Building Technologies Program. The Webinar detailed the energy- and cost-saving benefits of high-performance windows and low-E storm windows for commercial buildings, defined opportunities for down-sizing HVAC systems, and provided a perspective from NFRC and guide users on how to purchase windows through the program.

  • September 1, 2011: Commercial Building Asset Rating Program Focused CREEA Stakeholder Webinar

    The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) held a Webinar discussing the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Commercial Building Asset Rating Program. Cody Taylor, who works on commercial building energy-efficiency policy at DOE and is managing the development of the program, discussed DOE's recent Request for Information to solicit input on key issues associated with the program's development. This Webinar was recommended for Commercial Real Estate Energy Alliance (CREEA) members.

  • August 31, 2011: Commercial Building Asset Rating Program Focused REA and HEA Stakeholder Webinar

    The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) held a Webinar discussing the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Commercial Building Asset Rating Program. Cody Taylor, who works on commercial building energy-efficiency policy at DOE and is managing the development of the program, discussed DOE's recent Request for Information to solicit input on key issues associated with the program's development. This Webinar was recommended for Hospital Energy Alliance (HEA) and Retailer Energy Alliance (REA) members.

  • August 24, 2011: Whole-Building Energy Modeling with OpenStudio Webinar

    The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) hosted a Webinar focusing on the application suite of OpenStudio, a free open-platform software product developed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and NREL. The application suite is primarily used by architects, engineers, and others involved in the design, construction, or facility management industries, including building owners and homeowners who are considering retrofits to existing structures or design options for new construction. The presenters were Nicholas Long and David Goldwasser of NREL. They discussed energy modeling, the use of energy simulation, and typical barriers to using energy simulation. They also demonstrated how OpenStudio can support energy modeling as an integrated part of the design process, from pre-design through post-occupancy.

  • August 3, 2011: Financial Incentives for Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings Webinar

    The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Commercial Real Estate Energy Alliance (CREEA) hosted a Webinar detailing how energy-efficiency incentives can impact commercial real estate organizations and favorably impact the financials of energy-efficiency investments. The presenters were Jason Erwin, Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE); Brian Lips, the Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE); and Charlie Goulding of Energy Tax Savers, Inc. They provided key insights and information on accessing local, state, utility, and federal energy-efficiency incentives (including the Federal 179D Tax Incentive) to help participants navigate the often-difficult energy-efficiency incentive landscape more easily.

  • July 19, 2011: CBEA High-Performance 2'x2' Troffer Specification Webinar

    The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) hosted a Webinar presenting an overview of the CBEA High-Performance 2'x2' Troffer Specification developed by a cross-cutting CBEA Project Team, and released on June 30, 2011. Jeff McCullough, of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), provided an overview of the energy-saving benefits of the high-performance troffers, identified troffer types, and highlighted the design and implementation considerations of high-performance 2'x2' troffers.

  • June 16, 2011: Tenant Space Submetering Webinar

    The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) hosted a Webinar presenting an overview of tenant space submetering. Mike Hoffman, of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), developed the content, which addressed the benefits of tenant submetering, general overviews of meter types, and the design and implementation considerations of tenant space submetering.

  • May 20, 2011: CREEA Existing Buildings Project Team — Whole Building Baseline Webinar

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) hosted a Webcast to discuss tools and resources to help Commercial Real Estate Energy Alliance (CREEA) members create an energy baseline. Companies may want to create a baseline as part of its management plan. A baseline energy model is specific to a building and can provide detailed guidance in energy savings measures, especially with capturing effects of interactions of measures in different systems.

  • May 6, 2011: CBEA LED High Efficiency Parking Structure Lighting Specification Webcast

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) hosted a Webcast presenting an overview of the High Efficiency Parking Structure Lighting Specification. Michael Myer from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) gave an overview of the High Efficiency Parking Structure Performance Specification and addressed energy-efficient lighting options for parking structures and garages, as well as financial incentives. John D'Angelo presented Cleveland Clinic's recent parking structure lighting renovation at their site in Cleveland.

  • February 23, 2011: High-Performance Rooftop Unit Specification Overview for Building Owners and Operators

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) worked with members of the Commercial Building Energy Alliances (CBEAs), including Target and Walmart, to develop new performance criteria for high-performance rooftop units (RTUs). To achieve the best-in-class RTUs requested by industry partners, DOE is encouraging manufacturers to follow this new specification. Through these efforts, DOE aims to facilitate market-based solutions to deploy high-efficiency RTUs, which provide huge energy and financial savings to building owners. This Webinar provided an overview of the specification and how it will benefit building owners and operators. Learn more about the specification on the High Performance Rooftop Unit Challenge Web page.

  • February 17, 2011: U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) CBEA Light-Emitting Diode (LED) Parking Lot Webcast

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) hosted a Webcast presenting an overview of the LED Parking Lot (Site Lighting) performance specification. Michael Myer from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) gave an overview of the specification developed by PNNL and the alliance members, discussed deployment efforts to increase the adoption by CBEA members, and showcased sites that have successfully adopted the specification. Mark Peternell of Regency Centers discussed their approach and experience incorporating the specification into their parking lot portfolio.