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.

Webinars

Results from Tompkins County’s usage of the ARC RTU Inventory Spreadsheet

  • April 15, 2014 1:00-2:00 PM EDT

Overview of the Advanced Energy Retrofit Guide (AERG) for Healthcare Facilities

  • April 17, 2014 1:00-2:30 PM EDT
Meetings and Conference Calls

Energy Management Information Systems Team Meeting

  • May 2, 2014 1:00-2:00 PM EDT

2014 Better Buildings Summit

  • May 7-9, 2014 Washington DC

May 2013

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Food Service Team Call

Food Service Team Call

May 1, 2013
1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 AM PT

Key agenda items include:

  • • Efficiency Forum and potential projects for FY 2014
  • • Status of ENERGY STAR benchmarking project
  • • Status of EMS project
  • • Demand Control Ventilation best practices guide

Audio:
Dial-in: 1-877-227-0668
Passcode: 663 281 7957

This call is targeted for members of the Food Service project team. If you have any questions, please contact us or Rich Shandross, the team lead.

Conference Call

 
Revised Performance Specification for the Wireless Metering Challenge

Revised Performance Specification for the Wireless Metering Challenge Webinar

May 2, 2013
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET

EERE is developing a challenge specification to spur the development of new, low cost wireless electric metering devices. In order to take action to reduce energy usage, owners and operators need to know how energy is being used in their buildings. Metering data provides visibility to a building’s energy use. Energy costs can be reduced by taking action to resolve problems identified by examining metered data. While metering systems do not directly improve energy efficiency, metering systems enable focused energy efficiency actions. It is estimated that the use of metering systems result in energy efficiency actions that deliver electricity energy savings of at least 2% or more annually. Today, the cost of building and panel level metering systems is typically a key hurdle to implementing these technologies.

Through the Wireless Power Meter Challenge, EERE is developing an aspirational but achievable performance specification for wireless metering devices at a low price point. The intent is to identify performance specifications that would meet the demand from the commercial building sector and leverage this demand to spur manufacturers to create new technologies. This model has been successfully deployed in the past through EERE’s Roof Top Unit Challenge (RTU) in which DOE provided a similar performance specification that had not yet been offered on the market and manufacturers responded with compliant technologies, resulting in the most efficient products available on the market.

The Wireless Power Meter Challenge Specification is supported by the Building Technologies Office (BTO) Commercial Building Integration (CBI) team. In developing the draft Specification, EERE has considered input from Federal Agencies and individual comments from commercial building owners. This will be the first time EERE has issued a notice requesting general public comment on the Specification.

Register to attend the webinar.

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2013 Efficiency Forum

2013 Efficiency Forum

May 29-May 30
Research Support Facility, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
15013 Denver West Parkway, Golden, CO 80401
Registration has closed. View agenda.

On May 29 and 30, 2013, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will be hosting the second 2013 Efficiency Forum at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, at the nation's largest net-zero energy office building.

DOE invites Better Buildings Alliance members and Better Buildings Challenge partners to a unique in-person peer exchange opportunity on Day 1, and more broadly on Day 2 with commercial building stakeholders from the supplier, manufacturer, distributors, architect, engineers, consultant, utilites, and energy efficiency program communities. Participants will share best practices for leveraging resources to achieve significant energy savings, discuss ways to maximize the impact of team initiatives, and propose future activities.

Registration for this event has closed, contact us for questions or additional information.

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Annual Better Buildings Summit for State and Local Communities

2ND Annual Better Buildings Summit: State & Local Leaders Unlocking the Clean Economy

May 30-31, 2013
Renaissance Hotel
Washington, DC

This year's Better Buildings Summit is your opportunity to engage with fellow state, local, K-12 education leaders, and other decision-makers on effective actions and policies to build a clean energy economy in your states and local communities. Participants will learn innovative strategies, policies, and models for adopting and implementing clean energy solutions in their communities that save money, create jobs, increase energy security and protect the environment. We will also be recognizing the achievements of Better Buildings Challenge Partners and Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program grantees and creating a forum for peer exchange and networking.

Our 2012 conference was a great success, hosting nearly 300 participants with presentations and discussions featuring former Colorado Governor William Ritter, and EERE Assistant Secretary Dr. David Danielson. The annual conference attracts attendees from the federal, state, local, non-profit, and private sectors as well as representatives from K-12 school districts.

In-person Meeting