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.

Making Utility Efficiency Funds Work for You

  • December 2, 2014, 3:00-4:00 PM ET

Plug & Process Loads Team Call

  • December 3, 2014 3:00-4:00 PM ET

July 2013

Food Service Team Call

Food Service Team Call

Date: Thursday July 11, 2013

Time: 1:00-2:00 PM EDT

Technical Lead: Richard Shandross

Target Audience: Food Service team members and invited members.

Key Agenda:

  • • Status of ENERGY STAR benchmarking project
  • • Status of EMS project
  • • Potential plans for FY14

Audio:1-866-227-0668, passcode 663 281 7957

Visual: WebEx

Conference Call

Showcasing Next Generation Luminaires Lighting Design Competition

Showcasing Next Generation Luminaires (NGL) Lighting Design Competition - 2012 Outdoor/2013 Indoor Winners!

Date:Thursday, July 11, 2013

Time: 1:00-2:00 PM EDT

Presenter:Ruth Taylor, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Overview: The webinar will begin with an update on DOE’s Solid-State Lighting Program activities. We will be showcasing Next Generation Luminaires (NGL) 2012 Outdoor/2013 Indoor Winners! Learn about the process, how winners are chosen, and details on the rigorous documentation requirements. Details on the most recent outdoor and indoor winners will be presented along with valuable insights from the competition judges. Information can be valuable in helping you make better product decisions for your design projects or utility incentive programs.

Target Audience: Utilities, energy efficiency organizations, building owners, building managers and operators.

Register here.


Refrigeration Team 3rd Quarter

Refrigeration Team 3rd quarter Conference Call

Date: Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Time: 1:00-2:30 PM EDT

Technical Lead: Bill Geotzler

Key Agenda:

  • • Supermarket refrigeration commissioning guide- status update on joint effort with ASHRAE
  • • Compressor rack challenge specification and related compressor rack standardization discussion
  • • Collaboration with EPA Greenchill and others regarding case studies of energy consumption of non-HFC refrigeration systems
  • • Deployment activities related to retrofitting doors on open cases
  • • Webinar requests
  • • Other business

Audio: 1-866-855-1402, Code: 7812708351

Visual: Slides will be provided prior to the call

Conference Call

The Buildings Performance Database 1

The Buildings Performance Database: The Power of Data Webinar

Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Time: 4:00-5:00 PM EDT

Presenter: U.S. Department of Energy’s Buildings Technology Office

Overview: The Buildings Performance Database (BPD) is the largest free, publicly available database of residential and commercial building energy performance information in the country. Please join us for a webinar about how the BPD can help you:

  • • Analyze information about real buildings' location; age; size; function; electricity and fuel consumption; equipment information and operational characteristics
  • • Discover opportunities for improvement by examining groups of similar buildings
  • • Forecast project performance and risk using statistical analysis

With more than 1,500 users since the launch in June, the BPD provides access to an anonymous dataset of over 60,000 single-family, multifamily, commercial and public buildings from across the country. The DOE is continually looking for data contributions, and new datasets are being added regularly. We are offering three webinar dates that will all include the same content: an overview of the BPD’s goals and design principles, a live demo of the tool, information on how to contribute data, and a question and answer session.

Target Audience: Building owners and managers, contractors and service providers, public agencies and energy efficiency program administrators.

Register here.


Lighting & Electrical Team: High-Efficiency Troffer Lighting

Lighting & Electrical Team: High-Efficiency Troffer Lighting

Date: Tuesday July 18, 2013

Time: 1:00-2:00 PM EDT

Technical Lead:Jeff McCullough

Key Agenda:

  • • Debrief from the BBA Efficiency Forum
  • • Specification Update
  • • Potential partnering with the Next Generation Luminaire Design Competition
  • • Update/call for Case Studies

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

Conference Call

Space Conditioning Team Call

Space Conditioning Team Call

Thursday, July 25, 2013
11:00 AM-12:00 PM EDT

Key Agenda:

  • • Introductions and welcome
  • • Advanced RTU Campaign
  • • Recent activities
  • • Available resources
  • • Guide and prioritize new resources
  • • Comment on next year’s project ideas
  • • Duct leakage best practices
  • • VAV standard sequence of operations
  • • Ventilation and Standard 62.1 guidance
  • • Chiller optimization best practices
  • • Open discussion and share recent successes

Join meeting: Meeting number SA374353, Meeting passcode 1891249

Conference Call
Module 2: Proposal Evaluation & Contractor Selection

Module 2: Proposal Evaluation & Contractor Selection

Thursday, July 25, 2013
2:00-3:30 PM EDT

Get ready to be the judge in this exciting webcast on important considerations when scoring ESPC proposals. Through examination of typical quantitative, qualitative and mixed method approaches, this webcast will explore the important topic of contractor selection. Experts will discuss the system dynamics of how scoring criteria are typically written, how proposals are typically scored based on the set up, and why many may be leaving too much on the table and limiting market growth as a result of that cycle. This module will explore ways for attendees to break the cycles of the past, open new market potential, and achieve best value.


  • • Learn how proposal requirements and scoring criteria are set up and what that means for limiting or expanding the solutions available to them as a result.
  • • Increase confidence with selecting a contractor and build awareness of parameters for success.
  • • Prepare for the investment grade audit and determine when to engage a third party consultant.

Target Audience: Members of the Energy Service Performance Contracts (ESPC) team.

Register here.

Public Sector