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.

Guide to Navigating Building and Fire Codes for Laboratories Webinar

  • July 24, 2014 1:00-2:00 PM EDT

Better Buildings Challenge: Public Sector Update

  • July 24, 2014 3:00-3:45 PM EDT

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

August 2013

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Goal-Based Contracting for Energy Efficient Buildings

Goal-Based Contracting for Energy Efficient Buildings

Thursday, August 1, 2013
1:30-3:00 pm EDT
Presenter: Paul Torcellini, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Jason Koman, Department of Energy Building Technology Office

FEMP First Thursday Seminars provide training for Federal energy and environmental professionals. Leading experts address timely topics in 90-minute sessions, offered live via satellite or through streaming video at your desktop. Register now to learn about ways to implement performance-based contracts that achieve high-performance buildings with low energy profiles. Learn about upfront contract provisions that lead to measurable performance benchmarks in building construction and operations.
Discover techniques that result in:

  • • Innovation by design teams and contractors to incorporate energy efficiency as part of the design/construction process
  • • Minimal additional cost to achieve significant energy savings (in the range of 50% reduction)
  • • Owners who are focused on project management, rather than solving design/construction problems
  • • Strong communications between owners, design teams, and contractors
  • • Best practices, examples, and lessons learned from real experiences in implementing this process.

FEMP CEUs awarded upon successful completion of a multiple choice assessment.

Target Audience: Healthcare Facility Managers and Design Professionals

Register here.

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Commercial Building Energy Data Access: A Success Story

Commercial Building Energy Data Access: A Success Story

Date: Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Time: 3:00-4:30 pm EDT

Presenter: Marla Thalheimer, Liberty Property Trust; Laurie Actman, Energy Efficiency Buildings Hub; Darren Gill, Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission; Tom Bonner PECO; Jim Gallagher, SEE Action, New York State Smart Grid Consortium

Overview: Please join the Better Buildings Initiative and SEE Action Network for a presentation on the underlying barriers to energy data access. 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 will also highlight new resources to help you replicate this model in your community.

    Target Audience: Building owners and operators, as well as utility representatives, utility regulators, and state and local officials and interested stakeholders.

    Register here.

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The Buildings Performance Database: The Power of Data Webinar

August 6, 2013
4:00-5:00 PM EDT
Presenter: U.S. Department of Energy’s Buildings Technology Office

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.

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Labs Team Call

Labs Team Call

Thursday, August 8, 2013
1:00-2:00 PM EDT

Key Agenda:

  • • Share new results from UC Berkeley
  • • Discuss plans and priorities for new labs team activities

Audio: 1-866-740-1260, access code 4865116 #

Web: http://lbnl.readytalk.com/ , access code 4865116

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Lighting & Electrical: Exterior Lighting

Lighting & Electrical Team: Exterior Lighting

Tuesday, August 13, 2013
3:00-4:00 PM EDT
Technical Lead: Michael Myer

Key Agenda:

  • • Preview forthcoming “interior lighting campaign”
  • • Continue our discussion of Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign
  • • Final comments on the wall pack specification and guidance
  • • Final comments on the exterior lighting controls guidance
  • • Open discussion among members

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

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Quarterly Lighting & Electrical Team Call

Quarterly Lighting & Electrical Team Call

August 21, 2013
3:00-4:00 PM EDT
Technical Lead: Linda Sandahl

Key Agenda:

  • • Exterior Lighting Activities:
  •      • LEEP Campaign
  •      • Wall Pack Lighting Specification / Guidance
  •      • Exterior Lighting Controls Guidance
  •      • Street and Parking Facility Lighting Retrofit Financial Analysis Tool Webinar
  • • High-Efficiency Troffer Lighting Specification
  •      • Opportunity for demonstration with NGL
  •      • Future Plans
  • • Open Discussion

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

Conference Call

 
Street and Parking Facility Lighting Retrofit Financial Analysis Tool

Using the Street and Parking Facility Lighting Retrofit Financial Analysis Tool

August 22, 2013
1:00-2:00 PM EDT
Presenter: Doug Elliott, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

The Better Buildings Alliance and the Federal Energy Management Program are collaborating together to host this webinar event. The webinar will show how property owners, city and other government agencies, utilities, and energy efficiency organizations can use the tool to compute annualized energy and energy-cost savings, maintenance savings, greenhouse gas reductions, net present value, and simple payback associated with potential lighting upgrades.Doug Elliott of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will provide a guided walk-through of what the tool can do for you, and how to use it to evaluate costs and benefits associated with converting to more efficient street and parking lighting.

Target Audience: Property owners, building managers, government agencies, energy efficiency organizations and utilities

Register here.

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ESPC Module 3: Negotiating Best Value

Energy Service Performance Contracts (ESPC) Module 3: Negotiating Best Value

Thursday, August 22, 2013
2:00-3:30 PM EDT

Get ready for a technical dive in this session that will expose the “methods behind the madness” of measurement and verification and what it really means for project risk. This webcast will explore the international protocols used to measure savings and show how best value is driven by shared responsibility with appropriate accountability. Instructors will discuss the difference between various options that are typically used to measure savings and what changes in technology today have done to blaze a new trail for real-time data and real-time response, ushering in new ways to manage facilities and stay informed. Gone are the days of waiting a year to see what you’ve saved. Find out now and let your building do the work for you after this session.

Objectives:

  • • Develop and negotiate a performance contract to drive value and avoid pitfalls
  • • Strategize to achieve smarter buildings that reduce the burden of daily management
  • • Engage with private industry and non-profits to monitor performance in real time

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

Register here.

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The Buildings Performance Database: The Power of Data Webinar

August 26, 2013
4:00-5:00 PM EDT
Presenter: U.S. Department of Energy’s Buildings Technology Office

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.

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Plug & Process Loads Team Call

Plug & Process Loads Team Call

August 29, 2013
4:00 PM EDT

Key agenda items:

  • • Introductions and overview
  • • Success stories and challenges currently faced by members
  • • Updates on Plug and Process Load Capacity Analysis project
  • • FY14 Advanced Power Strip Web Campaign
  • • Next steps

Audio:1-877-521-4467, passcode 6032809

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