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.

Make Your Building Sing!: Building Re-tuning to Reduce Energy Waste

  • September 2, 2014 3:00-4:00 PM EDT

Better than CFL? Dimmable LED Downlights in Hospitality Facilities

  • September 9, 2014 1:00-2:00 PM EDT

April 2014

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Better Buildings Webinar Series: Engaging Building Occupants to Reduce Energy Use

Engaging Building Occupants to Reduce Energy Use

April 1, 2014
3:00-4:00 PM EDT

Presenters: Lynda Boomer (Michigan State University), Jon Utech (Cleveland Clinic Foundation), Dorothy Schwarz (Transwestern)

Building occupants are often keen to support energy efficiency efforts -- we just have to ask! Learn how Better Buildings Challenge partners Michigan State University (MSU), Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and Transwestern have done just that. MSU's Environmental Stewards program enlists a champion from individual campus units or departments to track the department's energy metrics on a monthly basis, promote energy saving practices to colleagues and students, and serve as a liaison to the campus sustainability program. Cleveland Clinic Foundation is transforming resource intensive operating rooms through partnerships with clinicians, who help smooth the way for technology upgrades and behavior change strategies to reduce energy and water consumption. Transwestern has developed a number of programs to encourage energy use reductions by commercial building tenants.

Register here.

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Lighting & Electrical Team: Exterior Lighting

Lighting & Electrical Team: Exterior Lighting Meeting

April 3, 2014
1:00-1:30 PM EDT

  • • Introductions
  • • Update on Interior Lighting activities
  • Better Buildings Alliance Summit
  • • Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign - Preview of awards, Join as a participant
  • Next Generation Luminaires Design Competition
  • • Best in Class and Recognized Winners
  • • 2013 Outdoor Competition Winners
  • • Open discussion and networking
  • • Wrap up

Target Audience: Team members and potential members

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

Visual: weblink

Conference Call

 
Energy Management Information Systems Team

Energy Management Information Systems Team

April 4, 2014
1:00 PM-2:00 PM EDT

Presenters: Jessica Granderson (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), Dan Brown (Cascade Energy)

Energy Management and Information Systems (EMIS) comprise a powerful family of technologies that can enable significant site energy savings. However, building energy mangers and decision makers may not have a clear understanding of existing market offerings. In this meeting, Cascade Energy will provide a webinar demonstration of SENSEI energy efficiency platform – a web-based energy information system that makes it possible for industrial leaders to establish true energy performance, drive action to reduce consumption, and track associated savings across entire enterprises. Register today.

Target audience: All Better Buildings Alliance members interested in Energy Management Information Systems

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Renewables Integration Team Meeting

Renewables Integration Team Meeting

April 8, 2014
2:00-3:00 PM EDT

  • • Update on solar decision guide
  • • Overview of agenda for our team’s meetings at the 2014 Better Buildings Summit (http://www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/betterbuildings/summit/)
  • • Presentation on Solar PV Financing by Jason Coughlin of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. He will present an overview of the topic and then be available for questions.
  • Audio: 1-800-811-9285, Conference Code 415-399-2191

    Visual: web link

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Pnuematic Control Retrofit Best Practices and Optimal Air-Side Control Sequences

Pnuematic Control Retrofit Best Practices and Optimal Air-Side Control Sequences

April 10, 2014
3:00-4:30 PM EDT

Presenters: Rory Murphy and John Butler Jr. (JBG Companies), Carlos Santamaria (Glenborough), John D’Angelo (New York Presbyterian Hospital)

Join us for a Peer Exchange call on April 10. The Better Buildings Alliance Space Conditioning project team, in coordination with ASHRAE, will host a discussion on converting from pneumatic controls to direct digital control (DDC) for HVAC systems and on new optimal air-side control sequences. Michael Deru (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) will host the meeting, and Mark Hydeman (Taylor Engineering and ASHRAE Fellow) will lead the technical discussions. Two Better Buildings Alliance members will share their successful pneumatic controls retrofits project experiences and results. Register today.

Key discussion topics on pneumatic controls retrofits will include:

  • • The value proposition for investment
  • • Technology options for full or partial conversions
  • • Funding mechanisms utilized by members
  • • Strategies for overcoming hurdles associated with cost and downtime required to retrofit the controls

A recent ASHRAE research project on optimal air-side control sequences will be presented including:

  • • Best-in-class standardized control sequences for VAV AHU, SZVAV AHU, and terminal units
  • • Several features for automated fault detection and diagnostics and dynamic optimization

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

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

April 15, 2014
1:00-2:00 PM EDT

Presenters: Michael Deru (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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 will introduce the RTU Inventory Spreadsheet and explain how it helps building owners/managers track and maintain their air conditioning equipment. Tompkins County, in New York State, will share its experience using and results from this document to evaluate its RTU technology inventory and move forward to replace/retrofit the equipment as appropriate. Register today.

Target Audience: Contractors, building owners and operators, property managers and facility engineers.

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

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

April 17, 2014
1:00-2:30 PM EDT

Presenters: Sonia Punjabi (U.S. Department of Energy), Bob Hendron (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

The webcast will provide an overview of the Advanced Energy Retrofit Guide (AERG) for Healthcare Facilities, which offers comprehensive information and analytical methods for calculating the cost effectiveness of the highest priority measures that should be considered for retrofit projects in hospitals and small outpatient facilities.

The AERG for Healthcare Facilities helps commercial building owners and managers to plan, design, and implement energy improvements in existing facilities. This AERG identifies the unique challenges and opportunities in healthcare facilities, with an emphasis on the most effective commissioning and retrofit measures identified by experts.

The AERGs present a broad range of proven practices that can help energy managers take specific actions throughout the various stages of the retrofit process, resulting in energy savings for many years to come. The guides are also available for office buildings, K-12 schools, retail stores, and grocery stores (http://energy.gov/eere/buildings/advanced-energy-retrofit-guides).

Register today.

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Supermarket Refrigeration—Design Challenges, Including Design for High-Glide Refrigerants

Supermarket Refrigeration-Design Challenges, Including Designing for High-Glide Refrigerants

April 17, 2014
2:00-3:00 PM EDT

Presenters: Dustin Lilya (Refrigeration Engineering, DC Engineering), Tom Wolgamot (Principal Engineer, DC Engineering), Tim Gwyn (Refrigeration Commissioning Manager, DC Engineering)

This webinar will cover some common design challenges relating to direct-expansion refrigeration systems, including design for high-glide refrigerants and how that affects equipment selection and operation. We will show real-world examples of how these challenges can be overcome. The presenters have designed and commissioned refrigeration systems across the U.S. for a broad range of system types and refrigerants.

Target Audience: Supermarket and other refrigeration system owners, refrigeration engineers, refrigeration technicians and commissioning agents

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Overview of the Advanced RTU Campaign with Efficiency Vermont and Burlington Electric Department

Overview of the Advanced RTU Campaign with Efficiency Vermont and Burlington Electric Department

April 29, 2014
11:00 AM-12:00 PM EDT

Presenters: Michael Deru (NREL), Marta Milan (Waypoint Building Group), Rachel Mascolino (Efficiency Vermont), JC McCann (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 is 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 will provide 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 will also feature information on programs and incentives available to EVT and BED customers to help them make these investments in their buildings. Find out more about the LEEP Campaign, and register today.

Target audience: Contractors, building owners and operators, property managers, facility engineers

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