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.

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

May 2014

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Energy Management Information Systems Team

Energy Management Information Systems Team

May 2, 2014
1:00 PM-2:00 PM EDT

Presenters: Jessica Granderson (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), Larry Bacher (Automated Logic)

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, Automated Logic will provide a webinar demonstration of its building automation system WebCTRL and answer questions from members. Register today.

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

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2014 Better Buildings Summit

2014 Better Buildings Summit

May 7–May 9, 2014
Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is holding a national Summit to catalyze investment in energy efficiency across the public, private, commercial, industrial, and multifamily sectors. For the first time, Better Buildings Challenge Partners, Better Buildings Alliance members, and Better Buildings Better Plants Partners will be coming together. Registration will open in February 2014. Learn more about this distinguished conference.

In-person Meeting

 
2014 Better Buildings Summit

2014 Better Buildings Summit

May 7–May 9, 2014
Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is holding a national Summit to catalyze investment in energy efficiency across the public, private, commercial, industrial, and multifamily sectors. For the first time, Better Buildings Challenge Partners, Better Buildings Alliance members, and Better Buildings Better Plants Partners will be coming together. Registration will open in February 2014. Learn more about this distinguished conference.

In-person Meeting

 
2014 Better Buildings Summit

2014 Better Buildings Summit

May 7–May 9, 2014
Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is holding a national Summit to catalyze investment in energy efficiency across the public, private, commercial, industrial, and multifamily sectors. For the first time, Better Buildings Challenge Partners, Better Buildings Alliance members, and Better Buildings Better Plants Partners will be coming together. Registration will open in February 2014. Learn more about this distinguished conference.

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Review Core Competencies for Appraisers to Value Green Buildings

Review Core Competencies for Appraisers to Value Green Buildings

May 14, 2014
1:00 PM-2:30 PM EDT

Panelists: Elena Alschuler (DOE), John Brenan (The Appraisal Foundation)

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 will also be presented on this webinar for real-time comments and feedback. Register today.

  • • Learn about The Appraisal Foundation and its MOU with the Department of Energy
  • • Understand the purpose of the document, the key issues it addresses, and its value to the Real Estate community
  • • Review the Second Exposure Draft, "Valuation of Green Buildings: Background and Core Competency"
  • • Find out Next Steps for The Appraisal Foundation in the valuation of green buildings

Target audience: Commercial and Residential Real Estate Owners/Managers

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Lighting & Electrical Team: Interior Lighting

Lighting & Electrical Team: Interior Lighting Meeting

May 15, 2014
1:00-1:30 PM EDT

  • • Introductions/Announcements
  • • Highlights – The Better Building Summit
  • • Update on Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign
  • • Open discussion
  • • Wrap up

Target Audience: Team members and potential members

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

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Using the RTU Comparison Calculator to Justify High-Efficiency Units

Using the RTU Comparison Calculator to Justify High-Efficiency Units

May 20, 2014
1:00 PM-2:00 PM EDT

Presenters: Michael Deru (National Renewable Energy Laboratory), Srinivas Katipamula (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)

The Advanced RTU Campaign is working with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to update its RTU Comparison Calculator (RTUCC). Join this webinar to learn how contractors and building owners/managers can use the RTUCC to compare RTU options and justify high-efficiency units, and provide your opinion on how the RTUCC can be improved to help make your job easier. 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.

Register today.

Target audience: HVAC Contractors and building owners and managers.

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Impacts of Energy Efficiency on the Financial Performance of Commercial Buildings

Impacts of Energy Efficiency on the Financial Performance of Commercial Buildings

May 21, 2014
1:00 PM-2:30 PM EDT

Presenter: Elena Alschuler (DOE)

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 will review the results of the review and discuss 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 covers 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.

Register today.

Target audience: Commercial building owners, managers, tenants, contractors, financiers

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Award-Winning LEEP Campaign Sites Demonstrate Big Savings in High Efficiency Parking Lighting

Award-Winning LEEP Campaign Sites Demonstrate Big Savings in High Efficiency Parking Lighting

May 29, 2014
2:00-3:00 PM EDT

Presenters: Michael Myer (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory), Puneet Vedi (University of Minnesota), Tom Corso (MC Realty Group LLC)

An often overlooked opportunity for saving energy and money is just outside your door - parking lighting! On April 15, 2014, twelve organizations were recognized by the Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign for leading the way in energy-efficient parking lighting. These organizations, combined with others who submitted for a LEEP award, are saving nearly 45 million kilowatt-hours and $4 million annually by upgrading to high efficiency lighting in over 500,000 parking spaces. The LEEP Campaign is a recognition and guidance program supported through the Building Owners and Managers Association, the Green Parking Council, and the International Facility Management Association, with technical assistance from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Alliance. Register today.

Join the webinar for an overview of resources available through the LEEP Campaign, and hear directly from LEEP Campaign award winners about their winning sites. The webinar includes a 40 minute presentation and a 20 minute live question and answer session with attendees.

Target Audience: Building Managers and Owners

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Energy Management Information Systems Team

Energy Management Information Systems Team

May 30, 2014
1:00 PM-2:00 PM EDT

Presenters: Jessica Granderson (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), John Heinz (EnergyCAP, Inc.)

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, EnergyCAP will provide a webinar demonstration of its EnergyCAP software which is an enterprise energy management tool for total integration and management of an organization's diverse utility bill and energy management needs. Register today.

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

Conference Call