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

June 2014

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Better Buildings Challenge: Commercial Sector Update

Better Buildings Challenge: Commercial Sector Update

June 5, 2014
3:00-3:45 PM EDT

Presenter: Holly Carr, U.S. Department of Energy

Join the Energy Department as we share how Better Buildings Challenge commercial partners are achieving their energy goals by deploying energy management programs. Learn about exciting new solutions through innovative case studies showing actual performance data and delivering real energy and cost savings results. Also hear how Partners demonstrated progress in 2013 including percent improvement and cumulative savings in buildings such as grocery stores, retail stores, hospitals, hotels, and office buildings. Register today.

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Better Buildings Challenge: Manufacturing Update

Better Buildings Challenge: Manufacturing Update

June 19, 2014
3:00-3:45 PM EDT

Presenter: Andre de Fontaine, U.S. Department of Energy

Join the Energy Department as we share how Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge partners are achieving their energy goals by deploying energy management programs. Learn about an exciting new pilot with Better Plants partners to enroll their key suppliers into the program to help them manage their energy. Progress demonstrated in 2013 will be covered including percent improvement, and cumulative savings across industrial plants and facilities. Register today.

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2014 Better Buildings Case Competition: A Side of Savings

2014 Better Buildings Case Competition: A Side of Savings

June 27, 2014
12:00-1:00 PM EDT

The Better Buildings Case Competition challenges collegiate teams to present unique and innovative solutions for reducing energy waste and improving the efficiency of our nation’s homes and commercial buildings to industry leaders. The 2014 winning student teams included Harvard University, Carnegie Mellon University, Yale University, Stanford University, University of California - Santa Barbara, University of California – San Diego, University of California – Berkeley, Columbia University, and MIT.

Team Everpower, of Carnegie Mellon University, and Team Crown Joules, of Harvard University, will present their solution to: A Side of Savings: Energy Efficiency in the Restaurant Franchise Model Case Study - Students were challenged to develop a strategy for restaurant franchises to deploy energy efficiency solutions, including consideration of the complicated ownership, investment, and management. Register today.

Best Proposal: Everpower from Carnegie Mellon University
Team Everpower was awarded Best Proposal for their use of established businesses for non-intrusive load monitoring to inform behavior, their proposal for internal competitions, their use of the Monte-Carlo method and sensitivity analysis to research the financial aspect of the problem, and their ancillary recommendations including online ordering and robotics systems. Their solution was very thorough and included consultations with many building operators.

Most Innovative: Crown Joules from Harvard University
Team Crown Joules was awarded Most Innovative for their novel approach to target specific zones in the US and sub-divide branding and marketing. The team attempted to tie energy savings to increased revenue that included a workable branding initiative to award efficient stores with labeling and “premium benefits” for customers (Wi-Fi, certificates).

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