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.

PACE Financing for Energy Efficiency: Success Stories

  • October 7, 2014 3:00-4:00 PM EDT

Food Service Team Meeting

  • October 21, 2014 1:00-2:00 PM EDT

September 2014

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

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

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

Re-tuning is a low-cost process to identify and correct building operational problems that lead to energy waste. To expand the practice of re-tuning, the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) developed a curricula focused on retuning both large (with a building automation system, or BAS) and small (without a BAS) commercial buildings. Hear from Better Buildings Challenge Partners who have employed retuning training to improve building performance and learn about opportunities to participate in trainings in your area. Register here.

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Better than CFL? Dimmable LED Downlights in Hospitality Facilities

Better than CFL? Dimmable LED Downlights in Hospitality Facilities

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

Presenter: Bob Davis, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; Andra Zinkon, Tec Studio Inc.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) estimates that there were about 700 million downlight luminaires installed in residential and commercial buildings in the U.S. as of 2012, with light-emitting diode (LED) luminaires representing less than 1% of this installed base. In hospitality facilities, past efforts to reduce lighting energy use have mostly consisted of implementing compact fluorescent lamps (CFL). CFLs offer reduced energy consumption, higher efficacy, and much longer lifetimes than incandescent and halogen lamps, but they also have drawbacks. LEDs improve upon many of these drawbacks and offer an attractive combination of additional energy savings, longer lifetimes, and other lighting and control benefits. The Hilton Columbus Downtown hotel installed more than 3700 dimmable LED downlights in the guest rooms at their 450,000 square foot facility, which opened in October 2012. Why did they choose LED and not CFL? Do the LEDs deliver the light levels and color quality needed? How did they make sure the dimming and controls would work properly? Are they saving energy? Did they pay more initially? Would they do it again, and what would they change? Register here.

Target Audience: Building owners, managers, operators, manufacturer, sales representatives and distributors, lighting consultants, lighting contractors, and utility and energy efficiency organizations

Webinar

 
 
Adopting LED Technology: What Federal Facility Managers Need to Know

Adopting LED Technology: What Federal Facility Managers Need to Know

September 11, 2014
11:00 AM-12:00 PM EDT

Presenter: Eric Richman, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

The Adopting LED Technology: What Federal Facility Managers Need to Know webinar will provide an overview of the current status of LED technology as it relates to maturing applications, cautions, control options, and tools and resources to federal facility managers who make informed decisions. Webinar presenter Eric Richman of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will cover the following objectives:

  • • Understand the basics of LED technology, its strengths and weaknesses
  • • Know the specifics of LED attributes compared with other lighting technologies
  • • Address economic considerations with LEDs and perform effective cost-effectiveness evaluations
  • • Understand specific LED product application considerations
Register here.


Target Audience: Building owners, managers, manufacturer, sales representatives and distributors, lighting consultants, lighting contractors, and utility and energy efficiency organizations

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Overview of the Advanced RTU with Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance Audience

Overview of the Advanced RTU with Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance Audience

September 16, 2014
2:00-3:30 PM EDT

Presenter: Ian Adams, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance; Michael Deru, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Matt Matenaer, Focus on Energy

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 (ARC) 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. The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) is a Supporter of 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 ARC and a review of tools available 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 the myriad technical resources available for RTU evaluation and improvement. The webinar also feature information on programs and incentives available to businesses in the Midwest to help them make these RTU investments in their buildings, and a case study example from Focus on Energy, another ARC Supporter, of a Midwestern company’s RTU replacement with high-efficiency units.

Register here.


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

Webinar

 
The LEEP Campaign Celebrates Lighting for Civic Parking Facilities

The LEEP Campaign Celebrates Lighting for Civic Parking Facilities

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

Presenter: Michael Myer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Learn how high efficiency lighting technologies and approaches can reduce energy use in your parking lots and garages, saving you money while delivering high quality lighting. The presentation will cover questions that should be asked when considering a high efficiency lighting retrofit or new installation, highlights of Year 1 Awardees, and discuss how your participation supports the Year 2 Goal of 500 million square feet of high-efficiency parking structure or lot space planned or in place by March 1, 2015. Learn how the LEEP Campaign offers awards, recognition, and support to encourage owners and managers of buildings, parking lots, and parking structures to take advantage of proven high-efficiency lighting technology.

In addition, learn about Free Resources available from the LEEP Campaign, including: lighting specifications, financial analysis tools, case studies demonstrating financial and energy savings, and technical assistance from the U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Register here.


Target Audience: Building Owners/Managers/Operators, Manufacturers, Lighting Consultants, Lighting Contractors, Utility and Energy Efficiency Organizations

Webinar

 
Space Conditioning Team - Packaged HVAC Meeting

Space Conditioning Team - Packaged HVAC Meeting

September 18, 2014
3:00-4:00 PM EDT

We have a great opportunity to hear about a Navy demonstration of an RTU Challenge unit from Ian Doebber at NREL and learn about the recent activities and new resources from the Advanced RTU Campaign!

  • • Introductions and welcome
  • • Navy RTU Challenge demonstration results
  • • Advanced RTU Campaign updates and new resources
  • • Review RTU replacement and retrofit procurement specifications
  • • Open discussion

Target Audience: Team members and potential members
Audio: 1-866-692-4538, Conference Code 4377506#

Join us online, using meeting number SA374353 and meeting passcode 1891249.

Conference Call

 
Lighting & Electrical Team Meeting

Lighting & Electrical Team Meeting

September 19, 2014
1:00-2:00 PM EDT
  • • Introductions/Announcements
  • • Exterior Lighting Update:
  •     • LEEP Campaign
  •     • RP-20-14:
  •          • IES Recommended Practice for Lighting Parking Facilities
  •          • Long-awaited update expected before the end of calendar year
  •          • Some possible changes in practice(s)
  •     • Possible updates to the Better Buildings Alliance parking lot / parking structure specifications:
  •          • Parking Lot Specification Link & Parking Structure Specification Link
  •          • Team will update in response to RP-20-14
  •          • Feedback from members by end of October on existing versions requested
  •     • Other:
  •          • Wall pack specification Link
  •          • Controls guidance Link
  •          • Any items in outdoor lighting need to be discussed?
  • • Interior Lighting Campaign Planning:
  •     • Overview of troffer focus
  •     • Data about troffers
  •     • Troffer – related metrics
  •     • Better Buildings Alliance Troffer Specification:
  •          • Troffer Specification Link
  •          • Possible updates to efficacy values
  •     • T-LEDs / Retrofit Kit:
  •          • Design Lights Consortium 4-Foot Replacement Kits Specification values
  •     • Request for information about troffers from site(s)
  •     • Interest in Participating
  • • Q/A / Team Interaction (All)
  • • Wrap Up

Target Audience: Team members and potential members
Audio: 1-877-336-1839, Conference Code 6299368 #

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Space Conditioning Team - Central Plants Meeting

Space Conditioning Team - Packaged HVAC Meeting

September 24, 2014
2:00-3:00 PM EDT

We have a great opportunity to learn about the Advanced Energy Retrofit Guides for healthcare and offices and what resources are available for HVAC projects from Bob Hendron from NREL. In addition, we will review results from the Hospital end-use monitoring project and review new resources for central plant projects.

  • • Introductions and welcome
  • • Applying the Advanced Energy Retrofit Guides for HVAC projects
  • • Results of the hospital end-use monitoring project
  • • Review of the Systems View of HVAC systems
  • • Open discussion

Target Audience: Team members and potential members
Audio: 1-866-692-4538, Conference Code 4377506#

Join us online, using meeting number SA374353 and meeting passcode 1891249.

Conference Call

 
 
EMIS Team Meeting

EMIS Team Meeting

September 26, 2014
1:00-2:00 PM EDT

  • • JCI: overview and live demo of Panoptix system
  • • Facilitated discussion and Q&A
  • • Overview of ongoing team activities
  • • Development of procurement support resources

Target Audience: Team members
Meeting Registration: Online

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