Dariush Arasteh, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Linda Sandahl, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
The 2002 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, a biennial conference organized by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), brought together professionals from around the world to discuss the technological basis for, and practical implementation of, improving energy use in buildings. Participants, including authors of the papers published in these proceedings, represented government agencies, industry, utilities, national laboratories, universities, consultants, public interest groups and others.
The program committee selected the Summer Study’s theme, “Teaming for Efficiency,” to highlight the importance of public/private partnerships, regional collaborations, and inter-regional efforts. However, it is clear from the papers presented at this conference and published in these proceedings that the word “team” meant much more to conference participants – a group of people joining together to bring a specific effort to fruition. The complexity and global nature of today’s energy concerns calls for national and international collaborations and the linking together of fields of study and strategies which often evolve separately.