2012 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings

2012 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings

Fueling Our Future with Efficiency

Asilomar Conference Center
Pacific Grove, CA
August 12, 2012 to August 17, 2012

Highlights from 2012:


"I made a few lifetime friendships, completely broadened my understanding of this field, and definitely recharged my commitment to being able to participate in real progress through meaningful and sustainable innovation."

 -Lara Gale, 2012 Linda Latham Scholar, Salt Lake Community College

"The learning and connections I made this week will undoubtedly be an important part of my career moving forward. I look forward to contributing to the energy efficiency industry in the future and hopefully returning to the event soon."                                                       -Jaxon Love, 2012 Linda Latham Scholar, University of Oregon


Conference Co-Chairs:

Michael Brambley, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Cindy Regnier, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


The 2012 ACEEE Summer Study was the 17th biennial ACEEE conference on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. A diverse group of professionals from around the world gathered at this preeminent meeting to discuss the technological basis for, and practical implementation of, actions to reduce energy use and the climate impacts associated with buildings. Presentations and discussions related to the theme, “Fueling Our Future with Efficiency.” Global activities related to building energy efficiency and sustainability had been receiving increased attention worldwide in recent years, in order to avoid the worst consequences of climate change, while also having been addressing the problems of energy security and resource depletion. To progress towards an energy-efficient and sustainable future, the pace of investment in, and implementation of, energy use reduction strategies must be greatly accelerated. Well integrated government and utility programs, codes and standards, technologies, integrated design processes, operation practices and financing sources need to be further developed and cost-effectively implemented, while addressing behavioral factors and workforce development needs. A new generation of multi-disciplinary practitioners, researchers, and policymakers need to be educated and quickly deployed to solve the closely-coupled energy efficiency and climate problems that we face. The 2012 Summer Study allowed for the sharing of ideas and for the engagement in dialogue with leading thinkers, visionaries, and luminaries in the field, while providing the experience of the magnificent natural setting of Asilomar.

The conference featured work in the following areas:

  • design, operations, and performance of buildings
  • program design, implementation, and evaluation
  • utilities
  • market transformation
  • human behavior and social dynamics
  • climate change and energy efficiency policy
  • training and education
  • sustainable and net zero energy economies
  • information technologies
  • visions for the future

The conference promoted interaction among participants through a balance of structured and unstructured sessions. Refereed papers were presented in the mornings, informal and display sessions in the afternoons, and plenary sessions in the evenings.