2012 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings: Program

2012 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings: Program

Daily Program Schedules:

Monday (8/13) Tuesday (8/14) Wednesday (8/15) Thursday (8/16) Friday (8/17)


                                                 Panel 14 Tuesday (8/14)          Panel 14 Thursday (8/16)


Plenary Presentations:

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Chairman Jon Wellinghoff, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission


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Residential Buildings: Technologies, Design, Operations, Performance, and Building Industry Trends

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Panel Leaders: Chip Fox, San Diego Gas & Electric Company and Roderick Jackson, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

SESSION TOPICS: Building science and engineering focusing on cost-effective deep energy saving retrofit technologies; new construction technologies;  integrated design; envelope load reduction; energy-efficient and demand-response equipment, appliances and systems for building services; systems and whole-house integration including smart controls and on-site renewable energy and distributed generation; net zero energy; design software and  interoperability; performance analysis/modeling; performance monitoring; benchmarking/rating/ labeling; commissioning and diagnostics; financing alternatives.


Residential Buildings: Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation

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Panel Leaders: Rafael Friedmann, Pacific Gas & Electric Company and Ryan Kerr, Gas Technology Institute

SESSION TOPICS: How to design and implement effective residential energy efficiency, renewable energy, green technology, and load management programs and policy initiatives, including: trend analyses; key market drivers and market diffusion models; consumer behavior and value; training requirements;  new/overlooked energy saving opportunities; lessons learned about markets and/or impacts including new construction and building retrofits; single- and multi-family housing; low-income weatherization programs; innovative financing; miscellaneous electric loads; peak loads; hot water distribution loads; space heating and cooling loads. Innovations to enhance application of codes and standards: outcome-based codes, installation standards, compliance and enforcement. Commissioning and existing buildings opportunities and challenges.


Commercial Buildings: Technologies, Design, Operations, Performance, and Building Industry Trends

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Panel Leaders: Tianzhen Hong, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Joe Loper, Itron, Inc.

SESSION TOPICS: Building science and engineering focusing on retrofitting existing buildings and new construction technologies; integrated design; energy-efficient and demand-responsive equipment, systems and controls for ventilating, space conditioning, lighting, daylighting, and water heating; innovative technologies; building systems integration; occupant comfort; design software and interoperability; performance analysis/ modeling; smart, integrated control systems; energy information systems; performance monitoring; benchmarking; commissioning; fault detection and diagnostics; on-site use of renewables; plug loads and data centers.


Commercial Buildings: Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation

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Panel Leaders: Michael Baechler, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Hannah Kramer, PECI

SESSION TOPICS: Designing, implementing, and evaluating innovative energy-efficiency and demand-reduction programs for commercial buildings; integration of efficiency, demand response, and distributed generation programs; new evaluation approaches; lessons learned from targeting commercial building types and the influence of  business models and leasing arrangements; existing building commissioning and deep retrofits; whole building versus component approaches integrated design and progress towards net-zero energy buildings; integration with sustainability programs; R&D programs; deploying emerging technologies and strategies into programs; performance contracting and financing; transitioning government policy into program design; innovations to enhance application of codes and standards: outcome-based codes; installation standards; code compliance and enforcement.


Utilities: Delivering Efficiency and Efficient Load Management

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Panel Leaders: Susan Stratton, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance and Peter Turnbull, Pacific Gas & Electric Company

SESSION TOPICS: The evolution of utility-sponsored energy efficiency and demand response programs; reliability-focused integrated energy efficiency and demand response programs; energy efficiency as a resource; relationships between demand response and energy efficiency; the role of advanced metering and rate structures in delivering energy efficiency; regulatory barriers to energy efficiency; successful models of cooperation between ESCOs and utilities; matching program administrative models with state and local utility markets; roles of local government agencies in successful program deployment.


Market Transformation Mechanisms, Impacts and Lessons Learned

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Panel Leaders: Chad Bulman, Resource Solutions Group, Linda Sandahl and Kelly Gordon, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

SESSION TOPICS: Design, implementation, and performance of programs that intervene in markets to remove barriers, exploit opportunities, and cause lasting increases in the availability of and demand for energy-efficient products and services. Includes: market conditioning; training; education; competitions; financial incentives; technology procurement; and government procurement initiatives, as well as market assessment and market research that inform these initiatives.


Building Efficiency, Human Behavior, and Social Dynamics

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Panel Leaders: Judy Heerwagen, U.S. General Services Administration and David Lehrer, Center for the Built Environment

SESSION TOPICS: The exploration of the most complex component of energy-using systems: the people who design, create, acquire, install, operate, maintain and use buildings and their components; lessons from various disciplines to illuminate how to best understand and influence human choices that affect energy consumption; theoretical frameworks, modeling, laboratory and field investigations; insights into linkages between social science theory, program formulation and field observations.


Climate Change and Energy Efficiency Policy

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Panel Leaders: Peter Du Pont, Nexant and Steve Smith, Joint Global Change Research Institute

SESSION TOPICS: Energy efficiency as an element in state, regional, national and international strategies, programs, and plans; climate policy and the Clean Development Mechanism as a driver for energy efficiency; energy efficiency in air quality planning and as a driver to meet emissions targets; the design and impact of energy policies and tools including building codes, equipment standards, financial incentives, education, labeling, and voluntary programs; R&D for energy efficiency; community-scale and local initiatives; international experience with, and coordination of, energy efficiency policies; cap-and-trade issues; efficiency in relation to market and regulatory mechanisms to control greenhouse gas emissions; integrated efficiency and climate modeling.


Miscellaneous End Use Loads: Strategies and Developments

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Panel Leaders: Gregg Hardy, Ecos Consulting and Steven Lansizera, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

SESSION TOPICS: Energy consumption trends and patterns in the miscellaneous and electronic product sector, such as televisions, set top boxes, computers and monitors, networking devices, other appliances and devices, etc.; research on standby, low power and active modes; power supplies and transformers; trends in new product  technology; impacts on product energy consumption from new network and communications functionality; energy efficiency of standalone servers and server closets; product opportunities to save energy and water; domestic and international voluntary and mandatory product initiatives; product labeling efforts; monitoring and testing; advancements in and evaluations of metering, monitoring and control technologies; improvements in appliance efficiency and lighting efficacy.


Training and Education for a Clean and Low Energy Economy

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Panel Leaders: Ryan Stroupe, PG&E- Pacific Energy Center and Michael Bobker, City University of New York

SESSION TOPICS: The exploration of how we provide trainings that enable people to design, construct, operate, and maintain buildings that actually achieve persistent low energy performance; how we design and implement education and continuing education; the development of model curricula, teaching tools, best practices; web-based teaching vehicles; the role of standards and certifications; working with employers to establish market need and job potential; addressing barriers; and the evaluation of training programs including measurement design and quantitative goals.


Sustainable and Net Zero Energy Communities

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Panel Leaders: Eliot Allen, Criterion Planners, Inc. and Meli Stylianou, Natural Resources Canada

SESSION TOPICS: Whole community energy and resource efficiency and integration; community level integrated systems and infrastructure design; community-scale renewables and energy supply and storage; transportation and location efficiency; building siting impacts on energy use; sustainable community planning; transit-oriented development; new urbanism and energy/resource use; sustainable community certification and labeling; community engagement; integrated resource planning; policies and programs for community utilities and services; water and wastewater efficiency, treatment, and planning; effects of community scale on costs and benefits.


Leveraging Information Technologies for Energy Efficiency

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Panel Leaders: Larry Brackney, National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Dru Crawley, Bentley Systems

SESSION TOPICS: Application of information technology (software and hardware) to increase energy efficiency in commercial and residential buildings; smart technologies and tools for design, construction, commissioning, operation, maintenance, and retrofit of low-energy buildings; Building Information Modeling (BIM); software and technology interoperability.


Visions for the Future: Big New Ideas for Energy Efficiency

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Panel Leaders: Jamy Bacchus, Integral Group and Jack Callahan, Bonneville Power Administration

SESSION TOPICS: Exploration of pioneering ideas, technologies, policies and market approaches for major impacts on the efficiency of buildings at national and international levels. New processes to low energy building outcomes; novel approaches to integrated design and construction to ensure performance-based results; breakthroughs in efficiency and enabling technology improving operations and maintenance; innovative policy and marketing for accelerating deployment of efficiency; groundbreaking strategies around the nexus of water and energy efficiencies; innovations in applications.


Display Presentations

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Panel Leaders: Bahman Habibzadeh, U.S. Department of Energy and LaTonya Jordan, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

SESSION TOPICS: Emphasis on presentations with significant visual effect, e.g., interactive/graphic software; video displays; charts and graphs; photographs; hardware, etc., in all areas relevant to building efficiency.