2020 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings

2020 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings

Efficiency: The Core of a Clean Energy Future

Asilomar Hotel & Conference Grounds
Pacific Grove, CA
August 16, 2020 to August 21, 2020

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Our theme for the 2020 Summer Study is “Efficiency: The Core of a Clean Energy Future.” We chose this theme in recognition of the rapidly evolving ecosystem of the energy industry. From resilience to health, from distributed energy resources to renewables to grid integration and virtual batteries, energy efficiency remains critical to our success. Whatever the surrounding goals for expansion of clean energy systems and services, the ability to design and operate efficient buildings is an essential foundational requirement.

As co-chairs we are committed to sustaining the relevance and quality of the biennial Summer Study in Buildings - the premiere conference in our field. This year we are especially excited for the continuation of our Energy Efficiency and Equity panel. Low-income communities and communities of color stand to benefit from energy efficiency upgrades, healthier housing, and local job creation; yet they have not typically received explicit attention as stakeholders. This panel focuses on efforts to reach historically underserved households with energy efficiency investments.

We hope you’ll take the time to attend some of the sessions in this panel. We are also pleased to introduce a new panel, Scaling Whole-Building Retrofits. Although significant progress has been made in certain areas, such as efficient lighting, other areas, such as building envelope retrofits, are still in need of scalable and cost-effective solutions. Developing, implementing and adopting whole-building solutions that significantly improve the energy efficiency of our vast number of existing buildings is critical to attaining a clean energy future. We expect that this Summer Study will be fertile ground to tackle this challenge.

Likely Participants: Policymakers; utility staff; architects; builders; financial and insurance professionals involved with buildings; clean-tech investors; building products, equipment, and appliance manufacturers; building owners and operators; engineers; local, state, and federal agency personnel; energy researchers; NGOs; consultants; behavioral scientists; and energy efficiency professionals

2020 Co-Chairs

2020 Panels and Panel Leaders

Click on the title of each panel for a full description.

Panel 1: Residential Buildings: Technologies, Design, Operation, and Industry Trends

Panel 2: Residential Buildings: Program Design, Implementation, & Evaluation

Panel 3: Commercial Buildings: Technologies, Design, Operation, and Industry Trends

Panel 4: Commercial Buildings: Program Design, Implementation, & Evaluation

Panel 5: Scaling Whole Building Retrofits (NEW!)

Panel 6: Utilities and the Future

Panel 7: Market Transformation

Panel 8: Capturing Savings through Behavior

Panel 9: Energy Efficiency Policy: U.S. & Beyond

Panel 10: New Construction: From Codes to Net Zero (REVISED!)

Panel 11: Resilient, Sustainable Communities

Panel 12: Smart Buildings, Smart Grid

Panel 13: Energy Efficiency and Equity

Panel 14: Display Presentations

Call for Papers

The submission site is now open to receive abstracts that will be considered for published papers in the 2020 Buildings Summer Study proceedings and for presentation at the conference. Follow the instructions below to set up your account in “Catalyst.” Once logged in, follow the instructions to then submit your abstract(s). The deadline for submission is October 25, 2019.

Abstract Submission Instructions:

  • Click on: 
  • Click on Create New Account to register an account.
  • Enter your email address, password and confirm password. Click the Create Account button. CATALYST will send you a “Confirm your account” email.
  • Click on the turquoise button in your email labeled, “Confirm Account.” A pop-up will appear stating, “Thank you for confirming your email.”
  • Click on the “Please click here to login.” Once logged in, you will be in edit mode of your submission.
  • Complete all the required fields in all the tabs. [NOTE: prepare your one page (250 word) abstract in a Word document to upload]
  • Click “Save,” on the bottom right of your screen as necessary. *If required fields are missing data, you will see the missing data tabs indicated with a red triangle.
  • Click “Submit” on the bottom right of your screen when you are ready to submit your abstract.