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Better Buildings Summit Announces PNNL Energy Efficiency Projects

June 2015
The Better Buildings Summit Announces Two Energy Efficiency Programs

Each year U.S. building owners and managers spend 400 billion dollars on utility bills to keep their buildings healthy and comfortable. The DOE Better Buildings Challenge strives to lower this cost by reducing building energy use by 20 percent over the next 10 years. The Better Buildings Challenge, towards this goal, hosts the Better Buildings Summit—an annual meeting held in Washington, D.C. where participants from the commercial, industrial, public, and multifamily sectors gather to discuss energy efficiency challenges and share successes.

This past May, at the 2015 Better Buildings Summit, two PNNL-developed projects were announced: the Better Buildings Solution Center and the Interior Lighting Campaign. Both projects advance the goals of the Better Buildings Challenge by providing energy efficient solutions and guiding building owners and managers in the implementation of different savings strategies.

Better Buildings Solution Center

The Better Buildings Solution Center features more than 200 implementation models, or case studies, that serve as examples of commercial and government entities reducing energy use. By the end of 2015, the website will include an additional 100 implementation models that provide detailed, yet succinct examples of tested and proven energy saving strategies. Examples of these solutions include:

  • EMP museum in Seattle, which cut its annual energy use 20 percent by installing high-efficiency boilers, LED lights, low-flow urinals and more.
  • Benson Polytechnic High School in Portland, which expects to cut its energy use 21 percent by installing controls for more efficient heating, cooling, lighting and more.

The website is one of several developed by PNNL for DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to share information and educate different stakeholders about energy-efficiency options. Other PNNL-created sites include:

Better Buildings Solution Center PNNL Team: Chrissi Antonopoulos, Michael Baechler, Carrie Carlson, Trisha Franklin, Dan Johnson, Jenna Larson, Mike Madison, Shannon Osborn, Katia Pomiak, and Devin Wright.

Interior Lighting Campaign

The Interior Lighting Campaign is a recognition and guidance program designed to aid building owners and managers in making smart interior lighting decisions with the goal to replace 100,000 standard troffer fixtures with high efficiency troffer solutions by May 2016. The campaign supports the Better Buildings Challenge goal by reducing energy used for lighting, which accounts for roughly 20 percent of typical commercial building electricity use. Through new technologies such as LEDs, dimmers, and occupancy sensors, and technical assistance to implement them, organizations that sign up will have resources to succeed in reducing their energy use.

Any organization including building owners, operators, and managers, can formally join the campaign and be eligible to receive awards based on their achievements. Furthermore, interested utilities, manufacturers, lighting designers, and energy efficiency organizations can sign up as supporters and have the opportunity to share information about their products and services.

The Interior Lighting Campaign is organized by the Building Owners and Managers Association International, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, the International Facility Management Association, the U.S. General Services Administration, and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Interior Lighting Campaign PNNL Team: Tracy Beeson, Felipe Leon, Michael Myer, Linda Sandahl, and Terry Shoemaker.


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