This track explores the fundamental components of energy project development including auditing, lighting, HVAC, renewables and storage, and many other topics of interest to the novice energy manager. Explore the sessions below:
What’s a Watt: Terms, Acronyms, and Abbreviations
Date: Tuesday, August 15, 10:30am – 12:00pm
Description: This course will help you understand the terminology and alphabet soup of acronyms in any energy project. It will describe the typical duties of the energy manager. We will discuss energy savings projects across a wide variety of buildings and the key personnel you need to ensure a successful execution.
Audits and Benchmarking
Date: Tuesday, August 15, 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Description: Learn why audits and benchmarking are to energy projects like peanut butter and jelly are to Wonder Bread. Together they take your energy projects to the next level! We will begin with a discussion on benchmarking to identify potential projects and show you how the audit will provide the pathway to a great project. This session will also discuss the differing types of audits, typical timetables, and using data and services such as Energy Star.
Let There Be Light: Lighting and Controls
Date: Tuesday, August 15, 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Description: Lighting and lighting controls are evolving faster now than any time since Edison invented the light bulb. This lightning-paced lighting evolution is creating confusion with energy managers and other key personnel. This session will provide baselines of performance today and into the future. This session will provide illustrations of specific products to avoid and faulty marketing. We will also discuss control capabilities and provide examples of light-emitting diode (LED) projects with real return on investment.
The Overlooked: Water 101/Plug Loads/Process
Date: Wednesday, August 16, 8:30am – 10:00am
Description: Leaks are a hot news topic. Many agencies have buildings with energy and water leaks. Seeing leaks through the lens of opportunity will help you face these thorny challenges. This session will review opportunities to remedy vampire loads, water components, and the process that can meet those overlooked challenges.
Keep It Cool: HVAC 101 and Controls
Date: Wednesday, August 16, 10:30am – 12:00pm
Description: With great power comes great responsibility. Managing heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) in your building can be more difficult than flying through the air after your favorite web slinger through downtown New York. Everyone defines “cool” differently. We will discuss HVAC fundamentals and pathways to efficiency with a possible guest appearance from Spider-Man himself.
Maintaining My Savings: O&M and Commissioning
Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Description: This session will provide processes to help the new energy manager keep projected savings on track for years to come and eliminate future uncertainty. We will also focus on the importance of identifying equipment, monitoring results, and maintaining peak performance.
Energy Economics and Contracting Options
Date: Wednesday, August 16, 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Description: You have the green light for a project, and now you need to make the numbers work to ensure your bosses will be impressed, thus ensuring your career longevity. We will discuss this important philosophical situation and other topics, including contracting options.
Humans Can Interfere with Energy Savings: Human Behavior
Date: Thursday, August 17, 8:30am – 9:30am
Description: You know that humans in your agency can create havoc on your energy savings plans, but maintaining energy-savings expectations can be as simple as encouraging crazy ideas at the grassroots. This session will review ongoing results of a program spread across 18 million square feet and executed with a $0 budget. We will also review the Green Office Initiative at the U.S. Postal Service.
Renewable Generation and Storage
Date: Thursday, August 17, 9:45am – 11:15am
Description: Free market energy is not the way of the future—it is today! Come to this session to learn about wind and solar power generation and options for battery storage.