Come learn about optimal building management strategies from leaders in the field who will provide insight on how to reduce energy cost through existing resources and performance enhancement. Explore the sessions below:
Energy Efficiency: Prevent the Breakdown
Date: Tuesday, August 15, 10:30am – 12:00pm
Description: This session will outline four breakdown points in the energy-efficiency process in which critical mistakes are made: (1) poor quality energy audits, (2) writing project work scopes so that the contractor understands how the retrofit is supposed to work, (3) commissioning of the retrofits by a third party, and (4) proper hand-off to the facility management staff. We will give you tools to avoid the mistakes, and a question-and-answer session will give you the opportunity to explore in depth.
Junk to Gems: Existing Building Commissioning
Date: Tuesday, August 15, 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Description: This session focuses on the what, why, and how to of Existing Building Commissioning (EBCx). Commissioning of existing buildings (sometimes referred to as Retro-Commissioning or RCx) is an effective way to gain optimal performance of the buildings systems and improve occupant comfort. You will learn how EBCx can help you find no- to low-cost improvements and help you to strategize the findings to optimize your budget and plan for the future
Advanced Metering: Beyond the Meter
Date: Tuesday, August 15, 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Description: Attendees will learn how to leverage and use the advanced capabilities of smart meters beyond simple collection and reporting of electrical consumption data. Panelists will address common issues faced by energy and facility managers, such as working with meters installed on facilities but disconnected from central monitoring and control systems and navigating through cyber security requirements to facilitate connection to streamline data collection.
Energy Management vs. O&M (Where is the Love?)
Date: Wednesday, August 16, 8:30am – 10:00am
Description: Panelists will discuss various approaches on how to enhance and build the relationship between maintenance and energy. The discussion will focus on coordination upfront, communication, when to involve all stakeholders early in project initiation or discussions, the importance of the maintenance tail, and budgeting for new technologies in the planning phase.
Dashboards and Beyond
Date: Wednesday, August 16, 10:30am – 12:00pm
Description: From the macro to the micro, learn how to ensure your installations and facilities stay on track and/or improve as your budget allows. Learn about the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) new Dashboard—an agency-wide data collection, analysis, and reporting tool. You will see a demonstration of the Dashboard’s features and explore how it has changed how DOE manages and utilizes data. Presenters will also explore what data should be collected on the facility level and how energy management systems can play into how continuous commissioning can help keep you on track.
Audits: More than Checking the Box
Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Description: There is a large disparity in the quality and cost of energy audits available to federal agencies. Lower cost audits and virtual audits meet federal auditing requirements but may not provide actionable projects. More detailed audits are expensive and intrusive but can determine actionable projects. This track explores virtual audits, low bid audits, and more extensive energy audits that result in actionable projects. This session will make comparisons among these audit types and provide examples of successes and failures.
Post Energy Audit: What Now?
Date: Wednesday, August 16, 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Description: Presenters will discuss the challenges faced with taking recommended energy-efficiency measures from energy audits forward to create energy projects, which are competing for funding in a limited energy budget. Panelists will look at how the general approach and process of performing audits may be changed, resulting in a more efficient process for executing real energy-efficiency measures.
Training: The Key to All Savings
Date: Thursday, August 17, 8:30am – 9:30am
Description: Attendees will learn that proper training is a significant energy conservation tool to reduce energy costs through tangible training techniques and case studies. Facility managers will learn techniques for training occupants to cover the low-hanging fruit. Energy managers will learn how to quantify savings through training opportunities. Maintenance providers and operators will learn how this low-cost/no-cost solution reduces maintenance and prolongs life of the equipment.
Selling Facility Management: Seat at the Table
Date: Thursday, August 17, 9:45am – 11:15am
Description: Help decision makers understand how they can make a dollar out of 15 cents! Create a sense of ownership with senior leaders and stakeholders by showcasing energy importance and impacts to the mission, cost savings, and how to maximize funding streams for other requirements. Convince leadership of the importance of energy saving and security projects that not only meet mandates but also can support long-term mission success.