Webinar: Benchmarking Progress: Examining the Effectiveness of Benchmarking and Transparency Programs

Event Date:

July 31, 2017 - 11:00am

On July 31, 2017, Natalie Mims and Steven Schiller will present on a free public webinar Berkeley Lab's recent report, Evaluation of U.S. Building Energy Benchmarking and Transparency Programs: Attributes, Impacts, and Best Practices. The report focuses on the 24 state and local jurisdictions that (as of Dec. 31, 2016) require owners of privately owned commercial buildings and multifamily buildings to comply with a benchmarking and transparency (B&T) policy. The report provides a summary of policy design and implementation characteristics, reports results and impacts for jurisdictions with B&T policies, and discusses opportunities for increasing the efficacy of B&T policies, as well as suggested areas for further research. The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Building Technologies Office, funded the report.

Who: Natalie Mims, Steve Schiller, Patrick Hughes, David Hsu, and Zachary Hart

Date: Monday, July 31, 2017

Time:   11:00 AM-12:00 PM Pacific (2:00 PM-3:00 PM Eastern)

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The building sector is the single largest use of energy in the United States, accounting for nearly 40 percent of total energy consumption. Recognizing that you can't manage what you don't measure, a growing number of U.S cities, states, and counties are creating benchmarking and transparency programs to track and share buildings' energy use data. These policies now affect over 10 billion square feet of floor space in major real estate markets. Are they working to drive greater attention to-and action on-building energy and water use? This webinar features new research into the effectiveness of existing benchmarking and transparency programs. 

In addition to the presentation by Berkeley Lab, Patrick Hughes will discuss the National Electrical Manufacturers Association's survey of facility managers subject to New York City's benchmarking program. And David Hsu of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will speak on his recent publication, "Estimating Energy Savings from Benchmarking Policies in New York City."

The webinar will be moderated by Zachary Hart, Manager of Building Performance Policy at the Institute for Market Transformation, a nonprofit organization that is focused on increasing energy efficiency efficiency in buildings.

Natalie Mims is an Energy Efficiency Program Manager in the Electricity Markets and Policy Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Natalie conducts research and manages projects on energy efficiency technical assistance, policy, program design, implementation and evaluation.

Steven Schiller is a senior advisor with the Electricity Markets and Policy Group at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He has thirty years of experience in the energy industry with a focus on demand-side energy efficiency, renewables and independent power.

Patrick Hughes is the Senior Director of Government Relations at the National Electrical Manufacturers Association.

David Hsu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Zachary Hart is Manager at the Building Performance Policy at Institute for Market Transformation.

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