The Department of Energy's (DOE) Building America program hosts open meetings and webinars for industry partners and stakeholders that provide a forum to exchange information about various aspects of residential building research.
There are no Building America meetings scheduled at this time. Please subscribe to Building America news and updates to receive notification of future meetings.
Past Technical and Stakeholder Meetings
- Building America 2013 Technical Update Meeting: April 2013
- Building America 2012 Technical Update Meeting: July 2012
- Building America Stakeholder Meeting: March 2012
- Residential Energy Efficiency Research Planning Meeting: October 2011
- Residential Energy Efficiency Technical Update Meeting: August 2011
- Residential Energy Efficiency Stakeholders Meeting: March 2011
- Building America Research Planning Meeting: November 2010
- Residential Buildings Energy Efficiency Meeting: July 2010
The Building America program announces the launch of its 2014 webinar series! Each month's free webinar will offer information about the latest advances in residential building technologies and practices, presented by Building America research team experts.
Low-E Storms: The Next Best Thing in Window Retrofits
Date/Time: September 9, 2014; 1:00 PM EDT
Description: Until recently, energy-efficient window retrofit options have largely been limited to repair or replacement, leaving the homeowner to decide between affordability and deeper energy savings. This webinar will present a new and improved low-e storm window that boasts a combination of curb appeal and energy efficiency, all for a fraction of the cost of window replacement. A recent whole-home experiment performed by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) suggests that attaching low-e storm windows can result in as much energy savings as replacing the windows!
• Thomas Culp, Birch Point Consulting, LLC, will discuss the development of low-e storm windows and examples of success stories where they are used today.
• Sarah Widder, PNNL, will provide step-by-step instructions for how to install low-e storm windows over existing windows.
Multifamily Ventilation Strategies and Compartmentalization Requirements
Date/Time: September 24, 2014; 1:00 PM EDT
Description: The webinar will focus on key challenges in multifamily ventilation and strategies to address these challenges. Presenters and specific topics include:
• Sean Maxwell, Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings, will discuss make-up air strategies in new construction multifamily buildings. In these buildings, exhaust-only ventilation strategies are still common as a means of meeting both local exhaust and whole-unit ventilation rates required by ASHRAE 62.2-2010. Although the exhaust flows can be easily measured to show compliance, the source and adequacy of the make-up air is unknown. In attached multifamily housing, with focus on air-sealing the exterior walls to reduce infiltration, “make-up” air could be from adjacent apartments rather than the outdoors. Therefore, some building designers and program administrators are moving toward strategies that intentionally provide outdoor air. In exhaust only strategies, passive vents are a make-up air strategy with lower operating costs and lower first costs than mechanical supply ventilation systems. The presentation will discuss the evaluation of the performance of this strategy in three buildings and design guidance to improve the performance of this strategy.
• Joe Lstiburek, Building Science Corporation, will discuss the impossibility of meeting ASHRAE Standard 62.2-2013 ventilation requirements in multifamily buildings that are also constructed to LEED compartmentalization requirements or the currently proposed ASHRAE Standard 62.2-2014 (out for public review) compartmentalization requirements unless balanced ventilation approaches are used. Joe will present various balanced ventilation options that meet the ventilation requirements and various air sealing compartmentalization options that meet the current and proposed compartmentalization requirements.
High Performance Enclosure Strategies: Part II, New Construction
The webinar, held on Aug. 13, 2014, was the second in the series on designing and constructing high performance building enclosures, and focused on effective strategies to address moisture and thermal needs. View the presentations.
Retrofitting Central Space Conditioning Strategies for Multifamily Buildings
The webinar, held on July 16, 2014, focused on improving the performance of central space conditioning systems in multifamily buildings. Presenters discussed hydronic heating strategies and the evaluation of thermostatically controlled radiator valves (TRVs). View the presentations.
Who's Successfully Doing Deep Energy Retrofits?
The webinar, held on June 25, 2014, focused on specific Building America projects that highlight real-world examples of deep energy retrofits (DER) that are meeting with technical and market success. Presenters focused on technical strategies, modeled and actual performance results, and project costs. View the presentations.
High Performance Building Enclosures: Part I, Existing Homes
This webinar, held on May 21, 2014, focused on specific Building America projects that have implemented technical solutions to retrofit building enclosures to reduce energy use and improve durability. View the presentations and the recorded webinar.
Building Energy Optimization Tool (BEopt) Training
This webinar, held on May 15, 2014, provided an overview of BEopt (Building Energy Optimization) tool, and focused on opportunities for builders to improve their home designs by finding the best efficiency measures for their climate and costs. View the presentation.
Opportunities in Large Data Collection and Analysis
This webinar, held on April 16, 2014, focused on specific Building America projects that are looking to gather and analyze large bodies of data on new and existing homes, and featured opportunities for industry to collaborate with researchers to gather and analyze valuable data. View the presentations and the recorded webinar.
Standardized Retrofit Packages — What Works to Meet Consistent Levels of Performance?
This webinar, held on March 19, 2014, focused on specific Building America projects that have examined methods to consistently meet high levels of energy performance in existing homes, with a focus on retrofit packages that can be replicated across many homes. View the presentation slides and the recorded webinar.
View other past webinars focused on residential energy efficiency on the webinar archives page.
Building America hosts several expert meetings each year on a variety of building energy efficiency topics, which are presented by research team members. This page provides links to past expert meetings proceedings, including presentations and related documents.
- Recommended Approaches to Humidity Control in High Performance Homes
- Cladding Attachment over Exterior Insulation
- Exploring the Disconnect Between Rated and Field Performance of Water Heating Systems
- Combustion Safety
- Key Innovations for Adding Energy Efficiency to Maintenance Projects
- Retrofit Implementation: A Neighborhood at a Time
- Advanced Envelope Research Update
- Transforming Existing Buildings Through New Media: An Idea Exchange
- Recommendations for Applying Water Heaters in Combination Space and Domestic Water Heating Systems
- Interior Insulation of Masonry Structures
- Achieving the Best Installed Performance from High-Efficiency Residential Gas Furnaces
- Foundation Research Results
- Window Options for New and Existing Homes
- Energy Savings You Can Bank On
- Hydronic Heating in Multifamily Buildings
- Transitioning Traditional HVAC Contractors to Whole House Performance
- Simplified Space Conditioning Systems for Energy Efficient Houses
- Delivering Better, Cheaper, and Faster Retrofits through Stakeholder-Focused Research
- Advanced Home Energy Management
- Diagnostic Measurement and Performance Feedback for Residential Space Conditioning System Equipment
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