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Building America Meetings

Photo of people watching a presentation on a screen the foreground shows a person's hands taking notes on a notepad.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.

Upcoming Meetings

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

Current Webinars

The Building America program continues its webinar series into 2015! Each month's free webinar will offer information about the latest advances in residential building technologies and practices, presented by Building America research team and national laboratory experts.

Building America Research Tools: Field Test Best Practices, BEopt, and National Residential Efficiency Measures Database

Date/Time:  March 18, 2015; 3:00-4:30 PM EST
Description: Join us for a free webinar that will review Building America research tools, including: Field Test Best Practices, Building Energy Optimization (BEopt) software, and the National Residential Efficiency Measures Database. These tools were created to support best practices in the building science community. Presenters and specific topics for this webinar include:

• Lieko Earle and Bethany Sparn, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), presenting Field Test Best Practices. Field testing is a science and an art—a tricky process developed through trial and error. NREL developed the Field Test Best Practices, a unique web-based tool for documenting and sharing best practices for field experiments and long-term monitoring of residential building systems. This tool is a central repository of decades of practical field testing knowledge collected by the DOE national laboratories, Building America research teams, and the greater building science community. This presentation will provide an overview of the content structure, demonstrate key features, and introduce the new discussion forum.

• Scott Horowitz, Craig Christensen, and Noel Merket, NREL, presenting Using the BEopt Software to Identify Cost-Effective High Performance Designs. NREL developed BEopt to help meet Building America's goal to develop market-ready energy efficient solutions for new and existing homes. This presentation will provide an overview of BEopt and opportunities for builders to improve their home designs by finding the best efficiency measures for their climate and costs. Speakers will also discuss the National Residential Efficiency Measures database, a centralized resource of residential building retrofit measures and costs for the U.S. building industry.

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Past Webinars

Date Title
2/12/15 High-Performance Enclosure Strategies, Part 1: Unvented Roof Systems and Innovative Advanced Framing Strategies
1/21/15 Central Multifamily Water Heating Systems
12/17/14 Building America: Research for Real-World Results
11/18/14 High Performance Space Conditioning Systems, Part II
10/23/14 High Performance Space Conditioning Systems, Part I
9/24/14 Multifamily Ventilation Strategies and Compartmentalization Requirements
9/9/14 Low-E Storms: The Next Big Thing in Window Retrofits
8/13/14 High Performance Enclosure Strategies: Part II, New Construction
7/16/14 Retrofitting Central Space Conditioning Strategies for Multifamily Buildings
6/25/14 Who's Successfully Doing Deep Energy Retrofits?
5/21/14 High Performance Building Enclosures: Part I, Existing Homes
5/15/14 Building Energy Optimization Tool (BEopt) Training
4/16/14 Opportunities in Large Data Collection and Analysis
3/19/14 Standardized Retrofit Packages — What Works to Meet Consistent Levels of Performance?

View other past webinars focused on residential energy efficiency on the webinar archives page.

Expert Meetings

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.

Date Team Expert Meeting
9/29/14 IBACOS Code Challenges with Multi-Family Area Separation Walls
10/12/12 BSC Recommended Approaches to Humidity Control in High Performance Homes
9/28/12 ARBI Exploring the Disconnect Between Rated and Field Performance of Water Heating Systems
7/28/12 BSC Cladding Attachment over Exterior Insulation
6/28/12 PARR Combustion Safety
2/8/12 NAHB Research Center Key Innovations for Adding Energy Efficiency to Maintenance Projects
11/15/11 NorthernSTAR Foundation Research Results
11/14/11 NorthernSTAR Window Options for New and Existing Homes
10/31/11 ARBI Energy Savings You Can Bank On
10/25/11 CARB Retrofit Implementation: A Neighborhood at a Time
10/13/11 ARIES Advanced Envelope Research Update
9/13/11 BARA Transforming Existing Buildings Through New Media: An Idea Exchange
7/31/11 BSC Recommendations for Applying Water Heaters in Combination Space and Domestic Water Heating Systems
7/30/11 BSC Interior Insulation of Masonry Structures
7/28/11 PARR Achieving the Best Installed Performance from High-Efficiency Residential Gas Furnaces
7/13/11 ARIES Hydronic Heating in Multifamily Buildings
3/29/11 IBACOS Transitioning Traditional HVAC Contractors to Whole House Performance
3/11/11 IBACOS Simplified Space Conditioning Systems for Energy Efficient Houses
11/16/10 BA-PIRC Delivering Better, Cheaper, and Faster Retrofits through Stakeholder-Focused Research
10/1-2/10 NREL Advanced Home Energy Management
4/26/10 BSC Diagnostic Measurement and Performance Feedback for Residential Space Conditioning System Equipment

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