What to Expect When BTO Heads to Energy Exchange 2017!

August 10, 2017

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Energy Exchange 2017: Education and Networking Forum

The Energy Department’s Energy Exchange is just around the corner! Now in its third year, it serves as the flagship event for the Department’s Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). Launched as a collaborative training and networking forum, it’s quickly evolved into a popular gathering for both the public and private sector. It offers numerous opportunities to learn about the latest trends in energy and water management in the federal sector.

This year’s event will be held in Tampa, Florida, from August 15-17. This year, members of The Building Technologies Office (BTO) participated in the planning committee, planned tracks, and chaired sessions. Members of BTO will also be speaking in four sessions that are all eligible for continuing education units (CEUs) all administered through the International Association for Continuing Education and Training;  Federal Test Bed Programs, Advanced Building Materials, Wireless Sensors, and Maturity and Value of Energy Efficiency. Additionally, many of our partners at the national laboratories and industry, with whom we work closely, will also be presenting in multiple sessions throughout this event; the majority of their sessions also qualify for CEUs, as well!

BTO’s presentation in the Federal Test Bed Programs session will cover research and development (R&D) areas of interest to BTO and some current projects and technologies that are pushing the envelope in scientific research. The presentation will focus on Scout, a building efficiency impact analysis tool that BTO has been developing. A functional beta release of Scout is already publicly available, so stop by this session to learn more about where the future of this tool is headed and how you might be able to use it! 

The Advanced Building Materials session will discuss energy savings opportunities through building envelope improvements. BTO’s portion of the session will cover advanced building materials available for current deployment at a federal facility, discussing advantages and economics of the most common materials. Some of the innovative technologies to be covered in this session include highly insulated and dynamic windows, cool roofs, high performance insulation, and system level considerations.

The third session, Wireless Sensors, will focus on the quickly advancing field of wireless technologies and their cyber security requirements. In this session, BTO’s Wireless Metering Challenge is a prime example of multiple federal agencies and industry partners working together to solve an industry challenge. The session will also discuss the development of BTO’s Wireless Submeter Challenge results and opportunities and successes of DOE’s High Impact Technologies (HIT) Catalyst Program.

BTO’s presentation in the Maturity and Value of Energy Efficiency session will focus on DOE’s Building Energy Asset Score, a national standardized tool for assessing the physical and structural energy efficiency of commercial and multifamily residential buildings. Participants in this session will receive a demonstration of Asset Score, to better understand the many benefits of the tool and how it can be used in their program or organization.

The Energy Exchange is all about sharing best practices and insights; engaging with leaders in both the government and industry; discovering new products, systems, and services to implement in new ways; and exploring new opportunities through more than 130 solution-focused training sessions that zero in on five core areas: 1) Technologies and Equipment, 2) Facilities and Fleets, 3) Campuses, Installations, and Regions; 4) Performance Contracting and Partnerships; and 5) Federal Agency Leadership.

Besides these great educational sessions, the Energy Exchange also includes an impressive trade show where visitors can interact with a broad range of technologies, systems and services that are currently in the market. We hope you can join us at the Energy Exchange as we continue to share innovative ideas with folks throughout the energy sector! (Onsite registration will be occurring daily.)