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2020 Peer Preview logo (revised 11-17-20).

In lieu of the in-person 2020 Peer Review, BTO will host the 2020 Peer PReview, a virtual and free series of interactive plenaries, Monday, November 16 through Wednesday, November 18, 2020. These plenaries will feature remarks from DOE leadership and invited thought-leaders, researchers, and practitioners and serve as a platform for you to exchange ideas and consult with your peers.

Presentation slides and webinar recording will be available to view and download in the coming days. Monitor this webpage for updates.

The Peer PReview brochure orients you to the days’ sessions, including a welcome letter from BTO’s Director, essays on hot topics in the buildings industry, a detailed agenda, and more.

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Download the biographies of speakers at the 2020 BTO Peer PReview.

2020 Peer PReview Agenda

The current schedule reflects the intention of the order of events and current expected timing. Please note that the timing of sessions is subject to change, but registrants will receive a final agenda closer to the event. 

Monday, November 16 | 11 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. EST

  • 11 – 11:15 a.m.: Message from DOE and BTO Leadership
  • 11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.: Virtually as Good as the Real Thing – Remote Inspections: There are many rapidly emerging solutions that remote/virtual inspections and ratings can provide, but what is their post-pandemic fate? Will remote inspections complement and enhance in-person inspections in the future – or replace them altogether?
  • 12:45 – 1:15 p.m.: Daniel R Simmons, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
  • 1:15 – 2:45 p.m.: The Loads They Are a-Changin’: As end-use building technologies, consumer preferences, and state and local policies evolve, how should the BTO community respond to beneficial electrification and changing building energy loads?
  • 2:45 – 3:15 p.m.: The Loads They are a-Changing’ – Breakouts: Join a small group discussion focused on feedback to the Buildings Technologies Office on research needs related to beneficial electrification. Registration is required to participate in these discussion groups, as space is limited. If the breakout sessions are oversubscribed additional sessions will be held in November.

Tuesday, November 17 | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. EST

  • 11 – 11:30 a.m.: David Nemtzow, Building Technologies Office Director
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Hardware is Hard: How do we commercialize "hard tech" building innovations faster? What are the latest and greatest practices for innovation in the hard-tech space? Hear from startups, investors, and entrepreneurs about how hard-tech researchers can prepare for customer discovery and find product-market fits that cross the "valley of death" and succeed.
  • 1:15 – 2:45 p.m.: IMPEL Your Innovation!: Hear IMPEL+ participants pitch their innovations in a "Shark Tank"-style panel of entrepreneurs, potential funders, and other experts. See what advice the experts give them and provide your own!
  • 3 – 4 p.m.: Better Know the BTO - A Quiz Show!
    How much you know about the BTO and building energy use? Join us Tuesday for a quiz show to test your knowledge and interact with your peers. End the second day of the Peer Preview with a special social session complete with guest appearances.

Wednesday, November 18 | 11:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. EST

  • 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Leading Local – Clean Energy Approaches: Local government leaders across the country are designing and deploying programs to meet clean energy and environmental goals. Learn how – and where – clean energy programs are going, what challenges they’ve encountered, and those they’ve overcome.
  • 1:15 – 2:45 p.m.: From Intention to Action: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Building Efficiency: Concrete examples of actions the clean energy field is taking to increase diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). Panelists will describe the outcomes of their organizations actions and then share your perspectives in facilitated breakout sessions.