Iowa Association for Energy Efficiency

2016 Webinars

Early HVAC Analysis: Benefits and Pitfalls

Presenter: Jacob Serfling, The Weidt Group
Date: September 14, 2016
Length: 43 min

Mechanical systems make up a large portion of a building’s energy use, and while systems can be optimized later in design and operations can be adjusted to decrease energy use, high-level decisions made early in the process can have the largest and longest-lasting impact on energy use and lifetime cost. As the Iowa Energy Code becomes more stringent, and building owners have increasingly ambitions energy savings and sustainability goals, lifecycle analysis of mechanical systems is becoming more important. This presentation will discuss best practices for making proper assumptions for modeling, developing useful cost information and the surprising findings early analysis can reveal.

Advancing Iowa’s Electric Vehicle Market

Presenter: Stephanie Weisenbach, Iowa Economic Development Authority
Date: August 24, 2016
Length: 58 min

Iowa’s electric vehicle market is steadily increasing and the infrastructure to support its growth requires strategic implementation with a variety of stakeholders. This webinar will present the results of a study commissioned by the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA)/ Iowa Clean Cities Coalition. The webinar will present the findings from the four focus areas of the study: 

  • Status of EV charging: locations across the state, usage trends, electricity data, benefits and challenges 
  • Trends in EVs and charging demand, growth and gaps: growth scenarios of electric vehicle adoption, workplace charging, policy impacts 
  • Charging station business models and mechanisms to sustain them: options for ownership and investment (public and/or private), benefits and revenue 

Implementation considerations: policies, incentives, geographic locations for future charging stations, consumer education 

Lifting the High Energy Burden in America’s Largest Cities

Presenter: Ariel Drehobl, Research Analyst, The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)
Date: July 27, 2016
Length: 44 min

In this webinar, Ariel Drehobl will discuss ACEEE’s and Energy Efficiency for All’s recent report on energy burdens (i.e. the percentage of household income spent on home energy bills). She will provide a snapshot of energy affordability for households in 48 of the largest metropolitan areas in the country, and will dive deeper into the burdens faced by low-income, African-American, Latino, low-income multifamily, and renting households. She will then discuss how energy efficiency can help alleviate high energy burdens and will discuss policies and programs that can help ramp up energy efficiency investments in low-income and underserved communities.

A New Approach for New Construction Programs

Presenter: Sandra Henry, Senior Program Manager, Seventhwave
Date: June 22, 2016
Length: 41 min

As portfolio goals continue to rise and energy codes become increasingly more stringent, utility new construction programs must innovate to generate significant savings. Accelerate Performance, a U.S. Department of Energy pilot developed by Seventhwave, explores a new approach to achieve deeper energy savings in new construction and major renovation projects. This initiative supports utilities with the integration of outcome based requirements. It supports building owners and developers in setting measurable energy performance goals and can also help them in charting a path to net zero.

Join us to learn about Accelerate Performance and how a variety of utility new construction programs across the country, including ComEd in northern Illinois, are piloting this approach to achieve cost-effective and deep energy savings while providing stellar customer service to their largest customers. 

Developing a HERS-Style Comfort Rating Method

Presenters: Timothy Beggs & Anthony Grisolia, IBACOS Innovation
Date: May 11, 2016
Length: 63 min

The HERS rating system has made it a lot easier to assess potential energy performance in homes, make energy-conscious decisions during the design process, and implement energy saving program goals. Many of the same measurements used with HERS could also be leveraged to look at thermal comfort more proactively.

With tighter enclosures and lower HVAC system capacities in today’s new homes, there’s greater potential for comfort-related issues, including occupant complaints and risks associated with fresh air distribution and management of moisture in the air. Similar comfort issues and risks can arise when retrofitting existing homes—potential energy savings from an energy efficiency upgrade can be lost if a customer is uncomfortable and raises their thermostat even higher to keep warm!

IBACOS believes that the time has come for a robust way to assess the ability of a home to deliver comfort to its occupants, including a scoring method and asset rating system similar to that developed for HERS.

IBACOS has taken the first step – creating a detailed sketch of what a thermal comfort metric could look like, how it could be developed with collaboration in the industry, and how it could be implemented in the market.

During this webinar, we'll share the framework. We're seeking input from stakeholders in all facets of the housing industry to help us determine how feasible a comfort rating method is, what its possible uses are, and ensure that we scope the characteristics and parameters needed for its success in the market.

Survey Says: Communication and Data Boost Customer Satisfaction in Energy Efficiency

Presenter: Brian Bowen, Regulatory Affairs Manager, Midwest, FirstFuel Software
Date: April 13, 2016
Length: 52 min

The J.D Power utility customer satisfaction survey results for 2016 are out, and the good news is the trend is up. Business customers are increasingly satisfied with their utilities' ability to provide energy efficiency services and customized care. Some of the improvement is due to better data. Borrowing techniques from digital marketing experts, utilities and their program implementers are now using meter data and advanced analytics to target customers that will benefit most from energy efficiency programs and to personalize their outreach to get deeper savings, faster. In this session, hear how data analytics can help efficiency professionals identify more savings and boost customer satisfaction in energy efficiency programs.

Alliant Energy’s Commercial Building Renovations Pilot Program

Presenter: Julia Gauthier, The Weidt Group
Date: March 9, 2016
Length: 42 min

Learn about Alliant Energy’s Pilot Program to reach deeper savings in commercial building renovations by using whole building energy modeling.  Julia Gauthier, Program Manager with the program implementer The Weidt Group, will overview this new Pilot program. 

While a building owner may be planning to replace one system, the Renovations Pilot program provides an energy model for whole building savings and incentives for multiple systems.  Windows, insulation, lighting and heating/cooling systems are all studied.  Alliant Energy offers incentives from existing conditions for individual systems as well as the entire bundle of options. 

Learn about this new pilot program and look at a case study on this whole building approach to a renovation.  Find out about how you, your customers, or those you work with may be included in this limited Pilot of 25 participants.

Quantifying the Impact of Advanced Lighting Control
An AIA Accredited Course

Presenter: Brandon Kent, Digital Lumens
Date: February 17, 2016
Length: 51 min

Earn continuing education credits with this AIA accredited course. 

There are multiple strategies to drive lighting efficiency in commercial and industrial facilities, but achieving maximum efficiency requires strategic application of multiple measures working in concert.  This presentation reviews a recent utility study of advanced lighting controls measures to demonstrate the value of each when fully integrated with LED technology, and related learnings from the project.

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