Attend the 2014 Building Energy Summit

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

By Rachel Rose Hartman

Learn how to save money, reduce energy consumption and get advice from energy experts from around the world and join the DowntownDC BID on April 1 for the 2014 Building Energy Summit

This year's third annual summit, which is hosted by the DowntownDC ecoDistrict and CoR Advisors, will be held from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center (1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW).  There, owners and property managers attending the summit will receive cutting-edge information and tools for cost-saving and energy reduction and walk away with a Roadmap to Energy Efficient Buildings™ all to effectively manage buildings in any jurisdiction. 
 
The summit offers attendees valuable sessions and seminars presented by 73 energy leaders and experts, including General Services Administration (GSA) Administrator Dan Tangherlini, who is delivering the summit’s keynote address. Attendees can take part in educational breakout sessions, as well as key networking opportunities across the public/private real estate spectrum.
 
“This conference provides a valuable forum in which to educate building owners and managers on the many different energy reduction and cost saving solutions that are available and to collaborate with others for maximum effectiveness,” said Richard H. Bradley, executive director of the DowntownDC BID, who is serving as the local host for the event. “The 2014 Building Energy Summit will share successful case studies and provide specific guidelines for benchmarking buildings, monitoring real time energy usage, analyzing operational data, making efficient upgrades and changes, and integrating the latest technologies to significantly cut energy consumption.”
 
The Building Summit is quickly becoming a go-to event for property managers and owners. The 2013 summit drew more than 450 attendees and over 350 individuals (as of Feb. 24) have already registered for the 2014 event.
 
[See information below on how to register.]
 
Washington, D.C. continues to increase its profile as a leader in sustainability and the DowntownDC BID remains at the forefront.
 
Last week, the District became the second jurisdiction in the country (after New York City) to publicly disclose valuable energy benchmarking data for the city’s largest private buildings. The Green Building Report for the District of Columbia 2012 shows how the District’s building stock is among the most efficient in the country. Large, private commercial buildings in the city score 77 out of 100 in the Energy Star scale. That puts them in the 77th percentile of efficiency nationwide, far surpassing the national median score of 50. Buildings over 200,000 gross square feet showed 6 percent energy reduction from 2010-2012, with those in the DowntownDC ecoDistrict showing a 7 percent reduction.
 
The report also offered valuable data support for sustainability. The least-efficient office buildings use more than 235 percent as much energy as the most efficient buildings. And an old building doesn’t mean low energy performance. The report found zero correlation between age and efficiency.
 
[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"4483","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","style":"width: 200px; height: 44px; margin: 10px;"}}]]The 2014 Building Energy Summit is part of the DowntownDC ecoDistrict commitment to support the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge (BBC)which set a goal to collectively reduce the District's energy consumption by 20 percent by the year 2020and the D.C. Smarter Business Challenge, which, along with the BBC, works to dramatically reduce citywide energy consumption and make companies more sustainable.
 
Registration is now open for the 2014 Building Energy Summit, held April 1 at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center. To register, please visit: http://2014.buildingenergysummit.com/registernow.asp.
 
(Members of the DowntownDC BID may attend the summit at a reduced rate. Please enter your authorized PROMO CODE in the registration form. If you do not have a promo code, please contact Scott Pomeroy at the DowntownDC BID at scott@downtowndc.org or 202-661-7580.)