Recorded Wednesday, July 31, 2013 · 1pm

77 minutes

What strategies will help us deliver on the economic and environmental promises of the Midwest’s energy policy?

From a technical perspective, we’ll first take a look at untapped opportunities to achieve deeper energy savings through new construction programs in tandem with current energy codes and policies. Next, we’ll share evidence that a robust energy efficiency policy makes economic sense. We’ll focus on high quality local manufacturing jobs and provide a new way to frame the policy conversation.

PART I: Codes, standards and program considerations
Many utility energy efficiency programs target new construction and major renovations for improved energy efficiency. With a relatively common program implementation approach and more stringent energy codes and policies, programs need to look even deeper for substantial energy savings. We recently explored the performance of buildings completed through these programs in an effort to better understand the gap between code requirements and energy efficiency programs. The result―we’ve identified the areas that programs could look to capture more energy savings. Find out what we discovered.

Part I of this webinar will:

  • Demonstrate how to improve energy-savings assumptions throughout the building design phase.
  • Identify energy code compliance issues to look for in the final building design phase.
  • Show you how to characterize the portion of energy usage and potential savings from unregulated building components, execution during construction, occupant behavior and operations and maintenance.
  • Identify the areas energy efficiency programs could look to capture more energy savings.

PART II: Manufacturing jobs and the policy conversation
There are various claims related to the economic benefits of energy policy; specifically in regard to job creation. Results from a recent Energy Center study could help to reinvigorate and reframe that conversation. With a focus on the Midwest’s history as a manufacturing powerhouse; we’ll share a fresh perspective and evidence that a robust energy efficiency policy makes local economic sense.

Part II of this webinar will:

  • Examine a small slice of utility efficiency programs and trace the connection to manufacturing operations in the Great Lakes region.
  • Provide a high level qualitative picture of the how utility programs support the regional economy.
  • Summarize policy barriers and solutions, as well as lessons learned.

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