Energy Summit Draws National Attention and Notable Quotes!
and the DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID)
hosted a sell-out crowd of 338 public and private building owners, policy makers, and energy experts at the 2012 Building Energy Summit
held March 15, in Washington, DC.
The one-day conference featured nationally renowned speakers from major real estate companies committed to energy management and reduction, such as CBRE, Jones Lang LaSalle, Colliers International, RREEF, Akridge, Brandywine, Cassidy Turley, Glenborough, The Tower Companies, and more. Keynote speakers included Kevin Kampschroer, Federal Director of High Performance Buildings for GSA; Jigar Shaw, CEO of the Carbon War Room; Elizabeth Heider, Chairman of Board of Directors of the U.S. Green Buildings Council (USGBC); Maria Vargas, Senior Program Advisor at the US Dept. of Energy (DOE); and Audrey Zibelman, Founder and CEO of Viridity Energy.
Jigar Shah opened the general session by declaring, "If we aren't serious about energy efficiency we should not be here talking about it. We should just move on, do a lot of solar panels on schools, set up some photo opps for Mayor Gray, and call it a day. In the end, the people in this room are the ones who can make a difference. You need to get off your a** and do something."
Kevin Kampschroer challenged the attendees to "Embrace risk, because it is only through embracing risk that we will actually make progress. And if we don't make progress, we will leave a world for our children that will be uninhabitable -- and I don't want to do that!" When asked what he thinks is the "killer app" for energy efficiency, Kampschroer said, "The killer app is opening your eyes to what's going on around you. I don't understand why building owners are throwing money away by not making investments in energy efficiency. It doesn't make any sense to me. You can increase the profitability of your building without even breaking a sweat."
How are owners going to pay for energy efficient upgrades and retrofits? Audrey Zibelman of Viridity Energy presented a compelling revenue model through strategic load management, which takes demand response to a whole new level. Building owners can curtail energy usage, shed load, and actually sell that capacity back to the grid at market prices. "We have an opportunity here in DC, not only to demonstrate how we can help ourselves, but to develop a model for the future of using [energy] consumption as a resource on the grid," Zibelman stated.
"We think sustainability is a hallmark of what's important for people who live and work in downtown DC and across the city," said Richard Bradley, Executive Director of the DC BID. "Our goal is a 20% reduction in energy consumption by 2020, and we're working hard with our energy allies to accomplish that."
CoR Advisors, one of the DC BID energy allies, presented a 15-step "Roadmap to Energy Efficiency" that outlines the steps building owners should take to achieve maximum energy efficiency in their properties (see second newsletter article, this issue). The roadmap shows how to implement competitive procurement, strategic load management, energy audits and benchmarking, building automation, advanced lighting controls, HVAC optimization, and other advanced energy management strategies. CoR Advisors is working closely with the DC BID to help BID members achieve their energy reduction and savings goals.
"For us, this is a technology play," emphasized Darlene Pope, President and CEO of CoR Advisors. "The only way to gain maximum operational efficiency in buildings is through data management, automation, and integration of advanced technologies. The technologies and the solutions are there, it's just a matter of helping owners apply them to the operation of their buildings."
Two of CoR Advisors' senior consultants, Tommy Russo and Carlos Santamaria, presented case studies that show how they have implemented the roadmap process to cut energy consumption by as much as 40% across multiple properties. "There's always ten percent more," stated Russo, CIO at Akridge. "We have been aggressively piloting new technologies in our buildings on a regular basis in order to maximize efficiency and energy savings in all our properties." Santamaria presented case studies of two Glenborough properties that are among the top ten most energy-efficient buildings in the country. One study showcased a very cost-effective systems and technology retrofit on a 20+-year-old building , which has returned significant savings to the building owner and maintained an Energy Star rating of 100 for the past three years.
"If we can replicate these successes across hundreds of buildings in DC, we will easily meet the Better Buildings Challenge goals of a 20% reduction in energy consumption by 2020," Pope stated. "In fact, I believe we can do even better than that!"
For more information about the Energy Summit, visit www.dcenergysummit.com