Energy Benchmarking Symposium March 14, 2018 - 8:00am - 5:00pm The Tulane University School of Architecture, in partnership with the City of New Orleans' Office of Resilience and Sustainability, is sponsoring a day-long symposium on Energy Benchmarking for commercial and multifamily buildings. This free event will be held on Wednesday, March 14, from 8:00am to 5:00pm@ the GNO Inc offices, 1100 Poydras Street suite 3475.The poorest performing buildings use three to seven times the energy of the highest performing buildings. Buildings can be more competitive and increase their bottom line by better managing their energy use. Reducing energy expenditures allows property managers and owners to allocate those dollars towards other operating expenses or longer-term investments.The Benchmarking Symposium will include discussions from local and national experts on a range of energy management topics. Additionally, graduate students from Tulane University will be on hand to help walk participants through setting up a free Portfolio Manager account, which can be used to track building energy and water use and to participate in the Downtown NOLA Energy Challenge.Members of the building community and those interested in supporting the goals of energy efficiency in New Orleans are invited to attend ANY OR ALL of the sessions listed below. Question Title * 1. I would like to attend the following morning sessions: 8:00 Coffee, Continental Breakfast, Introductions, Goal-setting 8:45 AM. Panel: Project Experience and Case Studies - This panel will address the experience of individual property owners with energy benchmarking, including buildings located in New Orleans that have already begun utilizing this tool. Participants will hear real life stories about challenges in initial implementation, immediate benefits to operations and cost savings, and opportunities for further improvements based on knowledge gained through energy benchmarking. Additionally, panelists will discuss the impact of energy benchmarking on project portfolios with multiple buildings in a single city, regionally, or even nationally. 10:30AM. Panel: Benchmarking Standards - This panel will focus on the experience of cities that have previously implemented an energy benchmarking standard, including Atlanta, GA and Orlando, FL. Participants will learn about how these policies were structured to respond to the local market, how they overcame technical challenges from individual buildings or properties, and any insights into the public reporting process. Finally, the panel will review the measurable impacts of these data transparencystandards to date. None of the above. Question Title * 2. I would like to attend the Lunch Session: 11:45AM. Lunch Speaker: Introduction by Jeff Teague, GNO Inc - Over an extended lunchbreak, special guests will discuss the economic development potential of energy efficiency, how the government supports these efforts in the commercial sector, and how market innovation can impact the future of the industry. Sorry, I can't make it. Question Title * 3. I would like to attend the following afternoon sessions: 1:00PM. Panel: Starting from Scratch (Where to Begin) - This panel will provide recommendations for preparing to implement energy benchmarking in a single building for the first time. Participants will learn about the availability and formatting of utility data, opportunities for training of operations and maintenance staff, and how to identify a relevant performance benchmark to measure a particular building against. Finally, participants will be introduced to the EPA’s online Portfolio Manager benchmarking software. 2:15PM. Panel: Local Implementation - This panel will discuss the history and current thinking regarding energy benchmarking standards in New Orleans. Participants will learn about the technical challenges of benchmarking in New Orleans, specific industry concerns, and a variety of potential options moving forward. Additionally, panelists will discuss actions that summit participants can take to raise awareness and increase knowledge. 3:45. Next Steps and Building Tour - Attendees will tour the Energy Centre with its engineer and learn about best practices in energy management. None of the above. Question Title * 4. Contact Information Full Name Company Email Address Question Title * 5. Further engagement: I am not able to attend, but would like further information about how I can stay involved in improving benchmarking standards in New Orleans. I am not able to attend, but would like further information about how I can participate in the Downtown NOLA Energy Challenge. Question Title For questions about the Energy Benchmarking Symposium, please contact email@example.com. DONE!