2020 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings VIRTUAL

August 17 – 21, 2020
Efficiency: The Core of a Clean Energy Future

Summer Study is Going Virtual!

Due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Buildings Summer Study will now be held virtually over the week of August 17, 2020. Registration is now open and the "Schedule at a Glance" is up. Scroll down for more information.

Please note that we still plan to publish Summer Study proceedings and thus, authors should continue preparing their papers. The deadlines for all drafts have been extended. Please scroll down to view the new dates.

For the first time, we are offering a virtual 2020 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. We planned to host this 21st biennial event in our usual, beloved location  the gorgeous grounds of the Asilomar State Beach near Monterey with a reception at the Aquarium. (We will return to both in 2022!) The COVID-19 pandemic prompted the switch to a virtual event, and we're excited about it. We will offer robust, interactive experiences with plenty of networking opportunities.

We see benefits in our virtual SSB. You will be able to attend from the safety and comfort of your home, register at less than half the in-person fee, and feel good about avoiding travel-related emissions. You will also have exclusive access to online presentations and more than 430 papers on cutting-edge research. Only registered attendees will be able to view these resources at their convenience for at least the next six months, giving them an event that lives on.

Our theme for the 2020 Summer Study is “Efficiency: The Core of a Clean Energy Future.” We chose this theme in recognition of the rapidly evolving ecosystem of the energy industry. From resilience to health, from distributed energy resources to renewables to grid integration and virtual batteries, energy efficiency remains critical to our success. Whatever the surrounding goals for expansion of clean energy systems and services, the ability to design and operate efficient buildings is an essential foundational requirement.

As co-chairs we are committed to sustaining the relevance and quality of the biennial Summer Study in Buildings - the premiere conference in our field. This year we are especially excited for the continuation of our Energy Efficiency and Equity panel. Low-income communities and communities of color stand to benefit from energy efficiency upgrades, healthier housing, and local job creation; yet they have not typically received explicit attention as stakeholders. This panel focuses on efforts to reach historically under-served households with energy efficiency investments.

Likely Participants: Policymakers; utility staff; architects; builders; financial and insurance professionals involved with buildings; clean-tech investors; building products, equipment, and appliance manufacturers; building owners and operators; engineers; local, state, and federal agency personnel; energy researchers; NGOs; consultants; behavioral scientists; and energy efficiency professionals

Click here to view a list of organizations that participated in SSB's 2018 conference.


Early bird registration is now open! Register now at less than half the in-person fee.

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(as of 7/7/2020) To download a copy of this schedule-at-a-glance, click on the image

Registration is now open.

All registered attendees will have exclusive access to presentations and more than 430 papers on cutting-edge research.

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Informal Sessions

In addition to the three plenaries and multiple interactive sessions, we are offering virtual informal sessions, to be held over three days of the Summer Study. These will be 75-minute sessions, taking place from 4:30-5:45 pm EDT on Aug. 18, 19, and 20 (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday). The informal sessions will be created by topics suggested from participants through this Call for Topics submission process.

If you would like to suggest a topic, please fill out the form through this link and submit it no later than July 17, 2020. You will be notified about selection and your assigned day/time by July 24. The topics will be posted on this web page by the end of July. [NOTE: You must be a registered Summer Study attendee to host, facilitate, or participate in an informal session.]

The conference co-chairs and senior ACEEE staff will review proposals and select nine to include in the conference. If you are selected, please plan to have two session leaders – one to facilitate the discussion and one to moderate participant interaction. To facilitate participation, each informal session will be limited to about 40 attendees.

Fill out the questionnaire with the requested information. We will notify you about selection and your assigned day/time by July 24.

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2020 SEM Summit (virtual)

August 17, 2020 12:30 - 4:30 ET.

Hosted by the North American Strategic Energy Management (SEM) Collaborative, the 2020 virtual SEM Summit will provide a unique opportunity to explore how SEM is contributing to commercial and institutional markets across North America. This event will offer live presentations, cutting-edge research, and special breakout sessions that dive deeper into topics like cost-effectiveness and M&V. Join utility professionals, program administrators, evaluators, and other energy efficiency professionals to hear customer perspectives, get updates from regional SEM collaboratives, and interact with the SEM community. 

More information about the Summit and sponsorship can be found under the Events tab at Register for the Summit through the registration link.

2020 Co-Chairs
Champions of Energy Efficiency in Buildings

The nomination window is now closed for ACEEE's Champion of Energy Efficiency in Buildings awards.

Please note that as a virtual event, we will still present awards to those Champions who have made significant strides in energy efficiency over the past year.

The ACEEE Board of Directors’ Awards Committee will select winners from nominees who have demonstrated impact, influence, initiative, innovation, and leadership in the following categories based on the submitted nomination materials:

  • Research and Development (R&D): Excellence in baseline or background research as well as R&D of products and practices.
  • Implementation and Deployment: Effective design and implementation of programs or projects that save significant energy.
  • Energy Policy: Excellence in energy policy that supports or promotes efficiency at the federal, state, or local level.
  • Young Professional: Excellence and leadership in any of the above categories for nominees who are 35 (as of 8/16/2020) or younger.

2018 Champions

    Linda Latham Scholarship

    The application window is now closed for the Linda Latham Scholarship.

    The scholarship was established in memory of Linda Latham who served as ACEEE’s Chief Operating Officer until her untimely death in September 2011. Linda, who helped found the US government’s ENERGY STAR® program, believed that students bring talent and creativity to the field of energy efficiency especially if we provide a venue to inspire and educate them.

    The chosen "Latham Scholars" will be exposed to new ideas and opportunities as they interact with efficiency experts from around the world. In turn, Summer Study attendees will be able to meet these exceptional students — a win-win for all!

    An ACEEE committee will review applications, select the winners, and notify recipients soon.

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