2020 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings

August 16 – 21, 2020
Efficiency: The Core of a Clean Energy Future

Asilomar Hotel & Conference Grounds
Pacific Grove, CA

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Please know that ACEEE’s first priority is the health, safety, and well-being of everyone involved with the Buildings Summer Study in Pacific Grove, CA. We are monitoring the situation closely and will follow the advice of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Should the situation change, we will continue to issue updates as necessary.

Please note that even if the crisis continues until August and we have to cancel Summer Study, 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.

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.

We hope you’ll take the time to attend some of the sessions in this panel. We are also pleased to introduce a new panel, Scaling Whole-Building Retrofits. Although significant progress has been made in certain areas, such as efficient lighting, other areas, such as building envelope retrofits, are still in need of scalable and cost-effective solutions. Developing, implementing and adopting whole-building solutions that significantly improve the energy efficiency of our vast number of existing buildings is critical to attaining a clean energy future. We expect that this Summer Study will be fertile ground to tackle this challenge.

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.





Registration will open Spring 2020

*For questions about group registration, please contact

Registration refund requests due to cancellation must be submitted in writing and received no later than July 16, 2020. A $150 processing fee will be charged. Cancellation refunds will not be processed after the July 16 deadline. Refunds will be paid by check or credit card chargebacks.
2020 Co-Chairs

2020 Panels and Panel Leaders

Click on the Panel numbers below to view its draft schedule.

Session Schedules by Panel:

PANEL 1      PANEL 2      PANEL 3      PANEL 4      PANEL 5      PANEL 6

PANEL 7      PANEL 8      PANEL 9      PANEL 10    PANEL 11    PANEL 12

PANEL 13    

Click on the title of each panel for a full description.

Panel 1: Residential Buildings: Technologies, Design, Operation, and Industry Trends

Panel 2: Residential Buildings: Program Design, Implementation, & Evaluation

Panel 3: Commercial Buildings: Technologies, Design, Operation, and Industry Trends

Panel 4: Commercial Buildings: Program Design, Implementation, & Evaluation

Panel 5: Scaling Whole Building Retrofits (NEW!)


Panel 6: Utilities and the Future


Panel 7: Market Transformation


Panel 8: Capturing Savings through Behavior


Panel 9: Energy Efficiency Policy: U.S. & Beyond


Panel 10: New Construction: From Codes to Net Zero (REVISED!)


Panel 11: Resilient, Sustainable Communities


Panel 12: Smart Buildings, Smart Grid


Panel 13: Energy Efficiency and Equity


Panel 14: Display Presentations


Papers Timeline - Please Note All Deadline Extensions Below

January 20-24, 2020 — Notifications sent about abstract selection

March 16-20, 2020 — First drafts of papers due - EXTENSION TO MARCH 30, 2020

May 18-22, 2020 — Second drafts of papers due -  EXTENSION TO JUNE 1-12, 2020 (no extensions after 6/12)

June 1-19, 2020 — Final papers due - EXTENSION TO JUNE 23 – JULY 14, 2020 (no extensions after 7/14)

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 by the end of April.

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