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 and program information coming soon.

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.

Champion of EE in Buildings

ACEEE is still accepting nominations for the Champion of Energy Efficiency in Buildings awards. Please scroll down for more information on the 2020 categories. New application deadline is May 31, 2020.

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2020 Co-Chairs
Champions of Energy Efficiency in Buildings

ACEEE is now accepting nominations for the Champion of Energy Efficiency in Buildings awards, including a recently added category for Young Professionals. The awards will be presented at the conference in Pacific Grove, California.

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

We encourage nominations for your peers who have led successful energy-saving efforts in the buildings sector. 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

Nominate your Champion!

Please complete the online application below and submit all nominations by May 31, 2020.

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    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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