2022 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings

August 21 - 26, 2022
    Climate Solutions: Efficiency, Equity, and Decarbonization

    Asilomar Conference Grounds
    Pacific Grove, CA

    After a successful virtual event, the 2022 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings returned to our usual, beloved location—the gorgeous Asilomar Conference Grounds near Monterey, California. The 22nd biennial event was more than a conference. It was an experience. Also known as 'summer camp for energy nerds,' it inspired innovative thinking and collaboration.

    co-chairsThe 2022 theme continues to be urgent: “Climate Solutions: Efficiency, Equity, and Decarbonization.” Buildings, which account for about a third of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, will play a critical role in decarbonizing the economy and creating a clean energy future. With smart technologies, programs, policies, and behaviors, this sector can reduce harmful pollution, protect health, and lower utility bills.

    Professionals from around the world came together to brainstorm how best to decarbonize buildings, boost their efficiency, and advance equity. With rising energy prices and intensifying climate impacts, we need rapid and robust action. With its formal presentations of 400-plus research papers, informal sessions, and casual setting, the 2022 Summer Study was the ideal forum to take on this challenge.

    Click here to see a list of the organizations that participated in our 2020 virtual event.

    "Not So Big—An Effective Strategy for Solving Today’s Thorniest Issues"
    Sarah Susanka, FAIA 
    Residential architect Sarah Susanka wrote The Not So Big House to explain to people of average means that they didn’t need as much square footage as they believed and could instead live more comfortably in a better, more sustainable, right-sized house. Her book changed the lives and house designs of many, turning the tide from bigger is better to a strategy of quality over quantity. Susanka, also author of The Not So Big Life, will discuss what she has learned not only about home design but also about effective ways to tackle challenging societal issues, such as climate change.
    "One Size Does Not Fit All: Building Decarbonization Strategies"
    Penni McLean-Connor
    Eversource Energy
    Megan Gilman
    Colorado Public Utility
    Snuller Price
    E3 (Energy+Environmental
    "Equity At the Center"
    Secretary Marcia L. Fudge
    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

    HUD's mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge will discuss the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to ensuring that equity is central to the shared work of making homes more energy efficient, resilient, and sustainable. Her pre-recorded remarks will be followed by an in-person Q&A with Crystal Bergemann, HUD's senior advisor for climate.



    "The ACEEE Summer Study is the premier industry conference to jumpstart actionable ideas with grounded research and proven replicable programs across the country and the globe." -David Vigliotta, Slipstream

    "The Summer Study was a WEALTH of information and research and ideas from all around the world. Such an amazing opportunity to hear research results from the people doing the work!" - Catherine Ratte Pioneer Valley Planning Commission

    "Great event to learn about the state of energy efficiency and its direction. Networking opportunities are typically excellent." - Santiago Rodriguez-Anderson, SBW Consulting


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    Safety Protocols

    Click here to access the complete Health and Safety Guidance Document.

    Note: To boost safety, attendees will need to wear masks indoors (except when eating, drinking, or presenting) and provide proof of a negative COVID test, taken in advance (encouraged) or on-site.

    When you arrive at Asilomar, please stop first at the Health and Safety check-in desk outside the Surf & Sand building. Before receiving conference materials, be prepared to provide the following:

    • If you provide proof of vaccination, we will accept a copy or photo of a negative home or lab test taken within 36 hours of arrival. If you do not have proof of a negative test result and of vaccination, we will require an on-site test, provided by ACEEE. Please allow extra time to register if you need on-site testing. 
    • Those who test positive will generally not be allowed to attend the conference and will receive a full registration refund. (ACEEE will provide two tests to confirm results.) We will make an exception for those who test positive but have a doctor's note indicating they are no longer infectious.
    • Attendees must wear masks indoor except when eating, drinking, or presenting. If an attendee does not bring a mask, ACEEE will have masks available. We will assess health guidance just before the conference and may recommend masking outdoors at social events where attendees are in close proximity.
    • Attendees experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (as defined here by the CDC) must take a COVID test. If an attendee tests positive twice, the attendee will be asked to leave the conference and will receive a prorated refund.

    Safety measures – We know it may be a nuisance, but thank you for testing and wearing a mask indoors. We want to help protect those in attendance who are vulnerable as well as our loved ones at home who may also be vulnerable.


    Thank you for registering to attend the 2022 Summer Study. If  you were unable to attend, please see our cancellation policy below.

    Cancellation Policy:

    • Cancellation of in-person attendance until 8/7 - receive a full refund less the $125 processing fee.
    • Cancellation of in-person attendance after 8/7 - no refunds except case-by-case which encompass medical emergencies. Medical emergency cancellations require either a doctor note, or in the case of COVID, proof of a positive PCR lab test.
    • Cancellation of in-person attendance and switch to virtual attendance - full refund less cost of difference in registration rates plus a $50 processing fee.
    Session Schedules

    Summer Study Buildings

    Virtual Program

    Our limited virtual option included access to our Summer Study app, which enables networking with all attendees and access to the nearly 500 peer-reviewed papers published for the event. It also enabled virtual attendees to watch—live or by recording—all three plenaries and 10 additional sessions, as listed below.

    Click here to see the details of the broadcasted panel sessions.  

    SEM Summit

    Wednesday, August 24, 2022

    1:00 – 4:30 PM, Merrill Hall

    The 6th annual 2022 SEM Summit was a half day, jam packed event. Attendees dug deep into two hot topics voted on by our NASEMC members. First, they discussed what evaluators continue to see and are starting to see across numerous SEM programs, which they translated into actions to take across their work. Second, they worked on how carbon measurement and decarbonization can be integrated into SEM program designs. This carbon discussion will help them leap forward into their next funded research project as they aim to explore the total impact SEM can have in our carbon free future.

    More information about the Summit and sponsorship can be found under the Events tab at

    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 “Latham Scholars” chosen for 2022 gained exposure to new ideas while interacting with energy efficiency experts from around the world at our 2022 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Summer Study attendees were able to meet these exceptional students throughout the conference as well — a reciprocal opportunity for all!
    The scholars were recognized during Monday night's plenary.


    Linda Latham Scholars

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