2024 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings

August 4 - 9, 2024

    Asilomar Conference Grounds
    Pacific Grove, CA

    The 2024 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings is the 23rd biennial event. Summer Study will bring together professionals from around the globe to the Asilomar Conference Grounds to collaborate, debate and advance the technologies, practices and research necessary to equitably decarbonize the building sector in a manner that addresses the urgency of the climate crisis.

    co-chairsThe 2024 theme is Equity and Climate Action: Time to Deliver. In August 2022, Congress passed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), an unprecedented investment to transform our built environment and electricity sector to be safer and healthier, reducing carbon emissions and prioritizing the needs of underserved communities. At the same time, climate crisis is now a reality and is becoming more urgent and critical by the day. The Rhodium Group estimates that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the US increased by 1.3% in 2022.  While emissions from the electric power sector decreased in 2022, outside of the power sector, emissions increased slightly. The most significant increase was seen in direct emissions from buildings, which rose by 6% and was the only sector to rebound to pre-pandemic levels. This is our opportunity to right the ship, take advantage of this critical moment in history and identify the innovations that will deliver climate justice through deep emissions reductions in our buildings.

    Click here to see a list of the organizations that participated in our 2022 event. 


    Sunday Plenary | Energy Justice Now! The Necessity of Urgency and Being Intentional

    This talk is a call to action for immediate and thoughtful measures to address energy injustices. The persistence of energy injustices urges an intentional approach in policymaking that prioritizes and empowers communities suffering disproportionately from energy-related decisions. It highlights the pressing nature of the climate crisis and demands that government, industry, academia, community, and other stakeholders collaborate to address energy production and consumption challenges and opportunities.


    Monday Plenary | Dealing with Extreme Heat and Cold

    Extreme heat and cold is becoming more common due to the impacts of climate change. These extreme events are uncomfortable for all but can be a matter of life and death for those who cannot afford to pay their energy bills or repair broken heating and cooling systems. This panel will explore how these issues have played out in Chicago, Arizona, and New York City.


    Tuesday Plenary | Transformative Energy Efficiency and Decarbonization Policies

    Decarbonizing the buildings sector will require a dramatic ramp-up in efficiency and decarbonization implementation. New transformative policies can help drive this. In this plenary we will learn about four such policies:

    •    Clean heat standards
    •    Building performance standards
    •    Carbon pricing
    •    Equipment emissions standards and equitable funds 



    Speaker Resources

    Click here for Speaker Resources



    Refer to the Program at a Glance table below for an overview of the conference week.  More detailed Session Schedules can be found below this table.

    Program at a Glance


    Session Schedules

    (click here for the FULL SCHEDULE
    (click here for the Schedule Listing by Presenter)

    Schedules are subject to change.

    Click on a panel below to view its own session schedule.

    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 13a     PANEL 13b     PANEL 14 TUESDAY (Schedule coming)    PANEL 14 THURSDAY (Schedule coming)



    Register for the Summer Study here.

    All cancellations made before July 20 will incur a $150 cancellation fee. No refunds will be issued after July 20.

    Dress Code: The Summer Study dress is casual.  Leave your suits and business clothes at home and dress like you’re going to energy camp! Jeans, shorts, sweatshirts, and tees are fine to wear. Check the weather before you come to pack accordingly.  Even though it’s summertime, it can still be chilly in the Monterey Bay area.

    To help you plan your budget, the following are the basic registration rates:

    Full Week Registration (8/4-8/9)

    Registration Type

    Open Date

    Close Date


    Early Bird & Speaker

    April 4

    June 4



    June 5

    July 4



    July 5

    August 9



    (Proof of ID required)



    Single Day Registration

    One day


    Each add-on day


    Mentor Program

    Interested in meeting new people and making more connections at the Summer Study? ACEEE is launching a mentor program to connect those new to the event with experienced attendees who can share their knowledge. Prior to the conference, new attendees will be matched with past Summer Study attendees. One week before the conference, participants will be notified about their matchings by email. The plan is to meet up on Sunday at the reception or on Monday over a meal to share advice on navigating the busy week. More information will be sent to those who sign up. If you are interested in being either a mentee or a mentor, please sign up when you register for the conference.



    Book your accommodations here. Lodging at Asilomar includes 3 meals per day.

    Accommodations at Asilomar are SOLD OUT.  Asilomar has created a waiting list if you would like to be added in case of a cancellation.  Contact Rosalie Castro to be added to the waiting list.

    Click here for a listing of OTHER LODGING OPTIONS in the area. 

    Click here to learn about transportation options to Asilomar.  

    Room Type

    Rate per Day*

    Single (limited availability)$316.69
    Double$210.13 per person
    Triple$178.35 per person
    Quad$162.46 per person

    *Rates do not include tax and service charge.


    For all guests staying on-site at Asilomar, 3 meals per day are included with lodging.

    For those guests staying off-site, meal tickets will be available for purchase at the conference from the Asilomar Front Desk in the Hearst Social Hall.  Here are the prices:

    • Breakfast:  $22.47
    • Lunch:       $29.06
    • Dinner:      $45.21


    Informal Sessions

    Submissions for informal session are no longer being accepted. The deadline was June 14

    Applicants will be notified by July 12 whether their informal session request was accepted or if additional information is needed to finalize the committee’s decision. If you have any questions regarding submissions, please reach out to the conference team.  

    Note: Requests will only be accepted through the application process. Email requests will no longer be accepted. Applicants must be a full-week registered attendee to host or facilitate an informal session. Because of space limitations, only one submission person registrant will be accepted. Advertising, product demonstrations, or marketing by companies or organizations is strictly prohibited.


    Champions of energy efficiency in buildings

    Apply here. Application deadline: May 14, 2024

    ACEEE is now accepting nominations for the Champion of Energy Efficiency in Buildings Awards in the following categories:

    • 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 8/4/2024) or younger.
    • Lifetime Achievement: For a career of leadership and sustained impacts on energy efficiency.

    The awards will be presented at the 2024 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Click here for more information.


    Harry Misuriello Award

    Harry Misuriello Award for Advancing Building Energy Codes | Apply here. Application deadline: May 10, 2024

    ACEEE is accepting applications for the Harry Misuriello Award to provide an emerging professional with the opportunity to attend the 2024 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings and present a poster highlighting their work or a topic of interest related to building energy codes. The 2024 Summer Study will be held in Pacific Grove, California, August 4 – 9, 2024. The Award will cover the costs of registration and on-site room/board and provide a travel stipend.

    We established the award to honor Harry Misuriello who led ACEEE’s work to advance the development of strong energy codes for homes and commercial buildings from 2008 to 2020. Harry was a tireless and effective champion for improving the energy efficiency of new buildings and was dedicated to attracting and supporting talented new professionals working on building energy codes.

    Eligible candidates must be early career professionals (up to 5 years of professional experience) pursuing advances in energy efficiency through work in state and local government, advocacy organizations, or research institutions.


    Linda Latham Scholarship

    The application deadline has passed.

    The Linda Latham Scholarship supports students interested in attending our 2024 Buildings Summer Study. To be eligible, an applicant must be an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in an accredited college or university who studies energy, climate change, or environmental science or policy and is considering a career in energy or energy efficiency.


    SEM Summit

    Monday, August 5, 2024
    1:00 – 5:00 PM, Merrill Hall

    Cost: $150 (register through the Summer Study registration link)

    Kick off your 2024 Summer Study week with the North American Strategic Energy Management (SEM) Collaborative at the 7th annual SEM Summit! This year, the Summit is taking place on Monday, Aug 5th from 1-5pm in Asilomar’s Merrill Hall. Attendees will catch up with each other and touch base on progress made, in this high-level agenda:

    • Connections with Smart and Interesting Peers
    • Updates from Regional and National Initiatives
    • Updates on Research and Working Groups
    • Interactive and Engaging Discussions on SEM’s Hottest Topics (e.g., Decarbonization)
    • The annual SEM Success Awards

    To register for the SEM Summit, click on the Summer Study Registration button above and then select “SEM Summit” as your registrant type.

    To find out more information about the North American SEM Collaborative, please visit our website:

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