NHSAVES Commercial and Municipal Building Energy Management Webinar Series

NHSaves partners are pleased to introduce this five-part series of virtual trainings on energy management in the commercial, industrial, and municipal (CIM) sectors. This five-week program will cover foundational topics of energy benchmarking and understanding utility bills as well as more advanced topics including energy auditing, retro-commissioning, and building electrification. The series is designed to provide attendees with a well-rounded understanding of energy management best practices and strategies to diagnose opportunities for improved efficiency.

Attendees are encouraged to participate in each of the five sessions as the content of each is interrelated and will include the progressive analysis of a case study property to reinforce key energy management concepts. The program will be moderated by GDS Principal Matthew Siska, PE, CEM, an energy engineer with over twenty years’ experience in the building construction industry. Mr. Siska will be joined in the sessions by other subject matter experts including GDS Senior Engineer Jeremy Blanchard, CEM, GDS, who will serve as the lead instructor for the technical auditing, metering, and retro-commissioning discussions. Recordings of each session will be made available for those who are unable to attend live.


Workshop 1: Energy Benchmarking and Understanding Utility Bills

  • Date: May 12, 2021
  • Time: 12pm – 1pm
  • Length: 1 hour

Description: Understanding utility bills and benchmarking energy consumption is critical to effectively managing costs and consumption. This webinar will explore EPA’s Portfolio Manager and custom benchmarking tools while introducing concepts around energy use intensity (EUI), weather normalization, and trend analysis. Utility bill analysis will focus on typical commercial electric rates and will break down individual rate components into distribution versus supply components, and demand versus energy.

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Workshop 2: Energy Auditing 101

  • Date: May 19, 2021
  • Time: 12pm – 1pm
  • Length: 1 hour

Description: The first step of most energy projects is an energy audit. This webinar will cover the typical energy audit process focusing on the phased progression of ASHRAE Level 1 (scoping) audits through ASHRAE Level 3 (investment grade) audits. GDS’ Senior Engineer will discuss specific approaches to conducting ASHRAE Level 1 (scoping) assessments and the types of energy conservation opportunities commonly encountered in New Hampshire commercial buildings. Attendees will learn how to conduct Level 1 assessments and how to leverage NHSaves technical assistance and rebates to move projects forward.

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Workshop 3: Energy and Water Measurement Verification

  • Date: May 26, 2021
  • Time: 12pm – 1pm
  • Length: 1 hour

Description: You can’t manage what you can’t measure… This webinar will build on the energy auditing discussion to discuss measurement and verification techniques. Topics will include the importance of metering in establishing energy and water use baselines as well as the types of metering most commonly deployed to support energy monitoring and analyses. Temporary versus permanent metering will be discussed in the context of real‐world applications.

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Workshop 4: Optimizing the Use of Energy Management Systems (EMS)

  • Date: June 2, 2021
  • Time: 12pm – 1pm
  • Length: 1 hour

Description: Energy management systems can provide a wealth of data for energy managers but are often underutilized or not fully understood. This webinar will present an overview of energy management systems and the typical opportunities for optimization that GDS engineers look for when working with energy managers. The process of retro‐commissioning of existing systems will be discussed. The role of NHSaves technical assistance support and incentives to support energy conservation in commercial and municipal facilities will be highlighted.

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Workshop 5: Smart Buildings – Industry Trends

  • Date: June 9, 2021
  • Time: 12pm – 1pm
  • Length: 1 hour

Description: This webinar will explore emerging trends in commercial buildings around topics of electrification, electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure and ‘readiness’, advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) applications to demand side management, and battery storage. Continuous or monitor based commissioning and management of behind the meter distributed energy resources will be discussed.

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*Please note, at this time NHSaves is unable to offer continuing education credits for these workshops.