DOE Webinar May 18, 2010: U.S. Department of Energy Commercial Reference Buildings: Benefits and Applications

May 06, 2010

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Building Technologies Program is offering a Webinar on Tuesday, May 18, 2010, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Eastern titled "U.S. Department of Energy Commercial Reference Buildings—Benefits and Applications."

This Webinar focuses on commercial reference buildings, which are complete descriptions of buildings for whole building energy analysis. DOE, in conjunction with three of its national laboratories, developed these comprehensive commercial reference buildings (formerly Commercial Building Benchmark Models).

During this Webinar, the speakers will:

  • Provide an overview of the reference buildings including how they were developed and what building types and climates are available.
  • Address the benefits of using the reference buildings.
  • Review some important current applications such as using them for the development of ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2010.
  • Discuss plans for the future.

This Webinar is geared toward commercial building engineers, architects, and designers as well as professors, students, and researchers.


  • Michael Deru, Senior Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Kristin Field, Mechanical Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Brian Holuj, Commercial Buildings Specialist, U.S. Department of Energy-Building Technologies Program
  • Bing Liu, Senior Engineer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

This Webinar is free of charge, but you must register in advance to obtain the URL and password for logging on via the Internet and the phone number to connect to the audio. Learn more about the Webinar. Visit the Building Technologies Program Web site for information about research and development of technologies and practices to improve the energy efficiency of our nation's buildings.