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Building America Meetings

Photo of people watching a presentation on a screen the foreground shows a person's hands taking notes on a notepad.The Department of Energy's (DOE) Building America program hosts open meetings and webinars for industry partners and stakeholders that provide a forum to exchange information about various aspects of residential building research.

Current Webinars

The Building America program continues its webinar series into 2016! Each month's free webinar will offer information about the latest advances in residential building technologies and practices, presented by Building America research team and national laboratory experts.

Solutions for Combustion Safety in Existing Homes

Date/Time: December 16, 2015; 3:00-4:30 p.m. EST

It is often challenging for residential contractors to conduct appropriate combustion safety test procedures in existing homes and use effective actions to address any failures. Commonly used testing methods can be complicated to follow and may be overly conservative, producing false positive results without addressing the fundamental need for inspection of the venting system itself. Additionally, there are situations where comprehensive combustion safety tests are not necessary and prescriptive procedures can be used to address safety concerns. Methods to easily identify those situations and conduct the required actions may reduce test costs and provide a higher level of confidence that contractors are following the proper procedures to protect against combustion safety failures. 

To assist in addressing these concerns and opportunities, the Building America Program is hosting a no-cost webinar that will discuss both current guidelines and a field study supporting revised protocols for combustion safety testing in low-rise residential buildings. 

Presenters for this webinar: 

  • Larry Brand, R&D Director at Gas Technology Institute 
  • David L. Bohac, P.E., Director of Research at Center for Energy and Environment 

The presentations will be followed by an interactive Q&A session where participants will have an opportunity to submit questions via the webinar. 

If you have any questions, please contact: Heather Stafford (

Register for the webinar.

 Past Webinars

Date Title
11/18/15 High Performance HVAC Systems, Part II: Low-Load HVAC Systems for Single and Multifamily Applications
10/28/15 High Performance Enclosure Strategies, Part II: Low-E Storm Windows and Window Attachments
9/24/15 Building America Solution Center Overview
8/26/15 Ventilation Strategies for High Performance Homes, Part I:  Application-specific Ventilation Guidance
7/22/15 Put New Tools and Content on the Building America Solution Center to Work for You!
6/24/15 New Construction Hybrid-Ductless Heat Pumps Study: Resistance is Futile
5/20/15 Resolving Codes and Standards Issues to Energy Innovations
4/7/15 Building America Technology-to-Market Roadmaps
3/18/15 Building America Research Tools
2/12/15 High-Performance Enclosure Strategies, Part 1: Unvented Roof Systems and Innovative Advanced Framing Strategies
1/21/15 Central Multifamily Water Heating Systems
12/17/14 Building America: Research for Real-World Results
11/18/14 High Performance Space Conditioning Systems, Part II
10/23/14 High Performance Space Conditioning Systems, Part I
9/24/14 Multifamily Ventilation Strategies and Compartmentalization Requirements
9/9/14 Low-E Storms: The Next Big Thing in Window Retrofits
8/13/14 High Performance Enclosure Strategies: Part II, New Construction
7/16/14 Retrofitting Central Space Conditioning Strategies for Multifamily Buildings
6/25/14 Who's Successfully Doing Deep Energy Retrofits?
5/21/14 High Performance Building Enclosures: Part I, Existing Homes
5/15/14 Building Energy Optimization Tool (BEopt) Training
4/16/14 Opportunities in Large Data Collection and Analysis
3/19/14 Standardized Retrofit Packages — What Works to Meet Consistent Levels of Performance?

View other past webinars focused on residential energy efficiency on the webinar archives page.

Upcoming Meetings

There are no Building America meetings scheduled at this time. Please subscribe to Building America news and updates to receive notification of future meetings.

Past Technical and Stakeholder Meetings

Expert Meetings

Building America hosts several expert meetings each year on a variety of building energy efficiency topics, which are presented by research team members. This page provides links to past expert meetings proceedings, including presentations and related documents.

Date Team Expert Meeting
9/29/14 IBACOS Code Challenges with Multi-Family Area Separation Walls
10/12/12 BSC Recommended Approaches to Humidity Control in High Performance Homes
9/28/12 ARBI Exploring the Disconnect Between Rated and Field Performance of Water Heating Systems
7/28/12 BSC Cladding Attachment over Exterior Insulation
6/28/12 PARR Combustion Safety
2/8/12 NAHB Research Center Key Innovations for Adding Energy Efficiency to Maintenance Projects
11/15/11 NorthernSTAR Foundation Research Results
11/14/11 NorthernSTAR Window Options for New and Existing Homes
10/31/11 ARBI Energy Savings You Can Bank On
10/25/11 CARB Retrofit Implementation: A Neighborhood at a Time
10/13/11 ARIES Advanced Envelope Research Update
9/13/11 BARA Transforming Existing Buildings Through New Media: An Idea Exchange
7/31/11 BSC Recommendations for Applying Water Heaters in Combination Space and Domestic Water Heating Systems
7/30/11 BSC Interior Insulation of Masonry Structures
7/28/11 PARR Achieving the Best Installed Performance from High-Efficiency Residential Gas Furnaces
7/13/11 ARIES Hydronic Heating in Multifamily Buildings
3/29/11 IBACOS Transitioning Traditional HVAC Contractors to Whole House Performance
3/11/11 IBACOS Simplified Space Conditioning Systems for Energy Efficient Houses
11/16/10 BA-PIRC Delivering Better, Cheaper, and Faster Retrofits through Stakeholder-Focused Research
10/1-2/10 NREL Advanced Home Energy Management
4/26/10 BSC Diagnostic Measurement and Performance Feedback for Residential Space Conditioning System Equipment

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