BEST Center & Lawrence Berkeley National Lab invite you to attend the
2023 Annual Institute, Jan. 4th - 6th. 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM PST (11:00 AM - 5:00 PM EST)

Building Efficiency for a Sustainable Tomorrow (BEST) Center is supported by the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education program. Since 2012, its mission has been to create high-performance technicians who can help commercial buildings to save energy, maintain comfort, and keep occupants healthy. Among its efforts, BEST assists community and technical colleges with curriculum development in building science, building automation, and energy management.

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) is one of 17 national labs under the direction of the Department of Energy. LBNL's research includes energy science, biological & environmental sciences, computing & mathematics, high-energy physics, accelerator science, and energy technology. Improving energy efficiency in buildings and appliances (e.g. Energy Star program) is among its prime objectives.

Co-hosted by BEST and LBNL, the 2023 Annual Institute is the premier event for college faculty, students, and technical professionals aspiring to improve their knowledge and application of high-performance building operations. This year's theme is Advancing Building Decarbonization: Policies, Technologies, and Workforce Education. Lively presentations and roundtable discussions will explore the convergence of new federal initiatives, recently adopted state and local building performance policies, field research on emerging technologies, and workforce education requirements in response to building decarbonization and energy efficiency imperatives.

What to Expect - See the FAQ page also

Educational &
Technical Research

See presentations & demonstrations by leading experts.

Forum of Ideas

Converse with speakers & attendees and engage in video breakout discussions.

Virtual Expo Hall

Meet industry sponsors to learn about products, training & discounts.


Expand your connections & career potential in building operations and facilities

Your Guide to the Virtual Institute

Watch the following video to learn how to find these different spaces inside
the virtual Conference Center:

  • Entrance Lobby - Go from here to the other spaces.
  • Auditorium - You'll see all the presentation sessions and be able to ask questions.
  • Expo Hall - Meet vendors and industry sponsors for assistance with equipment, training, and discounts.
  • Networking Lounge - Chat with speakers, sponsors, and attendees to expand your connections in building operations and facilities.
  • Small Roundtable Discussions - Join these facilitated video discussions at the end of each day.

Why should you attend?

Come and learn about education and technology at the intersection of sustainability, energy conservation, clean energy, and healthy building operations. A dynamic line-up of speakers and interactive sessions will help you to:

  • Learn about cutting-edge technical innovations, research, teaching methods, and resources
  • Exchange ideas with speakers and attendees in video breakout rooms or the Networking Lounge
  • Meet vendors and industry sponsors in the Expo Hall for assistance with equipment, training, and discounts
  • Expand your professional connections and career potential in building operations and facilities.

Who should attend?

  • College educators and students in building science, HVAC, energy management, and building automation programs
  • Teachers of high school physics, technical, and engineering courses
  • Building engineers, technicians, and facilities managers
  • Design and construction professionals
  • Decision-makers and anyone interested in making their buildings greener and healthier!

Overview of the Institute

The impacts of the climate crisis are everywhere around us with severe droughts, wildfires and floods without precedent, famine, drying rivers, and increasing numbers of climate refugees. However, global emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) are still growing. COP 27 has refocused attention on the urgency of international cooperation and stronger effort aimed at GHG reductions in the advanced countries while boosting financial support and adaptation measures for the most vulnerable countries. Moreover, emissions reduction targets agreed upon in the Paris Accords are not being met by many countries, and it appears increasingly unlikely that global temperature increase can be held to 1.5ºC.

To avert the worst effects of global climate change, quick action must be taken to reduce carbon emissions. Because the construction and operation of buildings contribute almost 40% of global atmospheric carbon, reducing emissions attributable to buildings is critically important through improved energy efficiency, onsite generation of renewable energy, and other measures. In the U.S. the federal government and a growing number of state and local agencies are creating policies and setting standards for more energy efficient building operations, stimulating the adoption of new technologies and building control strategies, and promoting the growth of renewable energy. In response to these initiatives and the larger goal of reducing reliance on fossil fuels, numerous technical innovations are visible in the application of Building Automation Systems (BAS) to improve sequences of operations, building de-carbonization strategies including widespread adoption of heat pump technology, on-site renewable energy generation and storage, grid interactive energy management, district-level micro-grid applications and more. As the building sector pursues a more sustainable future, the role, importance, and advanced skill requirements of building technicians will increase proportionately, along with the relevance and scope of advanced technical education.

The BEST Center 3-day National Institute will focus on new policies and standards impacting building design and operations, de-carbonization strategies and technologies, and the instructional methods, content, and lab activities needed to prepare students and technicians for the demands of advanced building operations. We will highlight legislative and international efforts to promote de-carbonization; explore innovations and challenges in energy efficiency, electrification, and Building Automation Systems; and identify strategies and opportunities for educators and industry.

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