Montgomery County Energy Summit unveils resources and research

February 26, 2015
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On February 18th, 170 attendees convened for the 2nd Annual Montgomery County Energy Summit. Hosted by the U.S. Green Building Council – National Capital Region, Montgomery County Branch, the event offered policy insights from Cliff Majersik from the Institute for Market Transformation, county initiatives and goals from Councilmember Roger Berliner, an update on benchmarking resources from Michelle Vigen with the Department of Environmental Protection, and in-depth workshops from Pepco’s energy efficiency programs and ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.

A. Hunter Fanney from National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) provided a plenary presentation on the latest results from the Net Zero Energy Residential Test Facility. Attendees learned how the different energy systems were working in the home, and how the team had gone to great lengths to simulate actual home use in order to document closer-to-real-life energy outcomes. The home has shown to produce more energy that it uses in a given year.

Roger Berliner makes opening remarks.


The day ended with a panel of benchmarkers in the county. Moderated by Chris Ashworth, Chair of the USGBC National Capital Region, we heard from Jessica Long from JBG (see their BENCHMARKED profile!), Chris Brown from Federal Realty, and Sean Gallagher with Montgomery County Public Schools. Panelists spoke candidly about their experience getting up and running with Portfolio Manager, how they’ve adjusted operations to get the benchmarking done and take advantage of the information, and some of the challenges they faced in terms of the type of buildings, the volume of data, or in implementing energy-saving measures.

The Summit benefited from nearly a dozen sponsors who made the day possible. Visit the USGBC website to see the list of sponsors, schedule, and other materials from the day.

To keep up-to-date on the latest energy and benchmarking information, Subscribe to the Montgomery County Energy News and visit the new DEP benchmarking website.

See more photos from the Summit below:




Summit setup, before start of the event


Light bulb technology displayed at a vendor's table


Councilmember Roger Berliner gives opening remarks

Councilmember Roger Berliner gave opening remarks.


Attendees listen to opening remarks


DEP's Michelle Vigen

Michelle Vigen, Senior Energy Planner at DEP, discussed the Montgomery County Benchmarking Law and incentives for earlybird adopters.


Summit attendees discuss energy matters.


NIST's Hunter Fanney presents

NIST’s Hunter Fanney presented on the Net-Zero Energy Residential Testing Facility in Gaithersburg.


Participants interact with exhibitors



Speakers during the final panel presentation

Panelists Jessica Long (JBG), Chris Brown (Federal Realty), and Sean Gallagher (Montgomery County Public Schools) discussed their benchmarking efforts.

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