Manufacturers Sessions - WERC 2011 Grant
On September 2011, the Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) and Resource Professional Group (RPG) announced that they were awarded a $70,000 grant by the U.S. Forest Service’s Wood Education and Resource Center (WERC)*. With these funds, BTEC and RPG organized work sessions that promoted energy cost savings and environmental improvement of commercial buildings by educating building architects and biomass appliance manufacturers on wood energy.
These sessions were designed to bring together heating and cooling (HVAC) design experts with biomass energy equipment manufacturers to address concerns that have long delayed broader market penetration of biomass energy in the United States. The project leveraged findings of a 2010 WERC-funded survey, “Report of Key Findings: Architects and Energy Professionals – The Missing Link in Wood Energy”. According to the study, 80% of responding HVAC designers saw wood energy as a tool to advance America’s environmental, economic, and energy efficiency goals if their concerns about emissions, resource protection, system reliability and operational convenience can be satisfied.
Washington D.C. (3rd Session)
The third and final work session was held on May 6th, 2014, in Washington, DC. Meeting participants were encouraged to join the Department of Energy's Better Buildings Summit during the same week. A primary purpose of the meeting was to serve as a forum encouraging inter-company agreement to act jointly, initiating solutions, and lifting public perception of the technology and increasing sales.
Saratoga Springs, New York (2nd Session)
The second session was held in Saratoga Springs, NY on March 21, 2012 in conjunction with the Northeast Biomass Heating Expo. Click below for access to the meeting's agenda, notes, and presentations.
- Agenda March 21, 2012
- Meeting Minutes, March 21, 2012
- Brain Holuj, Renovating Older Commercial Buildings – How big is that market and is it worth your time
- Alex Johnson, Overcome Fuel Supply Concern with help from Timber Stand Managers and Urban Foresters
- Sunil Nanjundaram, The Role of Performance Certification in Building Confidence of Specifying Engineers
- C. Baird Brown, Helping Buyers Solve the First Cost Problem – Ideas at Appropriate Scale for Bio-Thermal Systems
- Chris Gaul, Making Fuel Connections – Confirming Supply Arrangements Would Increase Buyer Comfort
- Raymond, Albrecht, Jr., Renewable Sources in National Energy Policy – the Role of ASHRAE Technical Committees in Setting Nationally Significant Design Standards
Dubuque, Iowa (1st Session)
This session was held in Dubuque, IA on November 1st, 2011. Click on the link below for the meeting minutes.
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