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Better Buildings Challenge Milwaukee: Budgeting for Operational Efficiencies

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Starts On - April 12, 2017 - 10:00am
Ends On - April 12, 2017 - 12:30pm

Budgeting: an often forgotten strategy to achieve operational savings

It's almost the time of year when organizations start the overwhelming task of budgeting for the next fiscal year. Operations and Maintenance budgets are often the most difficult to prepare, and organizations can miss out on easy to achieve long-term savings. This session is geared toward those who are making decisions about how to allocate funds, but who may not have technical expertise regarding building efficiency strategies that can be employed.

During this seminar, we will "tell it to you straight" by breaking down the technical lingo, discussing best practices, and discovering resources and support available through the City of Milwaukee to help you achieve energy savings.

The presenters will be addressing the following points of inquiry:

What did you say?

  • Simplified explanations of energy efficiency, reduction and generation strategies
  • Discover estimated cost of services and fair rate of return
  • How to prioritize strategies and develop a timeline for implementation
  • Discuss what percentage of a building owner's budget should be for operations and maintenance.

Where's the money?

  • Discuss local financial incentive programs
  • Identify financing options
  • Explain eligibility for free energy assessments tied to the City of Milwaukee's Better Building Challenge

Where's the risk?

  • Discuss contracting options and risks
  • Discuss preventive maintenance vs reactive replacement in operation plans
  • Discover qualifications a hired team should possess


  • 10-10:30 a.m. — Check in, light refreshments, and networking
  • 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. — Let's talk about budgeting for efficiency improvements
  • 12-12:30 p.m. — Networking

More information about the Milwaukee Better Buildings Challenge: Location to be announced soon.

Program made possible in part by funding from the U.S. Department of Energy's Advancing Solutions to Improve the Energy Efficiency of U.S. Commercial Buildings (DE-FOA-0001168)