Next-Gen Commercial Buildings: From Lab to Marketplace

Today, 40% of energy is consumed by commercial buildings in the U.S. Additionally, people spend nearly 90% of their time indoors. How can we make buildings more efficient as well as provide a healthier and more productive environment for the individuals who occupy them? The answer is through technology innovation. There is no shortage of good ideas. The U.S. has always been a leader in innovating technologies, but as of late, a significant valley of death exists from getting these ideas out of the labs and into the commercial marketplace. If we are able to speed up the rate of adoption and commercialization path for sustainable building tech entrepreneurs, a domino of economic, social and environmental benefits will follow. Technology adoption will ultimately help our communities be more sustainable, improve the quality of life for occupants and create a wave of economic development as new companies emerge. Learn how Wells Fargo has created a unique program and platform that creates an ecosystem around the problem and opportunity related to commercial building energy use.

  • Moderator: Ashley Grosh, VP and Environmental Affairs Business Initiatives Manager, Wells Fargo & Company
  • Richard AdamsDirector of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Oren Schetrit, Co-Founder & CEO, Whisker Labs
  • Beverly Alexander, Co-Director, Cleantech to Market Program, Energy Institute at Haas


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