BuildingEnergy NYC 2019 Evaluations

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Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 9:00am
Session Title Time Speakers
Carbon Counts! Calculating the Carbon Content of Commercial Construction

Carbon Counts! Calculating the Carbon Content of Commercial Construction

How much carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere as a result of your new construction project? Is it more or less than the emissions from an average project? What can you do, at little or no cost to your project, to reduce this carbon bloom? With the advent of industry-wide Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for most conventional construction materials, it’s now possible to calculate the approximate tons of CO2e emitted from the construction of our buildings. This is done using a "carbon pallet" tool developed by the presenter, which will be demonstrated and shared with... Full Description

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9:00 am to 10:30 am
  • Jim D'Aloisio
Electrification and Large Buildings: Roadblocks and Opportunities

Electrification and Large Buildings: Roadblocks and Opportunities

As municipalities, states and federal mandates push for carbon reductions, fossil free buildings and a clean grid emerge as critical pathways. Achieving this on any building poses serious challenges; however, when evaluating large buildings, the challenges become even more difficult. This panel of experts has extensive experience designing, testing and monitoring both new construction and existing buildings attempting to achieve high performance, low-carbon goals. The presenters will present case studies that showcase the current design challenges, supply stream deficiencies and research... Full Description

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9:00 am to 10:30 am
  • Lois Arena
  • Nicole Ceci
  • Mark Ginsberg
National Grid - Help Us Help You

National Grid - Help Us Help You

BREAKOUT SPONSORED BY NATIONAL GRID - We will review our current Commercial & Industrial, Multifamily and Residential Energy Efficiency program offerings for our service territories of Brooklyn, Staten Island, parts of Queens and Long Island. We have several Prescriptive and Custom Incentives programs, Direct Install Services, and a new One Pipe Steam System Pilot Program especially for multifamily buildings. During our session we will be asking participants to share their ideas on possible... Full Description

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9:00 am to 10:00 am
  • Carolyn Scibelli
NYC's High Performance Retrofit Program and Resources

NYC's High Performance Retrofit Program and Resources

NYC recently passed legislation that zeroes in on the need for existing buildings to drastically improve their energy and emissions performance. The NYC Retrofit Accelerator, in collaboration with the Building Energy Exchange, is creating new resources as part of its High Performance Retrofit Track that will help building decision-makers meet these aggressive goals, a critical part of the City’s plan to reduce citywide GHG emissions 80% by 2050 (80x50). Speakers will provide an overview of NYC’s Climate Mobilization Act and the NYC Retrofit Accelerator’s High Performance Track, present new... Full Description

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9:00 am to 10:30 am
  • Ryan Cassidy
  • Rebecca Esau
  • Larry Katz
  • Aaron Ordower
Rethink Water Heating: Tankless Electric is an Efficient, Zero-Emission Solution

Rethink Water Heating: Tankless Electric is an Efficient, Zero-Emission Solution

BREAKOUT SPONSORED BY EEMAX - Discover the many ways tankless electric technology saves water and energy with a zero greenhouse gas footprint. This AIA accredited learning unit explores the challenge architects and plumbing design professionals experience when looking to find the right balance between performance and efficiency in water heating systems. A review of plumbing code requirements and insights into specification considerations will be shared. This course will identify types of water heating technologies with a focus on Tankless Electric Water Heater (TEWH) function and design.... Full Description

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9:00 am to 10:00 am
  • Chris Anderson
  • Chris Hayden
Tools for Electrification: EVs, Demand Response, Complete Air Barriers, and DHW

Tools for Electrification: EVs, Demand Response, Complete Air Barriers, and DHW

Four tight, impressive mini-presentations, in a learning arc feeding electrification of our built environment: Electric Vehicles: EV Infrastructure from Greenlots; Demand Response from B2Q Associates; Sealing Technology from Aeroseal; and Domestic HW+ Heat Pumps from HIGHMARK NY. The four presentations will be followed by deep contact time with the individual presenters at break-out stations.

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9:00 am to 10:30 am
  • Josh Doolittle
  • Richard Gerbe
  • Mar Kelly
  • Matthew Pappalardo
Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 11:00am
Session Title Time Speakers
Commercial HVAC Retrofits in the Age of Electrification

Commercial HVAC Retrofits in the Age of Electrification

At a time when gas is becoming constrained, utilities are restricting new gas hookups, and electrification is the trend, a model has emerged to significantly reduce energy use, as well as dramatically improve IAQ and comfort in buildings. This session will explore replacing existing packaged rooftop units (RTUs) at end of life with Very High Efficiency (VHE) heat or energy recovery ventilation as the dedicated outside air system (DOAS), and heat pumps for heating and cooling. This results in significant energy savings, improved IAQ and health of the building, and happy, comfortable... Full Description

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11:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Barry Stephens
Insights from a National Portfolio Facility O&M Staff High-Performance Training Effort

Insights from a National Portfolio Facility O&M Staff High-Performance Training Effort

BREAKOUT SPONSORED BY TISHMAN SPEYER - Come learn from Charlie Marino of AKF and Jonathan Flaherty of Tishman Speyer on their recent collaboration in creating high performance operations and maintenance training for Tishman Speyer facility managers and engineers across the US. Tishman Speyer turned to Charlie and AKF to help create a training program to insure that their operating engineers and facility managers are up to date on the most recent developments in energy efficiency, grids and high performance buildings. This training was based around using a real time energy dashboard system... Full Description

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11:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Jonathan Flaherty
  • Charles Marino
NYC’s Local Law 97 - Implementing, Reporting, Enforcement

NYC’s Local Law 97 - Implementing, Reporting, Enforcement

BREAKOUT SPONSORED BY CUMMING CORPORATION - This interactive event will help identify what the roles are, who the players are, and what the biggest challenges are with regard to Local Law 97 (LL97). Join us for facilitated speed-networking to learn more about how to tackle this aggressive new legislation that will surely be a model for other cities. NYC’s newly passed LL97 creates carbon emissions limits for existing buildings over 25,000 square feet and mandates reducing their carbon emissions... Full Description

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11:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Courtney Lindberg
Ongoing Operations Support in Multifamily Buildings

Ongoing Operations Support in Multifamily Buildings

Building owners are faced with huge challenges to improve building performance in today’s NYC market. Updating equipment and buildings to operate as “smart buildings” is part of the solution to drive down energy and utility costs. To maximize the investment of smart technology, owners need to engage the people who operate and maintain equipment to achieve the best outcomes, for their staff and their tenants, at the lowest cost. This session will use a case study to demonstrate the benefits of tackling both physical equipment improvements and providing ongoing operation support within a... Full Description

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11:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Samantha Pearce
  • Pam Slighter
Reduce, Recover, Repurpose: Low-Cost Approach to Prepare Your Facility for Electrified Heating and 80% GHG Reductions

Reduce, Recover, Repurpose: Low-Cost Approach to Prepare Your Facility for Electrified Heating and 80% GHG Reductions

Cost-effective carbon neutrality with electrified heating can today be achieved through a three-phased approach that focuses on energy reduction, recovery, and infrastructure repurposing. We will present the results of two detailed analyses to demonstrate our approach to cost-effectively achieving 80% GHG reductions with electrified heating. The first analysis will demonstrate the costs of heating and cooling for typical scenarios in the built environment. The second study will present a detailed analysis of how to cost-effectively convert a facility for heat electrification with heat... Full Description

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11:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Marc Couture
  • Steven Meyers
  • William Peabody
Shark Tank: Refining Your Pitch to Reluctant Stakeholders

Shark Tank: Refining Your Pitch to Reluctant Stakeholders

Sign up to make your pitch at this lively, interactive session. Critical to energy project implementation is getting buy-in from building owners and financial stakeholders. Many deals don’t happen due to poor communication and lack of understanding about stakeholder needs. As engineers and architects, we work in a highly fragmented sector and often aren’t speaking the same language as our stakeholders or asking the right questions. With the right pitch, an idea is transformed into a tangible project. The goals of this... Full Description

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11:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Guy Thomas Barbier
  • Christina McPike
  • Patrick O'Donnell
  • Lauren Zullo
Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 1:00pm
Session Title Time Speakers
Achieving LEED Points in VRV Applications

Achieving LEED Points in VRV Applications

BREAKOUT SPONSORED BY DAIKIN - This will be an overview presentation on how Daikin can help projects achieve LEED points by measuring the sustainability and performance of a building with regard to the VRV system applied as an HVAC solution. Variable Refrigerant Volume systems have been on countless high profile LEED projects to incorporate sustainable design practices around the world. These cutting edge heat pump systems offer a variety of paths to help secure LEED points. The team that is selected for a VRV project is paramount in its success with proper design, installation, and... Full Description

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1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
  • Larry Thiel
Cost-Effective Transition to Electrified Heating & Cooling with Distributed Generation

Cost-Effective Transition to Electrified Heating & Cooling with Distributed Generation

We’ll explore the operational and financial impact of electrifying heating and cooling systems that leverage distributed generation systems (CHP, Solar, battery storage) to help offset large capital investments. We’ll focus on multifamily buildings constructed in the past 10 years in which various configurations of VRF and distributed generation were implemented, as well as retrofits of existing buildings. Upfront costs and yearly savings of these systems will be reviewed as will the impact of potential changes to electric and gas rates in the future. In addition, we will address potential... Full Description

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1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
  • Jamin Bennett
  • Michael Brusic
  • Abdulla Darrat
  • Larry Katz
Demonstrated Leadership in Electrification Design

Demonstrated Leadership in Electrification Design

BREAKOUT SPONSORED BY BR+A CONSULTING ENGINEERS - Companies, campuses and cities are striving to build a carbon neutral future.  Fossil Fuel Free (Electrified) and Zero Net Energy (ZNE) buildings will play a key role in achieving this goal.  Many people are familiar with small ZNE buildings, but we need to rapidly scale up to Medium, Large, and XL.  The need is particularly acute, with the latest in new and existing building regulations, such as Local Law 97.  Join us as we demonstrate examples of this ZNE scale-shift, including detailed examples from 4,000 to 400,000 square feet.

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1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
  • Jacob Knowles
  • Jason Lukes
Electrify Your Health! How Electrification Can Improve Human Health in Urban Buildings

Electrify Your Health! How Electrification Can Improve Human Health in Urban Buildings

We see the clear connection between energy upgrades and health via improvements including better ventilation, quieter HVAC systems, and thermal stability. But we've yet to see the specific health benefits (and challenges) associated with electrification. How can we improve our carbon footprint and hit the 2050 climate goals while simultaneously making tenants happier and healthier? This session will detail factors contributing to optimal human health, both indoors and outdoors in the built environment; study emerging data from Harvard’s Ventilation/IAQ project and its hoped-for effect on... Full Description

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1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
  • Elizabeth Garland
  • Lauren Hildebrand
  • Bill Walsh
NYC Local Laws and Pathways to Municipal Building Electrification

NYC Local Laws and Pathways to Municipal Building Electrification

New York City Local Law 31 of 2016 set stringent source energy use intensity (EUI) targets for the design of new municipal capital buildings, additions, and substantial reconstructions. Local Law 97 of 2019, part of the City’s Climate Mobilization Act, set aggressive new greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets for the entire municipal portfolio that will require retrofits of most City-owned buildings. The City’s unprecedented targets for municipal buildings raise challenges relevant to any owner of a large portfolio. How can the City's wide variety of building typologies – schools,... Full Description

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1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
  • Michael Balagur
  • Rebecca Isacowitz
NYSERDA’s RetrofitNY Solution Provider Roundtable

NYSERDA’s RetrofitNY Solution Provider Roundtable

BREAKOUT SPONSORED BY NYSERDA - Join us for a roundtable discussion concerning key technologies needed for the RetrofitNY program and the program strategy in place to drive this market transformation to enable net zero levels of performance on our existing building stock.

What we will cover:

  •  performance specifications developed by Steven Winters Associates
  •  cost analysis of initial market segment in affordable housing
  •  product development opportunities
  •  business model support
  •  market aggregation and expansion
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1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
  • Lois Arena
  • Saul Brown
  • Christopher Mahase
Scaling Heat Pump Retrofits: Come for the Efficiency, Stay for the Air Conditioning

Scaling Heat Pump Retrofits: Come for the Efficiency, Stay for the Air Conditioning

New York City was the birthplace of the electrical grid. Today, our policy makers realize that the city’s survival depends on electrifying much more than lighting. But the heat pump transition has barely begun for the multifamily sector, which accounts for more than 30 percent of the city's carbon emissions from buildings. Urban Green, NYSERDA and a group of 30 heat pump experts are developing a roadmap for scaling heat pumps in NYC's large multifamily buildings. Financial and technical hurdles have kept archaic fossil fuel systems deeply rooted in multifamily buildings for decades. We... Full Description

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1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
  • Sean Brennan
  • Kelly Dougherty
  • David Goldstein
Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 2:30pm
Session Title Time Speakers
Best Design Practices for Proper VRV Optimization and Integration

Best Design Practices for Proper VRV Optimization and Integration

BREAKOUT SPONSORED BY DAIKIN - This will be a technical presentation geared for the HVAC professional who is interested in learning about best practices to properly apply VRV systems into a commercial building. Variable Refrigerant Volume systems offer numerous benefits beyond a traditional HVAC system that include ultimate design flexibility, enhanced occupant comfort, and peak system wide efficiency. This cutting edge heat pump technology has been used in commercial spaces as an alternate to chiller systems since 1982. VRV systems are typically used for many vertical markets buildings... Full Description

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2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
  • Larry Thiel
Electrifying Our Small Building Stock: Lessons from the Field

Electrifying Our Small Building Stock: Lessons from the Field

Come see the latest results from the NYSERDA cold climate air source heat pump demonstration. We will report new cost and energy data from 20 whole-building retrofits. At each 1-3 family building, multi-split heat pumps were installed to fully replace fossil fuel heating systems. We will also report on a field evaluation of Integrated Controls currently underway. These controls integrate the operation of legacy systems with new heat pumps to minimize fossil fuel use while maintaining comfort. We will also discuss the State’s $250 million commitment to heat pump incentives and the City’s... Full Description

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2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Jordan Dentz
  • Julie Liu
  • Scott Smith
Electrifying the Buildings of Tomorrow

Electrifying the Buildings of Tomorrow

With the implementation of hard carbon emission limits in NYC, building energy use has taken a whole new shape. Electric energy for building heating and hot water consumption, in the past considered wasteful and expensive, is set to become the preferred and sustainable choice. We will explore the available technology and impacts to capital costs, energy costs, emissions, and fines of various heating technologies, starting with a new building, where the plate is clean, and ending with how those choices can be evaluated and applied to an existing building, where the plate is “dirty.”

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2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Charles Marino
  • Jeff Rios
  • Paul Rode
Mastering the Tenant Engagement Process: Approaches and Case Studies

Mastering the Tenant Engagement Process: Approaches and Case Studies

BREAKOUT SPONSORED BY NYSERDA - Engaging tenants in the pursuit of energy and carbon reductions is key to meeting New York City’s and the State’s aggressive climate impact mitigation goals. Join us as we explore different ways to engage commercial tenants in the conversation about energy efficiency, from smart building technologies, to technical assistance incentives and other creative approaches to reducing energy consumption in tenant spaces. The speakers will present case studies and best practices for tenant engagement and place these activities in the context of The Climate Leadership... Full Description

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2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Timothy Angerame
  • Sophie Cardona
  • Eugenia Gregorio
  • Jack Jenkins
  • Natasha Lewis
  • Mayra Lujan
  • Samuel Man
  • Monica Ridgway
NY State Policy and Programs: A Push Towards Carbon Neutral Buildings

NY State Policy and Programs: A Push Towards Carbon Neutral Buildings

This session will provide an overview of New York State policies and programs that are driving the industry toward low carbon buildings for retrofit and new construction. The speakers – policymakers and building experts – will describe in detail New York’s new policy context: The Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act and the state’s Roadmap to Carbon Neutral Buildings; as well as two current programs designed to push the market to make carbon neutral building the norm for both new construction (Buildings of Excellence) and the retrofit of existing buildings (RetrofitNY). There... Full Description

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2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Jim Edelson
  • Greg Hale
  • Christopher Mahase
  • Andrea Mancino
  • Zach Zill
Postmortem: Are Rating Systems Really Working?

Postmortem: Are Rating Systems Really Working?

Sustainability rating systems tend to either draw frustration or excitement. Join us to review the historical context, focus areas, components and real-world examples of success, hindsight moments and challenges of three such rating systems, LEED, Passive House and Living Building Challenge. We’ll also discuss how rating systems intersect with New York City’s efficiency grades and carbon caps. Don’t just listen to this presentation: prepare for what might be heated dialogue and discussion!

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2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Kristie Broussard
  • Scott Kelly