Session NumberSession TitleSession DescriptionTrackTime SlotTimeRoom / LocationSession Speaker(s)Session Chair(s)CEU InformationExperience LevelLearning Objective 1Learning Objective 2Learning Objective 3Learning Objective 4Path With Node IDPath
NYC19-201Electrification and Large Buildings: Roadblocks and OpportunitiesAs municipalities, states and federal mandates push for carbon reductions, fossil free buildings and a clean grid emerge as one of the 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 that is being conducted to overcome the challenges to full electrification in large buildings in cold climates.BENYC19 Sessions109/26/2019 - 9:00am to 10:30amLois Arena , Nicole Ceci , Mark Ginsberg Simona Li AIA 1.0 LU/HSW ;BPI 1.5 hour ;LEED BD+C, ID+C 1.5 hours2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)
NYC19-202NYC's High Performance Retrofit Program and ResourcesNYC 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 resources for deep energy retrofits including technology primers created specifically for building owners and decision-makers, and provide a case study of an exemplary project that has completed a high performance retrofit project.BENYC19 Sessions109/26/2019 - 9:00am to 10:30amRyan Cassidy , Rebecca Esau , Larry Katz , Aaron Ordower Bethany Bowyer Khan , Samuel Man AIA 1.5 LU/HSW ;BPI 1.5 hour ;LEED BD+C, O+M, ID+C 1.5 hours1 (no prior experience/knowledge needed)
NYC19-203Tools for Electrification: EVs, Demand Response, Complete Air Barriers, and DHWFour 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.BENYC19 Sessions109/26/2019 - 9:00am to 10:30amJosh Doolittle , Richard Gerbe , Paul Springer , Mar Kelly Kate Edden , Jodi Smits Anderson AIA 1.5 LU/HSW ;LEED BD+C, O+M 1.5 hours2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)
NYC19-213Carbon Counts! Calculating the Carbon Content of Commercial ConstructionHow 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 (EPD’s) 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 attendees. We'll see how design changes impact the carbon tally and examine how "biogenic carbon" can reduce net carbon emissions – or even make a building carbon negative.BENYC19 Sessions109/26/2019 - 9:00am to 10:30amJim D'Aloisio Elizabeth Engoren AIA 1.5 LU/HSW ;BPI 1.5 hours ;LEED BD+C, ID+C 1.5 hours2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)
NYC19-204Commercial HVAC Retrofits in the Age of ElectrificationAt 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 occupants. The session will include several case studies with data demonstrating the range of benefits for the building owners and occupants, as well as the ROI upon installation and commissioning of these systems.BENYC19 Sessions209/26/2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pmBarry Stephens Gwen McLaughlin AIA 1.0 LU/HSW ;BPI 1.0 hour ;LEED BD+C, O+M, ID+C, WELL 1.0 hour2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)
NYC19-206Ongoing Operations Support in Multifamily BuildingsBuilding 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 multifamily building in NYC, to significantly reduce energy use, water use, and carbon.BENYC19 Sessions209/26/2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pmSamantha Pearce , Pam Slighter Elihu Dietz AIA 1.0 LU ;BPI 1.0 hour ;LEED O+M, ID+C, BD+C 1.0 hour2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)
NYC19-207Reduce, Recover, Repurpose: Low-Cost Approach to Prepare Your Facility for Electrified Heating and 80% GHG ReductionsCost-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 pumps. We will share best practices to effectively reuse assets within buildings like coils, radiators, and piping that can interface with heat pump generated energy.BENYC19 Sessions209/26/2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pmJ.P. Drouin , Steven Meyers , William Peabody Eric Goshow AIA 1.0 LU/HSW ;BPI 1.0 hour ;LEED BD+C, O+M, ID+C 1.0 hours2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)
NYC19-208Shark Tank: Refining Your Pitch to Reluctant StakeholdersCritical 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 session are to challenge how we normally think about sales and learn the framework to engage in more meaningful ways. NYCEEC, a non-profit energy finance company that will be administering NYC’s PACE Finance Program, will be moderating the session. Like Shark Tank, NYCEEC gets to see many different pitches and how they’ve worked first hand.Come prepared with your two-minute pitch and get feedback from our panel of sales, finance, and real estate professionals!Maximum learning opportunity! Sign up here to make your pitch at the session.BENYC19 Sessions209/26/2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pmGuy-Thomas Barbier , Christina McPike , Patrick O'Donnell , Lauren Zullo Elizabeth Engoren , Jennifer Leone AIA 1.0 LU ;BPI 1.0 hour1 (no prior experience/knowledge needed)
NYC19-215Scaling Heat Pump Retrofits: Come for the Efficiency, Stay for the Air ConditioningNew 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 have ideas on how to break this cycle and get owners and tenants onboard. Our project team will discuss practical solutions and explain our roadmap for electrifying the NYC multifamily building sector.BENYC19 Sessions309/26/2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pmSean Brennan , Kelly Dougherty , David Goldstein Gwen McLaughlin AIA 1.0 LU/HSW ;BPI 1.0 hour ;LEED BD+C,O+M, ID+C 1.0 hour1 (no prior experience/knowledge needed)
NYC19-216NYC Local Laws and Pathways to Municipal Building ElectrificationNew 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, libraries, vehicle maintenance garages, police stations and fire houses, hospitals, cultural institutions, and others – cut energy use 50% or more from today’s levels? Which applications within the portfolio are best for electric heat pumps, and how do applications in new construction and major renovations differ from those in buildings limited to incremental upgrades? This session will provide an overview of these laws, their projected impact on the City’s 4,600 buildings, the ways in which electric heat pumps can help meet these targets, and how the answers to these questions are being incorporated into programs and designs currently underway.BENYC19 Sessions309/26/2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pmMichael Balagur , Rebecca Isacowitz Ken Levenson AIA 1.0 (pending)2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)
NYC19-205Electrify Your Health! How Electrification Can Improve Human Health in Urban BuildingsWe 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 affordable housing developers, policymakers, and capital providers; advise on hazardous chemicals and healthier choices of materials specifically related to electrification; and lay out key electrification strategies for protecting health in a socially equitable and cost-effective manner.BENYC19 Sessions309/26/2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pmElizabeth Garland , Lauren Hildebrand , Bill Walsh Lauren Brust Moss AIA 1.0 LU/HSW ;BPI 1.0 hour ;LEED BD+C,O+M, ID+C, WELL 1.0 hour2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)
NYC19-214Cost-Effective Transition to Electrified Heating & Cooling with Distributed GenerationWe’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 well as the impact of potential changes to electric and gas rates in the future. In addition, we will address potential regulatory changes that can alter cost and savings projections and guide future ECM priorities.BENYC19 Sessions309/26/2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pmJamin Bennett , Michael Brusic , Abdulla Darrat , Larry Katz Larry Katz AIA 1.0 LU/HSW ;BPI 1.0 hour ;LEED BD+C, O+M, ID+C 1.0 hour2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)
NYC19-209Electrifying Our Small Building Stock: Lessons from the FieldCome 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 Staten Island heat pumps initiative.BENYC19 Sessions409/26/2019 - 2:30pm to 4:00pmJordan Dentz , Julie Liu , Scott Smith Jennifer Leone AIA 1.5 LU/HSW ;BPI 1.5 hours ;LEED BD+C,O+M, ID+C, WELL 1.5 hours2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)
NYC19-210Electrifying the Buildings of TomorrowWith 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.”BENYC19 Sessions409/26/2019 - 2:30pm to 4:00pmCharles Marino , Jeff Rios Eric Goshow AIA 1.5 LU/HSW ;BPI 1.5 hours ;LEED BD+C,O+M, ID+C 1.5 hours2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)
NYC19-211Postmortem: 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!BENYC19 Sessions409/26/2019 - 2:30pm to 4:00pmKristie Broussard , Scott Kelly Elihu Dietz , Kate Edden AIA 1.5 LU/HSW ;BPI 1.5 hours ;LEED BD+C 1.5 hours2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)
NYC19-212NY 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 will be ample time for your questions and thoughtful discussion.BENYC19 Sessions409/26/2019 - 2:30pm to 4:00pmJim Edelson , Greg Hale , Christopher Mahase , Andrea Mancino , Zach Zill Jon Braman , Andrea Mancino AIA 1.5 LU/HSW2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)