BuildingEnergy NYC 2022 Evaluations

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NESEA staff will share your feedback with next year’s conference planning committee to guide the design and content of BuildingEnergy NYC 2022. Questions? Contact Ben Sachs-Hamilton, Conference Manager, at bsachs-hamilton@nesea.org.

Thursday, September 15, 2022 - 9:00am
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KEYNOTE — Design for Freedom: A Call to Action

KEYNOTE — Design for Freedom: A Call to Action

Environmental exploitation very often goes hand in hand with human exploitation. How do we harness the collective knowledge we have gained from our work quantifying carbon, improving health impacts, and reducing environmental degradation, and apply it to solving this pressing humanitarian issue?

The Design for Freedom Initiative by Grace Farms is raising awareness about the pervasiveness of forced and child labor in the construction material supply chain. At a time when our industry is facing extraordinary pressure to address climate resiliency and social equity, Design for Freedom... Full Description

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9:00 am to 10:00 am
Thursday, September 15, 2022 - 10:30am
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Bridging the Gap Between NYC Local Laws and Decarbonization

Bridging the Gap Between NYC Local Laws and Decarbonization

As we look to comply with NYC Local Law 97 (LL97), we must efficiently leverage other energy-related laws in order to make more cost-effective, timely, and holistic decisions regarding electrification and carbon reduction upgrades. Our panel will discuss the timelines of NYC laws for buildings, how they are interconnected, and how they can be leveraged. This session will focus on the Façade Inspection Safety Program (FISP, formerly LL11), LL84/133 (Energy Benchmarking), LL87 (Energy Auditing and Retro-Commissioning), LL88 (Lighting Retrofits and Sub-metering), and LL152 (Gas Piping System... Full Description

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10:30 am to 11:30 am
Sealing the O&M Gap: Empowering Building Operators

Sealing the O&M Gap: Empowering Building Operators

A building operator and a board member will discuss the evolving role of operators and the importance of training and operations and maintenance (O&M). This session will also explore free training available for operators and ways management companies/employers can work with the 32BJ Training Fund. Speakers will describe ways the building community can help influence and support training and O&M to empower incumbent operators to move away from fossil fuels and be equipped for the challenges ahead.

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10:30 am to 11:30 am
Thermal Bridging '22 What to Know and What to Do

Thermal Bridging '22 What to Know and What to Do

Thermal Bridging can lead to problematic condensation, increased energy usage, reduced occupant comfort, and even noncompliance with energy codes. However, we have the tools to address this challenge. In this session, we will review the three types of structural thermal bridging, briefly cover foundation and slab edge insulation placement and detailing, summarize the conductive thermal requirements of the Energy Codes and, most importantly, identify strategies to calculate the impact on code compliance of structural thermal bridging conditions and mitigated details.

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10:30 am to 11:30 am
What We Have Learned from Many Built Multifamily Passive Houses

What We Have Learned from Many Built Multifamily Passive Houses

Curtis + Ginsberg Architects has completed five multifamily Passive House buildings, with two more in construction and six more in design. Steven Winter Associates has completed over 20 Passive House buildings, with 15 more in construction and 30+ more in design. We have collaborated on many of these projects. By reviewing variations in the systems, we can draw conclusions about what works best for structure, envelope, ventilation, heating and cooling, and on-site generation, as well as for both residents and owners We will present the details of at least six buildings, what we have... Full Description

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10:30 am to 11:30 am
Thursday, September 15, 2022 - 12:00pm
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Beyond Incentives: Market-Based Funding to Decarbonize Affordable Housing

Beyond Incentives: Market-Based Funding to Decarbonize Affordable Housing

As we consider how to decarbonize affordable multifamily housing communities, it is imperative to establish market-based momentum that does not solely rely on regulations and subsidy programs that may change year to year. Panelists will discuss the financing tools available to support a market in which decarbonization is business as usual. They will also showcase a set of financing solutions, as well as culture shifts, enabling them to invest in climate solutions for disadvantaged communities.

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12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Breaking Ground on Geothermal and Thermal Energy Networks: A Pathway for Urban Areas

Breaking Ground on Geothermal and Thermal Energy Networks: A Pathway for Urban Areas

Current pathways to carbon emission reductions are primarily driven through electrification of heating via heat pumps. Types of heat pump technology that are underutilized in the NYC area are ground source heat pumps (GSHP)/geothermal energy and other thermal networks. Heating and cooling from geothermal energy and other thermal networks are not novel technologies and have been used in urban areas in North America and Western Europe for some time. However, these systems are still facing barriers to adoption. This panel will discuss common misconceptions, innovations in the market, and... Full Description

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12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Prescription for Better Buildings: Phius Prescriptive Path from Start to Plaque

Prescription for Better Buildings: Phius Prescriptive Path from Start to Plaque

Phius (formerly the Passive House Institute U.S.) introduced a new version of their certification standard in 2021 with the goal of making it easier and more affordable for single-family residential homes to achieve certification. In this presentation, you will learn about this new Prescriptive Path and how it can simplify the design and certification process for single-family homes and make certification available for a wider range of project teams, project sizes and project budgets. We will cover the design intent of the certification update, review critical changes and discuss ways it... Full Description

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12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Resilient, Cost-Effective, and Carbon Neutral: The Future of New York’s Multifamily Buildings

Resilient, Cost-Effective, and Carbon Neutral: The Future of New York’s Multifamily Buildings

As part of the State of New York’s ambitions to achieve a carbon-neutral economy by mid-century, NYSERDA initiated the Buildings of Excellence (BOE) Design Competition for multifamily new construction and deep renovation projects. The results from the first two rounds of BOE awards give insight into achieving higher levels of building performance in terms of energy savings, carbon reductions, and other co-benefits. They provide data on how to manage costs, effectiveness of technology, etc. and offer replicable models for others to follow. This interactive session is designed to focus on... Full Description

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12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Thursday, September 15, 2022 - 1:45pm
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A Successful Approach to Achieving Passive House at Scale

A Successful Approach to Achieving Passive House at Scale

Successful Passive House teams throughout North America follow an approach that, if replicated at scale, can reduce the energy load and carbon output of the built environment at the level needed to address climate change, while improving building quality. Effective scaling requires maintaining an integrated team from early design through construction completion. In this session, we will identify challenges in the Passive House process and share the details of a proven approach to integrating teams, which can be easily and repeatably implemented in projects of all sizes and types. We will... Full Description

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1:45 pm to 2:45 pm
Achieving Resource Efficient Decarbonization in Cold Climates

Achieving Resource Efficient Decarbonization in Cold Climates

The session will describe the Empire Building Challenge (EBC) process and Resource Efficient Electrification, expanding on the recent BuildingEnergy Magazine article on the same topic. We will update our learnings based on the work conducted by Cohort 1 of the Empire Building Challenge, and we'll be able to announce Cohort 2, as well as examining the work conducted with that group of real estate owners and MEP engineers. We're excited to continue updating the NESEA community on these efforts.

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1:45 pm to 2:45 pm
Engineering Design Considerations for Energy and Carbon Reduction Recommendations

Engineering Design Considerations for Energy and Carbon Reduction Recommendations

To comply with NYC Local Law 97, buildings will need guidance on how to implement capital measures that effectively reduce carbon emissions. However, even detailed energy studies can have unrealistic recommendations if engineering design considerations are neglected. Meanwhile, design engineers tend to focus more on system sufficiency instead of efficiency. Practitioners are tasked with narrowing this knowledge gap and identifying crucial details that could make or break a building’s ability to implement recommendations. Our talk will address some of the necessary feasibility checks for... Full Description

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1:45 pm to 2:45 pm
Fast Track to Equitable Electrification in NYC

Fast Track to Equitable Electrification in NYC

In 2021, HPD and NYSERDA launched a joint $24 million pilot giving direct grants to HPD Preservation projects to (holistically) electrify hot water, space heating or both. This was possible by relying on HPD's rigorous oversight paired with dedicated Technical Assistance from Steven Winter Associates and Taitem Engineering. By Fall 2022, we will have our first cohort (nearly 175 housing units) under construction and be in the design stages with a second cohort. In this session we will present two case studies, discuss the process of selecting appropriate projects and optimizing the... Full Description

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1:45 pm to 2:45 pm
Thursday, September 15, 2022 - 3:15pm
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Clean Energy Financing: Collaboration in New York State

Clean Energy Financing: Collaboration in New York State

NYSERDA and HCR co-developed and launched a pilot called the Clean Energy Initiative ("CEI") program, which integrates technical assistance and clean energy funding through NYSERDA's support into HCR’s affordable housing finance application process. This panel will cover the collaboration, program design, opportunity for scaling, and lessons learned to date, as well as highlighting a project currently participating in the CEI program. We will discuss the benefits of the interagency collaboration, highlighting the agencies' joint efforts in reaching CLCPA carbon... Full Description

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3:15 pm to 4:15 pm
CLT Passive House Confidential: The Financial and Logistical Synergy of PH and Mass Timber

CLT Passive House Confidential: The Financial and Logistical Synergy of PH and Mass Timber

Combining Passive House and mass timber construction presents an opportunity to optimize both operational and embodied carbon. The exposed wood CLT structure and building envelope elements offer numerous benefits including interior aesthetics, a healthier indoor environment, reduced use of interior finish materials, and shorter construction duration. However, to date, most CLT multifamily developments have been boutique condominium projects. This session will feature two market-rate CLT Passive House multifamily projects that represent different design strategies for viability and carbon... Full Description

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3:15 pm to 4:15 pm
Equitability: A Guide to Truly Hearing Our Residents

Equitability: A Guide to Truly Hearing Our Residents

The triple bottom line of sustainability addresses the importance of environmental, social and economic considerations. It's something we all strive to achieve. That being said, the social aspect is often forgotten or overlooked, particularly in affordable housing. Very often, residents are spoken for and not included in the decision making process upfront. This session will highlight typical resident responses and concerns that we hear every day. It will also highlight new strategies that aim to improve interactions with residents, throughout the design process. A panel will end the... Full Description

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3:15 pm to 4:15 pm
The Path to Greener HVAC Refrigerants

The Path to Greener HVAC Refrigerants

Transitioning to Low Global Warming Potential Refrigerants is outlined as a key strategy for New York State to achieve its long-term climate goals. During this session, you’ll gain a better understanding of existing state (focus on NY) and Federal initiatives, regulations, and history impacting the use of refrigerants in heat pumps and other HVAC equipment, the existing equipment and refrigerant options available today, and the challenges facing New York City and its workforce in adopting this technology.

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3:15 pm to 4:15 pm