BuildingEnergy NYC 2021 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.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021 - 10:30am
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KEYNOTE - Small But Mighty: The Untapped Potential of Mid-Size Buildings

KEYNOTE - Small But Mighty: The Untapped Potential of Mid-Size Buildings

While regulations and policy discussions often focus on large buildings, much of New York City’s building stock is made up of mid-size commercial and residential buildings, both of which have a unique set of needs when it comes to electrification and decarbonization. This year’s keynote will focus on how to put the right tools and resources in the hands of building owners and contractors, enabling them to be real drivers of change in the market.

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10:30 am to 11:30 am
Wednesday, September 29, 2021 - 1:00pm
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Collaborating for Community Decarbonization

Collaborating for Community Decarbonization

How can the residents of “Energy Town, USA” meet their carbon emissions reduction goal in a way that lifts up their entire community? Working interactively and collaboratively in small breakout groups, participants in this workshop will develop innovative solutions to this challenge. As facilitators, NEEP staff will guide each group with best practices and deep knowledge from their own work in various communities across the Northeast. Context points from real towns will be shared regarding building stock, homebuyer markets, economic parameters, and more.

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1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Thursday, September 30, 2021 - 9:00am
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Climate Resilient Design for Passive House

Climate Resilient Design for Passive House

With climate change resulting in increased heat and precipitation, coastal flooding, and other hazardous events, the built environment is experiencing increased vulnerability and disruption. The goal of resilient design is not only to protect critical project components from current climate hazards, but also to reduce downtime following a hazardous event and to prepare for and adapt to future challenges. This session will review three Passive House case studies, evaluating design solutions that incorporate the results from both passive survivability and climate resilience assessments. Each... Full Description

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9:00 am to 10:00 am
How NYC Buildings Can Profit While Complying with the CMA

How NYC Buildings Can Profit While Complying with the CMA

New York City’s Climate Mobilization Act (CMA) is viewed by many building owners as legislation thrust upon them, mandating unaffordable retrofits that benefit the environment at their expense. But for owners with the right strategy in place, these retrofits present a highly profitable investment opportunity, even with little access to capital. Today’s combination of efficient technologies, regulations, programs, innovative ownership/investment models, and financing presents means that owners can bundle together retrofits and equipment upgrades that not only appease the city and... Full Description

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9:00 am to 10:00 am
Why We Must Build Back Circular

Why We Must Build Back Circular

Adopting circular economy approaches in a high-growth, high-waste sector like the built environment presents a tremendous opportunity for businesses, governments and cities to minimize structural waste and thus realize greater value from built environment assets. It is time to reshape our urban future and move from principles to practices. In this session, visionary practitioners will provide their perspectives on how partnerships are key to understanding and solving tomorrow’s challenges. The session will also bring into focus how we can work faster and smarter to bolster circular economy... Full Description

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9:00 am to 10:00 am
Thursday, September 30, 2021 - 10:30am
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Operational Best Practices for Multifamily Passive Houses

Operational Best Practices for Multifamily Passive Houses

Adjacent to each other in the flood-prone Rockaways in NYC and completed 2 years apart, Beach Green Dunes I and Beach Green Dunes II are two of the largest multifamily Passive House projects in the U.S. Although nearly identical in appearance, they are very different under the hood. Each has a different structure, envelope, HVAC system, resiliency strategies, and operational requirements. With a focus on data, Curtis + Ginsberg and SWA will present side-by-side details of the two buildings, lessons learned, and will compare how the two buildings are operating and performing in an effort to... Full Description

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10:30 am to 11:45 am
Performance-Based Ventilation Design for Healthy & Efficient Buildings

Performance-Based Ventilation Design for Healthy & Efficient Buildings

For decades, the drive for energy efficiency took priority over indoor air quality (IAQ). With COVID, the pendulum swung in the direction of IAQ, but as we emerge from the pandemic and prepare to meet ever more stringent building performance standards, we need to design and operate buildings for both IAQ and efficiency. The question is how to solve for these seemingly contradictory goals given the “energy penalty” associated with higher ventilation rates. This session provides a pathway for balancing IAQ and energy efficiency using ASHRAE’s performance-based standard, the Indoor Air... Full Description

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10:30 am to 11:45 am
Voices for Change: Leveraging Various Certifications for Regenerative Design

Voices for Change: Leveraging Various Certifications for Regenerative Design

While certifications are crucial to pushing the limits of sustainable construction, validating investments, and providing quality assurance, they sometimes risk a narrowed viewpoint, shifting priorities towards meeting a prescribed matrix and away from big picture values better benefitting building occupants and the environment. This presentation showcases individual projects and lessons learned from pursuing single and multiple certifications (LEED, Living Building Challenge, Passive House and WELL), and how they can be leveraged to create truly regenerative buildings. A group of women... Full Description

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10:30 am to 11:45 am
Thursday, September 30, 2021 - 12:15pm
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Embodied Justice: Healthier Materials to Foster Social Justice and Wellness

Embodied Justice: Healthier Materials to Foster Social Justice and Wellness

For too long, making buildings healthier has focused on occupant health, a narrow view neglecting manufacturing workers and communities around the factories. Truly healthier materials must be free from chemicals of concern throughout the supply chain. Outrage over the injustice embodied in unhealthy products is valuable only if it spurs action, and action means designing out bad product types and pushing manufacturers for safer materials. You can contribute to the movement by lending your voice and your project’s buying power. This session features insights from an environmental justice... Full Description

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12:15 pm to 1:15 pm
Overcoming Barriers to Electrification: A Collaborative Approach

Overcoming Barriers to Electrification: A Collaborative Approach

Electrifying existing buildings is easier said than done. There are numerous roadblocks to electrification, from first costs, to technical feasibility, to grid limitations, operating costs, and tenant education, just to name a few! Richard Gerbe will moderate this roundtable discussion with key stakeholders representing manufacturers, utilities, engineers, and building owners, to learn how cross-sector collaboration will help accelerate the decarbonization of New York’s existing building stock efficiently and equitably.

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12:15 pm to 1:15 pm
Retro-Cx: Working through Conflict with Collaboration

Retro-Cx: Working through Conflict with Collaboration

Even the most successful Retro-Commissioning projects encounter some level of conflict. Thoughtful collaboration with the building’s operating staff can help overcome these challenges and prove to be valuable to the entire project team. Using project examples, this session provides guidance on how to engage the operations team for a successful Retro-Cx program.

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12:15 pm to 1:15 pm
Thursday, September 30, 2021 - 2:00pm
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Decarbonizing Office Spaces: Case Studies and Interactive Discussion

Decarbonizing Office Spaces: Case Studies and Interactive Discussion

In commercial buildings, tenants account for more than 50% of energy use. With the recent enactment of Local Law 97, tenant energy contribution becomes even more critical, as commercial landlords will not be able to comply with emission caps if tenants are not engaged. This session will highlight how two tenants collaborated with their building owner to implement advanced energy solutions and reduce building energy consumption. The case study presentations will be followed by two interactive breakout groups – one focused on green leasing practices and one focused on existing energy... Full Description

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2:00 pm to 3:15 pm
Delicate Balance: Weighing Embodied vs. Operational Carbon in High-Performance Design

Delicate Balance: Weighing Embodied vs. Operational Carbon in High-Performance Design

Embodied Carbon (EC) will account for nearly half the global carbon emissions from new construction in the next 30 years. The urgency with which industry professionals, real estate developers, product manufacturers, and property owners must work together to reduce EC in their projects and product selections is mounting. Though sometimes in conflict, EC and Operational Carbon (OC) must be addressed holistically, rather than solving for one at the expense of the other. Using a new affordable housing development as an example, the project architect and sustainability consultant will explore... Full Description

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2:00 pm to 3:15 pm
Equitable Access to Cooling in New York City Under a Changing Climate

Equitable Access to Cooling in New York City Under a Changing Climate

Climate change will have significant impacts on indoor cooling needs in New York City, particularly for vulnerable communities who will see disproportionate health, economic, and other effects. This session will describe the key findings and recommendations from a recent NYSERDA-sponsored project. The project investigated how current cooling usage patterns will change based on climate change and committed building energy efficiency goals, and evaluated the impacts of different technology and policy options to meet future residential cooling needs while minimizing increases in energy use.... Full Description

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2:00 pm to 3:15 pm
Thursday, September 30, 2021 - 3:45pm
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Capital Planning and Electrification in the Time of Local Law 97

Capital Planning and Electrification in the Time of Local Law 97

Capital planning has always been an integral part of a building owner’s strategy, but with NYC’s Local Law 97, state and city carbon reduction goals, gas moratoriums, and a shift towards electrification, it is more important than ever to have a long-term strategy based on the specifics of a building, property, or portfolio. This session will provide an overview of different integrated solution options and technologies for both commercial and residential buildings, including geothermal, thermal storage with energy sharing, and VRF. Additional discussion will include key lessons learned from... Full Description

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3:45 pm to 4:45 pm
Rebuilding New York’s Schools through Partnerships

Rebuilding New York’s Schools through Partnerships

The Reopen and Rebuild America’s Schools Act of 2021 invests $130 billion to help reopen public schools, provide students and educators a safe place to learn and work, and identify strategies to rebuild our schools for the future. Creating the optimal conditions for learning requires product solutions designed to address the unique needs of educational spaces: optimal acoustics, air quality, natural lighting, and aesthetics work together to impact how students understand teachers, stay focused, and even perform on tests. This session is an insight into best practices, as well as how to... Full Description

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3:45 pm to 4:45 pm
Rolling Out an Enterprise-Wide Building Management System

Rolling Out an Enterprise-Wide Building Management System

When looking to extend its success with its legacy control system, the New York City Housing Authority started with open BACnet communication as the center of its new BMS architecture, leveraging its fiber connectivity between campus buildings and including advanced graphics, alarms, exception reporting, and data analytics. Including these features has required NYCHA to work across its enterprise, from Operations/Maintenance to Capital Projects and IT, as well as with its business partners and consultants, to bring all the pieces together. This session will discuss strategies used and... Full Description

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3:45 pm to 4:45 pm