Session NumberSession TitleSession DescriptionTrackTime SlotStart TimeEnd TimeRoom / LocationSession Speaker(s)Session Chair(s)CEU InformationCEU CreditsExperience LevelLearning Objective 1Learning Objective 2Learning Objective 3Learning Objective 4Path With Node IDPathEvalauation Link
Benefits of Cx and RCx: Compliant Buildings, Healthy PeopleThis discussion will examine multifamily and commercial commissioning and retro-commissioning projects with an emphasis on: code compliance; increasing energy savings; preventing building system failures; resolving operations and maintenance issues; and improving indoor environmental quality (IAQ). The session presentations will describe some of the most common aspects of buildings, such as ventilation, to lesser-known measures, like user tools and resources available in the marketplace to start commissioning buildings for compliance, efficiency, and health.BENYC15 Track 5: What's Working: Solutions10/15/2015 9:00-AM10/15/2015 10:30-AMWest Village RoomGina Bocra , Wesley Stanhope , Maureen Mahle Fatou Jabbie
Old Tools, New Tricks: Creative Solutions for Common Energy ProblemsMany of us think we know the story when it comes to fixing and optimizing energy systems in NYC buildings. It’s easy to fall back on industry-accepted measures and methods to energy efficiency. But do they actually work as well as we think? What new approaches are out there? This rapid fire presentation features innovative thinkers showcasing unorthodox ways to fix common issues in typical multifamily buildings. Each speaker will have 20 slides displayed for 20 seconds each... Ready, set, go!BENYC15 Track 1: Multifamily10/15/2015 9:00-AM10/15/2015 10:30-AMManhattan RoomBarry Stephens , Mark Pando , Andrew Padian , Thomas Holmes , Daniel Rieber , Henry Gifford , Tom Sahagian
Making Money by Saving EnergyDo all major capital improvements result in better buildings with lower operating costs, better energy management strategies and improved data collection? This panel will discuss the changes made throughout their portfolios to improve NOI, reduce maintenance costs and improve operations, and present the challenges associated with planning for new technologies and staff training so savings can be realized.BENYC15 Track 2: Commercial & Institutional10/15/2015 9:00-AM10/15/2015 10:30-AMEast Village RoomJon Hettinger , Adam Early , David Pospisil
Cities: How are Our Neighbors Doing?Cities play critical roles in achieving our climate goals, and proactive approaches toward energy efficiency and clean energy drive economic development, revitalization, and local job growth. This session will provide a detailed look at the efficiency and clean energy plans in some of NYC’s neighboring cities – Philadelphia, Yonkers, and Albany– and discuss lessons learned from efforts to advance energy solutions. Such participation in city-to-city networks and city-state partnerships are particularly effective ways to unleash innovative solutions.BENYC15 Track 6: What Lies Beneath: Infrastructure10/15/2015 9:00-AM10/15/2015 10:30-AMChelsea RoomBradford Tito , Kate Lawrence , Richard Freeh , Melissa Wright
Active Design and Healthy HousingActive Design is an evidence-based approach to the development of buildings and communities that uses architecture and urban planning to make physical activity and healthy foods more accessible. Affordable housing represents an ideal target for incorporating these strategies, since lower-income communities are disproportionately affected by obesity and chronic disease, and often have less access to health-supporting resources. This multi-disciplinary panel will share how Active Design supports healthier housing for people of all incomes and abilities.BENYC15 Track 3: The Changing Energy Landscape10/15/2015 9:00-AM10/15/2015 10:30-AMBryant Park RoomLes Bluestone , Elizabeth Garland , Joanna Frank
Microgrid Solutions: From Building to RegionMicrogrids are sophisticated backup power systems, both energy supply and demand, to strengthen overall grid resilience. Ranging from single buildings, to neighborhoods, and then to regions, they are able to operate if the main grid is down. This session will highlight a bold NY statewide initiative encouraging microgrid development, and describe both a citywide and regional example of proposed microgrids, their functions, and the institutional concerns to get these systems running.BENYC15 Track 4: What's Trending: Systems10/15/2015 9:00-AM10/15/2015 10:30-AMMadison RoomRandolph Horner , Chris Lotspeich , Micah Kotch
Demand Response StrategiesThis session will explore the incorporation of techniques to increase performance in utility-based energy programs and to draw insights from current Demand Response (DR) uses in New York City. Speakers will review the benefits, concerns, and solutions encountered in actual DR projects, successful DR integration at one of the City’s well-known landmark buildings, going beyond traditional building efficiency initiatives during design and construction, and including backup power sources to ensure grid reliability.BENYC15 Track 4: What's Trending: Systems10/15/2015 11:00-AM10/15/2015 12:30-PMChelsea RoomSaheel Chandrani , Tim Lezgus , Dan Egan
We the People...In Multifamily Buildings!Studies have shown that human behavior is just as important to a building's performance as energy efficient systems themselves. Engagement and training for residents and building operators is often overlooked, as the focus is usually on installing advanced new energy efficient equipment. This panel-style session will explore challenges and real life examples of how resident engagement, operator training and behavioral awareness have reduced energy usage in multifamily buildings and created healthier, happier living spaces.BENYC15 Track 1: Multifamily10/15/2015 11:00-AM10/15/2015 12:30-PMMadison RoomBomee Jung , Heather Nolen , Marat Olfir , MaryAnn Sorensen Allacci
Passive House: Affordable, Retrofit, and HugeProbably the most adopted newer certification in the building industry, Passive House is a US and international standard that small to very large owners are using to build and retrofit. Simple, affordable, and durable, this standard works in many types of buildings. Learn from four experienced practitioners about how smaller buildings are retrofitted, how affordable housing is built within budget, and how large scale dormitories and other buildings will be built in the future.BENYC15 Track 5: What's Working: Solutions10/15/2015 11:00-AM10/15/2015 12:30-PMManhattan RoomSteve Bluestone , Luke Falk , Michael Ingui , Katrin Klingenberg
Moving Iconic Buildings into the 21st CenturyThis panel will present the in-depth story how each of their three buildings were upgraded to protect use, design, and quality. The presenters will dive into the details of how they have modernized the buildings without losing the integrity of the original design and how they managed a seamless transition for the users.BENYC15 Track 2: Commercial & Institutional10/15/2015 11:00-AM10/15/2015 12:30-PMEast Village RoomRichard Bottali , Rebecca Marshall , Karen Timko , Ozgem Ornektekin
Transportation Infrastructure: Where We Are, How We Must ChangeMass transit in and into NYC serves 15.1 million people, yet people still drive their cars into the City. The nation’s largest mass transit system helps reduce carbon dramatically in the City, and a new congestion pricing proposal is supported in NYC, but ignored in Albany. Learn from two experts about where we are and where we need to go to move people in and out of NYC.BENYC15 Track 6: What Lies Beneath: Infrastructure10/15/2015 11:00-AM10/15/2015 12:30-PMBryant Park RoomCharles Komanoff , Projjal Dutta
Reforming the Energy Vision's (REV's) Effect on YouThe electric industry is in transition. Innovation and increasing competitiveness of renewable energy resources, combined with aging infrastructure, extreme weather events, and system security and resiliency needs, are all leading to significant changes in how electricity is generated, distributed, managed and consumed. This session will describe how New York State’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) strategy will lead to regulatory changes that promote more efficient use of energy, deeper penetration of renewable energy resources such as wind and solar, and wider deployment of “distributed” energy resources.BENYC15 Track 3: The Changing Energy Landscape10/15/2015 11:00-AM10/15/2015 12:30-PMWest Village RoomGreg Hale , Mark Thielking , Janet Joseph , Richard Berkley
Solar in the CitySolar electric (PV) and hot water (DHW) generation systems are visible throughout the metropolitan area, yet some view solar in NYC as obstacle. New York has a thriving market with some of the best incentives and among the highest electricity rates in the country. During this session, experts will discuss successful installations, community solar projects, Building Integrated Solar PV (BIPV), and what the changes in government incentives will mean to the industry.BENYC15 Track 4: What's Trending: Systems10/15/2015 1:30-PM10/15/2015 3:00-PMMadison RoomAnthony Pereira , Lucie Dupas , Tom Thompson , Amelia Amon
Show Me the Money: If You Can't Pay for It, You Can't Do ItIf a building owner feels they can’t afford to internally finance a retrofit job, they drop the ball, the associated savings, and the business for our sector. To avoid these business losses, practitioners need to understand local and regional incentives, traditional financing methods, and cutting edge ways to get your projects done. These three knowledgeable and highly experienced financial gurus will walk you through many ways to help close the deal.BENYC15 Track 5: What's Working: Solutions10/15/2015 1:30-PM10/15/2015 3:00-PMWest Village RoomPosie Constable , Doug Lawrence , Elizabeth Kelly
The Property Manager's Perspective: Getting Value from Benchmarking and AuditsLarge multifamily buildings in New York City are required to conduct benchmarking and ASHRAE II audits of their buildings by law. Learn from leading property managers how to use these mandates to net real returns for your building. Property managers will discuss the use of benchmarking in routine building operations. Case studies of retrofit projects that resulted from audit recommendations will also be explored.BENYC15 Track 1: Multifamily10/15/2015 1:30-PM10/15/2015 3:00-PMEast Village RoomEmma Raymont , Joshua Eisenberg , Aaron Mehta
Water: Life Blood of Our InfrastructureNYC uses about a billion gallons of water per day, and the system that delivers it to our tap is both vast and frail, as is the system to dispose of and reuse our water. Water costs many owners more than energy, and sometimes property taxes. Learn about the system, NYCDEP incentives to reduce usage, successful retrofit projects, and the current and future state of NYC’s sewer system.BENYC15 Track 6: What Lies Beneath: Infrastructure10/15/2015 1:30-PM10/15/2015 3:00-PMManhattan RoomWarren Liebold , Eric Goldstein , Andrew Padian
Innovation Drives OperationsDiscussion of demand management, battery, elevator technologies - all new ways to manage energy usage in buildings that result in real savings to the owner/tenants.BENYC15 Track 2: Commercial & Institutional10/15/2015 1:30-PM10/15/2015 3:00-PMBryant Park RoomDave Jones , Betty Watson , Lewis Kwit
BQDM: Retrofitting for ReliabilityFrom Brownsville to Woodhaven, new policies and practices that are changing how we identify, finance, and implement energy conservation projects. This session will provide an overview of Con Edison’s Brooklyn Queens Demand Management (BQDM) program then dive into the innovative strategies that are improving grid reliability and savings dollars. From big to small, commercial to residential, we’re covering it all.BENYC15 Track 3: The Changing Energy Landscape10/15/2015 1:30-PM10/15/2015 3:00-PMChelsea RoomDom Lempereur , Greg Elcock , Catherine Luthin , Natale DiDonato
Living on the Edge: Resiliency, Energy, and AffordabilityWith every passing year, temperatures and storms are becoming more extreme in our region. Protecting both tenants and building systems requires a new way of thinking about floodproofing, thermal comfort, and power loss. Speakers will review best practices and design solutions that have been implemented in affordable housing developments and retrofits to address a wide variety of environmental stressors. Speakers will also explore the public and private sources used to fund the projects.BENYC15 Track 1: Multifamily10/15/2015 3:30-PM10/15/2015 5:00-PMMadison RoomMark Ginsberg , Rick Gropper , Laurie Schoeman
Airsealing and Firestopping: Smart ScienceAir leaks cause comfort, energy, fire, durability, and vermin problems throughout buildings. Recent studies have shown that: stack effect losses in high rise buildings leak large amounts of treated air (who knew?); airsealing as part of new construction helps meet performance standards and increase comfort; and airsealing individual apartments as part of retrofit projects saves occupants money and increases comfort in those units. Listen to three diverse presentations on methods and results in airsealing projects.BENYC15 Track 5: What's Working: Solutions10/15/2015 3:30-PM10/15/2015 5:00-PMWest Village RoomMargo Vald├ęs , Andrew D'Agostino , Grant Salmon
All Hands on Deck: How to Improve O&MFocused look at real building case study for SUNY buildings and what is happening at CUNY. Discussion of RCx strategies to realize savings.BENYC15 Track 2: Commercial & Institutional10/15/2015 3:30-PM10/15/2015 5:00-PMBryant Park RoomMichael Bobker , John Mikullitz , Karren Bee-Donohoe , Gabriel Cowles
The Building Process as InfrastructureEvery building is tied to a series of infrastructure systems through government, wires, cables, energy, and humans. In this session an architect examines the "meta-infrastructure" that buildings nestle into. We are in a new era that deserves new thinking in planning, zoning, codes, energy, occupancy, and resiliency. This talk examines the form and nature of what we want to achieve with thoughts on the form and nature of the infrastructure that can deliver it.BENYC15 Track 6: What Lies Beneath: Infrastructure10/15/2015 3:30-PM10/15/2015 5:00-PMManhattan RoomChris Benedict
New York City's Data RevolutionBuilding owners and decision-makers of New York City’s largest buildings now have more information than ever before to understand their energy consumption and prioritize investments in new equipment and maintenance. Many building owners are undertaking efficiency measures as a result of this information, but they still face a range of obstacles to pursuing building upgrades, such as limited capital, difficulties navigating financing and incentive programs, and the complexities of undertaking energy efficiency upgrades. This panel will outline how benchmarking and audit data collected by the City is being used to develop programs and tools to help building owners and decision-makers overcome these barriers and accelerate investments in energy efficiency.BENYC15 Track 3: The Changing Energy Landscape10/15/2015 3:30-PM10/15/2015 5:00-PMChelsea RoomJohn Lee , Richard Yancey , Laurie Kerr
Lighting = Cash + CodeLighting efficiency has increased substantially with technology inherent in LED’s, yet few buildings have come on board. Codes will drive changes in lighting down the road that should be addressed today. Daylighting is very important to use, insuring that its inherent heat gain does not negatively impact the building load. Listen to three leaders in the field discuss the newest technologies in existing lighting, lighting controls and code requirements, and effectively using daylighting.BENYC15 Track 4: What's Trending: Systems10/15/2015 3:30-PM10/15/2015 5:00-PMEast Village RoomCrissy Haley , Floris Buisman , Keith Schafer