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
Beyond Resiliency for NYC Public HousingIt is becoming increasingly clear that existing buildings and communities are unprepared to withstand extreme weather events and shifting conditions associated with climate change, leaving low-income communities especially vulnerable. Investing in at-risk communities before disaster strikes is one of the most cost-effective ways to protect residents and property while strengthening their ability to weather the severe storms ahead.  This session will explore some of the leading initiatives that support resilient city communities and districts, along with the challenges facing affordable housing communities, and available tools to help building owners, architects, and design professionals pinpoint risks to existing buildings related to changing climate conditions.BENYC17 Sessions10/12/2017 9:30-AM10/12/2017 11:00-AMWest VillageMatt Fitzgerald , Mark Ginsberg , Michele Moore , Deborah Morris , Laurie Schoeman Eric Davis BENYC-1726: AIA 1.5 LU/HSW; BPI 1.5
The Next Frontier: Tenant Engagement in Commercial BuildingsAchieving top-level energy performance in a multi-tenant commercial building has its challenges. Some of the best-performing commercial buildings have one important element in common: owners and tenants working together toward a unified goal of energy efficiency. However, owners and tenants face a range of barriers to meaningful coordination that delay or prevent uptake of energy efficiency and cost saving measures. As part of this session, panelists will highlight creative solutions that they have implemented to break down barriers between themselves and enable greater efficiency and sustainability improvements than either party could achieve on its own.BENYC17 Sessions10/12/2017 9:30-AM10/12/2017 11:00-AMEast VillageDan Egan , Gary Fescine , Patrick Love , Paul Rode Lauren Moss BENYC-1702: AIA 1.5 LU/HSW; BPI 1.5
Big Owners, Big Decisions: A Stakeholder Approach to Energy TransformationWithout inspiring, bold leadership from key RE owners, NYC has little chance to achieve its energy and sustainability goals. This session will provide a open platform for several of NYC’s leading RE owners to discuss their needs, challenges and obstacles in delivering on NYC’s envisioned energy future.BENYC17 Sessions10/12/2017 9:30-AM10/12/2017 11:00-AMManhattanThomas Abdallah , Jenna Agins , Ryan J.S. Baxter , Frank Martino H.G. Chissell BENYC-1701: AIA 1.5LU/HSW
Examining the Energy Code: Successes, Challenges, Approaches for the FutureThe Energy Code is an increasingly robust tool for improving energy efficiency in our buildings. This session will examine how far the existing code has come and identify the remaining barriers and limits. Speakers will compare and contrast the existing energy code model with performance codes and the upcoming NYStretch-Energy Code (2018) to examine the forces that will shape the future code.BENYC17 Sessions10/12/2017 9:30-AM10/12/2017 11:00-AMMadisonChris Benedict , Gina Bocra , Priscilla Richards Ellen Honigstock BENYC-1706: AIA 1.5LU/HSW; BPI 1.5
Don't Let Thermal Bridging Undermine Your Building's Performance: An Interactive Demonstration of Pitfalls and SolutionsAs building energy codes become stricter and we understand the necessity of continuous insulation, previously neglected thermal bridges are now being brought into the spotlight and recognized as a potential Achilles heel of enclosure design. Thermal bridges can undermine insulation values and in so doing cause discomfort, condensation and moisture damages to the building. This session will explore how thermal bridges are identified, analyzed and captured in whole-building energy modelling. Illustrative examples will highlight key trouble-spots in typical buildings. An interactive demonstration with various thermal model software programs will provide the opportunity for attendees to propose and see in real-time the impact of design changes on thermal bridging.BENYC17 Sessions10/12/2017 9:30-AM10/12/2017 11:00-AMChelseaEd May , Andrew Peel Ken Levenson BENYC-1720:AIA 1.5LU/HSW; BPI 1.5
Micro Cogeneration Systems: Increasing Efficiency and Reducing EmissionsNew York City buildings account for more than 50 percent of the city's greenhouse gas emissions. If the City and State are going to meet established greenhouse gas reduction goals, small or “micro” cogeneration, or combined heat and power (CHP) systems will need to play an integral role. This session will explore the benefits those systems provide and also the challenges of high upfront costs and space requirements.BENYC17 Sessions10/12/2017 11:30-AM10/12/2017 12:30-PMChelseaDale Desmarais , Julie Liu , Gita Subramony Eric Davis BENYC-1723: AIA 1.0 LU/HSW; BPI 1.0
ZE, LBC, in NYC?Let's admit it, as New Yorkers, while we love to hear about Zero Energy building and the Living Building Challenge, we can't shut down the nagging voice in our head asking, “Can we do this here?” Our speakers will offer their experiences and give their thoughts on this question.BENYC17 Sessions10/12/2017 11:30-AM10/12/2017 12:30-PMBryant ParkMark Biedron , Nick Jones , Scott Kelly Chris Benedict BENYC-1714: AIA 1.0 LU/HSW
Innovation-Driven Solutions to Reducing Heating-Related Greenhouse Gas EmissionsEnergy consumption for heating is one of the largest producers of greenhouse gas emissions in NYC buildings. This session looks at three innovative solutions to the GHG challenge for NYC. Speakers will expound on their expertise in three distinct and compatible solutions, ranging from the launch of software that assists in finding the best performing windows and doors, the use of biofuels as a heating fuel, and non-invasive upgrades to existing steam radiators.BENYC17 Sessions10/12/2017 11:30-AM10/12/2017 12:30-PMManhattanMarshall Cox , Anthony Guerrero , Andy Huh , Pat Sapinsley Stuart Brodsky BENYC-1703: AIA 1.0 LU/HSW; BPI 1.0
Risky Business? The Reality of Making Money Making Passive HousesConventional wisdom says that high performance buildings are expensive. That needn’t be the case. From affordable to market-rate housing, Passive House projects are making financial sense, managing risk, and making money. How is this being accomplished? What are the proformas and the results? Where is the risk? What process and design innovations are necessary? Affordable and market-rate projects from Pittsburgh and New York City will inform this in-depth discussion. These are cost-effective, scalable solutions – just what our earth and its fragile climate need from the built environment.BENYC17 Sessions10/12/2017 11:30-AM10/12/2017 12:30-PMMadisonBen Igoe , Laura Nettleton , Brandon Nicholson Ken Levenson BENYC-1719: AIA 1.0 LU/HSW; BPI 1.0
Solving the Problem of VentilationWe have to get fresh air into our buildings to maintain good indoor air quality and health of the residents. Recovering energy from the exhausting indoor air to temper incoming outdoor air makes perfect sense for optimizing energy usage.  While that’s a straightforward strategy, its implementation requires quite a few critical considerations – ERV or HRV, Central or in-unit, Code and incentive program compliance, placement of the units, effect on heating & cooling loads, air sealing, filtration, insulation, and so on.This session will discuss these aspects from a multifamily design, maintenance and constructability standpoint and share some interesting ventilation problems (with solutions!) encountered on field.BENYC17 Sessions10/12/2017 11:30-AM10/12/2017 12:30-PMWest VillageReinaldo GutiĆ©rrez , Manalee Nabar , Aleksandr Yelizarov Gwen McLaughlin BENYC-1716: AIA 1.0 LU/HSW; BPI 1.0
Community Solar Coming Soon to a Rooftop Near YouThe public sector and utilities are working furiously to launch community shared solar in New York City, but not much is as yet visible publicly. Unlike the “retail” solar efforts to date, which focus on lowering costs for building owners (e.g. Solarize campaign), much of the focus of the community shared solar initiatives is on providing solar access to low-income customers.BENYC17 Sessions10/12/2017 11:30-AM10/12/2017 12:30-PMEast VillageTria Case , Bomee Jung , Benjamin Mandel , Christopher Raup Bomee Jung BENYC-1724: AIA 1.0 LU/HSW; BPI 1.0
First Things First: Where Do I Start and How Do I Pay for It?Session sponsored by NYSERDAYou are confronted with countless choices every day. Some choices have minimal consequences, such as what color tie to wear, or whether to have tea or coffee in the morning. Other choices can have a big impact on your business and our planet, especially when it comes to how we use energy. So how do you know what choices to make? You need the right data. NYSERDA can help you get the right data to make smart energy choices. And how do you pay for it? NYSERDA offers funding to help offset the cost of energy studies and energy management. Find out how to get the data you need to make the right choices without breaking the bank.BENYC17 Sessions10/12/2017 12:40-PM10/12/2017 1:20-PMBryant ParkSophie Cardona , Michael Reed none
New Opportunities in the Multifamily Sector: High Performance Retrofits and Real Time Energy ManagementSession sponsored by NYSERDA:High performance retrofits and the use of new technologies to monitor and improve building performance are becoming more accessible for multifamily buildings. In this session, NYSERDA staff with present several new and upcoming exciting opportunities that can allow you  and your clients to be at the forefront of energy efficiency such as RetrofitNY, an upcoming version of the Multifamily Performance Program to help building owners to reduce the consumption of their buildings by 40% or more, and the Real Time Energy Management Program.BENYC17 Sessions10/12/2017 12:40-PM10/12/2017 1:20-PMEast VillageLoic Chappoz none
Building Products of the Future: Where Are We Heading? New Yorkers are used to the noise of a construction crew in full swing. While those sounds remain the same, industry demands and requirements of today’s building products are changing rapidly, as the request for healthy buildings and building products that entail co-benefits is ever increasing. As requirements change, there is a clear need to improve the alignment between building product research and industry demand. To help close this gap, this session will present the findings of a recent Urban Green Council and NYSERDA study and offer a panel discussion on current trends within building products and, more specifically, the type of building products that will be required in the future.BENYC17 Sessions10/12/2017 1:30-PM10/12/2017 3:00-PMWest VillageJohn Amatruda , Sean Brennan , Kirsten Mariager , Shawn Torbert Jakob Mose Olesen BENYC-1712: AIA 1.5LU/HSW; BPI 1.5
Mind the Gaps: Post-Occupancy Discoveries from Data and Operational PerspectivesThere’s a perception gap between what we think we’ll get out of high-performance design and construction and what completed buildings deliver. This session looks at the issue from two perspectives: one focusing on energy data as the driver, the other on post-occupancy operations and the building as a whole. How can lessons learned from both perspectives be applied to make Day 1 – and Day 100 – as successful as they were designed to be? What does the design team need to know? How do designers and developers get building staff on board from the get-go? And what do building owners think about all this, anyway?BENYC17 Sessions10/12/2017 1:30-PM10/12/2017 3:00-PMManhattanSteve Bluestone , Benjamin Kornfeind , Ryan Merkin , Patrick Murphy , Nora Sherman Nora Sherman BENYC-1711: AIA 1.5LU/HSW; BPI 1.5
Scale It Up: How NYC Agencies Will Reach 80x50New York City’s OneNYC goals to reach 80% reduction of carbon emissions by 2050 are ambitious. Perhaps even more ambitious are the city agencies’ strategies to achieve this goal. Come hear the innovative plans New York City agencies are implementing to achieve this enormous task at a scale unmatched in the U.S.BENYC17 Sessions10/12/2017 1:30-PM10/12/2017 3:00-PMMadisonMikael Amar , Tarek Arafat , Caitlin Churchill , Christopher Diamond , Bomee Jung , Jessica Wurwarg Ellen Honigstock BENYC-1721: AIA 1.5LU/HSW
The Next Step in Benchmarking: Building Analytics, Big Data and Improved EfficienciesAs detailed building consumption data becomes more readily available, what are the ‘next-level’ questions that we can ask to make buildings operate more efficiently? The dynamics of historically low interest rates, increasing inflation, a mature business cycle portend a trend toward the need for more proactive management of operating expenses. This session will include presentations on recent study results on data collection and active management utilizing the data analysis to improve building operations, reduce operating fees and increase valuations.  Finally, there will be an interactive discussion on what’s next for benchmarking and the data, including its impact on improved building operations and efficiency, disclosure law and future data-mining techniques.BENYC17 Sessions10/12/2017 1:30-PM10/12/2017 3:00-PMChelseaNancy Anderson , Sarah Newman , Barun Singh , Richard Yancey Lauren Moss BENYC-1717: AIA 1.5LU/HSW; BPI 1.5
Transforming Affordable Housing: Mid-Rise Passive House Retrofits with Residents in PlaceRBSCC and the Chris Benedict R.A. team continue their groundbreaking partnership in an 12-building 264-unit renovation of existing affordable housing to the PHIUS standard. Residents will remain in place while their buildings are transformed. The project is scheduled to begin in late 2017. The cluster includes several different building types ranging from four to six stories and will propose multiple solutions to achieving the PHIUS standard. The project is designed to be a demonstration of energy efficiency solutions for existing housing stock. Scott Short, Justin R. Milliet R. Taylor and David Newman will present several design utilizing different strategies to achieve this high level of efficiency and comfort.BENYC17 Sessions10/12/2017 1:30-PM10/12/2017 3:00-PMEast VillageChris Benedict , David Newman , Scott Short , Justin Taylor Loic Chappoz BENYC-1718: AIA 1.5LU/HSW; BPI 1.5
Solar + Storage, Microgrid BeaUtilitiesCombining clean energy production and storage creates a new distributed generation paradigm, the interconnected microgrid. These mini-utilities are being integrated into communities for increased resiliency, decreased toxic emissions, and climate change mitigation - but can they also be beautiful? Public aesthetics are shared community values, bringing people together, rather than inciting NIMBY battles. This session will present case studies of current solar + storage systems and creative solutions for the future of how micro-grids are implemented on the community level as public beautilities.BENYC17 Sessions10/12/2017 1:30-PM10/12/2017 3:00-PMBryant ParkRobert Ferry , Elizabeth Monoian , Ken McCauley , Steven Strong Amelia Amon BENYC-1725: AIA 1.5LU/HSW; BPI 1.5
The Smart Money is on Smart BuildingsThis session will explore the various emerging technologies available to developers and building owners today; the impact smart technologies have on the bottom line and occupant experience; and how to monetize the value to each stakeholder in a smart building. We will review case studies of buildings that have incorporated smart technologies and hear from the developers, owners and occupants about their experience.BENYC17 Sessions10/12/2017 3:30-PM10/12/2017 4:30-PMManhattanDavid Davenport , David Unger , Peter Wilson Cindy Malinchak BENYC-1713: AIA 1.0 LU/HSW
Data-Driven Decision Making with Building Energy Data ToolsWhen it comes to low-cost and no-cost software tools that assist multi-asset managers in pursuing energy efficiency strategies, the Internet-of-things offers significant new management opportunities, but one size does not fit all. There is an increasing variety of free and low-cost tools available to end-users. Many have discrete offerings and targeted end-users, while others are designed to rectify the challenges of data entry interface and management protocols across various systems. This session features an update and review of software available from the US DOE and adopted by commercial vendors. The session presents examples of their deployment by end-users in pursuit of rigorous decision-making, accurate management of upfront costs, higher quality predictions of returns on investments, and measured achievement of reductions in energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.BENYC17 Sessions10/12/2017 3:30-PM10/12/2017 4:30-PMMadisonHarry Bergmann , Patrick Ferguson , Chien Harriman Stuart Brodsky BENYC-1705: AIA 1.0 LU; BPI 1.0
Rehabilitating Steam Heat: Going Beyond Boiler ReplacementsSteam heating systems serve thousands of buildings in NYC, and many of them are not operating at their potential. This open forum will explore steam heat maintenance tasks that can be performed to improve the operation of the system and the comfort of the tenants. Our panel includes a mechanical engineer who specializes in diagnosing and retro-commissioning steam systems, a director from an HVAC company, and an administrator of NYC’s Retrofit Accelerator Program. We encourage you to come prepared with your steam heat challenges to ask the panel.BENYC17 Sessions10/12/2017 3:30-PM10/12/2017 4:30-PMBryant ParkMina Agarabi , Larry Katz , Steven Schwarzbaum , Leia Sims Leia Sims BENYC-1715: AIA 1.0 LU/HSW; BPI 1.0
Engineers: Increase Your Bottom Line by Bringing Financing to the TableThis one-hour session will focus on the energy engineer’s role in leveraging energy audits and financing to do more implementation work. Financing can be used as a resource to extend capital budgets, increase payback requirements, and provide off-balance sheet and paid-from-savings options. Audits are the cornerstone of any facility’s energy plan but are underutilized as a vehicle for implementation of efficiency and capital improvement projects. Financing is rarely ever discussed. The presentation will cover the value-proposition and process for engineering firms to incorporate financing as an implementation resource to maximize existing client relationships and get more work for their firm. The presentation will also highlight the importance of client engagement and talking to the right stakeholders when transitioning from audit to implementation services.BENYC17 Sessions10/12/2017 3:30-PM10/12/2017 4:30-PMWest VillagePatrick O'Donnell Christopher Diamond BENYC-1709: AIA 1.0 LU; BPI 1.0
Filling the Construction Personnel Workforce Vacuum to Get to 80x50Hitting 80x50 will require a workforce of construction personnel capable of implementing sustainable building solutions. Training the existing and future workforce will be a massive endeavor, and that work is already underway. This session will explore the scale and opportunity of this training endeavor, and then it will focus on a success already being seen in New York City.BENYC17 Sessions10/12/2017 3:30-PM10/12/2017 4:30-PMChelseaMichael Ingui , Adam Romano Charles Umberger BENYC-1722: AIA 1.0 LU/HSW; BPI 1.0
In Deep Water: Examining the Water-Energy Nexus at the Building LevelTo optimize building performance, it is vital to consider the water-energy nexus in a building. Because water itself has multiple purposes, there is a variety of potentially impactful strategies to consider, including hot water, heating and cooling. Based on data-driven case study findings, this session investigates the challenges, benefits, and alternative approaches available. In addition, we’ll explore the metrics by which benefits are evaluated as payback time, water/energy savings, environmental impact, and lifecycle costs should all be part of the equation.BENYC17 Sessions10/12/2017 3:30-PM10/12/2017 4:30-PMEast VillageNicole Ceci , Laurie Kerr , Peter Korzeniewski Jakob Mose Olesen BENYC-1704: AIA 1.0 LU/HSW; BPI 1.0