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
Solar Soars Above & Beyond the RooftopThere has never been a better time for architects, designers, project managers and property owners to get creative about how to integrate solar into multi-family and commercial buildings with large energy requirements. Raising the solar PV panels above the roof allows for more kilowatts while creating intriguing canopied spaces (i.e., recreational areas, roof gardens and green roofs) with both indoor and outdoor benefits. These community solar projects are not only practical: they also make a grand statement about the values and vision shared by everyone involved in the project from concept to reality and everyday use. Case studies include multi-family housing projects in Philadelphia and New York City, as well as large residential canopies on Long Island and Connecticut.BENYC18 Sessions10/4/2018 9:30-AM10/4/2018 11:00-AMWest VillageAmelia Amon , Ron Celentano , Chris Neidl Gil Jo BENYC-1801: AIA 1.5 LU/HSW; GBCI 1.5 BD+C hours2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)
Net Zero Retrofit Solutions for New York's Multifamily Buildings: RetrofitNYCompleting deep energy retrofits of existing multifamily buildings is paramount to sufficiently reducing greenhouse emissions in the built environment. RetrofitNY is a NYSERDA pilot program challenging six highly qualified design/construction teams to create solutions to retrofit six existing multifamily buildings ranging from two to seven stories, in NYC and upstate NY, to get as close as possible to net zero, without relocating the residents. The designed solutions will be tested at the six selected buildings and extensive M&V will be conducted. Certain solutions may be applicable to new construction. In October, these teams will have early stage designs with projected costs and energy savings. Join the manager of RetrofitNY along with design-team members to learn about the solutions they are considering and the challenges they are facing for their respective projects.BENYC18 Sessions10/4/2018 9:30-AM10/4/2018 11:00-AMEast VillageSara Bayer , Tristan Grant , Christopher Mahase , Andrea Mancino , Peter Volandes Samuel Biele-Fisher BENYC-1802: AIA 1.5 LU/HSW; BPI 1.5; GBCI 1.5 ID+C hours2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)
All-Electric Buildings: Air Source Heat Pumps in NYHigh efficiency cooling and electric heating are critical to NYS and NYC climate goals, but air source heat pumps represent a small fraction of HVAC systems. This session will report on completed local projects with data on designs, costs and energy use compared to pre-retrofit baselines. We will report on intensive tenant engagement and key behavioral challenges and opportunities encountered, and provide feedback from building decision makers.Most projects are fully occupied small (2-4 unit) multifamily buildings that were supported by NYSERDA. NYSERDA will present New York’s Renewable Heating and Cooling Policy Framework and provide an update on progress to date on air source heat pumps including launches of a new incentive and clean heating and cooling communities program.The NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability will discuss initiatives to encourage air source heat pumps as part of an electrification strategy.  Lessons learned from these installations and policy implications for larger buildings will also be explored.BENYC18 Sessions10/4/2018 9:30-AM10/4/2018 11:00-AMMadisonJordan Dentz , Julie Liu , Aaron Ordower , Scott Smith Laura Humphrey BENYC-1803:AIA 1.5 LU/HSWBPI 1.5GBCI 1.5 BD+C hours1 (no prior experience/knowledge needed)
Rewards and Risks of Highly Insulated Envelopes for Multifamily BuildingsLargely thanks to their better form-factor, large multifamily buildings are typically able to achieve the Passive House standard without the extremely high levels of insulation common on smaller buildings. However, there are cases where very high levels of insulation may be needed, particularly when working in dense urban areas. Unlike smaller buildings and single-family homes, larger buildings must navigate a much more complex set of restrictions on envelope assemblies. This session explores common issues project teams face when designing Passive House envelope assemblies for commercial buildings in an urban environment, including discussions about compliance with commercial fire codes and how we can continue to provide superior standards of energy efficiency while ensuring the fire safety of occupants.BENYC18 Sessions10/4/2018 9:30-AM10/4/2018 11:00-AMManhattanKevin Brennan , Dan Canova , Ed May , Shawn Torbert Marielle Spangler BENYC-1804: AIA 1.5 LU/HSW; BPI 1.52 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)
The Extra Mile: How Owners and Tenants Work Together to Build the Best Space PossibleOwners are making as many updates and changes as possible in the competitive  world of commercial office space, but what are the tenants doing?  How can owners and managers help tenants to build the most efficient space possible while not wasting time or rent dollars?  This will be a discussion of lessons learned, successes and failures, constraints and timelines along with how the market is changing to better support tenant fit-outs.  Learn from owners, tenants and engineers what the solutions can be to this ongoing challenge.BENYC18 Sessions10/4/2018 9:30-AM10/4/2018 11:00-AMBryant ParkTareq Batarseh , Alex Gazis , Sara Lappano , Dana Schneider , Lauren Moss Lauren Moss BENYC-1806: AIA 1.5 LU/HSW2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)
Net Zero Retrofit of a Brooklyn TownhouseJoin us as we delve into a holistic presentation of a deep energy retrofit of a Brooklyn townhouse. This session will explore how the project team planned and executed a retrofit to meet a net-zero energy target, improve thermal comfort and air quality, protect the building from moisture, meet historic guidelines, and stay within a realistic budget – all while keeping the building occupied.Expect hands-on insights as the project team guides you through strategies on how to leverage financing mechanisms for historic rehabilitation and solar tax credits, how to design and assure enclosure and mechanical systems, and how to safely perform blower-door-guided air-sealing.BENYC18 Sessions10/4/2018 9:30-AM10/4/2018 11:00-AMChelseaMcgowan Southworth , Jason Taylor , David White Jakob Mose Olesen , Mie Vedel-Jørgensen BENYC-1811: AIA 1.5 LU/HSW; BPI 1.5; GBCI 1.5 BD+C hours2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)
Who Me, a High Energy User? A Deep Dive into Tenant Energy Use in Multifamily BuildingsNew York City has prioritized energy efficiency in buildings and owners are responsible for bringing down whole building energy use, but what about tenants? Is a majority of energy and water use their responsibility? What interventions can an owner take to reduce base building and tenant loads? We analyzed 7 years’ worth of citywide benchmarking and audit data to determine how multifamily buildings use energy and water. Then we dug deeper into a smaller portfolio of buildings with submeters to analyze cooling, electricity use and other loads. The results show that giving tenants feedback on their use is the most effective intervention. Three experts, with extensive multifamily building construction and analysis experience, will discuss the types of strategies that reduce energy and water use in the tenant space and base building systems. Using real-world data, we will quantify the typical tenant electricity and water consumption in common types of NYC multifamily buildings. Attendees will become familiar with technologies and strategies that will help reduce consumption. Attendees will be able to answer the question - how much of my building's energy use comes from common areas compared to apartments? Finally, attendees will get the latest update on energy efficiency and carbon cuts in multifamily buildings. BENYC18 Sessions10/4/2018 11:30-AM10/4/2018 12:30-PMChelseaSean Brennan , Rory Christian , David Klatt Jodi Smits Anderson BENYC-1812: AIA 1.0 LU/HSW; BPI 1.0; GBCI O+M 1.0 hour2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)
Bank and Owner: Deep Retrofit PerspectivesThis session will dive into developing a retrofit work scope for multifamily projects at different scales – Business as Usual, Deep Energy Retrofit, Passive House, and Net Zero. Each project examines the work scope from a bank and owner’s point of view, going beyond the energy savings.  We will discuss how the work scope was developed and then answer the following questions: What does a bank think about when underwriting to savings? What motivates the owner/developer to move forward with an energy retrofit project? What are the key factors that make the project work? We have 3 theoretical case studies throughout New York. The results are intriguing!BENYC18 Sessions10/4/2018 11:30-AM10/4/2018 12:30-PMManhattanAlice Anigacz , Elizabeth Kelly , Leia Sims Leia Sims BENYC-1805: AIA 1.0 LU3 (prior experience/knowledge strongly recommended)
Hybrid Distributed Energy Resources (DER)This panel will explore current use cases for distributed energy resource (DER) technologies such as photovoltaics (PV), combined heat & power (CHP), and energy storage. We will walk through modeling considerations for each of the technologies (primarily CHP and energy storage) and a few hybrid configurations, focusing on practical, financial, and technical considerations from best-fit candidates and operations strategies. The panel will also address existing barriers and planned interventions (by NYSERDA and others) to reduce the soft costs associated with these projects. This session will feature examples from project developers who are planning or have planned hybrid systems in the New York City area.BENYC18 Sessions10/4/2018 11:30-AM10/4/2018 12:30-PMBryant ParkJamin Bennett , Dale Desmarais , Jeff Hendler Fatou Jabbie BENYC-1807: AIA 1.0 LU/HSW3 (prior experience/knowledge strongly recommended)
Non-Wires Solutions: Lessons Learned and Insights for Future Projects Non-Wires Solutions (NWS) use non-traditional measures such as energy efficiency and management as an alternative to building utility infrastructure (e.g., substation upgrade) in targeted areas. Starting with the Brooklyn Queens Demand Management program as the first NWS for Con Edison, there have been many lessons learned along the way, and this session will discuss some lessons learned from innovative technology implementations to-date. There is now a standardized process for identifying these types of projects across the utilities in New York State with a goal of adopting a diverse set of technologies.BENYC18 Sessions10/4/2018 11:30-AM10/4/2018 12:30-PMWest VillageDamei Jack , Brian Picariello Eric Davis BENYC-1808: AIA 1.0 LU/HSW1 (no prior experience/knowledge needed)
Measured vs. Modeled Energy Performance in Passive House Multifamily PropertiesSince 2013 the Passive House Institute US has seen a significant increase in the design, construction, and certification of multifamily passive buildings. Many first multifamily passive buildings, from 6- to 57-unit developments, have been completed and occupied since then. Monitored performance data are now available. This presentation will report on a detailed comparison of modeled performance predicted by passive design tools and actual measured performance data of three case study projects while occupied and under operation. This session will answer these questions: How well do the currently used passive modeling tools, algorithms, and underlying modeling assumptions match the measured performance in the field? Were the anticipated energy and carbon-reduction goals met? How does measured performance compare to Fannie Mae-backed ENERGY STAR rating for multifamily properties?BENYC18 Sessions10/4/2018 11:30-AM10/4/2018 12:30-PMEast VillageStuart Brodsky , James Ortega Stuart Brodsky BENYC-1809: AIA 1.0 LU/HSW; BPI 1.0; GBCI 1.0 BD+C hours2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)
Integrating Resiliency into Architecture, Landscape Infrastructure, and Energy SystemsIn the face of a rapidly changing climate, ensuring the resiliency of our cities has become increasingly important. In this session we will explore the various forms that resiliency can take and the scales it can encompass in architectural and engineering practice, particularly as it concerns infrastructure, buildings, landscape and energy system design. We will showcase examples in New York City and beyond where interdisciplinary collaboration has allowed resiliency to move from after-thought to integral part of the design process.BENYC18 Sessions10/4/2018 11:30-AM10/4/2018 12:30-PMMadisonGonzalo Cruz , Jordan Harrison Salinger , Andrea Mengual Justin Downey BENYC-1810: AIA 1.0 LU/HSW; BPI 1.01 (no prior experience/knowledge needed)
Net Zero, Passive House, Embodied Carbon: Why Healthy Materials Are Essential to High Performing Building DesignsWhether net zero, Passive House, or other certification is your objective, incorporating a healthy materials strategy is as essential as figuring out how you will design the building envelope and mechanical systems. Thoughtful selection of materials can help design teams get a better handle on the embodied carbon impact of those materials choices and thus help buildings achieve better embodied carbon outcomes. In this active, high-participation session, participants will identify where harmful chemicals might reside in building products using the “Six Classes” approach. We’ll review some of the literature on the impacts of materials choices on a building’s carbon footprint. Finally, we’ll discuss design strategies to increase the use of healthier materials in order to better address occupant and ecological health.BENYC18 Sessions10/4/2018 1:30-PM10/4/2018 3:00-PMBryant ParkLisa Carey Moore , Jacob Racusin Lauren Hildebrand BENYC-1813: AIA 1.5 LU/HSW; BPI 1.5; GBCI 1.5 BD+C ID+C WELL2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)
Different Systems of Multifamily Passive House from Design to OperationAs the first cohort of Passive House buildings are completed and occupied, we continue to learn how to optimize design and construction for maintenance considerations and the actual end uses of the buildings.The members of this multidisciplinary panel have worked together (and separately) on multiple large Passive House projects, some of which are now occupied. They will explore the critical design and operational issues associated with multifamily Passive House buildings. They will focus on building systems as well as other considerations, such as floor to floor height, renewables and distributed generation, and operations and maintenance in all-electric buildings.Come and learn about the practical issues that owners and managers of affordable multifamily Passive House buildings have to deal with once construction is complete and the residents have moved in.BENYC18 Sessions10/4/2018 1:30-PM10/4/2018 3:00-PMManhattanLois Arena , Mark Ginsberg , Crystal Ng , Justin Stein Gwen McLaughlin BENYC-1814: AIA 1.5 LU/HSW; BPI 1.5; GBCI BD+C 1.5 hours2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)
Getting Energy Efficiency Projects to the Finish Line Using Your Financing ToolkitWhat is the current state of energy efficiency project financing? How can one use the available financing options to plan a realistic project and move it to the finish line? In this dynamic session, our experienced panelists will not queue up with individual slide presentations. Instead, you can expect an open and engaging conversation about financing. These seasoned energy financing experts will actively answer questions, describe financing tools available, and outline how energy efficiency project developers can incorporate these tools into their projects.BENYC18 Sessions10/4/2018 1:30-PM10/4/2018 3:00-PMEast VillageAmy Brusiloff , Sadie McKeown , Patrick O'Donnell , Michael Weisberg , John Wright Michael Weisberg BENYC-1815: AIA 1.5 LU1 (no prior experience/knowledge needed)
Thinking Big and Small: A 2030 Municipal Buildings Improvement PlanPlanning for big goals, like becoming a Net Zero community, while attending to the smallest details of managing a diverse building portfolio is hard. This session will explore how the City of Cambridge, MA is doing just that, using a long-term, integrated capital improvement plan. Implemented in 2015, the Cambridge Municipal Facilities Improvement Plan (MFIP) is a 43-building, 16-year program designed to achieve a low-carbon, resilient, healthy, and inclusive building portfolio, while simultaneously attending to short-term emergency and deferred maintenance needs.Representatives from Cambridge’s Department of Public Works, Arup Engineering, and ICON Architecture will discuss processes used to build consensus around the MFIP and its multi-faceted goals. They will share insight into data collection and visualization methods, tools developed, initial projects implemented, and lessons learned.BENYC18 Sessions10/4/2018 1:30-PM10/4/2018 3:00-PMWest VillageNed Collier , Rebecca Hatchadorian , Julie Lynch Helen Chananie BENYC-1816: AIA 1.5 LU/HSW2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)
Stretch Energy Codes: Helping Practitioners Reach the MoonThe national model codes will not achieve the energy savings necessary for New York State, New York City and other leading jurisdictions to reach their carbon reduction goals. Over the past 2 years NYSERDA, with the assistance of NYC and other stakeholders, has been working to create the NYStretch-Energy Code 2018 - a voluntary, locally adoptable stretch energy code - to reduce the environmental impact of energy use in buildings across the state. Come join our discussion about this multi-year effort. We’ll examine the basis for the NYStretch-Energy Code 2018, how NYC seeks to meet the city’s carbon reduction goals, how Ithaca, NY intends to use the stretch code to reach its zero carbon new construction goals, and we’ll share tools and training that will be available for compliance and enforcement.BENYC18 Sessions10/4/2018 1:30-PM10/4/2018 3:00-PMMadisonGina Bocra , Marilyn Dare , Nick Goldsmith Jim Sullivan BENYC-1817: AIA 1.5 LU/HSW2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)
The Challenge of Energy Efficiency in Rent-Regulated HousingBuildings account for 67% of NYC’s emissions. We won’t reach the City’s 80x50 target without major improvements in all buildings, including affordable housing. The largest and perhaps most challenging type of affordable stock are those subject to New York’s rent stabilization law, which limits rent increases but allows landlords to pass on many capital improvement costs to tenants. Rules that historically encouraged efficiency upgrades now raise the specter of sizable rent hikes.This session will examine this housing sector’s footprint and how its energy use compares to market rate properties. We’ll discuss barriers to efficiency and explore policy strategies that balance the need for upgrades with preservation of affordable housing. Panelists will discuss this challenge from a range of perspectives, including tenant advocates and building management.BENYC18 Sessions10/4/2018 1:30-PM10/4/2018 3:00-PMChelseaChris Halfnight , Lindsay Robbins , Pete Sikora , Anna Weingord , Marc Zuluaga Elizabeth Engoren BENYC-1818: AIA 1.5 LU/HSW; BPI 1.51 (no prior experience/knowledge needed)
The All-Electric Multifamily: Trends, Technologies and Best Practices for Designing a Gas-Free FutureIn order for New York and other northeastern states to reach their carbon emission reduction goals, there needs to be a large emphasis on electrification in buildings. This session will explore the trend towards electrification in Multifamily type buildings by looking at data from past multifamily projects that were enrolled through the Mass Save program in Massachusetts.We will also look into modeled and actual energy consumption data for projects in New York that went through the Energy Star Multifamily High Rise program, with more typical gas fuel source versus electric for space heating. Then we will dive into the current technologies to go all electric for space heating using VRF and heat pump and other technologies, address some of the concerns we hear from the industry and potential solutions.We will conclude with the current challenges for domestic hot water and what electric options we have for multifamily buildings.BENYC18 Sessions10/4/2018 3:30-PM10/4/2018 4:30-PMEast VillageSofia Melo , Bill Womeldorf Amalia Cuadra BENYC-1819: AIA 1.0 LU/HSW; BPI 1.0; GBCI 1.0 BD+C hours2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)
Adventures in Retrofitting: Lessons from Two Multifamily Passive House ProjectsTwo Passive House projects are nearing completion in Pittsburgh.  Both will provide affordable housing to seniors.  Both involve a Passive House retrofit of an abandoned elementary school.  And both will be delivered at or near construction cost parity with conventional affordable housing.  How did the project team accomplish all this, not once, but twice?Laura and Brandon will discuss the problem-solving process that the team followed to ensure Passive House compliance on two very complicated projects, walk through the approaches that transformed existing conditions into high performance building assemblies, and explain how the project team optimized cost.  They will also share information about the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency’s policy that is helping to spur on affordable housing Passive House projects across the state.BENYC18 Sessions10/4/2018 3:30-PM10/4/2018 4:30-PMMadisonLaura Nettleton , Brandon Nicholson Gwen McLaughlin BENYC-1820: AIA 1.0 LU/HSW; BPI 1.03 (prior experience/knowledge strongly recommended)
We Should Know Better: Top 10 Multifamily Design MistakesThe residential building industry has made incredible progress toward sustainability and energy efficiency goals. At the same time, senior Green Rater and Registered Architect Steve Klocke finds many new buildings under-performing because designers continue to make SIMPLE, AVOIDABLE MISTAKES. The affordable housing market in particular has the most to gain (and lose) when mistakes impact health, durability, tight schedules and tighter budgets. Smart design choices yield buildings that are easier to build, resulting in lower costs, more predictable construction schedules, and higher quality buildings. The inspections, testing and commissioning are more successful, and most importantly, a building that incorporates smart design decisions is more valuable to owners and occupants. Based on lessons he learned certifying over 1,200 dwelling units over the past seven years, Steve Klocke will present the TOP TEN DESIGN MISTAKES being made over and over again – and how to avoid them.BENYC18 Sessions10/4/2018 3:30-PM10/4/2018 4:30-PMManhattanSteve Klocke James McGorty , Jodi Smits Anderson BENYC-1821: AIA 1.0 LU/HSW; BPI 1.02 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)
Key Learnings from Utility-Owned Residential Geothermal and Solar REV ProjectsThis session explores how two REV demonstration projects, the Fruit Belt Neighborhood Solar project and the Long Island Geothermal project, each used a unique approach to bring renewable energy within financial reach of LMI and fixed income customers.Both of these projects faced unexpected challenges that contributed to extensive lessons learned, many of which are transferrable to an array of other project types. Additionally, both projects demonstrate that a utility can use its combination of customer outreach skills, technical understanding, and project financing to achieve a financially viable customer-centric outcome.BENYC18 Sessions10/4/2018 3:30-PM10/4/2018 4:30-PMWest VillageRob Gauchat , Chong Lin , Jon Nickerson , David Reardon Fatou Jabbie BENYC-1822: AIA 1.0 LU/HSW3 (prior experience/knowledge strongly recommended)
Designing for Comfort: From Basic Principles to New Tools for Design and CertificationThermal comfort within buildings is strongly influenced by the mechanical systems as well as the enclosure design. In an effort to reduce energy consumption and increase occupant health and satisfaction, design teams and certifications such as ‘Passive House’ have increasingly focused on improving the envelope performance (energy, comfort) and quality (durability) in order to achieve these goals. Standards such as ASHRAE 55 and the ISO 7730 have long provided guidance to designers for thermal comfort metrics but new modeling tools can now allow designers an unprecedented view into how occupants will experience spaces long before they are built. This session will look at new methods for detailed thermal comfort modeling, in particular the effect of windows on occupant satisfaction and certification compliance.  BENYC18 Sessions10/4/2018 3:30-PM10/4/2018 4:30-PMBryant ParkEd May Justin Downey BENYC-1823: AIA 1.0 LU/HSW; BPI 1.0; GBCI BD+C 1.0 hour2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)
Data Drives Controls and Energy Saving in SchoolsEnergy management in schools can play a vital role in reducing operating costs and improving classroom productivity. School districts in the United States spend approximately $12 billion per year on energy bills with one-third of this amount being wasted due to inefficient building operation and behaviors (DOE). Advancements in sensor technology combined with improved communications (IoT) now enables proactive energy management and controls. This session will focus on specific case studies where schools leverage data analytics and controls to drive energy and cost savings while engaging all stakeholders in the schools to make smart energy decisions. The session will highlight the use of energy monitoring for conservation measures as well as specifics on how intelligent distribution panels with controls can simplify and lower energy costs. Lessons from these schools can apply to hospitals, offices, any intensely occupied building.BENYC18 Sessions10/4/2018 3:30-PM10/4/2018 4:30-PMChelseaTerrence Kennedy , Alfredo Matos , Edward McGraw Govi Rao BENYC-1824: AIA 1.0 LU/HSW; BPI 1.0; GBCI BD+C, O+M 1.0 hour1 (no prior experience/knowledge needed)