BuildingEnergy NYC Accepted Proposals

Session proposals we have accepted for BuildingEnergy NYC are listed below. Full conference session details will be coming in July.


(Keynote) Design for Freedom: Eliminating Modern Slavery in the Building Material Supply Chain

The Design for Freedom Initiative is raising awareness about the pervasiveness of forced and child labor in the construction supply chain. The materials that go into our buildings are heavily reliant on slave labor. We’ll explore the risks and highlight ways you can shape your practice to address this pressing humanitarian issue as part of your social equity goals. Learn about the tools and resources available to use in advocacy, internal operations, client conversations, and pilot projects.


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 (Steven Winter Associates and Taitem Engineering was selected). 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. We will present 2 case studies. HPD, Taitem, SWA, NYSERDA and possibly a building owner/ architect will speak about the process of selecting appropriate projects and optimizing the design - and will share the numerous resources and tools that have been created.


Tall Building Decarbonization: Resource Efficient Electrification

The session will describe the Empire Building Challenge (EBC) process and Resource Efficient Electrification. This will be a follow-on conversation to the BuildingEnergy Magazine IDP Issue article of 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 plus 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.


What We Have Learned From Many Built Multifamily Passive Houses

Curtis + Ginsberg Architects has completed 5 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 strategy, heating and cooling systems, on-site generation, residents, and owners We will present the details of at least 6 buildings, what we have learned, and how they are performing to help develop best practices.


Breaking Ground on Geothermal: A Pathway For Urban Areas

Current pathways to carbon emission reductions are primarily driven through electrification of heating, via heat pumps. One type of heat pump technology that is underutilized in the NYC area is ground source heat pumps (GSHP) or geothermal energy. Heating and cooling from geothermal energy is not a novel technology and has been used in urban areas in North America and Western Europe for some time. However, geothermal is still facing barriers to adoption. This panel will discuss common misconceptions about GSHPs in urban areas and share case studies on successful geothermal systems in the built environment.


Bridging The Gap to Lower Global Warming Potential 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. While low-GWP refrigerants are available today, there are significant technological, regulatory and skills gaps that must be addressed prior to wide-spread use. During this session, you’ll gain a better understanding of existing state (focus on NY) and Federal initiatives and regulations 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.


Beyond Incentives: Market-based Funding to Decarbonize Affordable Housing

As we consider how to decarbonize economies while delivering benefits to the communities most adversely affected by climate change, it is imperative to establish market-based momentum that does not rely on regulations that may change year-to-year. Panelists will discuss the financing tools available to support a market in which decarbonization is business-as-usual. Panelists will showcase a set of solutions and culture shifts enabling them to mobilize investment beyond incentive funding into climate solutions in disadvantaged communities.


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 seeking 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—both 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 session will delve into the projects, trends, and best practice recommendations surfaced in a thorough analysis.


Thermal Bridging '22: What to Know and What to Do

We will review the three types of structural thermal bridging: Planar (e.g., stud walls), linear (e.g., shelf angles), and point (e.g., a protruding beam, and identify options for thermal loss mitigation for each. We will present advantages and disadvantages of each strategy. We'll cover foundation and slab edge insulation placement and detailing to minimize thermal losses. The presentation will provide examples of infrared images of buildings which helps to visualize the thermal losses caused by thermal bridging. We’ll relay examples of unmitigated conditions that have led to severe building problems. Finally, we will summarize the conductive thermal requirements of the Energy Codes and identify strategies to calculate thermal properties.


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

The Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS) has introduced a new version of their standard with the goal of making it easier and more affordable for single-family residential homes to achieve Passive House certification. In this workshop, 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. This workshop will cover background context on the Passive House standard and origin of the Prescriptive Path checklist and then provide step by step instructions and case studies on how it's used in action. Audience questions and discussion included.


A Successful Approach to Achieving Passive House at Scale

In this presentation, I will describe in detail the approach used by Passive House teams to easily and repeatedly implement Passive House. Reducing the energy load and carbon output of the built environment is imperative to addressing the climate crisis, and Passive House provides the tools necessary to make this happen. Both through the experience of our projects and those throughout North America, there is a pattern that successful Passive House teams follow, regardless of project size or type. This systematic approach allows Passive House building to become scalable at the level needed to address climate change without sacrificing quality.


Engineering Design Considerations for Energy and Carbon Reduction Recommendations

To comply with NYC Local Law 97, buildings will need to be advised on how to implement capital measures that reduce emissions. It will be critical for buildings to understand the feasibility of the recommended measures -- can heat pump water heaters be incorporated into existing mechanical spaces? Can we place condensers in balconies? Can we install VFDs on all pumps? With a strong foundation of NYC building, zoning, and energy codes, we will discuss practical and efficient project implementation. This talk will address some of the necessary feasibility checks for typically recommended measures. We will present case examples of design, feasibility, O&M, and cost considerations from a design engineer, energy auditor, and property manager.


Maintaining 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 when it comes to retrofits of existing buildings or new developments, 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, but even before the design process. A panel will end the session, including actual residents that have partaken in the process.


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 sample buildings’ with various timelines of when other NYC laws come into effect and how these laws 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 Inspections). We invite the audience to come with specific project questions so our panelists can provide advice and best practices.


Sealing the O&M Gap: Empowering Building Operators

A building operator and their board member discusses the evolving role of operators and the importance of training and operations and maintenance (O&M). Free training for operators (32BJ SEIU building service workers) and ways management companies/employers and companies can work with 32BJ Training Fund will be explained. Speakers will describe ways the building community can help influence and support training and O&M to empower incumbent operators move away from fossil fuel and be equipped for the challenges ahead.


CLT Passive House Confidential: How PH and Mass Timber Synergies Yield Financial and Logistical Viability

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. Why? This session will feature two market-rate CLT Passive House multifamily projects that represent different design strategies for viability and carbon impact. We will analyze their similarities and differences, material and systems choices, design challenges and solutions, synergies and tradeoffs.