Engineering Design Considerations for Energy and Carbon Reduction Recommendations

To comply with NYC Local Law 97, buildings will need guidance on how to implement capital measures that effectively reduce carbon emissions. However, even detailed energy studies can have unrealistic recommendations if engineering design considerations are neglected. Meanwhile, design engineers tend to focus more on system sufficiency instead of efficiency. Practitioners are tasked with narrowing this knowledge gap and identifying crucial details that could make or break a building’s ability to implement recommendations. Our talk will address some of the necessary feasibility checks for commonly recommended measures. We will also present real project examples and lessons learned from the perspective of our panel’s design engineer, energy auditor, and property manager.

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Thursday, September 15, 2022 - 1:45pm to 2:45pm

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The Hub

CEU Information: 

Approved for one credit hour through AIA (LU), BOC, BPI, GBCI (ID+C, BD+C), NARI, Phius, and RESNET.

Learning Objectives:

  • Advise building decision makers on how to most cost-effectively and efficiently create energy and carbon reduction roadmaps and implement retrofits to decarbonize their facilities.
  • Explain the crucial role of design professionals during the capital planning process, and the importance of closing the communication loop between engineers and architects and the energy and site auditors.
  • Facilitate and lead discussions within your own organization regarding a variety of energy and carbon reducing retrofit measures.
  • Employ a solid framework with which to make better, more cost-effective decisions when deciding which type of carbon reduction upgrades to implement.

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