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Power Struggle: A Case for Co-Generation in the Face of Climate Change

March 6, 2013 - 8:00 am to 9:00 am - Hosted by Cushman & Wakefield


Power Struggle: A Case for Co-Generation in the Face of Climate Change
Co-generation has been a viable option for power production for decades. In Europe, co-generation plants can be found in large and small office buildings, on university and hospital campuses, in manufacturing plants large and small, and even in residential complexes. In the U.S., co-generation, or combined heat and power (CHP), is less prevalent, but slowly gaining ground as building owners seek more efficient and lower greenhouse-gas-emitting alternatives to traditional grid-supplied power. And in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the technology is getting increased attention since it offers the potential for a reliable electricity supply.

Andreas Hausler (Cannon Design) will moderate the discussion between experts John Bradley (NYU), Scott Frank (Jaros Baum & Bolles), and James Pfeiffer (EnGeneration), who will offer an introduction to the principles of co-generation and how it functions parallel to an existing power grid. The discussion will continue with an overview of considerations regarding efficiency, design and applicability to certain building types and users. Examples of co-generation in New York City, including New York University and One Bryant Park, will be discussed as speakers elaborate on the barriers to the implementation of these systems.


Andreas Hausler | Vice President and Sustainable Design Leader, Cannon Design
Andreas has 29 years of experience as Designer, Detailer, Job Captain, Project Manager, Project Architect and Technical Design & Quality Director. He is currently a Vice President and Sustainable Design Leader in Cannon Design’s New York City Office which he joined after a 17-year career with Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF). He is an Associate Member of the American Institute of Architects, a LEED Accredited Professional for Building Design and Construction. He is also a member of the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) and its BETEC division.


John Bradley | Associate Vice President for Sustainability, Energy and Technical Services, New York UniversityIn his current role at New York University, John’s responsibilities include demand side management, energy procurement and the operation of the campus cogeneration facility. Prior to joining NYU, John held various leadership positions with the U.S. Navy, Union Carbide, PSEG Nuclear and PSEG Energy Technologies. John is a Certified Energy Manager, Certified Building Commissioning Professional and a Certified Lighting Efficiency Professional.  John has presented at the International District Energy Association conference and has lectured in the NYU Global Affairs and Environmental Sciences Programs

Scott Frank
| Partner, Jaros Baum & BollesAs a partner at Jaros Baum & Bolles, Scott has functioned as principal mechanical engineer for numerous new construction and retrofit project located both within the United States and abroad. He currently directs the sustainable design practice at JB&B and has been involved with several significant green building projects, including the Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park, 30 Hudson Street, 7 World Trade Center and World Trade Center Towers 1 through 4. He is also a founding and current member of Urban Green Council’s Board of Directors. 

James Pfeiffer
| Principal, EnGeneration, LLCJames has been working with combined heat and power (CHP) systems since 1999 when he became the Eastern Regional Manager for Capstone Turbine Corporation.  He later joined United Technologies to direct their efforts in the Northeast for CHP activity. James left UTC in 2005 to work with reciprocating engine based CHP systems and is currently Principal of EnGeneration, LLC. He is a Certified Energy Manager and President of the NJ chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers and a member of the NYC chapter of AEE.  He is also a member of Urban Green Council’s Building Resiliency Task Force.


GBCI: Approved for 1.0 CE Hour
AIA CES: Approved for 1.0 HSW/LU Hour


Cushman & Wakefield
1290 Avenue of the Americas - 7th Floor
New York, NY 10104

Special thanks to Cushman & Wakefield for hosting this event!

This program was developed by Urban Green Council's Monthly Programs Committee.
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Urban Green Council Member: $10
Non-member: $15
Sponsor Member: Free Admission
Leadership Level Member ($250+ annually): Free Admission