Case Study

GPRO@Work: Weill Cornell Case Study

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GPRO @ Work

On April 15, see how Weill Cornell Medicine's Engineering & Maintenance team reduced energy use and carbon emissions, and learn how to do the same in your buildings!

With NYSERDA funding, Weill Cornell's E&M team recently completed Urban Green Council’s GPRO@Work program. By carefully building a culture of training, creating a state-of-the-art Learning Lab and improving daily facilities processes, the E&M team has seen significant improvements in both energy use and staff engagement. This session will share the outcomes of the program thus far and share potential ways participants can implement changes in their own buildings.

GPRO@Work is a comprehensive, customized training and coaching program that reduces energy use and associated carbon emissions by building the skills of O&M staff and managers.

speakers
Angela Mu
Energy Manager, Weill Cornell Medicine

Angela manages the energy use of WCM’s campus, approximately 2.5 million square feet of medical research, educational and clinical space. She works with the operational teams to implement energy conservation projects, identify opportunities for operating existing equipment more efficiently, and she manages reporting and compliance with NYC regulations around energy usage. Prior to her work at WCM, Angela was a Project Manager at NYSERDA, focusing on commercial and industrial energy efficiency. Angela graduated with a degree in chemical and biomolecular engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

Michael Murphy
Senior Director of Engineering & Maintenance, Weill Cornell Medicine

Michael has 28 years of experience within the design, construction, and facilities management industries. At Weill Cornell Medicine he works with an extensive facilities management team responsible for the overall physical plant, regulatory, security, emergency management, and energy efficient operation of approximately 2.5 million square feet of educational, clinical, residential, and medical research space. Michael has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

moderator
Ellen Honigstock
Director of Education, Urban Green Council

Ellen oversees the development of Urban Green's Public Programs. She is also responsible for developing curriculum for Urban Green's signature programs including GPRO, a national green building certification program for Contractors, Building Managers/Operators and Trades, and Conquering the Energy Code, a training program for Architects and Engineers. Ellen has 28 years of experience as an architect and volunteered for Urban Green for several years before joining the staff, where she served as the first Residential Green Building Advocate, working to increase green building and LEED for Homes certification in the New York residential marketplace, and as a committee chair of the Green Codes Task Force. In addition, Ellen taught at the 1,000 Green Supers program for SEIU Local 32 BJ Thomas Shortman Training Fund and holds a number of BPI certifications. Ellen is a co-founder of Solarize Brooklyn and Sustainable Kensington Windsor Terrace.

WELL(ness) at Work: Office Tours and Discussion — How We Did It

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WELL Certification is a performance standard that supports and advances human health and wellness in the built environment. This series focuses on different aspects and unique ways of complying with WELL. The series begins with a tour of the Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) offices [read recap], where we will focus on their innovative use of lighting. The second tour will highlight the office of COOKFOX Architects [read recap], where nature was skillfully integrated as a visual (and edible) element. Finally, join architects, project managers and contractors from these projects as well as Structure Tone for a panel discussion of their unique paths to WELL Certification.

Register below to join the panel discussion and learn from architects, project managers and contractors who earned WELL certification for their own recent office renovations. Thanks to COOKFOX for hosting.

moderators
Karen Quintana
Vice President of Technical Solutions, International WELL Building Institute

Karen Quintana is Vice President of Technical Solutions at IWBI, supporting the real estate and design industries as they pursue WELL Certification for their buildings. Karen is passionate about creating healthier spaces, and her passion has inspired countless projects to join the WELL community. Prior to joining IWBI, Karen worked in both the design and public health fields, providing expertise in finance, human resources, operations and project management. Karen has lived, worked or studied on all 7 continents and brings this global perspective to her work at IWBI.

Melanie Koch, WELL AP
Associate, Technical Solutions, International WELL Building Institute

Drawing upon her experiences in environmental health, Melanie serves on the Technical Solutions team at the International WELL Building Institute. She works to support IWBI's mission by providing technical support to project teams, developing tools and resources to facilitate the certification process and leading workshops to help educate the industry on the WELL Building Standard. Prior to joining IWBI, Melanie worked at Delos as an Associate on the Solutions team where, in collaboration with architects, engineers and building owners, she developed wellness-focused design and policy strategies for some of the world’s first WELL Certified projects.

speakers
Hrisa Gatzoulis, LEED AP BD+C
Senior Project Manager, Energy and Sustainability Services, Jones Lang LaSalle

Hrisa Gatzoulis is a Senior Project Manager at JLL focused on Energy and Sustainability Services in the Northeast division anchored by New York City, Boston and Washington DC. Her focus is on energy and sustainability project management for a broad range of clients and project types. She specializes in comprehensive energy and sustainability performance and LEED certification for new buildings, existing building retrofits, portfolios, schools and commercial interiors. She has also managed the oversight for fuel cell installations throughout the US. Recently, she led the efforts in achieving WELL Certification for JLL’s new downtown NYC office space.

Dana Schneider, LEED Fellow
Managing Director, Energy and Sustainability Projects, Jones Lang LaSalle

Dana Schneider leads JLL’s Energy and Sustainability Projects team nationally and heads the Northeast division in a region anchored by New York City, Boston and Washington DC. She works across a variety of project types, focusing on energy performance optimization and sustainability program implementation. Schneider specializes in LEED and WELL certification for new buildings, existing building retrofits and client portfolios, as well as commercial interiors. She joined JLL in January 2002.

Zach Craun, LEED GA, WELL AP
Associate, COOKFOX Architects, DPC

Zach Craun is an Associate at COOKFOX Architects who works at a variety of project scales and typologies in the pursuit of integrated, environmentally responsive design. He currently serves on Urban Green Council's Programming Committee, the Board of Trustees at the De La Salle Academy and leads COOKFOX’s Green Team, an internal team of employees responsible for implementing sustainable practices within the office.

Jennifer Taranto, LEED® AP ID+C, BD+C and WELL® AP
Director of Sustainability , Structure Tone

Jennifer Taranto has been in the commercial real estate and construction industry for nearly 20 years. Prior to becoming Structure Tone’s full time Director of Sustainability in 2008, her previous roles included superintendent and project manager. Jenn drives the principals of sustainability, wellbeing and Lean construction into everyday practices across the Structure Tone Organization. She is recognized as a thought leader and change agent for the company through her work with teams to create awareness and behavioral change within both internal staff and the supply chain.

WELL(ness) at Work: Office Tours and Discussion — COOKFOX Office Tour

Event Prices: 
COOKFOX Office Tour Ticket
$10
Purchase a ticket only for the COOKFOX office tour.
COOKFOX Office Tour + 6/29 Panel Ticket
$15
Purchase a ticket for the COOKFOX tour AND the 6/29 Panel Discussion.

Read the event recap here.

See how COOKFOX Architects achieved WELL Certification with a focus on mind and nourishment. Tour participants will explore their nature-integrated landscape, which incorporates biophilic design, edible gardens and apiaries.  

About the series: 

WELL Certification is a performance standard that supports and advances human health and wellness in the built environment. This series focuses on different aspects and unique ways of complying with WELL. The series begins with a tour of the JLL offices [read recap], where we will focus on their innovative use of lighting. The second tour will highlight the office of COOKFOX Architects, where nature was skillfully integrated as a visual (and edible) element. Finally, join architects, project managers and contractors from these projects, as well as Structure Tone, for a panel discussion of their unique paths to WELL Certification [read recap].

WELL(ness) at Work: Office Tours and Discussion — Jones Lang LaSalle Tour

Event Prices: 
JLL Tour Ticket
$10
Purchase a ticket only for the JLL office tour.
JLL Tour + 6/29 Panel Ticket
$15
Purchase a ticket for the JLL tour AND the 6/29 Panel Discussion.

Read the event recap here.

Taking advantage of their office relocation in 2016, professional services and investment management firm JLL achieved both WELL Certification and LEED Gold certification. In this tour, learn about how they incorporated WELL principles in lighting, placing workplaces near natural light and installing task lighting with color temperature adjustments, occupancy sensors and glare reduction.

About the series: 

WELL Certification is a performance standard that supports and advances human health and wellness in the built environment. This series focuses on different aspects and unique ways of complying with WELL. The series begins with a tour of the JLL offices, where we will focus on their innovative use of lighting. The second tour will highlight the office of CookFox Architects [read recap], where nature was skillfully integrated as a visual (and edible) element. Finally, join architects, project managers and contractors from these projects, as well as Structure Tone, for a panel discussion of their unique paths to WELL Certification [read recap].

Passive House in Policy: Brussels Case Study

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As a result of its new Energy Performance and Indoor Environment in Buildings Regulation, the city of Brussels will require Passive House on new buildings. The requirement will allow them to meet the target of the European Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, which calls for all new construction and retrofits to be Nearly-Zero Energy Buildings by 2020.

UN HQ Report: The Carbon Case for Retrofits

Continuing Education Credits

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Approved for 1.5 CE Hours
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Approved for 1.5 LU/HSW Hours
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In 2007, the United Nations initiated a multi‐year renovation of its New York City headquarters, the Capital Master Plan (CMP). The campus-wide renovation, the most extensive since the campus was built in the 1950s, meets LEED Gold criteria, with the Secretariat tower achieving LEED Platinum certification. However, the decision to retrofit rather than demolish the existing buildings arguably achieved the greatest sustainability results―avoiding waste, reusing materials, and keeping tons of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.

To better understand the quantity of these savings, Michael Adlerstein, the Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Director for the UN Capital Master Plan, led a study to assess the carbon-saving value of the structures that were retained. The results of this study not only shed light on the magnitude of the savings, but also highlight the value and urgency of building reuse and renovation in reducing global greenhouse gas emissions. Join us for a discussion with Michael Adlerstein, John Amatruda and Kris Baker on the findings from this groundbreaking study.

View the report assessing the carbon-saving value of retrofits here.

Thank you to our host Arup.

speakers
John Amatruda
RA, LEED Fellow, BREEAM International Assessor, Principal, Vidaris, Inc.

John Amatruda is the leader of Vidaris' Green Services department, where he specializes in environmentally-conscious building consulting and the evaluation of green materials and systems. Mr. Amatruda has worked as a consultant on over 100 LEED projects nationwide and internationally, using all variations of the LEED commercial program. Mr. Amatruda served as the sustainability consultant for the United Nations Capital Master Plan renovations in New York City and also developed the Sustainable Design Guidelines for the project.

Michael Adlerstein
FAIA
 Assistant Secretary-General, 
United Nations


Mr. Adlerstein serves as the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the UN International School. Previously, Mr. Adlerstein served as Project Director for the restoration of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty and as Chief Historical Architect for the National Park Service. He has worked as a State Department consultant on preservation and planning issues for numerous projects, including the preservation of the Taj Mahal. He has been recognized for his contributions to the field of architecture with numerous awards and in 1994 was made a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

Kris Baker
PE, Senior Sustainability Specialist, Syska Hennessey Group

Developed over nearly 20 years of industry experience, Mr. Baker’s expertise consists primarily of performance-based design consulting focused on minimizing building impacts, optimizing façades, passive systems such as daylight design & natural ventilation, and maximizing the efficacy of building systems, including on-site generation. Recent high performance projects include the Los Angeles Federal Courthouse, Lower Sproul Redevelopment at UC Berkeley; Lawrence Main Library Expansion, Lawrence, KS; University of California Santa Barbara Bioengineering Building; Eskenazi Hospital, Indianapolis, Indiana; United Nations Headquarters Renovation, New York City, NY; EPA Region 8 Headquarters Building, Denver, CO; and GSA Headquarters, Washington, DC .

Deep Energy Retrofit: Warren Hall at Cornell University

Continuing Education Credits

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Approved for 1.5 CE Hours
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Approved for 1.5 LU/HSW Hours
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$15

Learn how Cornell University's Warren Hall—a 130,000 square foot pre-war building with historic masonry—was renovated into a modern LEED Platinum home for the University's undergraduate business program. Cornell’s challenge to the design team was to bring the steam-heated, non-air conditioned space up to current standards of comfort without increasing net energy use.

With envelope performance improvements that preserved the historic exterior and new mechanical systems and technologies, Warren Hall has become a model for adaptive retrofit of other pre-war buildings on campus, and in fact nationwide.

Join the project's client, architect, and exterior envelope consultant for a detailed discussion highlighting key lessons for building owners, architects and engineers interested in retrofitting existing pre-war masonry buildings.

Deep Energy Retrofits: NYC is a series of presentations focusing on deep retrofit strategies for existing buildings that will help achieve NYC's 80x50 GHG reduction targets. Each session showcases a retrofit project of an existing building representing a specific New York City typology. Participants can use these case studies as tools to meet reduction targets in other existing buildings.

AIANY COTE 2016 PROGRAMMING SPONSOR: CON EDISON

EVENT PARTNER: AIANY COTE

instructor
Adam Sledd
Director of Commercial Real Estate Engagement, Institute for Market Transformation

Adam Sledd leads IMT's efforts engaging the commercial real estate industry in energy efficiency strategies. Sledd helps individual companies, trade associations, and government agencies save energy and money by incorporating sustainability into the landlord-tenant relationship.

speakers
Peter Pesce
Senior Associate, FXFOWLE Architects

Peter Pesce has led many projects at FXFOWLE with large, diverse client groups, negotiating personalities and politics to achieve results that satisfy programmatic, logistical and aesthetic demands. His major projects include the renovation of The Juilliard School and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, the renovation of Warren Hall at Cornell University, 888 Boylston Street in Boston, and the Master Plan for Pace University.

Susan Knack-Brown
Principal, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Inc

Susan Knack-Brown's work has included a range of building enclosure investigations and designs involving both contemporary structures, such as the Fisher Center for Performing Arts, and landmarks, such as Boston’s Quincy Market. Susan specializes in large-scale preservation projects where she applies modern technologies to the restoration of landmark buildings.

COGfx Study 2: Buildingomics – A New Approach to Green Building

Continuing Education Credits

GBCI:
Approved for 1.0 CE Hour
AIA CES:
Approved for 1.0 LU/HSW Hour
Event Prices: 
Urban Green Council Core Member
$10
NYAS Member
$10
Urban Green Council EP Member
$5
NYAS Student Member
$5
Urban Green Council Student Member
$5
Leadership Level Member
Free Admission
Sponsor Member
Free Admission
Non-Member
$15

Read the event recap on our blog, Points of View.


COGfx Study 2: Buildingomics – A New Approach to Green Building

Join Urban Green Council and the New York Academy of Sciences for a special NYC briefing and reception as scientists from Harvard University and SUNY Upstate New York Medical Center discuss Study 2 of the groundbreaking COGfx research: Buildingomics. This exciting research builds on separate research released last year that found a 101% improvement in cognitive test scores for people that worked in optimized indoor environmental quality conditions often found in green buildings. 

Now, the research scientists go a step further with Buildingomics—a new approach that examines the totality of factors in the building-related environment that influence the human health, well-being and productivity of people who work in buildings. 

Learn more about how the COGfx Study 2 found improved cognitive test scores for people that worked in certified green buildings through new research covering more than 100 workers in 10 office buildings across the U.S. 

This suggests an even greater benefit—and return on investment—to pursuing green building certification than originally thought.

Better buildings that result in better thinking and health can help enhance employees’ performance and well-being, serve as recruiting tools for business HR managers, and provide a differentiator, perhaps even a competitive advantage, for building owners.

PROGRAM FORMAT

5:30 - 6:00 PM Registration
6:00 - 6:30 PM Briefing on Buildingomics study by the research team
6:30 - 7:00 PM Q & A
7:00 - 8:00 PM Reception

SPEAKERS

 

Dr. Joseph Allen
Assistant Professor, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

 

 

 

Dr. Piers MacNaughton
Project Manager, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

 

 

 

Dr. Usha Satish
Professor, Department of Psychiatry, SUNY Upstate Medical University

 

 

 

Thank you to our event sponsor United Technologies Corporation.

Presented by the Urban Green Council and the New York Academy of Sciences.​

       

Living Proof: The Bullitt Center, Three Years Later

Continuing Education Credits

GBCI:
Approved for 1.5 CE Hours
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Approved for 1.5 LU/HSW Hours
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Urban Green Council Core Member
Free Admission
AIA Member
Free Admission
Non-Member
$10

A net-zero building with passive heat recovery, waterless and composting toilets, automated external blinds, bike rack and repair station, smart controls, and an elevator that converts kinetic energy into electricity? It sounds too good to be true—but it's not. Seattle's Bullitt Center, designed by architecture firm Miller Hull and completed in 2013, is proof that self-sustaining, net positive buildings are a realistic option and can be financially achievable, comfortable for tenants and a beautiful addition to the community with essentially no environmental footprint.

Join us for a discussion with Miller Hull's Margaret Sprug about the Center—certified as the world’s largest commercial Living Building in 2015 and one of the most energy efficient commercial buildings in the world—including its potentially game-changing "Negawatt" energy investment system, designed to allow energy efficiency to be bought and sold as an investment, separating the efficiency investor from the building owner.

Photo by Taomeister/Flickr

EVENT SPONSOR: Mohawk Group

AIANY COTE 2016 PROGRAMMING SPONSOR: Con Edison

EVENT PARTNER: AIANY COTE

speakers
Margaret Sprug, AIA
Principal, Miller Hull

Margaret Sprug is a principal at Miller Hull with 30 years of experience on a variety award winning and highly sustainable projects including higher education, community and civic projects. She is a firm leader in workplace design and sustainable design and is responsible for helping Miller Hull break new ground with Living Buildings: The Bullitt Center, Eastern Washington University’s NESST Center and The Living Building at Georgia Tech. Margaret is also leading the Living Building Petal certification for Miller Hull’s new Seattle Office. Margaret received a bachelor of Environmental Design, from Texas A&M University in 1986, and a master of architecture degree in 1993 from Columbia University.

Marc Brune, PE, LEED AP
Associate Principal, PAE

Marc Brune is an Associate Principal and mechanical engineer with PAE, a national leader in sustainable design. He believes that designers have a responsibility to create buildings that minimize resource use, and brings this conviction to his projects to help create buildings that lead the industry toward a net zero energy future. Among his projects are the Bullitt Center, the world’s largest commercial Living Building and the Rocky Mountain Institute Innovation Center, aiming to go beyond net zero to net positive. He holds a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Portland.

Designing the World’s First Underground Park

Continuing Education Credits

GBCI:
Approved for 1.5 CE Hours
AIA CES:
Approved for 1.5 HSW/LU Hours
Event Prices: 
Non-member
$15
Urban Green Council Member
$10
Urban Green Council EP Member
$5
Urban Green Council Student Member
$5
Leadership Level Member
Free Admission
Sponsor Member
Free Admission

For more information, check out our event preview.

Registration is now closed. Unfortunately we cannot accept walk-ins.

Beneath the Williamsburg Bridge sits the Delancey trolley terminal, out of service for more than 60 years. A revolutionary project, called the Lowline, is transforming this under-utilized space into the world's first underground park. The project has engaged the local community, and generated conversation and awareness over the importance of green spaces for healthy living, while also showcasing technical ingenuity and creativity.

The Lowline Lab opened to the public this spring to serve as a testing ground and promote the concept while the full project continues to develop. The lab is designed to support a thriving and evolving ecosystem with adaptive (some even edible) plants, fed by active solar harvesting technology that "pipes" light in from large rooftop collectors.

Members of the multidisciplinary team will discuss in detail the innovative design, research and technologies used to bring plants (and people) below ground, and the ongoing testing, monitoring and measuring that will enable them to realize the full vision and join the ranks of other NYC parks that have turned abandoned spaces into urban oases.

Photo courtesy of Arup.

speakers
Signe Nielsen
Principal, Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, P.C.

Mark Mini
Vice President, John Mini Distinctive Landscapes

Andrew Engel
Lead Horticulturalist, John Mini Distinctive Landscapes

Star Davis
Daylighting + Lighting Designer, ARUP

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