Cross-Learning Alliance

Urban Green Council joins with AIA New York and the New York Chapter of ASHRAE to create high-quality educational events. These educational programs will foster greater understanding and implementation of high performance practices in NYC buildings.

Demystifying Building Performance Modeling for Sustainable Design

Continuing Education Credits

Approved for 1.5 LU/HSW
Event Prices: 
Free Admission

Today’s design and construction professionals have the challenging task of making buildings more efficient and sustainable than ever before. This Cross-Learning Alliance event will provide insight on cutting-edge building performance modeling tools and how they can help owners and designers make smart design decisions for financial and environmental benefits.


*As a Cross-Learning Alliance event, member prices are available to ASHRAE, AIA and Urban Green Members. Contact with questions.


Kristofer S. Baker, PE, LEED AP
Associate Partner, Syska

Apoorv Goyal, Assoc. AIA, WELL AP, LEED AP BD+C
Senior Sustainable Design Specialist, HOK

Sustainable Design Specialist, FX Collaborative

Emma Stanley, PE, BEMP, CPHC (PHIUS)
Senior Associate, Vidaris


Continuing Education Credits

1 credit
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How can design factors improve air quality for tenants? Join the Cross-Learning Alliance for a dinner lecture to learn about the fundamentals of proper ventilation design and methods used to improve indoor air quality. Presenters will explore the standards and frameworks that require air quality monitoring and discuss how buildings can meet these requirements using mechanical or passive design solutions.

This event will cover:

  • Proper ventilation rates and methods 
  • Maintaining and monitoring indoor air quality in buildings
    • LEED existing buildings on IEQ
    • CO2 based monitoring
    • Direct measurement of outdoor airflow
    • What CO2 levels are appropriate?
      • Monitoring
      • Demand-controlled ventilation setpoint
  • Demand control ventilation design and issues



*As a Cross-Learning Alliance event, member prices are available to ASHRAE, AIA and Urban Green Members. Contact with questions.

Professor of Practice, College of Engineering, The University of Georgia

Dr. Lawrence is the Mechanical Engineering program lead with the University of Georgia, and has 35+ years of professional experience. He spent the first 18 years in industry and after going back for his PhD at Purdue he has been at UGA since January 2004. He is the past chair of ASHRAE Technical Committee 2.8 and is a member of the committee that wrote and maintains ASHRAE Standard 189.1 for High Performance Green Buildings. As an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer, he gives seminars on green building design at venues around the world. Dr. Lawrence was named an ASHRAE Fellow in 2016 and is a Director-at-Large on the Board of Directors for ASHRAE. Dr. Lawrence has a B.S. with Highest Distinction in Environmental Science from Purdue University (1978), a M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State University (1982) and a second M.S. degree in Engineering Management from Washington University in 1989. He received a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University in the spring of 2004.


Event Prices: 
Early Bird
General Admission

The ASHRAE NY Chapter officers and board invite you to join them on May 17, 2019 to celebrate the launch of the new Cross-Learning Alliance. Joining ASHRAE will be special guests from AIA NY and Urban Green Council, partners in an exciting new educational initiative.


*As a Cross-Learning Alliance event, member prices are available to ASHRAE, AIA and Urban Green Members. Contact with questions.


Event Prices: 
Free Admission

An intensely used building in a high density neighborhood has challenges achieving net zero energy on both sides of the equation. What is the best metric for achieving the highest performance and rewarding intensity of use and density of development? Join Urban Green, AIA New York and the New York Chapter of ASHRAE for this Cross-Learning Alliance event.

Scot Horst, President and CEO, Arc Skoru Inc
Fiona Cousins, Principal and Automation Leader, Arup

Clare Miflin, AIA, Founder, ThinkWoven; Co-Chair, AIANY Committee on the Environment


*As a Cross-Learning Alliance event, member prices are available to ASHRAE, AIA and Urban Green Members. Contact with questions.


Continuing Education Credits

Approved for 7 credits
Approved for 7 credits
7 credits
Event Prices: 
Full Day: Member
Morning: Member
Afternoon: Member
Full Day: Non-Member
Morning: Non-Member
Afternoon: Non-Member
Smart Building Summit Image

Registration for this event is now closed and walk-ins will not be accepted. You can join our waitlist here:

Join the Cross-Learning Alliance for the Smart Building Summit. This day-long event will convene 22 expert building professionals to investigate how building automation can improve energy performance and tenant wellness. Attendees will leave the sessions with new insight into the design, implementation, and operation of building automation and control systems. 


  • 8:00 Registration and Breakfast
  • 8:30 Welcome and Keynote
  • 9:00 Designing for Ease of Use
  • 10:20 Break
  • 10:40 Transforming Existing Buildings
  • 12:00 Lunch (off-site)
  • 1:00 Afternoon Welcome and Lessons From the Field
  • 2:00 Wellness
  • 3:15 Break
  • 3:25 Improving Performance While Reducing Risks
  • 4:25 Closing



Steve Friedman | Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Steven Friedman is the Director of Facilities Engineering Design + Construction at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He has over 27 years of engineering and construction experience, and has been recognized for his leadership in design and operation of healthcare facilities. Friedman is also the first New York State engineer certified as a Healthcare Facility Design Professional.

SESSION 2: DESIGNING FOR EASE OF USE. The concept of a “smart building” has different, sometimes conflicting meanings to stakeholders. Owners and tenants might expect that building systems will be more responsive and user-friendly. However, energy performance requirements might mean that the system is actually less responsive to occupant input. In this session, building owners, users and operators will share their real world experiences to inform the design of future automated systems.

  • Moderator: Annie Bevan | Global Head of Sustainability, Superior Essex Communications
  • Amanda Kross | Senior Vice President, Jones Lang LaSalle
  • Angela Mu | Energy Manager, Weill Cornell Medicine
  • Gabriel Peschiera | Director of Smart Buildings, Jaros, Baum & Bolles
  • Michael Schneider | Creative Technology Director, Gensler

SESSION 3: TRANSFORMING EXISTING BUILDINGS. This session will explore how to transform existing buildings into smart buildings through retrofits and improved technology.  Building owners, operators and consultants will explore how to overcome common barriers and increase uptake of automated systems.

  • Moderator: Paula Zimin | Director of Sustainable Building Services, Steven Winter Associates
  • Michael Bobker | Director, Building Performance Lab, CUNY Institute for Urban Systems
  • Samantha Pearce | Director of Energy Management Services, Bright Power
  • David Unger | Founder & Partner, Sentient Buildings LLC
  • Edilberto Valdez | Chief Engineer, 277 Park Avenue, Stahl Realty



SESSION 4: LESSONS FROM THE FIELD. These fast-paced presentations will highlight real building automation solutions that participants can implement immediately. Presenters will explain why they implemented automation, what barriers they faced and how they achieved stakeholder buy-in.

  • Moderator: Miranda Gardiner | Director Business Development & Partnerships, CodeGreen Solutions
  • Keith Amann | Senior Associate, WSP
  • Jeffrey Carleton | President, Carleton Energy Consulting
  • Grant Salmon | Commercial Building Controls Specialist, Honeywell BMS
  • Nora Swanson | Director of Design Technology, AKF Group
  • Julian Vaiana | Energy Engineering Program Manager, Trane U.S., Inc.
  • Mike Zikoski | Trane U.S., Inc.

SESSION 5: WELLNESS. It can be challenging for architects, engineers and building owners to successfully implement wellness features when designing sustainable buildings. In this session panelists will explore how building automation can improve wellness features such as ventilation technology, IAQ monitoring and lighting.

  • Moderator: Jessica Rose Cooper | Chief Commercial Officer, International WELL Building Institute
  • Zach Craun | Senior Associate, COOKFOX Architects
  • Kenneth Douglas | Principal, Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design
  • Benjamin Rodney | Construction Manager, Hines
  • Gordon Sharp | Chairman & Founder, Aircuity

SESSION 6: IMPROVING PERFORMANCE WHILE REDUCING RISKS. Building automation can integrate across more building systems than ever before. This session will explore the potential for data sharing between building systems and the implementation tactics that reduce security risks.

  • Moderator: Talya Santillan | Principal, Kohler Ronan
  • Jeffrey Davis | Director, Effektiv LLC
  • Brian Ensign | Vice President, Demand Creation and International, Superior Essex Communications
  • Alexander Jahn | Project Manager, NYSERDA

*As a Cross-Learning Alliance event, member prices are available to ASHRAE, AIA and Urban Green Members.


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