Urban Green Presents

Contracts that Promote Building Performance

Continuing Education Credits

GBCI:
Approved for 1.5
AIA CES:
Approved for 1.5
Event Prices: 
Urban Green Member
$25
Bar Association Member
$25
Non-Member
$40

Join Urban Green and the NYC Bar Association for a lively conversation about the future of construction contracts that will keep up with the needs of high performance projects.

Because liability is generally assigned to one party, standard construction contracts can create an adversarial relationship between architects, engineers and owners. With more stringent energy codes and the emissions performance requirements of Local Law 97, there is a need for contracts that allow for more risk-sharing among project teams.

This event will explore how contracts can be restructured to improve building performance. Speakers will share an exciting case study of the NREL Research Support Facility project, which was procured with a fixed-price, competitive and performance-based construction agreement.

Members of Urban Green Council, please call Customer Relations at (212) 382-6663 to register at the member rate.

                         THANK YOU TO OUR EVENT SPONSOR                

                              

speakers
Stefan Knust AIA, LEED AP, WELL AP, CPHC
Senior Associate and Director of Sustainability, Ennead Architects

Paul Torcellini
Principal Engineer, Commercial Buildings Research Group, NREL

Joshua Levy
Partner, Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP

Jeffrey Egan
Senior Counsel, Turner Construction

moderator
Ellen Honigstock
Director of Education, Urban Green Council

Retrofit Financing Series: PACE

Continuing Education Credits

GBCI:
Approved for 1.5
AIA CES:
Approved for 1.5
PDH:
1.5
Event Prices: 
Non-Member
$20
Member
$10
Trust and Leadership Level Member
Free Admission
Sponsor and Organizational Member
Free Admission

View slides from the presentations here.


Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) is a financing tool that offers building owners up to 100 percent funding for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The PACE loan model requires little to no upfront cost, has low-interest rates and long loan terms.

PACE has been available in counties and cities across New York State and will be available for New York City’s commercial, nonprofit and multifamily buildings in early 2020. This lower-cost financing can help unlock the $20 billion retrofit market opportunity resulting from NYC’s building emissions law.

Join us on December 3 for the first event in our Retrofit Financing Series. Expert speakers will discuss what projects are eligible for PACE financing, and explain: how project eligibility is determined, the PACE energy audit, which measures are pre-qualified, and other aspects around how the guidelines will be implemented. This event will be an important first step to clarify what will and won’t be permitted when PACE loans become available in NYC in early 2020.

speakers
Robert Fischman
Director, PACE Compliance, Energize NY

Energize NY is a nonprofit public benefit organization working on behalf of its member municipalities to expand access to capital for energy efficiency and renewable energy by bringing PACE financing to communities across New York State. Robert is the technical lead for the Energize NY Open C-PACE finance program, guiding property owners, lenders, consultants and contractors in implementing sustainable clean energy solutions for buildings. Robert holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Union College and a Master of Science in Sustainability Management from Columbia University.

Fred Lee
Co-CEO, NYCEEC

The first local Green Bank in the US, NYCEEC provides loans for building energy efficiency and clean energy projects, and will administer NYC’s soon-to-be launched C-PACE program. Fred helped launch NYCEEC, previously serving as General Counsel and Vice President. Prior to NYCEEC, Fred led the Center for Economic Transformation’s CleanTech and Energy team at the NYC Economic Development Corporation, and, prior to that, was a structured finance attorney. Fred holds an MBA with a concentration in real estate finance from Columbia Business School, JD from Cornell Law School and BA in Political Science from Amherst College.

Demystifying Steam: Smaller Buildings

Continuing Education Credits

GBCI:
Approved for 1.5
AIA CES:
Approved for 1.5
Event Prices: 
Nonmember
$15
Member
$10
Sponsor Member
Free Admission
Leadership Level Member
Free Admission
Radiator

Registration for this event is now closed. Walk-ins are welcome. 

Our latest research, Demystifying Steam: Smaller Buildings provides the first-ever granular estimates of the locations and prevalence of steam heat in NYC’s 53,000 small and medium multifamily buildings. Using a predictive model, we found that 86 percent of multifamily properties between 5,000 and 50,000 square feet are steam heated: that’s over 700 million square feet of residential area in NYC.

With little information about small and medium buildings (many of which will need to comply with NYC’s Local Law 97), this research takes an important first step in identifying the characteristics of these buildings. 

Join us on November 6th to learn more about our findings and discuss how data science techniques can help drive smarter retrofits.

speakers
Bartosz Bonczak
Research Scientist and Lab Manager, NYU Marron Institute of Urban Management

The Marron Institute conducts innovative applied research, working with cities to take on critical challenges of urban living. Bartosz, as part of the Civic Analytics team led by Prof. Constantine Kontokosta, uses data science, machine learning and computational tools to derive insights from data collected by various partnering city agencies and non-profit organizations. Many of his projects focus on building energy performance and are developed in partnership with NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability to help in their efforts to generate data-driven policies to drive climate action.

Sean Brennan
Associate Director of Research, Urban Green Council

Sean leads Urban Green’s Research team. He is responsible for identifying and executing studies that reveal industry trends and influence building design. He has worked in the energy and utility space for over 10 years and has specialized in building science and analysis. Sean has improved energy efficiency and asset maintenance programs at Pacific Gas & Electric and Sempra utilities in California. He has conducted research with the NRDC and USGBC, managed mechanical design projects with Integral Group and helped sustainability software startup Sefaira build its product and develop a portfolio of architectural and engineering clients. He has worked on hundreds of commercial, educational and specialty projects across North America to optimize envelope and HVAC design. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a M.S. in Civil Engineering from Stanford University.

Marshall Cox
Founder and CEO, Radiator Labs

Marshall Cox earned his M.S. in materials science and engineering from Cornell University in May 2004 and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Columbia University in 2013. He is an alumnus of InSITE, an organization that helps early-stage startups refine their venture capital pitch presentations, and of the Startup Leadership Program (SLP), where he was a fellow in 2011-12 and a Program Leader in 2012-13. Marshall holds six U.S. patents and has published eight peer-reviewed papers in semiconductor devices, processing and inorganic synthetic chemistry.

Jeffrey Carleton
President, Carleton Engineering Consulting

Jeff Carleton (CEM) is the president of Carleton Energy Consulting and Heat Watch LLC. Jeff began working in real estate management after graduating Brown University in 2003. After 5 years managing buildings with high fuel bills and open windows throughout the winter, he co-founded Heat Watch LLC to reduce overheating in buildings through online control monitoring. Jeff founded Carleton Energy with his brother Dan Carleton in 2011, with the mission to help clients keep up with benchmarking and auditing requirements, while running more efficient properties and reducing their carbon footprints.

Gingerbread Passive House Competition

Event Prices: 
Member
$10
Nonmember
$15
Sponsor Member
Free Admission
Leadership Level Member
Free Admission
Gingerbread House

Registration for this event is now closed. 

This event is co-sponsored by New York Passive House

Come to our second annual Gingerbread Passive House Competition and show off your building skills! Urban Green Council and New York Passive House members are encouraged to form teams to create the ultimate passive house structure… made of gingerbread. Illustrate Passive House principles using only edible materials typically used in gingerbread houses (think: spreadable marshmallow as insulation). This will be a fun event whether you are a Passive House (or gingerbread house) expert or novice.

How will this work?

  • Teams (maximum of four people) will be provided with a basic gingerbread house kit to build a gingerbread house with visible passive house details.
  • Each team will be given 45 minutes to complete their designs and 5 minutes to explain their approach. Of course, a gingerbread house will not pass a blower door test, but teams should avoid thermal bridges!
  • Points will be awarded for accuracy, creativity and presentation. Participants are encouraged to bring their leftover candies and other edible gingerbread-making materials.

Who can participate? Anyone who would like to test their gingerbread-passive-house building skills!

If your team is already assembled, please contact Kaitlin Logsdon at kl@urbangreencouncil.org.

Food (in addition to gingerbread) and beverages will be available.  

Watch: Passive House Building Explained in 90 Seconds

moderators
Edwin May
Partner, bldgtyp


Edwin May is a licensed Architect and a LEED Green Associate. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2001 and a Masters of Architecture from Parsons the Newschool in NYC in 2009. May has been an Adjunct Professor at Parsons the NewSchool University as well an Industry Professor at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ where he directed the 2015 ‘Solar Decathlon’ program. In addition, May teaches with the Passive House Academy the North American Passive House Network, and Passive House Canada and is certified by the Passive House Institute (PHI) in Germany and the Passive House Institute of the US (PHIUS) as a Certified Passive House Consultant.

John Mitchell
Partner, bldgtyp


John Mitchell graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Colorado College in 1996 and a Masters of Architecture from Parsons the Newschool in NYC in 2009. Mitchell has worked for both Parsons the NewSchool and Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ. Mitchell also teaches with the Passive House Academy and the North American Passive House Network. Mitchell is also certified by the Passive House Institute (PHI) and the Passive House Institute of the US (PHIUS) as a Certified Passive House Consultant.

NYC's Building Emissions Law: What You Need to Know

Continuing Education Credits

GBCI:
Approved for 1.5
AIA CES:
Approved for 1.5
Event Prices: 
Member
$10
Non-Member
$15
Sponsor Member
Free Admission
Leadership Level
Free Admission

Registration for this event is now closed. Walk-ins are welcome. 

On April 18, the New York City Council passed the most ambitious building emissions legislation enacted by any city in the world. The new law places buildings on a path to meet the city’s goal to reduce overall carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050. Buildings represent nearly 70 percent of those emissions.

This event will provide an overview of the law and the critical, unresolved policy issues. City agency, policy, labor, and building experts will explore the details of the legislation, including the key pieces left for rulemaking, why they are important, and how they might be addressed. Topics will include the advisory board, reduction metric, emissions coefficients, renewables offset, and carbon or efficiency trading.

For more information, visit our NYC Building Emissions Law webpage and stay involved in the coversation at our conference on June 18, Retrofitting to Scale.

32BJ members can register here

welcome
Lenore Friedlaender
Assistant to the President, 32BJ SEIU

featuring
Russell Unger, LEED AP
Chief Strategy Officer, Urban Green Council

speakers
Gina Bocra, AIA, LEED Fellow
Chief Sustainability Officer, New York City Department of Buildings

Daniel Egan
Senior Vice President of Energy & Sustainability, Vornado Realty Trust

Lindsay Robbins
Director of Strategic Alignment & Implementation, Healthy People & Thriving Communities Program, Natural Resources Defense Council

Marc Zuluaga, PE
Managing Director, Multifamily Energy Services, Steven Winter Associates

moderator
Laurie Kerr, FAIA, LEED AP
President, LK Policy Lab

What's Wrong With This Picture? Trivia Competition!

Continuing Education Credits

GBCI:
Approved for 1
Event Prices: 
Member
$10
Non-Member
$15

How good are you at identifying common and subtle signs of energy loss?

Using real examples gleaned from dozens of buildings, this trivia event will test your knowledge of efficiency opportunities in existing residential and commercial buildings.

Teams will compete to identify efficiency problems in residential and commercial building envelopes and systems. After each round, experts will judge each team and explain the problem and solution.

Prizes will be awarded to the winning team, so gather your team and register today!

Demystifying Steam

Continuing Education Credits

GBCI:
Approved for 1.5
AIA CES:
Approved for 1.5
Event Prices: 
Non-Member
$15
Member
$10
Sponsor Member
Free Admission
Leadership Level Member
Free Admission
Steam radiator

Photo by Steven Winter Associates, Inc.

Registration for this event is now closed. Unfortunately, walk-ins will not be accepted. 

In New York City, over 80 percent of large residential buildings are heated by steam. However, many steam heating systems run inefficiently, which results in wasted heat and uneven temperatures. This means we’re burning through significant amounts of gas and oil to keep New Yorkers uncomfortable.

Fixing steam heating systems from boilers to radiators can save money, reduce carbon emissions, and increase comfort in our buildings. How far can improving these systems get us on our way to 80x50? What is steam distribution’s future role in our buildings?

This event will highlight key findings from Urban Green’s latest research report, Demystifying Steam and tackle pressing questions that directly affect New York City policymakers, consultants, boiler engineers and contractors, and building owners. 

 

speakers
Sean Brennan, EIT, LEED AP
Associate Director, Research, Urban Green Council

Sean leads Urban Green’s Research team. He is responsible for identifying and executing studies that reveal industry trends and influence building design. He has worked in the energy and utility space for over 10 years and has specialized in building science and analysis. Sean has improved energy efficiency and asset maintenance programs at Pacific Gas & Electric and Sempra utilities in California. He has conducted research with the NRDC and USGBC, managed mechanical design projects with Integral Group and helped sustainability software startup Sefaira build its product and develop a portfolio of architectural and engineering clients.

Larry Katz, CEM, CMVP, REP
Efficiency Advisor, NYC Retrofit Accelerator Program

The NYC Retrofit Accelerator Program under the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability offers free technical guidance to help building owners, managers, and operators implement energy and water conservation measures. Larry is the lead energy engineer for the Retrofit Accelerator Program as well as the High Performance Retrofit Track focused on long term planning for deep energy retrofits. He reviews building systems and operations, develops plans for energy retrofits and technology upgrades, and performs energy savings and carbon emissions analysis for a variety of projects.

Jonathan Flothow
Senior Building Systems Consultant, Steven Winter Associates

Steven Winter Associates, Inc. provides research, consulting and advisory services to improve commercial, residential and multifamily built environments. Jonathan specializes in steam heating systems. Trained as an architect, Jonathan performed energy audits for several years before doing installation, troubleshooting, retrofitting, and hydronic conversions of steam heating systems.

Laurie Kerr, FAIA, LEED AP
President, lk POLICY LAB

In addition to serving as a Senior Policy Advisor for Urban Green, Laurie Kerr FAIA, LEED AP is the President of lk POLICY LAB and the former Director of Policy at Urban Green Council. A licensed architect with over 15 years of experience, Kerr is a national leader in the development of green building and urban sustainability policy. As Deputy Director of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability, she was responsible for developing the city’s signature green building policies, including the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan, the NYC Green Codes Task Force, the Mayoral Challenges to Universities and Hospitals, and the Energy-Aligned Lease. Kerr has been awarded the AIANY’s Public Architect Award and the NYS AIA’s DelGaudio Award for outstanding service to the profession and was named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. She serves on the board of the Global Cool Cities Alliance and the Cornell Alumni Advisory Board for Sustainability and is the inaugural Director for Sustainability at AIANY.

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