June 15, 2022 | 1 - 5 p.m. | Cocktail hour to follow
NYU Kimmel Center for University Life | 60 Washington Square S., New York, NY
Urban Green has long been the leading voice for electrification in New York City, most recently as an advocate for Local Law 154, NYC’s groundbreaking legislation that phases out fossil fuels in new construction. Our recent reports, Going Electric and Grid Ready, found that heat pumps save carbon even with today’s power supply and that we have ample headroom to electrify NYC’s buildings before major upgrades to the grid are necessary. But misinformation abounds.
Urban Green has identified electrification roadblocks and proposed a range of solutions, but the path to 80x50 remains unclear. How do we continue to move forward? That’s what we’ll be addressing at our 2022 conference, Electri-fiction to Electrification: Overcoming Barriers. As public policies and market forces move toward decarbonization, it’s time to look at why progress on electrification has been slow. We’ll find out what barriers remain and how to overcome them by examining:
- The future of energy codes
- Advances in heating and energy retrofits
- Case studies on hot water heat pumps in multifamily buildings.
Our work to date shows that there’s no reason to wait to electrify. And the fact that fossil fuel-burning furnaces, boilers and hot water heaters emit more carbon in NYC than anything else underscores the need to act now.
Framing Remarks | Making the Case for Electrification
Rit Aggarwala | NYC Chief Climate Officer; Commissioner, NYC Department of Environmental Protection
Session 1 | Electrifying the Energy Code
Local and national code experts will preview the future shape of energy codes.
Emily Hoffman | Director of Energy Code Compliance, NYC Department of Buildings
Session 2 | Preventing a Hot Mess: Retrofits in Multifamily Buildings
Experts in electrification and residential buildings will discuss the challenges associated with upgrading heating systems in existing multifamily buildings.
Kelly Dougherty | President, First Service Energy
Jared Rodriguez | Principal, Emergent Urban Concepts
Cecil Scheib | Chief Sustainability Officer, NYU
Moderator: Loic Chappoz | Senior Advisor, NYSERDA
Session 3 | The Future is Now: Warming Up to Hot Water
Hear the lessons learned from the design and installation of heat pump water heaters in five Brooklyn multifamily projects.
Sara Bayer | Associate Principal, Director of Sustainability, Magnusson Architecture and Planning
Avery Gray | Senior Project Manager, Bright Power
Grayson Jordan | Partner, Paul Castrucci Architects
Stay tuned for additional speakers!
Thank you to this year's sponsors!