Greening the Grid: Grid Friendly Buildings

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View slides from the presentations here.

As more renewables come online, the power going through the grid will become more diversified and intermittent. To adapt, buildings will need to store energy and shift loads to maintain the reliability of buildings and the grid. 

Many strategies to do this already exist. Energy storage technology is quickly improving—capacity is increasing and costs are decreasing. A combination of passive design strategies, controls, photovoltaics and a battery system will improve a building’s resilience. This combination can shift loads to overcome the challenges of a low-carbon grid. 

Join Urban Green and the New Buildings Institute on February 27, where panelists will discuss how these strategies are used in existing projects and analyze hypothetical scenarios to explore the strategies’ current limits. They’ll also discuss how to identify the optimal mix of strategies for critical facilities and general office buildings. This is the second event in our Greening the Grid series, which looks at critical topics related to making NYC’s grid more sustainable.

Ralph DiNola
CEO, New Buildings

Ralph DiNola is the CEO of New Buildings Institute, a national nonprofit based in Portland, Oregon that is shaping the future with innovation, research, design guidance, and advanced building energy policy. For more than 25 years Ralph has served as an advisor and consultant to developers, governments and Fortune 500 companies seeking quantum advances in their building practices and projects. He was founding Board Chair of the International Living Future Institute and is currently focusing on getting zero energy buildings to scale and supporting advanced jurisdictions as they seek to achieve their climate goals through transformation of the building sector.

Charles Marino
Director of Energy Services, AKF Group

Charlie Marino, CEA is a national leader in energy optimization. As Co-director of AKF’s Energy+Performance group, Charlie oversees a team focused on energy performance and green design. Whether performing portfolio-wide energy analyses for major corporate campuses like Rockefeller Center or enabling Ivy League universities to achieve their sustainability goals, Charlie solves challenges today to build a more sustainable future. Charlie was the commercial sector chair for the NYC Mayor’s Office 80x50 Technical Working Group, and more recently was a participant of Urban Green Council’s 80x50 Buildings Partnership to provide guidance and commentary to City Council as they refined Local Law 97, committed to the reduction of NYC’s greenhouse gas emissions. Charlie is also a past president of ASHRAE NY (2015-2016), and currently serves on the Boards of both ASHRAE NY and Building Energy Exchange to help foster communication between sustainability professionals and the consultant engineering community.

Christopher Wetzel, PE
Associate, Jaros Baum & Bolles

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 certificate program for Contractors, Building Managers/Operators and Trades and Conquering the Energy Code, a training program for Architects and Engineers. Ellen has 28 years 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 for Urban Green Council, 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.