Investigating Energy Loss in Multifamily Buildings

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Multifamily buildings are notoriously large users of energy, and few owners are tuned into how excessive their usage is. Once quantified by apartment, or better, by square foot, energy and water usage are very good indicators of where a trained energy auditor needs to proceed on their site investigation.

After touching upon the basics of conspicuous consumption, the discussion will focus on how to identify common, but not obvious, signs of energy loss and missed opportunities for efficiency in existing residential buildings. This 'forensics' investigation will help residents, superintendents, managers and coop/condo board members identify ways to improve the performance of their buildings.

Andrew Padian
Founder and President, PadianNYC Consulting

Andrew Padian is a private Building Science Consultant with 35+ years of experience in the unique sustainability issues of multifamily buildings. His current clients include private building owners; community development agencies; schools, universities, and other training entities; utilities; environmental organizations; and emerging professionals seeking to get into the field. He has performed detailed energy and financial analysis on thousands of buildings across the country. He has created or helped create many nationally acclaimed programs, training and certification for field practitioners, and has mentored dozens of professionals in the field today; his commitment to the field extends to his extensive volunteer involvement in sustainable non-profit organizations and mentoring.

Heather Nolen
Energy Consultant, Steven Winter Associates

Nolen is a Senior Energy Consultant for Steven Winter Associates where she works to improve energy use in multifamily housing by focusing on buildings with steam space heating systems. Steven Winter Associates provides energy, sustainability and accessibility consulting, as well as certification, research & development and compliance services. She is a lifetime member of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) and was honored to travel to Sweden and Denmark with fellow NESEA members to study the country's plans for carbon neutrality and approaches to improving energy use in buildings.

Helen Chananie
Project Associate, Building Energy Exchange

BE-Ex is an independent non-profit that connects the real estate and design communities to energy and lighting efficiency solutions through education, exhibits, technology demonstrations and research. As project associate, Chananie helps develop BE-Ex's case studies, reports and presentations on energy efficiency best practices. Chananie has authored and contributed to resources on a wide range of topics, including residential steam heating upgrades, commercial lighting retrofits, ventilation and air sealing measures, and high-performance construction standards.


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