Going Electric: Retrofitting NYC's Multifamily Buildings

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To achieve a low-carbon future, we’ll need to transition our buildings from burning fossil fuels to using electricity for heating and hot water. This process, known as electrification, will bring a heating revolution to the New York City multifamily building sector and requires an equally comprehensive effort from the city government and industry. 

For Urban Green Council’s report, Going Electric: Retrofitting NYC's Multifamily Buildings, Urban Green consulted with more than 40 advisors from the real estate, energy efficiency, HVAC manufacturing, utility and government sectors to learn why so few multifamily buildings have invested in these retrofits and what must be done to change this trajectory.

This online course will examine the report findings, including identifying primary barriers for multifamily buildings to invest in retrofits and nine steps to address these barriers in the next five years.

Donovan Gordon
Director of Clean Heating & Cooling
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
NYSERDA offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and support to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. Donovan leads New York State’s efforts to develop markets that support renewable, high-efficiency, and clean thermal systems. Also, develop and implement educational, workforce training, and marketing / outreach initiatives for scalable growth of clean heating and cooling technologies partnering with public, private, and academic institutions. Donovan received a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from St. Francis College and a Master in Business Administration from NYU, Stern School of Business.
Kelly Dougherty
Vice President
FirstService Energy
FirstService Residential is the largest manager of residential communities in North America. Kelly Dougherty develops and implements long-term efficiency strategies for properties managed by FirstService Residential with the aim of reducing energy use, emissions and costs. She works with industry leaders and government agencies to keep clients informed on the latest technologies and regulatory requirements. Dougherty also develops in-depth training seminars on efficiency best practices for property managers and building staff. Her efforts have strengthened FirstService Residential’s commitment to being a leader in sustainability and reducing their portfolio’s energy consumption.
Sean Brennan
Associate Director of Research
Urban Green Council
Sean Brennan 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. Brennan 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.
Christopher Raup
Director of State Regulatory Affairs
Con Edison
Con Edison provides electric delivery service to 3.7 million customers, natural gas deliver service to 1.2 million customers, and district steam service to 1,600 customers, all in the New York City metropolitan area. Chris and the State Regulatory Affairs team manage state regulatory engagement on topics including renewable energy, advanced metering infrastructure, electric vehicles and heat pumps. Chris also led Con Edison’s development of alternatives to natural gas pipelines for meeting customer heating needs, and advocated for direct utility participation in helping the state achieve renewable energy goals.
Christopher Halfnight
Associate Director of Policy
Urban Green Council
Chris Halfnight leads Urban Green’s policy initiatives, working with stakeholders and policymakers to advance energy efficiency and green building in New York City and State. He was Vice Chair of and managed the 80x50 Buildings Partnership, a collaboration of more than 40 leading stakeholders to shape an energy performance policy for NYC’s large buildings. Prior to Urban Green, Chris was an attorney at Shearman & Sterling LLP and worked on energy policy at the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy and the Natural Resources Defense Council. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws, and Bachelor of Civil Law from McGill University, as well as a Master's in Environmental Management with a specialization in energy from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

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