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Retrofitting to scale: 50,000 buildings in 10 years

To comply with Local Law 97, building retrofits will have to occur on a scale never before seen in NYC.

In 2019, New York City enacted Local Law 97, the most ambitious climate legislation for buildings enacted by any city in the world. This historic law sets tough carbon emissions caps for energy use in NYC’s largest buildings starting in 2024. The new legislation impacts about 50,000 buildings and will lead to thousands of building retrofits each year.

Our 2019 conference explored solutions for NYC and other metro areas. What are the barriers to upgrading buildings now? What must change to make scaling retrofits feasible? What business opportunities will emerge? We explored these questions over three thought-provoking sessions.

Session 1

“Greatest opportunities”

  • Nicole Ceci, Steven Winter Associates
  • Chris Cayten, CodeGreen

Session 2

“Innovations and examples of scale”

  • Loic Chappoz, NYSERDA
  • Anne Evens, Elevate Energy
  • Tom Feeney, Peter Cooper Village Stuyvesant Town
  • Clay Nesler, Johnson Controls

Session 3

“Scaling it up”

  • Richard Benkowski, United Associated Dept. of Education
  • Kelly Dougherty, FirstService Residential
  • Dan Friend, NORESCO
  • Sabrina Kanner, Brookfield Properties
  • Robert Johnson, Hannon Armstrong

Retrofit market forecast


Outreach partners

AIA Westchester
American Council of Engineering Companies of New York
The Architect’s Newspaper
Building Energy Exchange
Green City Force
Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

The New York Academy of Sciences
North American Passive House Network
Northeast Sustainable Energy Associate
NYC Retrofit Accelerator
Urban Design Forum
USGBC Connecticut

Published June 18, 2019