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For those already versed in the basics of Local Law 97, join Urban Green staff for a member roundtable to unpack the details behind emissions limits and coefficients, the prescriptive path and alternate compliance options. The presentation will be followed by a 40-minute roundtable discussion to get your input on these details and where the law should go from here.
This member roundtable is exclusive to Sponsor Members, Organizational Members and Members of the Trust for Urban Green. Learn more about membership.
At our final roundtable, we’ll explore how to create a workable compliance option based on purchasing new, green power. We’ll discuss the practical functioning of this option and what would work for building owners. We’ll also ask how to prevent overuse, which would undercut on-site efficiency, and how to ensure the program doesn’t overlap with existing state and city requirements.
For our second roundtable, we’ll consider the policy design around percent reduction requirements and timeline. We’ll discuss feasible ranges for cost-effective targets but focus largely on strategies for particular market segments, including high- and low-performing buildings, newer construction and rent-regulated multifamily housing.
At our initial roundtable, we’ll briefly re-cap the advantages of a whole-building approach and percentage reductions. We’ll then dig into some basic parameters for an effective policy, including the appropriate metric, how to set the baseline year and strategies for addressing significant changes in use.
Can the Passive House standard be applied to large office buildings? RHW.2, a 200,000 square foot corporate headquarters in Vienna, has received certification - a Passive House first.
Join us for a discussion on how the building uses a glazed double-skin façade and other advanced technologies to reduce energy use more than 50% below that of a typical office building, while maintaining great views.
RHW.2 project engineer, René Toth joins us from Austria and is offering this extended version of his presentation for our Façade Face-Off Conference on September 22.
René Toth Engineer, Vasko + Partner Engineers
René’s career working with the design and construction of large-scale Passive Houses has caught the attention of industry professionals worldwide. As project manager of Austria’s RHW.2, he played a large role in making the most sustainable and healthy office building on the map. As an engineer with Vasko+Partner Engineers in Austria, he has coauthored and published works on the design, construction and energy modeling of Passive Houses. His educational background is in electrical engineering, mathematics and political science.
Cogeneration isn't new. For decades, it’s been used by utilities and industrial facilities to improve power plant efficiency and reduce waste. In the past few years, the technology has been built into or added to commercial office buildings to help reduce utility bills, increase resiliency and even generate revenue.
On August 20, we heard from NYSERDA on the many incentives available in NYC and how to take advantage of them. Now we'll hear from industry experts who have installed numerous cogen plants in high-rise office buildings. Join us to discuss the pros and cons of the technology and review case studies of completed installations, comparing actual operations to initial design intent.
Christopher Cayten Managing Director, CodeGreen Solutions
With more than 10 years of experience in sustainability and energy management, Chris is currently working with over 200 million square feet of commercial property to improve the sustainability and energy performance at a national level. Cogeneration and solar photovoltaics are among the energy saving projects Chris is working on as Managing Director.
Don Winston, PE President, Donald J. Winston, PE PC
Don has over 30 years of HVAC experience working as an MEP contractor, commissioning agent, engineer, and entrepreneur. As the former Vice President of Engineering and Sustainability for a major NYC Owner/Developer, Don was responsible for significant environmental innovations. Don is an ASHRAE Fellow, and holds a BS in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Thomas W. Smith President and CEO, Blue Earth Generator, Inc.
Tom is running Blue Earth Generator, Inc., which is focused on the development, design, financing, construction and operation of distributed generation and cogeneration facilities in North America. Tom has worked in the distributed generation business for over 30 years and has been in senior management with several power development companies throughout his career.
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Battery storage could provide a solution when energy demand spikes beyond what New York City's electric grid is able to handle. Join us for a discussion with John Cerveny (Director of Resource Management with NY-BEST) about the different battery options, how they reduce demand, and the financial incentives available for installation.
NY-BEST (the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium) serves as an expert resource on energy storage. They work with storage-related companies and organizations to access financing, research capabilities, potential partners, technology developers, manufacturers, and other private sector and government resources.
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John Cerveny Director of Resource Development, NY-BEST
John is the Director of Resource Development for NY-BEST where he leads efforts to make connections between and among members, funding sources and the community at large. He previously ran New Energy Resources in Schenectady and has held senior leadership positions at several fuel cell companies.
Andrew McCornack Energy Efficiency Project Manager, Willdan Energy Solutions
Andrew is an energy efficiency consultant with Willdan Energy Solutions focused on the commercial real estate sector. He is working to introduce new “grid edge” technologies like energy storage and distributed generation in New York City and beyond.
The adoption of more stringent energy codes in New York City, and an even greater focus on reducing peak demand, has caused many owners and developers to look skyward for help; and the answer has come in the form of daylight. Commercial office spaces are using advanced controls and other daylighting strategies to reduce energy loads.
In Green Light New York's report, Let There Be Daylight, they identify the energy, technical, and economic benefits of daylighting in New York City. The primary recommendations of the report are demonstrated through a series of “Living Labs” at Bank of America’s building at One Bryant Park and at Goldman Sachs’ building at 200 West Street. In each case, multiple advanced lighting and shading systems are installed on one floor. The systems are monitored for energy use, daylight responsiveness and other metrics, and then compared to control floors with similar layouts and occupancy patterns. Join us to discuss the outcomes, advantages and challenges of these advanced systems.
Yetsuh Frank, AIA, LEED AP BD+C Managing Director, Strategy & Programs, Green Light New York
Yetsuh is the Managing Director at Green Light New York, a non-profit energy and lighting efficiency center for New York’s real estate community. An architect, writer, and educator with over 15 years of experience in green building and sustainability, Yesuh is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at New York University, teaching Urban Design and Human Health.
The National September 11 Memorial and Museum occupies almost half of the 16 acre World Trade Center site in downtown Manhattan. Consisting of a sprawling, treed pavilion, the two iconic waterfalls sited at the original footprints of the Towers, and an eight story deep underground museum; the Memorial is unlike any other constructed site in the world. Designed to achieve LEED Gold certification, the Memorial incorporates sustainability features including reduction in potable water use, increased ventilation, specifications that included low emitting and highly recycled materials, enhanced commissioning and refrigerant management. The project seeks innovation credits to provide 100% shading of non-pervious surface after five years through extensive tree planting and to design the building to educate visitors on the benefits of green buildings through displays and public programs.
As the Head of Sustainability for the Americas region of Lend Lease, James Stawniczy shepherded the sustainability and historic artifacts programs throughout construction. Join us as he discusses the challenges and achievements of this unprecedented project.
James Stawniczy Vice President - Head of Sustainability, Americas, Lend Lease
James is currently responsible for leading all of Lend Lease’s sustainable building efforts throughout the United States and Latin America. An adjunct member at New York University, James has led and designed sustainable building initiatives for many of Lend Lease’s high profile and complex projects, including the National September 11 Memorial and Museum.
Rollie Jones, CIH Certified Industrial Hygienist, Environmental Connection, Inc.
Rollie's work includes compliance and risk management monitoring of sustainability projects, including the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. His environmental consulting expertise is grounded in his technical training, research, and participation in a variety of initiatives, including the International Living Future Institute, the Living Building Challenge Collaborative, and Urban Green's Monthly Programs Committee.
One of the key components to a low-carbon economy resides in improving the energy performance of our existing building stock. Even in the face of an appealing payback, a mixture of financial, legal, and cultural hurdles often prevents energy retrofit projects from being undertaken.
A range of studies cites the split incentive and insufficient credit (due to the prevailing commercial real estate business models) as significant financing obstacles. Recognizing the economic potential of such retrofits, numerous entities from across the fields of design, construction, environment, and finance are actively working on overcoming these institutionalized roadblocks. At this roundtable we will hear from two speakers at the forefront of establishing new financing pathways to release the full potential of the existing building energy retrofit market.
Greg Hale Senior Advisor, Office of the Governor, State of New York
As Senior Advisor to the Chairman of Energy & Finance, Greg works on the New York State Green Bank and various other clean energy finance and economic development initiatives. Prior to joining the Governor’s Office, Greg was the Director of Efficiency Finance at NRDC’s Center for Market Innovation, where he focused on developing the market for energy efficiency building retrofits in the commercial, multi-family and institutional property sectors. Greg also spent 17 years in the real estate industry. Greg is a graduate of Dartmouth College and The University of Michigan Law School.
Susan Leeds CEO, New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation
Susan is a seasoned professional with over seventeen years of experience in financial markets. Prior to joining NYCEEC, Susan developed a funding strategy for an energy efficiency project developer and advised a major national bank on product opportunities in energy efficiency finance. Susan has also managed financial sector advocacy for the NRDC. Additionally, she has held executive positions at a non-profit financial advocacy institution and at for-profit financial institutions in the mortgage and asset-backed space, including Deutsche Bank and GE Capital. Susan holds an MBA in finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.
Victor Rojas Senior Manager, Financial Policy, Environmental Defense Fund
As Senior Manager for Financial, Vic works to remove financial market barriers that prevent financing of energy efficiency in residential, commercial and institutional markets. Vic most recently served as Deputy Commissioner with the City of Chicago Department of Environment where he designed, managed and implemented replicable private market financing and development constructs that accelerate institutional capital flows into essential energy efficiency, renewable energy and climate change/adaptation initiatives. Vic earned his Bachelor of Science in Resource Economics from the University of California, Berkeley and his Juris Doctor from Hofstra University.