Technical Roundtable

Parasites and Phantoms and Vampires... Oh My!

Continuing Education Credits

GBCI:
Approved for 1
AIA CES:
Approved for 1




The pursuit of energy efficiency in new construction and existing building stock has led to an overall reduction in overall energy consumption. Plug and Process Loads, sometimes referred to as Parasitic, Phantom, or Vampire Loads, are loads which typically do not provide comfort to occupants and are unrelated to general lighting, heating, ventilation, and water heating. They also consume approximately 5% of the U.S. primary energy (DOE Buildings Energy Data Book 2010).

While the overall energy ?pie?-chart is getting smaller, the plug and process loads ?slice?, even if it does not increase, takes on a bigger percentage of the end-uses. Join us for a discussion about how to define these loads and strategies, both occupancy and design driven, on how to reduce their impact.

SPEAKERS
Heidi Perry, PhD,ᅠ Director of Sustainability, ThinkEco Inc.
In her role as Director of Sustainability at ThinkEco, Dr. Perry leads efforts utilizing ThinkEco?s technologies in plug load energy-efficiency and demand-management studies. She manages the data collection and performs the quantitative analysis for these studies. With a firm belief in the mantra ?you can?t manage what you don?t measure?, Heidi uses this data to reveal energy waste and discover opportunities to reduce energy consumption. Heidi holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from Columbia University and B.S. degrees in Mathematics and Chemistry from the University of Washington.

Ante Vulin, Sustainability Manager, YR&G
Ante is a Sustainability Manager at YR&G with expertise in building energy optimization through energy auditing, whole building energy simulation, and design assistance. He specializes in mechanical and ventilation issues in new and existing buildings, focusing on using analysis to identify cost-effective design strategies for improving building performance and reducing building operating and first costs. He is an EIT and a BPI-certified Multifamily Building Analyst. Ante has a SB in Civil Engineering from MIT.

CEUs
GBCI CE Hours (LEED CMP Credits): 1.0ᅠ(Project Site Factors; Project Surroundings and Public Outreach)
AIAᅠContinuing Education Credit: LU 1.0(AIAᅠcredits may also be used by NY State Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors - See Sections 17 & 18 here)

LOCATION
Syska Hennessy
1515 Broadway
New York, NY 10036
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Special thanks to Syska Hennessy Group for hosting this event.



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Financing Renewables: Solar Incentives & Power Purchase Agreements

Continuing Education Credits

GBCI:
Approved for 1
AIA CES:
Approved for 1



Over the last few years, options for funding renewable energy installations have started to become more numerous and creative. From government incentives, to leasing options and Power Purchase Agreements, there are an increasing number of financing tools at the disposal of designers, builders and owners.

Having options for financing renewable energy projects is a key component in addressing one of the main challenges of green building: payback periods.ᅠ While a renewable energy installation might pay for itself over the entire life of a project, the upfront cost may not work within the project's budget or the sponsor's current financial plan. ᅠRenewable financing tools can help solve this problem.

Join us as our knowledgeableᅠspeakers define various financial options, explain when each is most applicable, provide tools for securing the best contractual terms for a project and give insight on how to pitch these options to potential clients.

SPEAKERS
Charles Feit, Founder and CEO, On Force Solar
Based in the Bronx, Charles and his team specialize in solar financing and installation from residential to utility scale projects. INC magazine called them one of the fastest growing companies in the country and Crain?s Magazine named Charles one of the its top entrepreneurs of 2012.

Andrew Bender, Founder and CEO, GSG Leasing
After years of successfully arranging financing for equipment for commercial, industrial and government customers, Andrew and GSG Leasing have started a new division focused on energy efficiency and renewables. With hires from the LEED community to design the products, GSG Energy?s goal is to bring effective financing tools to the sustainable energy products.

CEU?s
GBCI CE Hours(LEED CMP Credits):1.0(Project Site Factors; Project Systems & Energy Impacts; Stakeholder Involvement in Innovation)
AIA Continuing Education Credit: HSW/SD1.0

(AIA credits may also be used by NY State Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors -
See Sections 17 & 18 here )


LOCATION
Thornton Tomasetti
51 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10010
[MAP]


Special thanks to Thornton Tomasetti for hosting this event.

If you're interested involunteeringfor this event, send us an email.

This is one of several monthly programs developed by our volunteer
Monthly Programs Committee

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Sustainability in the Middle East

Continuing Education Credits

GBCI:
Approved for 1
AIA CES:
Approved for 1



Over the past decade development in the Middle East has drastically increased. Sustainability has been a key component of discussion during the planning and design process.

Design specialists Ciar�n Smyth and Edward Mayer will discuss current project management in the Middle East, including project schedules, codes issues, as well as sustainable design. More specifially, the presenters will discuss how current practices are modified by cultural, environmental, construction and geographical differences and standards.

How are certain design strategies prioritized? What is achievable, and what are not attainable due to local conditions and standards? How does sustainable design compare and contract to those implemented in the Western world?

Please join Urban Green Council for a morning of networking and education, and have your questions answered!


SPEAKERS
Edward Mayer, AIA, Senior Associate, FXFowle
Edward has 22 years of architectural experience in the US and abroad, including the Mideast. Prior to returning to the offices in New York, Edward served as the Managing Director-UAE for FXFOWLE?s International Studio, based in Dubai. He is currently overseeing various projects in the international studio and managing the construction process of seven projects in the King Abdullah Financial District, Riyadh Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Ciar�n Smyth, Associate, Buro Happold

Ciara?n is an Associate within the MEP group located in Buro Happold?s New York Office. He has over 10 years of experience on a wide range of challenging projects in the United States, United Kingdom, the Middle East and Australasia. Ciara?n has design experience on HVAC and Chilled water systems, Public health systems and fire� engineering (sprinkler system design etc.). He also has design experience in low energy building and engineering system design.

John An, Associate, Atelier Ten
As Atelier Ten?s daylighting practice leader, John manages the development of techniques and analysis used to design integrated daylighting systems that optimize visual comfort while reducing energy consumption, closely tuned to project environmental ambition. John has over ten years of professional experience working on a wide range of project types in the United States, Asia, and the Middle East. John?s portfolio spans a wide range of LEED certified high-rise residential and commercial buildings as well as academic buildings, research laboratories, and large-scale masterplans. John has held teaching appointments in courses on daylighting, new and smart materials, and environmental systems. He also speaks on environmental design at universities, conferences and public forums.

CEU?s
GBCI CE Hours(LEED CMP Credits):1.0 (Project Site Factors; Water Management; Project Systems & Energy Impacts; Acquisition, Installation and Management of Project Materials)
AIA Continuing Education Credit: HSW/SD1.0

(AIA credits may also be used by NY State Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors -
See Sections 17 & 18 here )


LOCATION
Thornton Tomasetti
51 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10010


Special thanks to Thornton Tomasetti for hosting this event.

If you're interested involunteeringfor this event, send us an email.

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1st Wednesday: Groundsource Heat Pumps - Renewable Energy From Below

Continuing Education Credits

GBCI:
Approved for 1
AIA CES:
Approved for 1



How can buildings tap into the Earth?s unharnessed properties to create energy to sustain operations? Find out how geothermal heat pumps have been used locally and more about their suitability for building projects in NY in this interactive discussion.

The speakers will touch upon the main types of geothermal systems appropriate in NYC and the type of up-front due diligence that is necessary to select these system. The discussion will start by answering the question, ?What is a heat pump??. Various types of indoor heat pump equipment and their relative efficiencies will also be presented. The panelists will also discuss the relative costs of geothermal well systems and explore when geothermal retrofits of existing systems work. Case studies will also be presented to review lessons learned. Panelists will also discuss existing city initiatives to promote the development of geothermal heat pump technology.

SPEAKERS


John Rhyner, Senior Project Manager, P.W. Grosser Consulting
John Rhyner is a Senior Project Manager with P.W. Grosser Consulting in Bohemia, Long Island, New York. John has over 27 years of diverse consulting experience, and has been involved with over 200 commercial, institutional, residential, and educational facility geothermal projects. John has contributed to the NYC DDC?s Geothermal Heat Pump Manual currently under development. John has consulted on numerous geothermal projects in the city including the Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn, St. Patrick?s Cathedral, Brooklyn Navy Yard Building 92 Renovation, Brooklyn Botanic Gardens Visitor?s Center, Columbia?s Knox Hall renovation, and Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor Cultural Center. John is currently performing geothermal feasibility analysis for the new Bowtie Building on Columbia?s Manhattanville campus. John received his BA in Geology from Dartmouth College and expects to receive shortly his MS in Hydrogeology from SUNY-Stony Brook, New York.

John Rice, Partner, AKF Engineers
John Rice is a professional engineer and a partner with the consulting engineering firm of AKF Engineers, LLP where he head?s AKF?s Stamford, Connecticut office. Mr. Rice has over 24 years experience in designing heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems for commercial buildings with over sixteen years design and project management experience at AKF. Rice has designed geothermal heat pump systems of every type and ranging in scale from small dedicated systems for schools and libraries to large scale projects for municipalities. His projects include: standing column well systems for General Theological Seminary, Ossining Library, and Darien Library; open-loop systems for the Brooklyn Navy Yard - Building 92, and Tuckahoe School in Southampton, NY; closed-loop system for Greenburgh Library; and a river water system for Battery Park City Authority?s Pier A.ᅠ


CEU?s
GBCI CE Hours(LEED CMP Credits):1.0
AIA Continuing Education Credit: HSW/SD1.0
(AIA credits may also be used by NY State Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors -
See Sections 17 & 18 here )

LOCATION
SOM
14 Wall Street, Room 24A
New York, NY 10005


Special thanks to SOM for hosting this event.


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1st Wednesday: Blackwater


Water use has been growing at more than twice the rate of population increase over the last century.ᅠ As water demand approaches (and in some instances exceeds) the available water supply it becomes apparent that the current practices of diversion, consumption, use and disposal are depletive, destructive and inadequate. To combat this issue, many buildings have opted to provide on-site water resource management systems to help reduce the amount of potable water being used.ᅠ Water fit for purpose is the new mantra for the water industry where all sources are considered and technologies from natural systems to membrane bioreactors (MBRs) are selected using triple bottom line principles.ᅠ


During the presentation, case-studies will be provided for buildings that achieve LEED Water Efficiency credits using in-building treatment systems to supply reuse water for toilet flushing, irrigation, cooling tower make-up and laundry.ᅠ In addition, results will be provided from a study funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) which evaluated The Visionaire?s Water Treatment and Recycling System (WTRS).ᅠ


Developed by the Albanese Organization, The Visionaire is a 35-story, 251-unit condominium tower designed and engineered to achieve LEED Platinum certification.ᅠ The study investigated how to maximize the application of reuse water in the cooling tower by optimizing the operation of the MBR and the anti-scaling program.ᅠ Over the course of the study, the MBR reduced potable consumption by up to 25,000 gallons per day (gpd) and achieved complete replacement of potable water with reuse water in the cooling tower. Power consumption for the WTRS was also continuously monitored, including separation of power consumption into key aspects of the treatment and distribution system to identify areas for improvement and to determine power consumption per gallon of water and wastewater treated.

SPEAKERS
Zach F. Gallagher, PE, LEED AP, COO & Vice President, Alliance Environmental & Natural Systems Utilities
Michael Gubbins, LEED AP, Vice President, Director of Residential Management, Albanese Organization

CEU?s
GBCI CE Hours(LEED CMP Credits):1.0
AIA Continuing Education Credit: HSW/SD1.0
(AIA credits may also be used by NY State Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors -
See Sections 17 & 18 here )

LOCATION
Thornton Tomasetti
51 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10010

Special thanks to Thornton Tomasetti for hosting this event.


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1st Wednesday: AIA 2030 Commitment

Continuing Education Credits

GBCI:
Approved for 1
AIA CES:
Approved for 1



In December of 2005, the American Institute of Architects adopted a
Sustainable Architectural Practice Position Statement that set the profession on a trajectory toward carbon neutrality. It called for a 50 percent reduction from the current level of fossil fuel consumption used to construct and operate new and renovated buildings by the year 2010 and further reductions of remaining fossil fuel consumption by 10 percent or more in each of the following five years with the ultimate goal of zero fossil fuel consumption by the year 2030.

The AIA 2030 Commitment program is the organization's cornerstone effort to demonstrate the progress its members are making toward meeting these targets. To date, more than 170 A&E firms have signed on to the voluntary program, ranging in size from the sole practitioner to the multi-national practice. However, slightly less than half of these companies provided information on their annual progress on time to be included in the recently published First Annual Report. Of the 10 NYC firms that made the commitment, most have not completed the required paperwork. Join us to learn more about the commitment and gain an understanding of the tools available to make participation as painless as possible.Hear sustainable leaders at three firms explain how they managed the process and the ongoing challenges and opportunities they face.

SPEAKERS
Ilana Judah, Int?l Assoc. AIA, OAQ, LEED AP BD+C, Director of Sustainability/Senior Associate FXFOWLE Architects
Ilana has over 14 years experience as a senior architect leading teams and developing solutions for projects of various scales and typologies. Ilana?s role at FXFOWLE is to further advance knowledge and implementation of environmentally-responsible design. She participated on Mayor Bloomberg?s New York City Green Codes Task Force on the Climate Change Adaptation Committee. She is Co-Chair of the AIA NY Committee on the Environment (COTE), and a founding member of ASHRAE?s New York Sustainability Committee.

Larry Jones, Associate, Atelier Ten
As Atelier Ten's international benchmarking practice leader, Larry has a background in environmental management systems and processes with particular experience managing LEED, Estidama, and BREEAM green building certification for major institutional and commercial projects. Larry currently heads the Atelier Ten New Haven environmental design group. His experience in environmental design includes many LEED-certified institutional, community and K-12 projects designed with innovative, energy-efficient strategies. Larry has guest lectured at Yale School of Architecture and the University of New Haven. He is a LEED-Accredited Professional and holds a BS in environmental engineering from Syracuse University.

Jennifer Preston,ᅠLEEDᆴᅠAP BD+C
Jennifer leads the research and development of sustainable architectural solutions for BKSK projects.ᅠHer expertise has helped project teams identify key opportunities for reducing energy loads and implementing forward-thinking sustainable innovations.ᅠWith her leadership, BKSK joined the AIA 2030 Commitment, and Jennifer now manages and tracks the program?s targeted goals.ᅠShe is currently guiding a number of BKSK?s high-profile projects, including the NYC Parks Department?s Olmsted Center, the new Washington Square Park Visitor Center, an ambitious new residential development in SoHo, and the Mamaroneck Public Library.

She balances her professional practice with academic endeavors as an associate professor of design at Columbia University?s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation.ᅠShe is a Living Building Challenge Advocate and serves on the Steering Committee for the AIA-NY Committee on the Environment (COTE).

CEU?s
GBCI CE Hours(LEED CMP Credits):1.0
Suggested CMP Reporting Categories: Synergistic opportunities and LEED application process, Project site factors
AIA Continuing Education Credit: HSW/SD1.0
(AIA credits may also be used by NY State Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors - See Sections 17 & 18 here )

LOCATION
Thornton Tomasetti
51 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10010

Special thanks to Thornton Tomasetti for hosting this event.


If you're interested involunteeringfor this event, send us anemail.

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1st Wednesday: EPA's WaterSense: Water Conservation and Market Impact


Please join Urban Green Council for an introduction to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency?s WaterSense program and its impact on residential water use.

A partnership program by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, WaterSense seeks to protect the national water supply by offering simple ways to reduce water use through water-efficient products and services. The program brings together a variety of stakeholders to promote the value of water efficiency, provide consumers with easy ways to save water, encourage innovation in manufacturing, and decrease water use and reduce strain on water resources and infrastructure.

The roundtable discussion will be led by Lorne LaMonica and Elaine Rossi-Griffin of the EPA.ᅠ
The two will introduce the WaterSense label and discuss the program's mission, current water efficiency efforts, and partners in detail.

SPEAKERS
Lorne LaMonica,
Environmental Scientist, WaterSense Program, EPA Region 2
Lorne has worked for EPA for over 20 years using a multi-media approach toward environmental protection from support for Superfund Site Remediation projects, to Environmental Impact Statements in the NEPA program, to various "cross - cutter" reviews for environmental resources.

Elaine Rossi, Program Coordinator, Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program
Elaine is a Program Coordinator with Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program.ᅠ She has an extensive background in higher education program and project management. Since 2007, she has been responsible for water conservation programming.

CEU?s
GBCI CE Hours(LEED CMP Credits):1.0
Suggested CMP Reporting Categories: Water Management, Project systems and energy impacts, Stakeholder involvement and public outreach
AIA Continuing Education Credit: HSW/SD1.0
(AIA credits may also be used by NY State Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors - See Sections 17 & 18 here )

LOCATION
Thornton Tomasetti
51 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10010

Special thanks to Thornton Tomasetti for hosting this event.


If you're interested involunteeringfor this event, send us anemail.

This is one of several monthly programs developed by our volunteer Monthly Programs Committee


Please note that we recently transitioned our website and database. If you are having difficulties with registering through your membership, please contact us at membership[at]urbangreencouncil.org


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