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Each year, Urban Green's annual conference tackles an issue or trend relevant to urban professionals in the green building sector.
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2017 | It's Electrifying: Exploring NYC’s Climate Plan to Electrify Buildings
October 4, 2017
Three years ago, New York committed to reducing citywide carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050. The framework included three components:
1. Cut building energy use in half,
2. Transition to a low-carbon grid,
3. Electrify systems to reduce fossil fuel use in buildings.
However, the path to achieving all three legs by 2050 is cluttered with uncertainty, raising more questions than answers. When is the right time to electrify building systems? Which technologies will we be seeing more of? Who will do the work?
Urban Green’s 2017 Conference featured a robust dialogue on emerging energy and building technologies. Industry experts examined central assumptions about how we'll build and operate our buildings over the coming decades.
IT'S ELECTRIFYING EVENT SERIES
Urban Green has launched a new event series, inspired by our 2017 Conference. These sessions explore questions that were raised during the event, as well as relevant related topics.
The Future of Domestic Hot Water in NYC
ELECTRIFICATION BLOG POST SERIES
- What is building electrification, and why is it important to discuss now? Our Executive Director explains.
- How will electrification impact architects, and why should they start thinking about the power grid now? Rafael Pelli of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects shares his thoughts.
- When it comes to electrification, which questions remain? Richard Leigh, author of our 90 by 50 report, lays them out.
- Interested in learning more about 90 by 50? Check out our interview with Leigh.
- Is the electrification of systems a new concept? Our Policy Manager, Chris Halfnight, takes us back to the 1950s.
- When is the "right" time to electrify? Why can't we do it now? Elias Dagher of Dagher Engineering shares what we'll need to do first.
- Conference Recap, Part 1: "Is Electrification Just an Electri-Fiction?"
- Conference Recap Part 2: "Transforming Building Systems"
- Converting Heating Systems Event Recap
- Podcast coming soon—stay tuned!
SESSION 1: ELECTRIFYING THE BUILDING INDUSTRY
NYC’s 80x50 plan includes a transition to a low-carbon grid. We will dissect the uncertainties, explore the implications and address the challenges of this transition as they relate to our building stock and energy supply. At this session, speakers will discuss possible paths and timelines to achieve our reduced emissions goal.
Charlotte Matthews, VP of Sustainability, Related Companies (Moderator)
Chris Cavanagh, Manager, New Energy Solutions, National Grid
Margarett Jolly, Director of Research and Development, Con Edison
Janet Joseph, SVP for Strategy and Market Development, NYSERDA
John Reese, SVP, Eastern Generation
SESSION 2: TRANSFORMING BUILDING SYSTEMS
How will the transformation to electrified building systems play out at the individual building level? At this session, speakers will examine the space heating, water heating, energy generation and energy storage technologies that are likely to become more widespread as we convert our building systems to electricity.
Scott Frank, Partner, Jaros, Baum & Bolles (Moderator)
Steven Bluestone, Founder, Passive Dwellings / Co-Founder ICF Panels, Helix Rebar
John Cerveny, Director of Resource Development, NY-BEST
Marc Zuluaga, VP and Director, Multifamily Energy Services, Steven