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May Forum Recap: Next Stage Solar

June 21, 2017

by Samantha Padreddii


Courtesy: Brooklyn SolarWorks

As business evolves and the solar industry changes, local business owners in New York City face their own set of challenges. In a recent GreenHomeNYC forum, five speakers from different facets of the solar industry explained how they are adapting to changing technology and the needs of city residents.


Brooklyn SolarWorks

Gaelen McKee, a former Sunrun employee, noticed an under-served market for solar energy in Brooklyn but was frustrated that potential clients were often disqualified due to the structure of their roof.  Obstructions and lack of pitch angles on flat roofs prevented many installations from moving forward. So he collaborated with a few other industry professionals and founded Brooklyn SolarWorks.


Brooklyn SolarWorks does what no other company wanted to do.  Working almost exclusively with multistory residential buildings, the company developed a canopy system that elevates the panels above the roof structure to avoid wasted space from chimneys, vents, and raised portions of the roof. But engineering the canopy wasn’t the only obstacle. In order to get supplies to the roof, the company needed to invent a scaffolding system and provide a means of maintaining accessibility for the fire department.  Even after these notable achievements, there have still been other hurdles they need to overcome. As solar energy technology advances in the form of high capacity batteries for energy storage, particularly Lithium Ion based batteries, fire departments have voiced concerns about the safety of these products, presenting an implementation challenge across the solar industry.


{Green Careers} July Event- Six Degrees of Separation

Ever wonder what these monthly “networking events” are really about? Well this month, we’ll show you! Come learn the tricks of the trade from professional networkers, and of course grow your own network too! We will talk about networking and share our connections to build a bigger web. It’s Six Degrees of Separation so come join us and make some connections!


Tue, July 11, 2017

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

ThoughtWorks 99 Madison Ave, 15th Floor New York, NY 10016


RSVP Here!

Posted by Samantha Yost in Blog

June Forum: Effective Updates to the Energy Code

June 14, 2017

New York City continues to tighten regulations on their building energy codes as a means to reduce the city’s carbon emissions, but what is the scope of these regulations and will they help the city to meet its 80×50 goals? With NYC’s large and complex building stock, and its continuing work to try to keep up with the pace of technology change, this month’s forum focuses on specific efforts towards getting to the root of current and effective energy codes. Speakers for this month’s forum will include city representatives, private industry and recent Graduate Students who conducted research.


Paul Reale, CUNY BPL and Urban Green Council, Director Building Operations Research
Paul Reale is Director of Building Operations Research at the CUNY Building Performance Lab, responsible for applied research field operations and tool kit development for building performance measurement and improvement. Paul mentors student interns, provides building tuning coaching for working building operators, and is an instructor for the Urban Green Council’s GPRO and Energy Code Training programs. Prior to shifting to the buildings field, Paul managed projects and was a systems engineer in the telecom field at Bell Labs. He holds a master’s of engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.


Manalee Nabar, Bright Power, Energy Engineer
Manalee is an Energy Engineer at Bright Power,Inc. in New York city where her work focuses on multifamily high rise buildings. While certifying with energy efficiency programs like Passive house, NYSERDA multifamily performance program, LEED and Enterprise green communities, these buildings need to comply first with NYC Energy Code. During this session, Ms. Nabar will go over the barriers buildings face in order to adapt to the evolving codes and possible strategies for streamlining the process.

Ms. Nabar is a licensed professional mechanical engineer in the state of California, is a Certified Passive House Consultant and currently serves on the board of ASHRAE-NYC chapter. She earned her Bachelors in Mechanical engineering from Mumbai University, India in 2012 and her Masters in Mechanical Engineering from University of Florida in 2013.


Glenn Phillips and Margaret Peeler, M.S City College of New York
Recent Graduate Students from the City College of New York will present their research surrounding the impact of NYC Local Laws as a means to reduce emissions from large commercial buildings. Their research explores the impacts from benchmarking energy use intensity, LEED certification, voluntary incentives, as well as the building management practices that are effective in meeting emission reduction goals set forth by 80×50.


We invite you to also join us for conversations and networking afterwards!


Date: Wednesday, June 21st, 2017
Time: 6:30-8:00pm
Place: Fujitsu General America, 1450 Broadway, 42nd Floor, New York, NY 10018


We highly encourage attendees to register in advance, as registration fees increase at the door. If registering at the door, payment credit/debit card is strongly preferred.

Posted by Gregory Thomas in Blog, Monthly Forum

June Tour: 475 High Performance Building Supply House and Demo

June 5, 2017



Join us to learn how leading architects and developers achieve rigorous Passive House standards here in the City.  We will tour the 475 High Performance Building Supply warehouse in Brooklyn to learn about the latest products that can lead to 90% reductions in heating and cooling energy usage.  Founded and run by architects, 475 provides building knowledge and components to help professionals meet the international Passive House building standards. Guests will be treated to an interactive presentation on green building materials and diagnostic testing that improve air sealing, ventilation, fenestration, thermal insulation, and overall performance.  This is a hands-on experience with cutting edge green building materials.  It’s the next best thing to being in the Paris Agreement!


After the tour guests are encouraged to join GreenHomeNYC for networking drinks at nearby Threes Brewing


Space is limited. RSVP Today!


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