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.