Con Ed Announces Gas Conversion Initiative in Manhattan & the Bronx
Con Edison announced that it has identified 12 Area Growth Zones in Manhattan and the Bronx for possible expansion of their existing natural gas infrastructure in 2014. Buildings within these zones may be eligible to connect at no cost for firm gas service with one point of entry to each building's property line for its total gas load. This expansion is contingent on customers in a given zone proceeding with their conversions in accordance with the applicable timeline. Please visit http://www.coned.com/gasconversions/area-growth.asp for more information.Save the Date! NYC Clean Heat will be holding a webinar to discuss the 2014 plan on Wednesday, June 19th at noon. RSVP to email@example.com. You can also review the basics of Area Growth Zones anytime by watching this video http://nyccleanheat.org/content/nyc-clean-heat-videos.Not sure how to start? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your list of buildings and they can help determine if your buildings are in a Con Ed Growth Zone.
NYSERDA forum on Multifamily Energy Efficiency Programs on June 19th
The New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) will hold a forum on multifamily programs on Wednesday, June 19th, at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. NYSERDA is a state authority charged with developing programs on energy efficiency and renewable energy. The June forum will explain NYSERDA's programs and funding for existing multifamily buildings, new construction and submetering. This event is free but space is limited. You can register and find out more here
. You can read more about NYSERDA's Multifamily Energy Performance Program here
Annual NY Passive House Symposium on Saturday, June 8th
The second annual NY Passive House Symposium will take place on Saturday, June 8th, at City College in Manhattan. Passive House is a building design strategy that slashes heating and cooling load by maximizing the building envelope and using energy recovery ventilation systems. It is growing in parts of Europe as a cutting edge building strategy. This is a good opportunity to hear about local Passive House projects and meet the people who are pioneering this movement in our area. You can read more here
Converting from #6 Oil - 32BJ seminar this Wednesday
A 3 hour seminar on converting from #6 heating fuel oil is offered this Wednesday, June 5th, at 32BJ for union members who are eligible to participate in the 32BJ Training Fund program. Come hear representatives from the Clean Heat Campaign and the City's Department of Buildings review the law and talk about tips, tricks & traps in converting from #6 to cleaner oil or gas. Sign up for the seminar by emailing email@example.com or calling (212) 388-3220. You can learn more about the Clean Heat campaign here
NYC Solar Summit on Tuesday, June 4th
The City University of New York (CUNY) is holding their annual Solar Summit in midtown Manhattan on Tuesday, June 4th. Major policy makers from government and utilities will discuss the status of solar and where it is going in NYC. The all day conference will cover a variety of topics, including barriers to solar, the market for solar, the NYSolar Smart program and the solar thermal roadmap. Sign up for the conference here
First Annual Con Ed Webinar on Steam
City Steam enters the world of webinars. Webinars are on-line presentations that you attend by logging in from your computer. If your building is in Manhattan and you use City Steam for your heating, cooling or domestic hot water (DHW) system, then you will want to catch Con Edison's first annual customer webinar on steam. It will be held on Wednesday, June 12th from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and cover these topics: - Benefits of Steam (Cost Saving Initiatives, Space Value, LEED Opportunities) and - Programs and Services (AC Incentive, Energy Assessment, Steam Interval Data Portal)
Benchmarking Spreads to Other Cities
The Benchmarking trend is spreading across the country. Over half a dozen cities now require buildings to report their energy use for comparison against similar buildings. NYC was one of the first cities to implement benchmarking when it adopted the Greener Greater Buildings plan back in 2009. The latest city to join the movement is Boston which will initiate benchmarking this year. Benchmarking is clearly here to stay as more and more cities pursue energy efficient building strategies. You can read more about the trend here and about Boston's program here.
Green Buildings Open House - this Saturday, 5/18
GreenHomeNYC, the New York City Chapter of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), will hold their semi-annual Green Buildings Open House this Saturday, 5/18. The one-day event will take guests behind the scenes to see sustainable sites throughout the city. Tours will highlight cutting edge innovations in building energy, water management, waste management, urban agriculture, and more. This is a great opportunity to get up close and personal with a Green Building. To sign up for a tour, click here.
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Greening NYC's Buildings
Check out this report released by The Urban Green Council and 32BJ Thomas Shortman Training Fund on the importance of operations and maintenance (O&M) on building energy consumption. It shows how training superintendents can improve New York City's energy efficiency, reduce operating costs, and help address our climate crisis. This blueprint for greening NYC's buildings ensures that property managers stay out of the red.