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.
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.
Benchmarking: This Year's Deadline Extended to May 31, 2013
Due to a cyber-attack on Energy Star's Portfolio Manager system the deadline for submitting benchmarking data to the City has been extended until May 31.Beginning in 2011, NYC has required buildings over 50,000 square feet to submit an annual report on their energy use so it can be benchmarked against other buildings.The city tracks energy used in buildings to help reduce the city's Greenhouse Gas emissions since 75% of NYC's emissions come from buildings.You can read more about NYC benchmarking and the Greener Greater Building Plan here.
Con Ed offers Fixed Price City Steam for the Summer
Do you use City Steam from Con Edison for your building's heating, cooling or domestic hot water (DHW) system? If you do, take a look at Con Edison's Negotiated Steam Fuel Cost Program. The program allows your building to obtain a fixed price for a portion of your steam fuel cost for the coming summer period (June 2013 - August 2013). The deadline to apply is Tuesday, May 14th, so click here to read the details or call the Steam Business Development group at 1-212-460-2011.
Composting Collection comes to an Apartment Building in NYC
Ever wonder why your food scraps smell so ripe if they sit overnight in your kitchen garbage can? They have begun the natural process of breaking down and composting. Composting organic waste is a big opportunity to turn about a third of our waste stream back into soil. Now, for the first time, NYC will collect compostable organic waste from an apartment building. The Durst organization and the NYC Department of Sanitation announced last week that the City will offer residents at the Helena, an apartment building on the Upper Westside, regular food scrap collection through the City's Organics Collection Program. Organics from the building will be transported to a local DSNY composting facility where it will be transformed into compost for community gardens, street trees, parks, and neighborhood beautification programs. Finally, we can start to put to use all of the fruits, vegetables, egg shells, pasta, tea bags, coffee grounds and other food scraps that we dispose of everyday. You can read more about this initiative here.
If your answer is no, maybe, or even yes, we have cool news for all New York roofs and New Yorkers!
NYC Service and the NYC Department of Buildings are taking the initiative to give New York a make-over one rooftop at a time through the NYC CoolRoofsprogram.
NYC CoolRoofs encourages building owners to cool their rooftops with a white reflective coating that helps save the building money, preserve roof structure and cooling equipment, reduce energy usage and carbon emissions, and combat the urban heat island effect. It aims to coat 1 million square feet of rooftop each season to help support NYC's goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030.
Since NYC CoolRoofs' launch in 2010, 2.5 million square feet of rooftop have been coated across 288 buildings with the help of nearly 3,000 volunteers. You can go online to Suggest a Roof if you want your roof coated or know a building that should be coated, Volunteer to Coat a Roof if you want to help clean and coat rooftops through October, Report Your CoolRoof or share your Cool Story if you want to share how you coated your roof and add it to the count towards NYC's goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
To learn more about NYC CoolRoofs - costs (coating materials, labor cost for installation outside of the program and price of a cool roof compared to traditional roofing materials), roofing and cooling equipment (roofing membranes, roof warranty, cooling load reduction), and to read the Cool It Yourself guide - go to www.nyc.gov/coolroofs
Have a CoolRoof ready for the heat of the summer? Yes? Cool.
One of our Green Supers, Zoltan Papp, was featured this week in an article in Habitat magazine. The article talks about how he saved his building money by aggressively upgrading to efficient lighting and using lighting controls. This is a good case study on Green Supers training being put into practice. Congratulations, Zoltan! Read the full article here.
The BuildingsNY Expo is taking place on April 24th and 25th at the Jacob Javitz Center. The show floor has been rebuilt to cover a variety of the products & services. BuildingsNY also offers 2 full days of programs, including accredited continuing education on a variety of topics including Architecture, Energy, LEED, Materials, Policies & Procedures, Management, Code Compliance and more. Of course, 1,000 Supers will have a presence at the expo; please be sure to visit us at booth #769.
New this year! BuildingsNY partners with key industry associations to offer a robust 2 days of free education on a variety of topics including Commissioning, Local Law 87, Emergency Planning, Disaster Recovery, New Building Technologies, Lighting & Energy Efficiency and more!
The 32BJ Training Fund aims to provide free training to 1,000 32BJ superintendents in one year. This program is a cooperative effort between property managers, 32BJ members, union staff, and our city’s greenest superintendents. Participating property managers send their supers to a rigorous 40-hour core course that covers all aspects of green building operations and maintenance.
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.
Thomas Shortman Training Fund
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New York, NY 10013-1991
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The 1,000 Green Superintendents program is funded in part by a $2.8 million dollar American Reinvestment and Recovery Act grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. This grant represents 50% of the total program costs.