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Announcements and Events Archive

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Phase I Events

December 16, 2019: Roundtable on Grid and Grid Side of Electrification: Grid Side of Electrification: Technical Considerations

The event aimed to have a facilitated, in-depth discussion on technical feasibility of grid-interactive electrified buildings, and the modernization of the grid. Discussions focused on defining high priority, actionable tasks in the near term, as well as considering more innovative, “out-of-the-box” ideas that could be undertaken over the next 15 years to assist NYSERDA in bringing carbon neutral buildings to scale and promote statewide adoption. Participants were asked to consider technical challenges and opportunities, including building-level and smart grid solutions that are required to enable the large-scale electrification of buildings while preserving or enhancing grid reliability and resilience. Note: This session was not intended to provide solutions or the answers on the complexity of implementing grid interactivity in buildings and integrating GEBs into the electric grid. The session was meant to help inform the development of the Carbon Neutral Buildings Roadmap which will inform state policy and send a signal to the market.

December 16, 2019: Roundtable on Grid and Grid Side of Electrification: Rate Structure and Other Policy Options

This event aimed to have a facilitated, in-depth discussion on rate design and other aspects of utility regulatory policy and how it can shape and accelerate the decarbonization of New York’s building stock. Presentations covered policy and regulatory options to improve the value proposition of buildings that are energy efficient, all-electric, and grid responsive. Participants were asked to consider how grid-responsive buildings fit into a wider distributed energy resource (DER) solution set, accounting for opportunities in onsite behind-the-meter generation, battery storage, and electric vehicles (EVs). Note: This session was not intended to provide solutions or the answers on the complexity of electrifying the grid and buildings. The session was meant to help inform the development of the Carbon Neutral Buildings Roadmap which will inform state policy and send a signal to the market.

February 24, 2020: Renewable, Low-Carbon Fuels and Limits to Electrification Webinar

This event was a facilitated, in-depth discussion exploring approaches for building loads that are difficult to electrify. The first portion of the event focused on identifying these end-uses while the second half of the event examined renewables and low carbon fuels that might be available to meet hard-to-electrify loads.

February 27, 2020: Addressing the Global Warming Potential Refrigerants Webinar

The Carbon Neutral Buildings Roadmap team hosted this event in partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. This event was intended to inform the development of the Carbon Neutral Buildings Roadmap and lay the framework for a discussion of how to address the global warming potential (GWP) of refrigerants in HVAC and refrigeration equipment. NYSERDA held this webinar to help define the role and impact that refrigerants will play in building decarbonization. The discussion focused on defining high priority, actionable tasks in the near term, as well as considering how refrigerants will evolve over the next 5, 10, and 15 years. The goal of this session was to have a facilitated, in-depth discussion on the regulatory and policy outlook on refrigerants, the viability of low-GWP alternatives, the risk and impact of leakage, and how each will affect New York State’s goal of decarbonizing it’s building stock.

January 14, 2020: Discussion on Technologies, Best Practices, & Construction Innovation for 1 – 4 Family Buildings

A facilitated, in-depth small group discussion to identify what market-ready technologies and best practices will need support to scale and deliver significant carbon or energy savings impacts in the next 5 to 10 years. The discussion also aimed to identify promising technologies and construction innovations that need, or need additional, research, development, standardization, field testing, etc. in the next 5 – 10 years before scaling to deliver significant carbon or energy savings.

January 17, 2020: Decarbonizing Central Plants

A facilitated, in-depth small group discussion to explore the range of different types of central plants and identifying potential paths and barriers to decarbonization.

June 2, 2020: Reducing Embodied Carbon in New York’s Building Stock

A facilitated, in-depth virtual discussion exploring the potential to include embodied carbon measures in the roadmap to decarbonizing New York’s buildings.

March 26, 2020: Enhancing Real Estate Value through Investments and Resiliency Discussion

NYSERDA’s Carbon Neutral Buildings Roadmap team hosted this event in partnership with the Community Preservation Corporation. This event was intended to inform the development of the Carbon Neutral Buildings Roadmap and lay the framework for a discussion of how to influence decision makers at key inflection points in a building’s capital cycle and how to engage real estate professionals to support decarbonization goals. Presentations described innovative financing tools available to fund retrofits, the importance of messaging and engagement of the workforce, the role tenants can play, and the need for regulation or mandates at some level to achieve a performance floor. A key part of the discussion centered on the continued need for messaging around the value proposition of carbon neutral buildings and how to fund deep retrofits and upgrades.

May 20, 2020: Exploring Workforce Development Needs and Resources for a Decarbonized Built Environment

This event aimed to identify the gaps employers are experiencing, prioritize key workforce needs for decarbonizing New York State’s building stock, and identify ongoing initiatives in this space, as well as any new initiatives that may be needed. This event also sought to learn about initiatives to target incumbent workers but also efforts that sought to identify and support future workforce needs and increase economic opportunity for unemployed, underemployed, and disadvantaged workers.

November 21, 2019: Roundtable on the Paths and Values of Decarbonization in Multifamily Homes

This event featured a half-day roundtable on the multifamily building typology. The goal of this meeting was to stimulate in-depth discussions on paths to decarbonization and the value proposition to building owners, developers, and end use customers. Discussions focused on defining high priority, actionable tasks in the near term, as well as brainstorming on innovative ideas that could be undertaken over the next 15 years. The ‘Value Proposition’ discussion focused on clearly identifying the value that low carbon buildings can bring to various stakeholder groups over the next decade, in order to boost demand for these buildings and for specific decarbonization measures. The ‘Paths to Decarbonization’ discussion dove into timelines feasible for buildings to decarbonize this sector, including estimates of the percentages of buildings that are likely to decarbonize by 2025, 2030, and 2030.

November 22, 2019: Roundtable on the Paths and Values of Decarbonization in Higher Education Buildings

This event featured a half-day roundtable on higher education buildings. The goal of this meeting was to stimulate in-depth discussions on paths to decarbonization and the value proposition to building owners, developers, and end use customers. Discussions focused on defining high priority, actionable tasks in the near term, as well as brainstorming on innovative ideas that could be undertaken over the next 15 years. This ‘Value Proposition’ discussion focused on clearly identifying the value that low carbon buildings can bring to various stakeholder groups over the next decade, in order to boost demand for these buildings and for specific decarbonization measures. The ‘Paths to Decarbonization’ discussion dove into timelines feasible for buildings to decarbonize in each sector, including estimates of the percentages of buildings in each sector that are likely to decarbonize by 2025, 2030, and 2030.

September 25, 2019: Introduction to the Carbon Neutral Buildings Roadmap Stakeholder Webinar (2 sessions)

This introductory webinar provided an overview of the objectives, purpose and process for developing NYSERDA’s first Carbon Neutral Buildings Roadmap.

October 7, 2019: Roundtable on Defining Carbon Neutrality

This event was an information-gathering discussion that explored approaches for defining carbon neutral buildings and identified metrics for measuring progress.

October 24, 2019: Roundtable on Technologies and Construction Methods for Decarbonizing Buildings

A facilitated stakeholder roundtable to discuss priority technologies for Carbon Neutral Buildings, identify key barriers to market adoption of these technologies, and identify potential solutions to overcome the barriers. This meeting focused on technologies that can support the Roadmap’s near-term (2030) goals for the multifamily and office buildings. For the purpose of this meeting “technologies” were defined as any mechanical components, electrical components, envelope components, software packages (including design and evaluation tools), control and sensor technology, technical services, or advanced construction methods that can be used in the design, construction, or evaluation of carbon neutral buildings.

November 21, 2019: Roundtable on the Paths and Values of Decarbonization in Single Family Homes

This event featured a half-day roundtable on single family building typology. The goal of this meeting was to stimulate in-depth discussions on paths to decarbonization and the value proposition to homeowners, home improvement contractors, builders, and developers. Discussions focused on defining high priority, actionable tasks in the near term, as well as brainstorming on innovative ideas that could be undertaken over the next 15 years. The ‘Value Proposition’ discussion focused on clearly identifying the value that low carbon buildings can bring to various stakeholder groups over the next decade, in order to boost demand for these buildings and for specific decarbonization measures. The ‘Paths to Decarbonization’ discussion dove into timelines feasible for buildings to decarbonize in this sector, including estimates of the percentages of buildings that are likely to decarbonize by 2025, 2030, and 2030.

November 22, 2019: Roundtable on the Paths and Values of Decarbonization in Office Buildings

This event featured a half-day roundtable on office buildings. The goal of this meeting was to stimulate in-depth discussions on paths to decarbonization and the value proposition to building owners, developers, and end use customers. Discussions focused on defining high priority, actionable tasks in the near term, as well as brainstorming on innovative ideas that could be undertaken over the next 15 years. This ‘Value Proposition’ discussion focused on clearly identifying the value that low carbon buildings can bring to various stakeholder groups over the next decade, in order to boost demand for these buildings and for specific decarbonization measures. The ‘Paths to Decarbonization’ discussion dove into timelines feasible for buildings to decarbonize in each sector, including estimates of the percentages of buildings in each sector that are likely to decarbonize by 2025, 2030, and 2030.