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Building Decarbonization Insights

 

Introducing Resource Efficient Electrification (REE)

Decarbonizing cold-climate buildings requires a novel approach. Through the Empire Building Challenge, NYSERDA, its real estate partners, and their consulting engineers are pioneering a framework tailored to this market: Resource Efficient Electrification (REE).

A rational approach to large building decarbonization: Lessons learned from the Empire Building Challenge

NESEA 2021 BuildingEnergy MagazineLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page.: Building owners can build a clear path toward carbon neutral operations by adopting an incremental methodology and integrated design process combined with strategic capital planning.

Introducing the Resource Efficient Electrification (REE) approach

The EBC Approach [PDF]: Asset investment should be planned in the context of a comprehensive decarbonization roadmap rather than reactive maintenance. The EBC team piloted a Strategic Decarbonization Assessment, which allows building owners to include the complexities of capital refresh, tenant improvements, and non-energy benefits. 

 


High Rise, Low Carbon Series

The High Rise, Low Carbon Series highlights NYSERDA’s Empire Building Challenge and the commitments of the Challenge Partners. This series is designed to inspire action among New York’s building industry stakeholders and invite the world’s top solution providers to join New York on its journey toward a low-carbon future.

The High Rise, Low Carbon event series advances the decarbonization of New York’s existing buildings by sharing low-carbon retrofit success stories and making key connections among the real estate, construction, engineering, and design communities.

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Empire Building Challenge in the News

TIME: The Empire State Building's Green Retrofit Was a Success. Will Other Buildings Follow Suit?Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page.

Urban Green Council: Recovery Through RetrofitsLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page.