In Sandy's Wake, Need for Resilient Multifamily Buildings Greater Than Ever

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NESEA and collaborators want to show how to benchmark, finance and upgrade multifamily buildings at newest conference offering BuildingEnergy NYC on December 1, 2012

We've got the information you need, and the people you need to hear it from.

The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) and its NYC Chapter, GreenHomeNYC, have assembled a slate of local experts and owners to help those involved with multifamily buildings in New York City get a leg up the new requirements and learn the best, most profitable path forward for their buildings. This new project is called "BuildingEnergy NYC".

BuildingEnergy is known throughout the Northeast as the eminent high performance building and renewable energy conference, held annually in Boston. But with the enactment of the NYC Greener Greater Buildings plan, NESEA wanted to bring the learning style of the Boston conference to New York. Says BuildingEnergy NYC Conference Chair and NESEA Board member Andy Padian, "[the Greener Greater Buildings plan] is one of the boldest initiatives for sustainability in large buildings in the country that impacts many more multifamily buildings than office buildings, so the new laws become particularly important to these multifamily owners. We wanted to bring another BuildingEnergy offering to New York City to fill a very critical information gap around this process."

This one-day conference combines an understanding of the benchmarking and energy auditing requirements set by the City, with the best technical information and first-hand experience on exactly how to save money in multifamily buildings through reduced energy and water usage. Says Padian, "Considering our recent brush with Hurricane Sandy, running your building efficiently, safely, and emphasizing resilience is more urgent than ever. In short, we've got the information you need, and people you really need to hear it from."

But just absorbing this information isn't enough. In the spirit of multidisciplinary learning, BuildingEnergy NYC will be the first conference to bring owners and managers in the room together to learn exactly how to proceed. Owners and building managers need to hear from each other about financing and real costs, and they need to share tricks they have learned that have helped them save money after finally getting an energy audit. Says Padian, " I have invited the building experts who helped develop the framework for the new NYC new laws, LL87 and 84, to explain and demystify the process. Our goal is simple - no one leaves with questions unanswered."

Many organizations are collaborating with NESEA and GreenHomeNYC to get their members to this unique event. In addition to a generous Platinum level sponsorship from ConEdison, NESEA and GreenHomeNYC are collaborating with the CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities, The Community Preservation Corporation, Enterprise Community Partners, The Supportive Housing Network of NY, the NYS Association for Affordable Housing, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, and NYSERDA.

The conference will be held at Hunter College on 68th Street and Lexington Avenue, Saturday, December 1st from 9-4. Continental breakfast and a bag lunch are included. A reception following the event provides the opportunity to meet and network with the speakers and the other attendees. The conference fee is $150 and a reduced rate is available for CUNY students.

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