Cool Savings for Brooklyn Businesses: 6/30 Webinar!

Cool HCSB & ConEd Incentives for Brooklyn! 

TUESDAY, JUNE 30TH, 6:30PM EST!

REGISTER HERE!

The NYC 2030 District and the Brooklyn Borough President’s office is hosting a Clean Cooling (+ Heating) webinar on June 30th from 6:30-8pm.

  • Join us to learn about the Special NYC & NYS Energy Incentives that can save you money!
  • Hear about the FREE Con Edison Audits (with NO strings attached) plus they can pay up to 50-60% of your project costs.
  • Find out how JouleSmart offers no cost financing solutions that uses your energy savings to pay for your project.

Special Guest Presentation by the Urban Land Institute: Unlocking Hidden Value in Class B/C Office Buildings, which shows how improving the energy efficiency of Class B and C office buildings is doable with relatively simple, lower-cost measures that not only enhance building performance, but boost property values to make the buildings more competitive.

Let’s “Electrify” Brooklyn with Air Source Heat Pumps! Heat pumps are a more efficient heating and cooling option that eliminate fossil fuels, can provide up to 100 percent of your heating and cooling needs, and help you save on your energy bills.

Webinar Introductory Guest Speakers:

  • Jeff Lowell – Policy Director, Office of the Brooklyn Borough President
  • Scott Smith – Program Manager, Clean Heating and Cooling at NYSERDA
  • Haym Gross – Founder & Co-Chair of the NYC 2030 District

Webinar Panelists:

  • Antuan Cannon – Con Edison SMB Program Manager at Willdan
  • Maria Fields – Co-Founder and Senior VP,  at JouleSmart Solutions
  • Monika Henn – Manager, Urban Land Institute Greenprint
  • Frank Maricic – Co-Chair, NYC 2030 District (Moderator)

Heat/Cool Smart Brooklyn Campaign Newsletter 5/22/20

Last month, we officially (virtually) launched our Heat/Cool Smart Brooklyn (HCSB) campaign, a Clean Heating and Cooling Communities program in Brooklyn Community Boards 2 & 6. HCSB is funded by NYSERDA and sponsored by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. We are promoting green building retrofits in Brooklyn to save energy, money and the planet! 

Our campaign website can be found at www.heybrooklyn.org. Please visit the website and fill out a form to participate and get a free energy audit for your building! You can also stay connected with us on Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

CAMPAIGN UPDATES

After a competitive application process and detailed review, we have selected three participating contractors for the campaign: Green Home Logic, Green Team Long Island, and Arnica Heating and Air Conditioning. We are excited about their tremendous experience, excellent reputations, high quality of work and responsive customer service. Click here to read their profiles and find out more about their work.

We have successfully begun our workforce training courses, in collaboration with the Association for Energy Affordability (AEA), CUNY City Tech, HeatsmartBK, and sponsored by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. Click here to learn more about the Workforce Training program, and for updates on upcoming courses.

Thank you to everyone who joined our Commercial and Multi-Family Webinar with BlocPower on Tuesday evening! The slides and recording are available here. We hope you can join us for our next virtual event, a Red Hook Community Climate Webinar co-hosted by RETI & ReGenCy on June 2nd at 6:30pm. Register here!

GET INVOLVED!

We are seeking the participation of residential and commercial property owners, students for our green workforce training classes, and volunteers to help with campaign outreach. Please send us information on virtual community events we may join, or kindly contact us to arrange a presentation of our program. You can respond to this email, or reach us at hcsb@nyc2030.org with any questions or information you’d like to share with us.

We send our wishes to all for a healthy, safe and sane passage through the current crisis. We would like to thank you for your valuable contributions to our campaign, and we hope you are able to attend our spring webinar series!

Best,

The NYC 2030 District and Heat/Cool Smart Brooklyn Team

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • HCSB Spring Webinar Series Continues: Heat/Cool Smart Brooklyn Red Hook Community Climate Webinar! Tuesday June 2nd, 6:30-8:00pm. Presentations by the HCSB campaign, RETI on the Blue City project, and ReGenCy on regenerative community action. Click Here To Register!

IN THE NEWS

ENERGY SAVING TIP!

Water use and energy use in buildings are related. The hot water in your home is generally heated using electricity or natural gas. The less hot water you use, the less energy you consume!

Fill out a form to sign up to get a free energy audit for your home or building, and discover your financing options for green retrofit projects!

LEARN MORE: Urban Green Council’s Going Electric Report

The Urban Green Council’s new report Going Electric: Retrofitting NYC’s Multifamily Buildings identifies nine crucial steps to jumpstart electrification in the city’s 15,000 large multifamily buildings—and also facilitate compliance with the City’s groundbreaking building emissions law (Local Law 97). Local Law 97 is central to the Climate Mobilization Act (CMA), passed in New York City in 2019.

CMA is known as one of the most ambitious carbon reduction policies regarding buildings in the US, and is one of the first laws in the country, outside of California, to require significant whole-building reductions of carbon emissions. Local Law 97’s focus on buildings is due to the fact that buildings account for almost 70 percent of New York City’s carbon pollution. It requires greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from large buildings to be cut by 40 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050. The policy addresses most buildings in the city over 25,000 square feet and will phase in caps on GHG emissions beginning in 2024.

To meet the city’s stringent building emissions law, and the longer-term target of an 80 percent carbon reduction by 2050, NYC buildings will need to go electric. This transition means replacing fossil fuel boilers and furnaces, which contribute 40 percent of NYC’s carbon emissions, with highly efficient electric heat pumps. Heat pumps are electrically powered systems that function by moving heat inside in the winter and outside in the summer, a highly efficient method of heating and cooling year round. Heat pumps bring building emissions closer to zero while simultaneously increasing comfort and control over indoor temperatures.

 Going Electric found that the largest obstacles to heat pump adoption in multifamily buildings are: technical information gaps, financial costs and planning, and Regulatory uncertainties. Overcoming these barriers and electrifying our heating and hot water systems will be a multi-decade process, which is why it is crucial to start now. Going Electric identifies nine next steps to remove obstacles and jumpstart electrification in the crucial multifamily sector:

  1. Demonstrate the technology in NYC. Heat pump retrofit pilot projects in the private sector as well as in government-owned buildings will shed light on options and costs for design, equipment, and labor, and also demonstrate that heat pumps are safe and work as expected. 
  2. Increase incentives and promote transparency. The biggest challenge for near-term electrification is cost. Significant increases in government and utility incentive programs are necessary to encourage heat pump options for multifamily retrofits.
  3. Harness Local Law 97 to drive electrification. NYC’s groundbreaking emissions law sets carbon caps for buildings starting in 2024. The mechanics of the law’s 2030 targets will be finalized over the next three years and with the right structure, the law could be a major driver of heat pump retrofits.
  4. Support heat pumps with better electricity rates. NYC has some of the highest electricity costs in the nation. Heat pumps could help lower these costs by making better use of existing utility infrastructure. Rates that account for the value of heat pump installations could help speed adoption and strengthen the business case for electrification.
  5. Enable electrification in affordable housing. Some regulations in the affordable housing sector make heat pumps a tough sell, particularly when many building owners already struggle with thin margins and deferred maintenance. Targeted support and regulatory improvements may be necessary to spur heat pump retrofits in this crucial sector.
  6. Start electrifying one step at a time. Building owners can spread retrofit costs out over time with incremental upgrades, but they need guidance on how to plan a multi-phase heat pump retrofit. Their options include electrifying just hot water, retrofitting one portion of the building at a time, or upgrading buildings systems to be ‘heat pump ready.’
  7. Identify electrical infrastructure needs. Beyond space heating, electrification also includes installing induction stoves and electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Together, these changes will require electrical upgrades in buildings and utility distribution networks. 
  8. Ramp up workforce training. Architects, engineers, building operators, and contractors will need education and training to make sure they install the most effective heat pump systems and maintain them cost-effectively. 
  9. Launch a building electrification campaign. Electrification is a massive shift for the NYC building sector and requires an equally sizable mobilization effort. The City should develop a large-scale, public-facing campaign to engage owners, educate residents on the benefits of heat pumps, and facilitate this long-term transition. 

Urban Green Council developed this report with the help of a 40-member Advisory Board of industry leaders. Representatives from real estate, unions, energy efficiency, HVAC, utilities, and government collaborated to assess why so few large residential buildings have embraced heat pumps. The report explores the technology behind electrification and examines the challenges to adopting heat pumps in NYC. It also outlines a range of near-term strategies to start this transition, like pilot projects in public buildings and new incentives for the adoption of heat pumps. The full report can be found here.

Need help navigating the clean heating and cooling options for your home or building? The New York City 2030 District’s Heat/Cool Smart Brooklyn campaign, in partnership with the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), is involved in Brooklyn Community Boards 2 & 6. Buildings with energy efficient envelopes and clean heating and cooling systems will keep you comfortable all year round, lower your energy costs, and reduce your carbon footprint. We are seeking residential and commercial property owners to do green retrofits, community members to volunteers with campaign outreach and students for our green workforce training classes. Visit our website to get involved with your building or volunteer!