Resources Category

Initiatives & Projects

The resources you can find here focus on different initiatives that make it easier for stakeholders to retrofit their buildings using energy efficient technologies. These initiatives and projects draw information from targeted research studies and compiled data analysis to support energy reduction and encourage retrofitting technologies. The desired outcome is to increase stakeholder confidence in energy efficient retrofits. This will scale up New York’s green building portfolio and make the city’s buildings healthier, cleaner, and more efficient.

Some initiatives operate at the state level, and others at the city level. Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) is an initiative of the New York State Public Service Commission seeking to transform the state’s production, management and consumption of energy. Regulatory changes are in place to achieve these transformations in the energy sector and promote sustainable energy use patterns. The Retrofit Accelerator is a city-based initiative targeting water and energy efficiency upgrades to meet sustainability and resiliency goals established in the Mayor’s One City: Built to Last plan. These initiatives directly affect New York City’s building sector by promoting energy efficiency upgrades and retrofits.

The Building Energy Exchange also has a number of innovative projects and research focusing on retrofitting the city's building stock. These currently include:

Projects on this page are currently in progress or have recently been completed and showcase new energy efficiency technologies, implementation processes, and data analysis. Certain projects also include calculated energy savings for specific retrofit measures and outcomes for behavioral changes of building occupants. One example of this is the Investor Confidence Project, which is assembling standardized practices and energy savings outcomes to boost confidence, and therefore investment, in energy efficiency.

By providing in depth information about successful outcomes and how they can be achieved with greater certainty, these resources accelerate the implementation of energy efficiency retrofits across different property types. This reduces some of the uncertainties that emerge when various stakeholders consider building upgrades. Examples are provided in both commercial and residential buildings, giving stakeholders in each sector the ability to determine best practices. The resulting acceleration and large-scale adoption of energy efficient retrofits across New York City will help meet necessary goals for becoming more resilient against climate change.

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Welcome to the Building Energy Exchange! Located in downtown Manhattan, we’re a resource center dedicated to advancing efficient energy and lighting design in buildings. Explore this site for helpful case studies and reports, check out our calendar for a wide range of activities and events, and follow our lively blog, Insight. Our site is growing all the time—drop us an email to contribute or comment!

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