Thursday June 16th, 2022
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Beyond Zero: Designing Healthy Buildings

Please note: If joining in-person, you will be asked upon entry to show your in-person ticket and proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and recommended booster shot(s) (via Excelsior Pass or other proof of vaccination). This is a hybrid in person/online event. Space is limited.  Virtual attendance to this event is also available – you may choose to join and participate via Zoom webinar.

In this Beyond Zero Series event with Building Energy Exchange and NYSERDA, speakers will demonstrate how carbon neutral, high-performance buildings not only remove emissions from the design, construction, and operation of our buildings, but also provide healthier, more comfortable, cleaner spaces for us to live.

In our homes, our workplaces, our schools, and our neighborhoods, reducing emissions provides a key opportunity to significantly improve the wellbeing of all New Yorkers – particularly for children and those with asthma/allergies – and address the historical and inequitable negative impact of air pollution in disadvantaged communities. New York recognizes the tie between lower emissions and improved health; in addition to Governor Hochul’s Clean Green Schools Initiative, New York State has launched a plan to achieve 2 Million Climate-Friendly Homes by 2030. In line with achieving this goal are a number of state-led decarbonization programs including the Building Better Homes – Emissions Free and Healthier Communities program advancing the development of carbon neutral home and neighborhood development across New York State; and the Buildings of Excellence competition, recognizing and inspiring low and zero-carbon multifamily buildings that improve our quality of life.

During this panel discussion, learn about carbon neutral and Passive House design & construction strategies that achieve energy performance outcomes while also improving occupant health and wellbeing.

The Beyond Zero series celebrates low carbon projects across the State of New York that improve the health, affordability, and resiliency of communities. A multi-year effort across 2021-2022, the Beyond Zero educational series will highlight successes, strategies, incentives, and goals for accelerating building decarbonization and optimizing carbon neutral design and construction.

Opening Remarks
Gwen McLaughlin, Project Manager, NYSERDA

Jonce Walker, Global Director of Sustainability and Wellness, HLW

Elizabeth Garland, MD, MS, Professor, Dept. of Env Medicine and Public Health, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Sara Bayer, Associate Principal & Director of Sustainability, Magnusson Architecture and Planning
Asok Thirunavukarasu,  Director of Sustainability, Paul A. Castrucci Architects
Amalia Cuadra, Senior Director of Engineering, EN-POWER Group


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