an illuminating display that connects the dots between buildings, the energy we use, and impactful climate action

Anatomy of an Energy Efficient Building provides a behind-the-scenes look at major building systems within New York City commercial and multifamily buildings, identifying strategic opportunities to enhance the performance of these systems, and guiding visitors to the tools and resources they need to get started with their own building improvement projects.

The exhibit content is organized around six key building systems—heating, cooling, ventilation, and domestic hot water, along with lighting and plug loads, and the building envelope. The exhibit provides insight into how each system impacts energy performance in residential and commercial buildings, and showcases strategies that improve energy efficiency, comfort, and aesthetics—reducing operating costs, and helping building owners meet New York City’s climate action targets.

Anatomy of an Energy Efficient Building was developed by the Building Energy Exchange with guidance from an advisory group of industry experts from NYSERDA, the NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, Architecture Research Office, Bright Power, CodeGreen Solutions, Dagher Engineering, and Steven Winter Associates. The exhibit’s graphics were created by Might Could.

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The Anatomy exhibit features postcards of buildings that save energy, reduce emissions, and enhance quality of life. We welcome you to share your project with us. Complete the form below and we’ll create a postcard to be featured in the exhibit. 




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