BE-Ex is proud to welcome representatives of ASHRAE New York and IES NYC to our board as ex-officio directors.  This strategic alliance with the New York Chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE New York) and the New York City Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IESNYC) will provide for more effective joint programs and coordinated activities, accelerating the adoption of critical building efficiency technologies and best practices.

A unique energy efficiency center of excellence in Manhattan, the Building Energy Exchange (BE-Ex) is an independent non-profit organization that plays a central role in the climate action plans of both New York City and State by providing education, exhibits, and critical tools to advance energy efficiency in buildings, which are responsible for almost 70% of New York City’s greenhouse gas emissions.

ASHRAE New York and IESNYC join BE-Ex’s board leadership, which includes the New York City’s Mayor’s Office, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the New York Power Authority (NYPA), Con Edison, National Grid, and key real estate and industry leaders, all acting together in service to common energy efficiency goals.  Serving as a trusted advisor and expert to building decision-makers—including owners and managers, architects, engineers and construction managers—this one-of-a-kind resource center has already attracted over 18,000 visitors to more than 700 programs, and these strategic partnerships are expected to increase this influence and further diversify the audience for these critical knowledge-sharing activities.

“On behalf of the entire Building Energy Exchange board of directors, I would like to welcome ASHRAE New York Past President and Governor Charlie Marino and IESNYC Board Manager Peter Jacobson to our board. They represent forward-thinking memberships of mechanical engineers, contractors, and lighting professionals who can help BE-Ex dramatically scale our efforts to reduce energy use while creating better buildings,” said Jonathan Flaherty, Director of Sustainability at Tishman Speyer and Chair of the Building Energy Exchange.

Donna DeCostanzo, Director, Eastern Region, Climate & Clean Energy Program, Natural Resources Defense Council and Vice-Chair of the Building Energy Exchange noted, “ASHRAE New York and IESNYC have been foundational supporters of BE-Ex and our mission.  Their organizations each play a pivotal role in reducing the effects of climate change by improving our buildings, and we greatly look forward to expanding our collaborations with them both.”

“The Building Energy Exchange is an amazing organization bringing together NYC real estate and design communities. We’re so proud that Charlie will be joining the Building Energy Exchange board representing ASHRAE New York, and sharing our members’ expertise and experience to help advance New York’s transition to more efficient buildings,” said Anthony Montalto Jr., President the New York Chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE New York)

“BE-Ex has provided leadership in bringing together all segments of architecture, construction, and building stakeholders. Our alliance with BE-Ex has been mutually beneficial in furthering our mission of educating and setting standards of excellence in lighting, energy efficiency, and design,” said Caleb McKenzie, President of New York City Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IESNYC)

“We are thrilled to solidify our associations with IESNYC and ASHRAE New York, two effective and broad-reaching professional organizations,” said Richard Yancey, Executive Director of the Building Energy Exchange.  “Working with the boards of both IESNYC and ASHRAE New York has already provided a meaningful and enriching collaboration.  Formalizing these partnerships promises to bring a significant expansion of our reach and impact, as well as provide key industry expertise and thought-leaders to help us dramatically scale adoption of building efficiency tools and techniques.”

The expansion of the Building Energy Exchange board of directors is expected to grow the number of professionals receiving education on building energy efficiency, a fundamental tool in addressing climate change.  This alliance will complement two other major 2018 milestones: on April 23rd, BE-Ex celebrated a significant expansion of its resource center, with the official opening of a 100-seat, 21st century connected classroom, as well as new exhibit and technology demonstration spaces; and on July 10th, Building Energy Exchange became the founding hub of a United Nations global resource center network created to support development of energy efficient buildings around the world, the International Centres of Excellence on High Performance Buildings.

In addition to the City and State leaders, key supporters of the Building Energy Exchange include: Tishman Speyer, the Durst Organization, Vornado Realty Trust, the Rudin Management Company, the Real Estate Board of New York, the Natural Resources Defense Council, New York Power Authority, National Grid, Con Edison, SL Green, Brookfield Properties, Goldman Sachs, MechoSystems, NYC Chapter of the Illuminating Engineering Society, and ASHRAE New York.

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