Radio BE-Ex

Radio BE-Ex is a live podcast series by Building Energy Exchange that features industry leaders working at the intersection of buildings, energy, and sustainability.

Radio BE-Ex is made possible across 2021 through the generous support of National Grid.

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Episode 16: Building Retrofits as Climate Action with Carl Elefante

May 20, 2021

Architect Carl Elefante, FAIA, FAPT, LEED AP, highlights AIA’s commitment to climate action and the central importance of retrofitting existing buildings in addressing climate change.

Episode 15: Investing in Holistic Climate Solutions with Jamal Lewis

May 4, 2021

Jamal Lewis (Director of Climate, Energy, and Health at the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative) joins Yetsuh Frank to discuss equitable strategies for achieving decarbonized, efficient, healthy and safe housing.

Episode 14: Navigating Climate Risk with Fiona Cousins

April 13, 2021

As the risks that the climate crisis poses to physical assets becomes clearer, more and more stakeholders in the real estate sector are looking to guidelines like the Taskforce for Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD) and reporting platforms like GRESB to help them measure and reduce their exposure.  With carbon emissions emerging as a key indicator we talk with Fiona Cousins, a Director at Arup, about her work to bring solutions like carbon pricing to scale, and the emerging conversation around the impact of embodied carbon in the building industry.  A leader in the green building movement for decades, Fiona brings deep experience in the engineering of sustainable buildings as well as the digital infrastructure professions require to meet aggressive climate action goals.

Episode 13: Field Notes with Daniel Zarrilli

March 23, 2021

Daniel Zarrilli, New York City’s Chief Climate Policy Advisor and OneNYC Director, is a leading force behind the City’s fight against climate change. Responsible for the OneNYC 2050 strategic plan, Dan has been at the heart of the City’s climate action initiatives for nearly a decade. His work spans the launch of a comprehensive $20 billion climate adaptation program, aligning the City’s emissions reduction targets with those of the Paris Agreement, committing to divest the City’s pension funds from fossil fuel reserve owners, and a host of other climate resiliency and adaptation solutions.

BE-Ex welcomes Dan for a conversation about his role in charting the path towards a resilient and sustainable future for all New Yorkers.

Episode 12: The Future of the Grid with H.G. Chissell

March 9, 2021

As our buildings move toward full electrification and our grid moves toward 100% renewable sources, the interaction between the two will become increasingly complex. Supply from the grid will fluctuate across the hours, while buildings will cease to only use energy, becoming both sources and storage for electricity. Few individuals have as relevant experience in the interaction of these systems, and with the business side of making these relationships work, than H.G. Chissell. The founder and CEO of Advanced Energy Group, Mr. Chissell has also held senior positions as Co-Founder of GridMarket and SVP of Viridity Energy, and has a fascinating entrepreneurial background having co-founded the “first climate neutral certified coffee company”, Zero Carbon Coffee. Join us for what promises to be a fascinating discussion on the future of building to grid interaction and other pressing issues facing our industry.

Episode 11: Retrofits for All with BlocPower

February 25, 2021

Brooklyn-based BlocPower has delivered clean energy projects to nearly one thousand buildings since their 2012 founding. With a special focus on heat pump technology, the organization backs healthful, cost-effective, and energy-efficient building improvements, often associated with large, high-profile projects, but historically out of reach for small and mid-sized buildings in New York City’s poorest communities.

Episode 10: Field Notes with Ashok Gupta

February 9, 2021

For nearly thirty years, Ashok Gupta has dedicated his career at the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) to understanding policy related to global warming, energy efficiency, renewables, sustainable building design, and transportation. Join us for a conversation with Ashok on a remarkably impactful career dedicated to transforming the U.S. energy sector and cities across the country towards a more sustainable, energy-efficient future.

Episode 9: Financing Deep Retrofits with Sadie McKeown

January 28, 2021

New York’s climate objectives cannot be met without widespread building retrofits. City and State initiatives like the NYC Accelerator and RetrofitNY are focused on accelerating the development of a self-sustaining market for scalable high-performance retrofit solutions. But what role will finance need to play in order to support the required scale and pace of this market growth?  And how will that role vary across affordable and market rate properties?

Episode 8: Water Efficiency with Teghpal Sandhu

July 7, 2020

Although water efficiency has been a prominent feature of green building programs for decades, the most dramatic improvements in water use have largely been relegated to regions where drought is common, like California and the mountain West.  But with the costs of water rising dramatically across the country, including New York City, our use of this critical resource is receiving increased attention.  Teghpal Sandhu, co-founder and CEO of Live Building Systems joins us to discuss how real time management of water use in buildings makes deep savings possible.  With a background as an MD, Mr. Sandhu brings a unique perspective to the fundamentals of water efficiency in buildings and what the near future brings in this increasingly important area of resource conservation.

Episode 7: Celebrating Daylighting with Steve Selkowitz

June 18, 2020

In honor of Daylight Hour 2020, we welcome one of the foremost building science engineers in the US to Radio BE-Ex, Steve Selkowitz.  As the long time Group Leader of the Windows and Envelope Materials Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab Steve has driven the advancement of high performance building envelopes for decades and was a primary force behind the creation of FLEXLAB–the Facility for Low Energy Experiments in Buildings–a test bed facility that allows for the testing of energy efficiency technologies in a highly instrumented but real world environment.  BE-Ex was honored to partner with Steve and his team at LBNL on one of our early projects, the Living Lab: Advanced Daylighting Controls Demonstration Project, in 2014.  The recipient of numerous awards and accolades, Steve will join us to talk about his long focus on daylighting in buildings, the advancements he’s seen over that time and what we can expect in the near future.

Episode 6: Building Passive with Ken Levenson

June 4, 2020

The increasing influence of Passive House in the building industry has led to renewed interested in a host of building materials, from high performance windows to innovative air and moisture control systems, to insulation with very low embodied carbon.  Ken Levenson of 475 Building Supply joins our host, Yetsuh Frank, to discuss the application of these newly available materials and what other new materials or systems we might expect in the near future.

Episode 5: Passive Houses with Architects In Cho and Michael Ingui

May 28, 2020

Although Passive House has been successfully applied to a huge variety of building types, it all started with small residential projects looking to push the envelope on interior comfort and energy efficiency.  What is it that makes Passive House such an ideal lens for small residential projects?  And how is this appeal different for architects, owners, and other stakeholders?

Episode 4: New York’s Path to Decarbonization with Janet Joseph

May 21, 2020

New York State has one of the most progressive climate action plans in the country– a commitment to 100 percent carbon free electricity by 2040, and carbon neutrality across all sectors of the economy by 2050. Achieving these mandates will be a major challenge, with the building sector impacted as much as any other component of our highly industrialized economy.

Episode 3: Healthy Buildings in the Age of COVID-19 with Joanna Frank

May 14, 2020

As communities across the globe look to emerge from the COVID-19 crisis the role of the built environment will be paramount.  How might the buildings we live, work and recreate in improve the transition back to a world not dominated by sheltering in place?

Episode 2: Our Passive Future with Lois Arena and Monte Paulsen

May 7, 2020

Few people in North America are more knowledgeable about the implementation of Passive House than our guests for episode 2 of Radio BE-Ex: Lois Arena of Steven Winter Associates, and Monte Paulsen of RDH. Both have been at the forefront of applying Passive House to the largest buildings, and the most diverse typologies, both new construction and deep retrofits. Join us for a wide ranging discussion on the future of Passive House in North America–where it is likely to be applied immediately, and where its implementation still presents major challenges.

Episode 1: Earth Day with Dan Egan and Sara Neff

April 22, 2020

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day with an inspiring conversation among industry leaders Sara Neff of Kilroy Realty and Dan Egan of Vornado.  Both Kilroy and Vornado have committed to carbon neutrality for all their buildings, in 2020 and 2030 respectively.  With high profile portfolios on both the east and west coasts, targeting these goals at their respective organizations will present both common and specific challenges.  At the same time, Kilroy and Vornado are at the forefront in proactive measures to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 crisis in the built environment.  Join us for an Earth Day conversation on navigating our present crisis while remaining committed to the climate action our communities so desperately need.

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