Retrofit Now! Reducing Carbon and Complying with Local Law 97


August 23-26, 8:30am-12:30pm

AIA Credits

14 LU | HSW


Please note: this event was developed by AIANY and CUNY BPL. For more information including registration, visit their event page below.

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New York has gotten serious about climate change and this will have a huge impact on architectural practice. Local Law 97 sets carbon caps on emissions from large buildings and will be enforced with fines. Another law requires large buildings to post energy-efficiency grades near public entrances. In addition, the newest energy code is about 20 percent stronger than the last one.

Building owners now expect architects and other designers to have the expertise to help them meet the code, avoid fines, and get good grades. An estimated $21 billion will be spent on building retrofits to meet the carbon caps through 2030, and even more will be spent through 2050, representing a huge business opportunity for skilled designers and a chance to help solve the most pressing issue of this century. Designers without expertise may instead face legal liabilities, should their work result in carbon fines or low grades.

Retrofit Now! will provide you with a comprehensive overview of New York City’s regulatory environment and training in how to make significant energy and carbon reductions in your clients’ buildings.

Key topics we will cover include:

  • Regulatory and existing building stock context
  • Retrofits, deep retrofits, and capital asset planning
  • Typical architectural renovations that can be leveraged
  • Engineering strategies for energy-use reduction
  • Financial and technical assistance

A full course outline is available here.

Laurie Kerr, FAIA, LEED AP, President, LK Policy Lab
Julie Torres Moskovitz, AIA, LEED AP, CPHC/CPHT, Fete Nature Architecture
Paul Reale, MEME, LEED AP, Director, Building Operations Research and Training, CUNY BPL
Wolfgang Werner, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, CPHC, USGBC Faculty, President and CEO, Urban Fabrick, Inc




  • Codes & Policy
  • Passive House
  • Webcast

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