Explore the Tech Primers

The High Performance Technology Primers are a set of resources that introduce readers to solutions that can help save energy and improve comfort in their buildings.

Each Tech Primer introduces a high performance technology and outlines steps for its implementation. A costs and benefits rating system helps readers choose the right technology for their building.

Browse the categories below to find Tech Primers relevant to the following building systems:

Heating, Cooling, and Ventilation
Building Envelope
Domestic Hot Water
Lighting and Plug Loads
Renewable Energy

Check back as we add additional Tech Primers to our library.

View the Participant Profiles to see examples of how decision-makers have achieved high performance building retrofits by implementing the technologies featured in the Tech Primers.

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Heating, Cooling, and Ventilation

Mini-Split Systems

Highly efficient heat pumps for decentralized electric heating and cooling in multifamily buildings.

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VRF Systems

Highly efficient heat pumps for centralized electric heating and cooling in multifamily buildings.

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One-Pipe Steam Systems

Simple measures for one-pipe steam systems that enhance efficiency and comfort.

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Two-Pipe Steam Systems

Simple measures for two-pipe steam systems that enhance efficiency and comfort.

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Metro Steam Systems

Simple measures for metro steam systems that enhance efficiency and comfort.

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Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems and Energy Recovery Ventilators

Controlled ventilation for enhanced comfort and savings.

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Hydronic Heating Upgrades

Highly efficient centralized heating upgrades that increase comfort and energy savings.

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Chilled Water Plant Optimization

Highly efficient centralized cooling upgrades that increase energy efficiency and savings.

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Packaged Terminal Heat Pumps (PTHPs)

Decentralized electric heating and cooling for multifamily buildings.

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Enhanced Ventilation with Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERV)

Mechanical ventilation optimization for improved comfort and savings.

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Building Envelope

Air Sealing for Room ACs

Low-cost measures to increase cooling efficiency and improve the building envelope.

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Roof Insulation

High-performance roof insulation upgrades that improve the building envelope.

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Domestic Hot Water

Air to Water Heat Pumps

Highly efficient domestic hot water production that reduces emissions and energy costs.

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Point of Use Domestic Hot Water

Highly efficient on-demand domestic hot water that reduces emissions and maintenance costs.

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Lighting and Plug Loads

LED Lighting Retrofits

Long lasting, highly efficient lighting upgrades that enhance building performance and occupant well-being.

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Plug Loads and Tenant Energy Use Reduction

A guide to saving energy in tenant occupied spaces.

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Renewable Energy

Solar Photovoltaics and Batteries

Clean, renewable electricity generation and storage to dramatically reduce utility costs.

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About the High Performance Retrofit Track

The Tech Primers were developed in partnership with the High Performance Retrofit Track (HPRT) of NYC’s Retrofit Accelerator, which helps decision-makers implement a 10-15 year capital plan to reduce their building’s energy use by 40-60%. Connect with one of their advisors today to discuss what High Performance may mean for your building.

HPRT participants receive free, personalized advisory services by committing to improve energy efficiency in their buildings with upgrades to all major building systems, including the heating system, cooling system, and the building envelope. See how participants have achieved high performance upgrades here.

 

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