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.
Lighting, Plug Loads, and Appliances
Induction Cooking (NEW)
User-friendly cooktops and ranges that reduce emissions and improve air qualityLearn More
LED Lighting Retrofits
Long lasting, highly efficient lighting upgrades that enhance building performance and occupant well-being.Learn More
Plug Loads and Tenant Energy Use Reduction
A guide to saving energy in tenant occupied spaces.Learn More
Heating, Cooling, and Ventilation
Highly efficient heat pumps for decentralized electric heating and cooling in multifamily buildings.Learn More
Highly efficient heat pumps for centralized electric heating and cooling in multifamily buildings.Learn More
One-Pipe Steam Systems
Simple measures for one-pipe steam systems that enhance efficiency and comfort.Learn More
Two-Pipe Steam Systems
Simple measures for two-pipe steam systems that enhance efficiency and comfort.Learn More
Metro Steam Systems
Simple measures for metro steam systems that enhance efficiency and comfort.Learn More
Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems and Energy Recovery Ventilators
Controlled ventilation for enhanced comfort and savings.Learn More
Hydronic Heating Upgrades
Highly efficient centralized heating upgrades that increase comfort and energy savings.learn more
Chilled Water Plant Optimization
Highly efficient centralized cooling upgrades that increase energy efficiency and savings.Learn More
Packaged Terminal Heat Pumps (PTHPs)
Decentralized electric heating and cooling for multifamily buildings.Learn More
Enhanced Ventilation with Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERV)
Mechanical ventilation optimization for improved comfort and savings.Learn More
Air Sealing for Room ACs
Low-cost measures to increase cooling efficiency and improve the building envelope.Learn More
High-performance roof insulation upgrades that improve the building envelope.Learn More
High Performance Windows
State-of-the-art windows significantly improve comfort, reduce operating costs, and save energy.Learn More
High performance insulation improves comfort and saves energy while reducing utility bills and long-term maintenance costs.Learn More
Solar Photovoltaics and Batteries
Clean, renewable electricity generation and storage to dramatically reduce utility costs.Learn More
High Performance Retrofit Track
The Tech Primers were developed in partnership with the High Performance Retrofit Track (HPRT) of the NYC Accelerator, which helps decision-makers implement a 10-15 year capital plan to reduce their building’s energy use by 40-60%.
HPRT participants received 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.
The NYC Accelerator provides free, personalized guidance to make cost-saving energy-efficiency upgrades and reduce carbon emissions in New York City.