High Rise / Low Carbon: Sharing Heat


Sep 14th, 2022
9:00 am to 10:30 am


Building Energy Exchange

AIA Credits

1.5 LU|HSW


This is a hybrid event - you may register to attend in person or online.

In this latest event in the High Rise / Low Carbon Series, NYSERDA and BE-Ex have gathered industry experts that will feature projects utilizing hydronic systems, thermal networks, and waste heat recovery across the commercial sector. Developed in support of the Empire Building Challenge (EBC) this event will feature innovative strategies for heat recovery deployed by the award-winning partners in this flagship New York State program.

Commercial properties have long struggled with simultaneous heating and cooling needs across a single building and even across a single floor. Spaces like data centers predominantly require cooling, and are rejecting heat to the outside. At the same time, lightly occupied spaces require heat to ensure the comfort of the tenants. New models for sharing heat across building occupancies–moving heat, for instance, from that data center to the lightly occupied offices–offer significant performance improvements. Some of the most successful models have been utilized in the Nordic countries for many years and are directly aligned with the Resource Efficient Decarbonization (RED) framework developed by NYSERDA to advance deep retrofits of large buildings. The RED framework encourages projects to take a holistic approach to decarbonization that is founded on reducing demand and sharing heat across tenants, buildings, and districts. Advancing this approach across the US market could be a critical component of meeting our climate action goals.

Presentations of the thermal network components of some of the EBC partners will be followed by a dynamic panel discussion on the importance of these strategies in reducing energy waste, peak load demand, and energy cost, in line with achieving high performance retrofits of large buildings.

Intro Remarks
Susanne DesRoches, Vice President, Clean and Resilient Buildings, NYSERDA

Molly Dee Ramasamy, Head of Deep Carbon Reduction, Jaros, Baum & Bolles

Mike Izzo, Vice President, Carbon Strategy, Hines
Elizabeth Moronta, Senior Vice President of Development, Omni New York LLC

Will Sibia, Founder, urbs|Urban Systems
Adam Friedberg, Principal, Buro Happold
Miguel Gaspar, Vice President/Group Leader, Loring Consulting Engineers
Samuel Long, Innovation Specialist, Danfoss



photo credit: ©Kevin Chu + Jessica Paul for Hines, 2017


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