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SUNY Retrofit
2/22/21, 8:30am - 12:30pm
14.0 LU / 14.0 HSW

*This event is occurring as a live webinar. Registrants will be emailed a link to access the program.

This course will repeat in throughout 2021, March registration is available now, please contact AIANY if you would like to receive direct notification of future program dates.

SOLD OUT – February 2021 Schedule (8:30 AM – 12:30 PM ET each day): 
Monday 2/22 and Tuesday 2/23
Thursday 2/25 and Friday 2/26

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

Building owners will expect architects and other designers to have the expertise to help them meet the code, avoid fines, and get good efficiency grades. Buildings will be spending an estimated $21 billion to meet the carbon caps through 2030—and much more through 2050—representing a huge business opportunity 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!” was developed to help architects and other designers thrive in this new era. The class was conceived by architect and public policy expert, Laurie Kerr, FAIA, who partnered with the CUNY Building Performance Lab to create the curriculum with the support of NYSERDA funding.

It will provide a comprehensive overview of the regulatory environment and prepare attendees to make significant contributions to energy and carbon reductions (1) as part of teams pursuing retrofit projects intended to reduce energy/carbon and (2) by working on typical incremental renovations that have energy/carbon reduction potential.

Course content focuses on preparing attendees to maximize the reductions achieved in both types of interventions and to provide a framework for advising building owners and managers that can create-long term relationships and drive deeper reductions.

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

What this class will and will not do:

  • This class will introduce architects and other designers to basic carbon reduction engineering strategies to help them better partner with engineering teams, anticipate the architectural implications of engineering interventions, and advise owners about engineering strategies they might pursue. It will not teach them to perform the engineering aspects of energy/carbon reduction projects, such as audits or specifying specific improvements to steam heating systems or other HVAC equipment.
  • This class will concentrate on some of the most common architectural features found in larger NYC buildings, such as flat roofs, punched windows, window ACs, and steam heating systems, as well as the most common renovations/retrofits undertaken by non-engineering professionals. Given the variety and complexity of New York’s building stock, this class will not address every type of building system or every type of renovation.
  • Finally, this class is conceived as a broad introduction to elucidate major concepts, and strategies but will not go into deep technical detail about each item covered.

See the full Retrofit Now! Course Syllabus

Seminar will take place on 4 half days; attendees must join all four sessions in order to receive 14 LU|HSW AIA Continuing Education credits. In order to facilitate instruction, the max class size is 20.

Laurie Kerr, FAIA, LEED AP, President, LK Policy Lab
Julie Torres Moskovitz, AIA, LEED AP, CPHC/CPHT, Fete Nature Architecture, PLLC

Registration Fees:
AIANY Member: $325
AIA Member (not AIANY): $350
General Public: $375

As a Cross-Learning Alliance event, discounted prices are available to ASHRAE and Urban Green Members, contact us for the discount code. Cross-Learning Alliance events are designed to bridge the knowledge gap between the people that own, design, build, manage, operate and commission buildings. #crosslearning


Organized by
AIA New York, CUNY Building Performance Lab
SUNY Retrofit
2/22/21, 8:30am - 12:30pm
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