New York City has gotten serious about climate change, and this will have a huge impact on architectural practice. A new law (Local Law 97), which will be enforced with stringent fines, sets caps on carbon emissions from large existing buildings. Another (Local Law 95) requires large buildings to post energy efficiency grades near public entrances. Moreover, the city’s latest energy code is about 20% stronger than the last one. Since building owners rely on the expertise of architects to comply with codes, avoid fines, and get good efficiency grades, it is essential for architects to master these new requirements.
“InteriorsNow!” is one of five classes in the “RetrofitNow! Biweekly Series.” The full series provides a comprehensive overview of New York City’s regulatory environment and options for how architects and owners can make significant energy and carbon reductions in buildings.
“InteriorsNow!” educates architects about how to achieve energy and carbon reductions through interior renovations. Material will be presented in three sections.
- The first section covers energy efficient lighting. It reviews relevant lighting concepts and terms, along with the five main strategies for low-energy lighting design. It explores the recent revolution in LED lighting sources, integrated fixtures, and better controls.
- The second section addresses common areas, which are controlled by building owners. It presents the code requirements and opportunities for energy reductions in “means of egress spaces” and analyzes effective strategies in other common spaces, such as restrooms, laundry rooms, and garages.
- The last section covers tenant spaces. These offer myriad opportunities for energy and carbon reductions because of the many uses of energy they cover, ranging from lighting to air conditioning, IT, and appliances. However, tenant spaces are plagued by split incentives, metering issues, and limits on the building owner’s control, all factors that can inhibit improvements.
Instructor: Laurie Kerr, FAIA, LEED AP, President, LK Policy Lab
AIANY members: $63
General Public: $70
Note: The registration link will direct you to a conference page where you can sign up for just one or any combination of sessions.
This series includes the following five virtual sessions:
This event is offered virtually; you will receive an email with a Zoom link to access the program.
AIA New York and CUNY Building Performance Lab