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With Laxmi Rao (Dir., Int'l District Energy Association), Greg Hale (Sr Energy Advisor, Office of Governor of NY), Frank Norcross (VP, Hudson Yards Energy), Paul Reale (Dir., CUNY Bldg Performance Lab), Michael Bendewald (Rocky Mountain Institute), Mike Razanousky (NYSERDA), Daniel Kelley (GM, Ramboll Energy), Keith Rooney (Dir. Community, National Grid), Pat Sapinsley (MD Cleantech Initiatives, Urban Future Lab), Andreas Brunsgaard (GM, Confederation of Danish Industry).
Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 03:30 PM    Cost: Absolutely Free
National Grid Auditorium, 1 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn

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In recent years, communities have shifted their focus from net-zero buildings to net-zero energy districts. Also in a New York context, district thinking may well become instrumental for New York to achieve the renewable integration & energy efficiency goals of REV.

Net-zero energy districts can be highly suitable for densely occupied areas, such as urban zones, campuses or manufacturing sites, so with this event we take a deep dive into the advantages & possibilities to approach energy at larger scales. More so, energy districts can deliver exceptional energy performance & create communities that are more livable, resilient, & environmentally sustainable.

Through two consecutive panel discussions with industry leaders participants will obtain hands on & case based insight into how holistic planning & integration of renewable energy sources & high performance intelligent buildings can lead to net-zero energy districts.

  • Laxmi J. Rao - Director - International District Energy Association

  • Greg Hale - Senior Advisor to the Chairman of Energy & Finance - Office of the Governor, State of New York

  • Frank Norcross - Vice President, Hudson Yards Energy - Related Companies

  • Paul Reale - Director, Building Operations Research - CUNY Building Performence Lab

  • Mirella A. Vitale Senior Vice President - ROCKWOOL International

  • Michael Bendewald Manager, Districts Developments - Rocky Mountain Institute

  • Mike Razanousky -Senior Project Lead, NY Prize- NYSERDA

  • Daniel Kelley - General Manager - Ramboll Energy

  • Paula Zimin - Director of Sustainable Building Services -Steven Winter Associates / Danish Energy Management

  • Pete Korzeniewski Regional Manager, Commercial Buildings - Grundfos

  • Keith Rooney -Director of Community & Customer Management - National Grid

  • Pat Sapinsley - Managing Director of Cleantech Initiatives - Urban Future Lab/ ACRE / Powerbridge at NYU Tandon School of Engineering

  • Andreas Brunsgaard - US General Manager - Confederation of Danish Industry

3.30 pm

Opening Remarks & Welcome

Panel Debate - Optimized District Energy Master Planning If obtaining net-zero energy a holistic & integrated planning of the electrical micro grid, renewable energy sources, & district heating & cooling is important. In contrast to individual building systems designed to meet instantaneous peak loads for individual buildings, a district system is designed to meet the collective peak load.


Panel Debate - Obtaining Exceptional Building Performance A net-zero energy district needs also to integrate a building stock that provide flexible demand-side management. In addition to creating intelligent buildings, these must also be designed to obtain the highest standards of performance & provide occupants with optimal conditions to learn, live, & work.

Closing Remarks & Thanks


Urban Future Lab Reception & Happy Hour

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