This morning I gathered my team to kick off the week and discuss our collective goals, as we always do on Mondays. Today, our regularly scheduled virtual meeting was instead a discussion about the only thing on all of our minds right now: racial injustice.
The university in the Bronx is evaluating geothermal sources to heat and cool buildings on their Rose Hill Campus
Fordham University is evaluating a geothermal pilot project to heat and cool three buildings at its Rose Hill campus in the Bronx, NY. The University reached out to EME Consulting Engineering Group whose services focus on engineered solutions to provide energy efficiency. The Project The University is looking to implement alternative and renewable heating and cooling strategies on campus to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as well as shift heating production from fuel to electricity and begin phasing out cooling towers on campus. EME proposed installing a new vertical bore field and ground loop heat exchangers. The bore field system would provide condenser water to new equipment, including a new 700-ton central ground coupled heat pump plant to generate chilled water and low-temperature heating hot water, and a 100-ton new variable refrigerant flow (VRF) cooling system. Additionally, the existing building HVAC systems would be modified to support the new central heat pump plant configuration.
Access free screenings, reduce your energy bills, and increase comfort levels in your building with Flexible Technical Assistance Clean Heating & Cooling (CHC) Screenings
The Clean Energy Action Plan provides relief for businesses and residents affected by a natural gas constraint. As part of this plan, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is offering Clean Heating and Cooling Screenings for customers affected by natural gas constraints. Eligible customers can access free screenings to assess the potential and benefits of installing clean, efficient alternatives to natural gas for heating and cooling their buildings.
Benefits of Clean Heating and Cooling
Ground and air source heat pumps and variable refrigerant flow (VRF) systems are smart, efficient, healthy options for buildings of all types and sizes.
- WARMER. Spread warmth more efficiently than conventional oil, propane, or electric resistance heating systems.
- COOLER. Cool more efficiently during high summer temperatures.
- COMFORT. Provide quiet, even heating and cooling throughout your building.
- EASIER. Clean heating and cooling systems last longer than conventional HVAC systems and require minimal maintenance.
- CLEANER, HEALTHIER, AND SAFER. No combustion of fossil fuels, fuel storage, or carbon monoxide emissions.
Your building must be located in an area affected by natural gas constraints, and you must currently pay the System Benefits Charge (noted on your electric bill).
You will receive a screening report detailing the estimated impact of installing clean heating and cooling systems in your building, including:
- Energy consumption and costs
- Capital costs
- Greenhouse gas emissions
- Financial metrics (investment payback, net present value)
Gotham 360 is pleased to announce that our client, Stevens Institute of Technology (Stevens), has earned a STARS Gold rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education. With more than 900 participants in 40 countries, AASHE’s STARS program is the most widely recognized framework in the world for publicly reporting comprehensive information related to a college or university’s sustainability performance. Participants report achievements in five overall areas: 1) academics 2) engagement, 3) operations, 4) planning and administration, and 5) innovation and leadership.
Tips To Take Advantage of This Energy Opportunity
The coronavirus has caused a paradigm shift in our society. Certain things as we know them will never be the same. Just think about how many offices, shared spaces, desks, and conference rooms lay barren and unused for the past 1.5 months across the world. Even when a cure/vaccine exists for COVID19, how will companies continue to operate? Will companies continue to operate remotely? How apprehensive will the workforce be to returning to their normal day-to-day? These are all questions that need to be answered and those answers will have an impact on the future uses of corporate office space post-pandemic.
Electricity rates have increased nationally over the past six year, with Hawaii remaining the most expensive state in union to power your home or business. Surprisingly, after Hawaii, Massachusetts residential and commercial customers have experienced the second fastest rate increase over that time.
Gotham 360 attended an event hosted by the Building Energy Exchange focused on Local Laws 92 and 94, that require solar and/or green roofs for all new constructions and major roof renovations. The laws were passed as a part of the Climate Mobilization Act (CMA). Thanks to these laws, NYC may now have the most sustainable roofing policy in the world.
The New York City Council has enacted a new amendment to the Local Law 87 Rule. This amendment increases the retro-commissioning testing requirements, and is enforced on buildings filed with the city starting on January 1, 2020.
Section 48 of the Internal Revenue Code currently includes a 30% ITC for solar PV systems, fuel cells, small wind and some other technologies. The ITC allows those who install clean energy assets to subtract 30% of the project(s) value from federal income taxes owed. This 30% ITC significantly raises the economic value of renewable and clean energy projects -- both those pursued through capital purchase and those financed through leases, power purchase agreements, shared savings agreements, etc.
The ConEdison natural gas moratorium went into effect on March 15, 2019, affecting many towns in southern and eastern Westchester. This means if you are a resident or business-owner in the affected areas of Westchester, you will not be able to establish a new gas connection until the moratorium is lifted.
The ConEdison natural gas moratorium, which began in Westchester has now been expanded to include Brooklyn and Queens. It is restricting residents and business owners from establishing new gas connections due to constraints on the grid. In response to the moratorium, end users are searching for (and being incentivized to use) alternative technologies that reduce their dependence on natural gas. One such technology is the heat pump.
On January 17, 2019 ConEdison announced a natural gas moratorium for the more populated, southern portion of Westchester County. The moratorium went into effect on March 15, 2019. This means that ConEd will no longer accept applications for new natural gas connections, in most of their Westchester service territory - until they can more closely align customer demand with available supply. Existing customers are not affected, but service to new customers is now limited.
The Gotham 360 team took a trip to Arlington, VA to attend the JBG Smith 2019 Greenfair and Education Program. Sean Mullen, Sarah Gilly, and Ashley Kossakowski represented Gotham 360 at this tradeshow-style event with over 40 vendors that service JBG Smith. JBG SMITH is an S&P 400 company that owns, operates, invests in and develops assets concentrated in leading urban infill submarkets in and around Washington, DC. Their mixed-use operating portfolio comprises approximately 19 million square feet of high-quality office, multifamily and retail assets.
The words you choose are important, especially when attempting to communicate very complex issues to a broad swath of people. Take for example Mayor Bill de Blasio’s statement during his press conference to announce the passage of the Climate Mobilization Act, which intends to cap greenhouse gas emissions for all buildings in NYC:
If your business participates in the New York Power Authority (NYPA)’s Recharge NY Program, you may qualify for the ReCharge NY Workplace EV Charging Program. Through a partnership with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), NYPA provides ReCharge participants with free EV charging stations to install at their business locations as well as outreach and education about EVs.