NYC Energy Conservation CODE new


Retrofits. Capital Planning. Construction. Funding. Compliance 


Charlie Oliver 
Green Building Worldwide


Tuesday, February 14, 2017 from 9:00am to 11:30am EDT

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 Master Class and Seminar Series

New NYC Energy Conservation Code -Master Class: Applications and Implications

Changes to Building Mechanical Systems Guidelines

Green Building Worldwide is geared up to deliver distinct comprehensive training classes from technical and legislative experts.

Impacting the built environment for existing and new construction.  Join Green Building Worldwide for important seminars being held February 14 through April 4, 2017. Key will be the review of Building Mechanical Systems guildeline change and mandates within the newly amended NYC Energy Conservation Code.  Registration is required as seating is limited.

New York City’s one million buildings include a diverse range of building types, architectural styles, and uses. Enforcement of New York City’s local Energy Code is a critical component in citywide efforts to reduce energy use and GHG emissions. Enforcement ensures that newly constructed and renovated buildings meet the building codes that require them to be more energy efficient and resilient.


By 2023 building owners are expected to invest 160 billion dollars in energy efficiency and the corresponding technology. Energy Conservation Measures alone have the potential yield 2.7 billion dollars in energy cost savings, reduce current building-based emissions by 33 percent and creating approximately 15,000 direct construction-related jobs.  New York City has chosen to take a deliberate position to address the reality that 70 percent of its carbon emissions come from building assets through bold legislation.

51 percent of Architects, Engineers and Construction firms know that 60 percent of their work will be attributed to sustainability and resiliency. 

Commercial buildings frequently undergo operational and occupancy changes that challenge the mechanical, electrical and control systems, hindering optimal performance. In today’s complex buildings, systems are highly interactive, with sophisticated controls that can create a trickle-down effect on building operations – small problems have big effects on performance. All buildings can experience performance degradation over time.

Main Session: Class Objectives for February 14, 2017 
  • Provisions applicable to all mechanical systems
  • Calculation of Heating and Cooling Loads
  • HVAC Equipment Performance Requirements
  • Documentation Requirements
  • Final Commissioning Report
  • Functional Testing
  • Related Incentives

RETROFITS: Heating Distribution Systems, Integrating Capital Planning for Deep Energy Reductions

The City will begin implementing the top actions immediately. These include the new energy code that requires holistic energy performance, requiring comprehensive retrofits to heating distribution systems, integrating capital planning for deep energy reductions into existing energy audit requirements, and incorporating the energy conservation measures (ECM).  

CAPITAL PLANNING: Access to Financing and Incentives for Energy Improvements

New York City building owners face a range of competing needs that limit the amount of capital that can be spent on energy efficiency upgrades, particularly in affordable housing. In addition, implementing deep energy retrofits and leading edge new construction techniques today can be costly because the market for these services and products is not yet mature. It will be essential to help bring down these costs and work with the private sector to improve access to financing and incentives for energy improvements. 

Why This is Relevant:
The amendment to the NYC Energy Conservtion Code mark a clear evolution in the direction undertaken nationally to bring the building industry in alignment with societal goals. In New York City alone, buildings are the cause of 73% of its GHG emissions.

With each cycle, the New York Energy Conservation Code is moving closer toward the goal of 80 x 50. The classes were created to empower architects, engineers, the construction industry and related professionals on the new energy codes, outlining changes and the best practices to achieve energy-efficient buildings and adhere to compliance. 

As professionals charged with the furtherance of our industry and responsible for compliance,  we will want to be up to speed with the significant changes.  Aside from doing our part to  lower GHG emissions, non compliance inevitably leads to set backs and cost over runs.

About Our Master Classes and Seminars:

GBW Master Classes and Seminars enable you to readily assess and what is required and the next steps your organization must take to ensure compliance.  The sessions will also review foreseeable challenges and the strategies for addressing them.  


Mary Opalka has over 8 years of experience in technical and leadership roles. Her experiences range from on-site commissioning with a general contractor to design of water systems for a nuclear facility to leadership in various ASHRAE committees.

Prior to joining Baumann, Mary served in technical roles at the manufacturer trade association Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), SmithgroupJJR, and as a joint venture commissioning engineer with SGM Engineering and Hensel Phelps. She has spoken at REVIT Technology Conference and at the local ASHRAE chapter regarding ventilation standards and REVIT modeling. She also serves as the chair of the Chilled Beams subcommittee of ASHRAE’s technical committee 5.3, Room Air Distribution, and as a voting member on ASHRAE Standard 200, Methods of Testing Chilled Beams, ASHRAE Standard 84, Method of Testing Air-to-Air Heat/Energy Exchangers, and ASHRAE Standard 25, Methods of Testing Forced Convection and Natural Convection Air Coolers for Refrigeration.

Mary’s education includes a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Wilkes University, where she double majored in Spanish. She is a DC Registered professional engineer, LEED accredited professional, and a member of ASHRAE. 

About Green Building Worldwide:
Green Building Worldwide (GBW) is focused on and committed to sustainable building and resilient infrastructure. They provide next generation platforms to support building, corporate, environmental and policy leaders involved in capital projects and resilient infrastructure.  While GBW does not serve as a methodology or building rating system, their forums and platforms bring about the knowledge and collaboration needed to make lasting impact.  Equality in access and delivery is also at the core of who they are as evident in their research, publishing, and membership divisions.

Our audience of industry professionals impact diverse sectors locally, nationally and globally. Their focus is on continually integrating products, services, technologies and methodologies into their sustainability strategies. Working as trusted partners to numerous stakeholders, we are looked upon to organize and continue to be on the frontline of the strategies which eradicate carbon emissions, inform stakeholders, and speak to the best methodologies and technologies.