The greatest barrier architects face when trying to design for energy efficiency is the client who says, “We can’t afford to pay for energy efficiency. We can’t spend our up- front dollars for this, when there are so many other compelling needs.” Too often, especially in retrofits, energy efficiency gets “value engineered” out. Even short paybacks cannot convince many. Capital expenditures trump operating dollars every time.
In the second of two sessions on this topic, architects will learn about energy efficiency incentive programs from utilities, NYSERDA and the federal gov’t .If architects are able to inform our clients of these incentives, it is possible that we would be able to deploy energy efficiency more widely. Simple paybacks can be significantly reduced, in many cases, by using the incentive programs covered in this session. Incentives exist for both retrofit and new construction. In addition, in the case of the Federal Tax Credit program, if the client is a federal agency or a not for profit, the tax credit can accrue to the architect. It is important for all architects to have the information necessary to utilize these programs.
Moderator: Pat Sapinsley AIA, LEED AP Venture Partner, Good Energies and President of Build Efficiently, LLC
Rebecca Craft, Director, Energy Efficiency Programs at Con Edison, Rebecca Craft is Director of Energy Efficiency and Demand Management at Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc., where she is responsible for the development, implementation, and management of energy-efficiency and demand-response programs for the Company’s electric and gas systems. Before joining Con Edison, Ms. Craft spent more than 11 years at Prudential Financial. Ms. Craft serves on the New York Investment Fund CleanTech Advisory Committee, the board of Green Light New York, and the Department of Energy’s State Energy Efficiency Action Network. She earned a JD from Indiana University in Bloomington and a BA in economics from Wellesley College. Ms. Craft is a resident of New York City.
Candace Damon, Partner HR&A Advisors leads HR&A’s sustainability practice. Her expertise in energy efficiency stems from more than 20 years’ real estate and economic development experience gained in markets around the country, including the Twin Cities, Greensboro, Memphis, Charlotte, Philadelphia, and throughought New York State and New York City. Candace has developed considerable expertise in the economics of energy efficiency in existing buildings. For the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, she designed and now manages the Focus on Commercial Real Estate initiative, which has helped the owners of more than 135 million square feet of commercial space access more than $8 million in incentives to date. She designed and ran the NY Energy $mart Assisted Multifamily Program, She also designed the NY Energy $mart Loan Fund, which has provided roughly $7 million in subsidy to leverage over $56 million in low-interest loans for energy-efficient improvements in the commercial and residential sectors. She was involved in the energy efficiency portions of PlaNYC 2.0 and instumantal in the creation of NYCEEC. Candace sits on the Board of Directors of Urban Green Coucil and is a widely requested conference panel moderator and speaker. Her recent speaking engagements include ULI, IEDC, Urban Green Council, ASHRAE and Cleantech Corridor.
Liz Majkowski, CPM, RPA is currently a Senior Vice President, Operations for SL Green Realty Corp. SL Green is New York City’s largest office landlord, and the only fully integrated real estate investment trust or REIT, focused primarily on acquiring, managing and maximizing value of Manhattan commerical properties. As of June 30, 2011, SL Green owned interests in 57 Manhattan properties totaling more than 33.6 million square feet. Previously Liz worked for Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. as a Director and Portfolio Manager. Liz graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree from St. John’s University. Liz also serves as an adjunct professor for NYU’s Master of Real Estate Program and is a member of Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) New York Chapter and serves on the Codes and Regulations and Committee. She is also a member of the Management Committee for The Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), and served on the Executive Committee of the New York Chapter of the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM).
Organized by: AIANY Committee on the Environment (COTE)
Sponsored by: Con Edison