Do energy standards and code requirements improve actual building performance? National model energy codes for buildings first appeared in the 1970s, largely due to the energy and economic crises during that decade. Three decades later, the largest private sector energy and water use benchmarking law in the United States was released in New York City, affecting 26,000 of its largest buildings. During this presentation, speakers will outline the code development process, describe how benchmarking efforts have impacted energy efficiency retrofits and retro-commissioning decisions and explore the implications of this new scope of building energy use information on future policies.
John Lee, Deputy Director, NYC Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability
Lee is leading the city’s policy and legislative efforts driving the built environment to unprecedented energy efficiency standards. Lee’s previous public sector service was with the NYC Department of Buildings as Senior Architect in the codes development division and with the Department of City Planning where he served as an Urban Designer.
During his early career, Lee was Art Director for a web development firm consulting to a suite of corporate clients in the energy sector and in consumer product goods, and was also a design architect in private sector architecture firms working on institutional buildings, transit facilities, and master plans for universities.
Lee is a licensed architect and a graduate of Rice University and Harvard University.
Teresa Rainey, PE, LEED Fellow, BSCP, Director of High-Performance Design,SOM
Rainey integrates technical tools with sustainable strategies to inform a building’s design in the interest of achieving high-performance goals. A LEED® accredited professional, Rainey’s commitment to remaining on the cutting-edge of environmentally responsible technology is exemplified through research, continued training, and a willingness to consider innovative design solutions.
Rainey’s active involvement with organizations such as ASHRAE, the U.S. Green Building Council, the General Service Administration’s Design Excellence National Peer Review Program, the Center for the Built Environment, and the Building Security Council have helped to establish her as an industry leader in the design of high-performance buildings.
Rainey has lectured and participated in panel discussions on the topics of building performance modeling, research in sustainable building technologies, and multidisciplinary collaboration.
Emily Small, Acting Deputy Commissioner and Chief Energy Management Officer, New York Citywide Administrative Services
Emily Small manages the team responsible for energy procurement, billing, efficiency retrofits, clean distributed generation projects, and implementation of PlaNYC strategies and programs, totaling over a $1 billion annual budget for the City-owned 4000+ buildings and facilities. Prior to taking on this role, Small served as Energy Management’s Strategic Policy Advisor for its programs funded through over $100 million in federal Recovery Act grants. In this role, she supported the implementation of a number of different programs including energy efficient retrofits of municipal buildings, the development and roll out of the City’s Operations and Maintenance program, and the creation of the City’s energy efficiency financing program for private building owners.
Small graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Williams College, and earned her MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
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