Upcoming events – May 13, 2011

The Green Housing Initiative of the Supportive Housing Network of New York strives to make the community aware of events that relate to its mission. These include workshops, panels, conferences, etc. that focus on the intersection of environmental sustainability and affordable and supportive housing. We may also list events that relate to one aspect of our mission, including those that focus on environmental communication, integrating supportive housing into the community and green building financing and policy.

See our list of upcoming events after the jump. (more…)

May 13, 2011 at 5:02 pm Leave a comment

Complying with LL84: Part Five – Selecting a benchmarking compliance service

The Network has been looking into what it takes to comply with Local Law 84, a new NYC regulation requiring owners to benchmark their buildings that are over 50,000 square feet.  View our previous coverage of LL84 , or read on for a list of questions you should ask when deciding on a company to help you comply with LL84.

Part Five:  Questions to consider when selecting a benchmarking compliance service

There are a number of companies that offer professional assistance to comply with LL84. Though they offer a wide variety of services, one common feature is that most companies view benchmarking as a first step on a long-term, necessary journey toward efficient buildings. Third-party assistance is an occasion to obtain expert opinion on your buildings’ performance, rather than an excuse to put the assignment in someone else’s hands and not be involved in the process.  (In addition, we suggest that wherever possible, supportive housing providers benchmark, track and evaluate energy usage in all of their buildings – not just those that are covered by LL84.)

As you speak with benchmarking providers, you should consider several questions: (more…)

May 13, 2011 at 1:19 pm Leave a comment

“Up on the Roof” workshop a success

Yesterday the Network and its partner organizations hosted the seventh installment in this year’s Managing Lean and Green workshop series. This month’s panel answered the question, “How can affordable housing go green on the roof?” Our speakers covered the gamut of options, from DIY cool roof painting projects to genuine forest environments atop a concrete building. You can view their PowerPoint presentations below.

Green Roof Insights,” Jack Coogan, PR.A., LEED GA; Partner (OCV Architects)

Cool Roofs,” Loretta Tapia, Site Supervisor Coordinator (Green City Force/NYC Cool Roofs)

Green Roofs,” Dwaine Lee, Green Infrastructure Professional & Consultant; Field Manager (Sustainable South Bronx)

May 12, 2011 at 3:03 pm Leave a comment

Up on the Roof: A Green Workshop

If you own or manage a building in New York City, it’s likely that you know a thing or two about managing space. With land at such a premium, New Yorkers are skilled at squeezing every last bit of functionality out of the space we have – extra storage space in a strange basement nook, a bathtub in the kitchen – whatever it takes. But there’s one spot that you may have given up on, or never even considered – your rooftop.

The Network and our partners will host a workshop next Wednesday to introduce affordable multi-family housing owners, developers and managers to the myriad uses for roofs. Speakers will discuss how you can put your roof to good use as a blue roof (managing stormwater), cool roof (reducing heating bills and the urban heat island effect) or green roof (reducing heating bills, managing stormwater and creating recreational space).

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May 5, 2011 at 1:39 pm Leave a comment

Complying with LL84: Part Four – Benchmarking compliance services

The Network has been looking into what it takes to comply with Local Law 84, a new NYC regulation requiring owners to benchmark their buildings that are over 50,000 square feet.  View our previous coverage of LL84 , or read on to learn about some of the companies that can help you to comply and to get the most out of benchmarking.

Part Four: Benchmarking compliance services

We have researched a few companies that offer benchmarking services to get an idea of the types of services provided. The inclusion of these firms is not an endorsement and there are many reputable companies not covered here.  Let us know if you are familiar with a company that we have not listed here  – or share your experience if you have already engaged a service.  It will help the Network to expand our information base.   Lastly, if you have questions about any of these services, please leave us a comment or email the Green Housing Initiative – Ariel Krasnow, Johanna Walczyk or Sally Larsen. Company descriptions start after the jump! (more…)

May 5, 2011 at 1:09 pm Leave a comment

Upcoming Events – April 27, 2011

The Green Housing Initiative of the Supportive Housing Network of New York strives to make the community aware of events that relate to its mission. These include workshops, panels, conferences, etc. that focus on the intersection of environmental sustainability and affordable and supportive housing. We may also list events that relate to one aspect of our mission, including those that focus on environmental communication, integrating supportive housing into the community and green building financing and policy.

See our list of upcoming events after the jump. (more…)

April 27, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Complying with LL84: Part Three – Issues to consider when complying on your own

The Network has been looking into what it takes to comply with Local Law 84, a new NYC regulation requiring owners to benchmark their buildings that are over 50,000 square feet.  View our previous coverage of LL84 , or read on for some important tips that you should keep in mind if you decide to comply without the help of a consultant.

Part Three: Issues to consider when complying on your own

Benchmarking on your own will help you get to know your building better, but may also present some challenges. The rules are complicated and the software tool is not user-friendly, which can make complying difficult.

EPA’s Portfolio Manager (PM) tool was designed as a national voluntary energy assessment tool in concert with the Energy Star program. It was not designed for benchmarking New York City multi-family buildings. As a result, its correct use is not always an intuitive process. NYC has proposed rules for LL84 that must be read and followed in addition to the general instructions, but that are not included or prompted by the Portfolio Manager tool (though the rules are not finalized, building owners should comply as though they will be finalized as-is). Here are some of the major issues to keep in mind as you benchmark, but it is by no means a comprehensive list, and is no substitute for reading the proposed rule amendments.

Add your block and lot number

 When you “add a property” in PM, a Notes section will be created for your building. Though the PM tool says that adding notes here is optional, under LL84 you must enter your building block and lot number. (more…)

April 26, 2011 at 5:01 pm

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