Decarbonization of Existing Commercial Buildings, Part II (Part 1 available Online), December 3, 11 am

  • 3 December 2021
  • Start time : 11:00 AM
  • End time : 12:30 PM
  • Event Host : Boston University Institute for Sustainable Energy, in collaboration with the U.S. Green Building Council, and in partnership with BU Energy & Sustainability Club
Decarbonization of Existing Commercial Buildings, Boston University Institute for Sustainable  Energy
Event Description

ISE Energy of the Future Webinar Series

In the race to decarbonize, the U.S. commercial building sector offers significant potential to pay early dividends on climate action. At stake is seven percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions to replace fossil fuels used primarily for heating and hot water, a sizable impact that could be more quickly attained than efforts to decarbonize other parts of our built environment.

This two-part webinar hosted by the BU Institute for Sustainable Energy will address the technical, financial, and policy challenges in achieving substantial decarbonization of existing commercial buildings in particular—the harder-to-transition bulk of this sector that requires large-scale retrofits.


Part 2: Decarbonization of Existing Commercial Buildings: Policy & Financial Issues

December 3, 2021 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Part two will focus on policy and financial topics, including financing green buildings, the cost of alternative carbon reduction strategies and policy trade-offs, whole-campus electrification, and emerging energy reporting regulations.

Part 1: Decarbonization of Existing Commercial Buildings: Technical Issues & Opportunities
Recorded on November 5, 2021)

In part one, technical topics span analysis of conversion opportunities for both individual lab/office buildings and entire portfolios of buildings, district heat, and assessment of heat pump technology for this sector.



  • Host Company/Organization Name
    • Boston University Institute for Sustainable Energy, in collaboration with the U.S. Green Building Council, and in partnership with BU Energy & Sustainability Club
  • Speakers / Presenters
    • Keynote Speaker:

      David Nemtzow, Building Technologies Office Director of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy

      Keynote speaker David Nemtzow brings more than three decades of experience in the industry, including running a large state government energy and water department, a prominent bipartisan nonprofit energy efficiency association, and an energy consulting practice. His remarks will focus on the national roadmap for grid-interactive efficient buildings.


      Kurt Roth, ISE Senior Fellow and Head, Energy Systems, Fraunhofer USA Center for Manufacturing Innovation

      Gayatri Sundar Rajan, Student Researcher, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Boston University

      Mike Walters, Principal, Salas O’Brien

      Michael Gevelber, ISE-affiliated faculty, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Boston University (moderator)
  • Cost
    • FREE Event
  • Event type
    • Online/Webinar

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