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.

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)

  • 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
    • Peter Y. Flynn
      Co-Founder and Managing Partner @Bostonia

      Flynn is experienced in the financing of energy efficiency, distributed generation, and renewable energy projects, as well as project finance, real estate finance, securitization, and public private partnerships. At Bostonia, Mr. Flynn has structured and placed over $2 billion in federal, municipal, and commercial energy projects. He was lead banker on two of the largest Federal energy projects. Flynn is a graduate of Boston University School of Law. He will discuss financing green buildings.

      Michael Gevelber
      Associate Professor @Mechanical Engineering, Boston University

      Michael Gevelber is affiliated faculty with the BU Institute for Sustainable Energy. His engineering research focuses on developing enhanced materials processing capabilities through modeling, sensor development, experimentation, and integrated system and control design. His research includes developing a new system identification approach that helps optimize air flow in existing commercial buildings and conducting energy assessments for urban housing and universities. Gevelber will discuss the cost of alternative carbon reduction strategies and policy trade-offs.

      Jacob Knowles
      Associate Principal, Director of Sustainable Design @BR+A

      As Director of Sustainable Design, Knowles leads the BR+A sustainability consulting team. He is a Zero Net Energy guru, spearheading millions of square feet of Carbon Neutral + Carbon Positive projects. Knowles is also a board member of the Boston Society for Architecture. He will discuss the assessment of whole-campus electrification.

      Elizabeth Beardsley
      Senior Policy Counsel @U.S. Green Building Council

      Moderator Elizabeth Beardsley brings more than 20 years of professional experience working on environmental and climate issues both as an engineer and lawyer. At the U.S. Green Building Council, she provides strategic green building law and policy guidance and direction across the international, federal, state, and local spectrum, and her work focuses on connecting building policy to climate mitigation.

      Brenda Pike
      Climate Advisor, American Cities Climate Challenge @City of Boston Environment Department

      In her current role, Pike focuses on buildings and energy projects, such as performance standards, financing mechanisms, and workforce development. Prior to this, she was at National Grid designing residential energy efficiency programs for Mass Save, and at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, a regional planning agency assisting cities and towns with clean energy projects. Pike will discuss updates to Boston’s Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance (BERDO 2.0) requiring large buildings to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.
  • Cost
    • FREE Event
  • Event type
    • Online/Webinar

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