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1. Queens Multifamily Wins GeoStar Top Job
2. Ithaca to Net-Zero Construction by 2026
3. Electrifying Existing Buildings Part 1
4. 385,000/Yr Conversions to Heat Pumps!
5. Career Corner
Congratulations to ZBF Geothermal and owner Zach Fink, the winner of the 2021 GeoStar Top Job Competition!! ZBF's project, Beach Green Dunes II, is the largest passive housing building in NYC with a geothermal heating and cooling system installed.
This 100% affordable building in Far Rockaway has 500 apartments and was designed as an investment case study for financing high efficiency affordable housing buildings in NYC. The geothermal system consists of 36 boreholes to a depth of 450 feet each. These boreholes provide heating and cooling to the 125,000 square foot building, including a cafe serving locally grown food, and 127 apartments - some with an ocean view!
See the recordings of all the Top Job presentations as well as text of the Q&A and the slides.
From the City of Ithaca press release:
The rules, which will go into effect on August 4, 2021, require that all new buildings be constructed to produce 40% fewer greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than those built to NYS code. The IECS [Ithaca Energy Code Supplement] will become more stringent in 2023, requiring an 80% reduction in emissions. Starting in 2026, net-zero buildings that do not use fossil fuels will be required (with exceptions for cooking and process energy). Partly due to broad community support and the increasing urgency of global climate change, Common Council voted to accelerate the implementation timeline from the originally proposed step-up dates of 2025 and 2030.
The IECS offers the flexibility for builders to comply using the prescriptive Easy Path, which is a customized point-based system, or using the performance-based Whole Building Path. Using the Easy Path, GHG reductions are achieved from electrification of space and water heating (e.g., heat pumps), renewable energy (e.g., community solar), and affordability improvements which reduce construction costs (e.g., efficient building shape).
Read the full press release here.
Thanks to Brian Eden of Solar Tompkins/HeatSmart Tompkins and NY-GEO member Irene Weiser for this tip.
For Our Readers
See the New York Heat Pump Incentive Table here.
NOTE: LIPA/PSEG LI rebates are not included in this table, but can be found here, under the section "Higher Rebates."
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The next webinar in the NY-GEO "Electrify with Heat Pumps" series is "Electrifying Existing Buildings Part 1: Converting to Low Temperature Distribution" on May 11th at noon.
2030 is right around the corner. How will we be able to convert 385,000/yr of existing housing building stock to geothermal heat pumps to meet NY's climate goals? Jay Egg, Cary Smith and Jeff Urlaub will tell us how.
Many existing buildings have HVAC equipment and distribution systems that were designed for higher temperature air or water from furnaces and boilers for space heating. Panelists will provide perspectives on converting these buildings to various types of lower temperature distribution for heating, ranging from minor modifications to extensive changes.
This is Part I since we will be focusing on the impact of building envelope upgrades on building converting to heat pumps in a future session.
- Jay Egg / Egg Geothermal
- Cary Smith / The GreyEdge Group
- Jeff Urlaub / MEP Geothermal
Complex Systems Analyst Jerry Acton of the Grey Edge Group has been analyzing the number of buildings that will need to be converted to heat pumps in order to meet New York’s climate goals.
In his May 4th presentation, as part NY-GEO's Electrify with Heat Pumps Series, "Glide Path for Heat Pump Adoption to Meet Climate Goals," Acton laid out a path to achieving an 88% reduction in building greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
In order to reach that goal, Acton estimates New York would need to see 385,000 annual conversions in the residential sector by 2030. As shown in his slide below, about 2/3 of those conversions would need to come from houses currently heating with fossil gas and the other third from houses heating with fuel oil, propane and kerosene.
View to the recording and the slides from this webinar that also included a presentation by Bob Wyman.
5. Career Corner
NOTE: International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) Accredited Installer (AI) Certification is necessary for companies wishing to participate in the New York State geothermal rebate program.
See EVENTS, WEBINARS and JOBS AVAILABLE here.
2017 TOP JOB Award Winner:
Lockport Housing Authority Installation
NY-GEO has moved our annual conference to March 23rd and 24th, 2022 so we can be sure we'll all be able to meet in-person safely.
We have decided to convert the “Electrify with Heat Pumps” conference content into a series of 36 Tuesday at Noon webinars starting April 6th, 2021. This will help our stakeholders keep up with industry developments and allow our speakers to revise and update their presentations for the March 2022 conference.
The first webinar will be an introduction to the series, a review of national and New York State developments and a keynote address from NYSERDA Acting President and CEO Doreen Harris. This kickoff is modelled on the traditional dinner session from our annual conference—an event that brings us together and showcases the industry like no other.
Register for free here for the April 6th kick-off.