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The NYC Carbon Challenge
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Resources

The New York City Carbon Challenge Progress Report

The NYC Carbon Challenge Progress Report, released in April 2018, details the progress of NYC Carbon Challenge participants and expansion of the program since the initial launch in 2007. This report highlights the successes of Challenge participants who achieved their GHG emissions reduction goals ahead of the ten year program timeline, the College, University, and Hospital Challenge participants who have committed to deeper emissions reduction goals, and the program expansion to include participants in the retail sector.

The NYC Carbon Challenge Handbook for Universities and Hospitals

The NYC Carbon Challenge Handbook for Universities and Hospitals is a reference manual that aggregates the best practices that participants have used to achieve significant GHG reductions in their buildings. The handbook highlights 15 success stories of Challenge participants through case studies and identifies potential pathways to achieve deeper reductions. The handbook caters to universities and hospitals, but it also serves as a tool for any individual who plays a role in elevating conversations and accelerating action on energy efficiency and sustainability within an organization.

The NYC Carbon Challenge Handbook for Multifamily Buildings

The NYC Carbon Challenge Handbook for Multifamily Buildings is a resource that covers the basics of energy efficiency in multifamily buildings, the cash incentives and financing available in New York City, the relevant local laws and regulations, and building staff training opportunities that aim to help the city’s diverse multifamily building stock become more energy efficient.

The NYC Carbon Challenge Handbook for Multifamily Buildings

 

Commercial Working Group Solution Templates

These Commercial Working Group templates are designed to help support the implementation of the Commercial Working Group solutions. The Commercial Working Group solutions were the results of six working group meetings with volunteer participation from members of the NYC Carbon Challenge for Commercial Owners and Tenants.

The intent of this working group was to increase alignment between owners and tenants to ensure they are approaching energy efficiency upgrades in concert. These working group meetings addressed coordination challenges that include, but are not limited to:

  1. Split incentives for investing in energy efficiency projects
  2. Lack of transparency in owner versus tenant energy use
  3. Increasing energy demand from plug loads and IT equipment
  4. Lack of coordination between owner and tenant systems
  5. Limited operations and maintenance of shared building systems
  6. Oversizing and/or sub-optimal design of systems in new tenant fit-outs
  7. Tenant and employee engagement

Mayor's Office staff are currently working with participants in the NYC Carbon Challenge for Commercial Owners and Tenants to pilot the following Commercial Working Group solutions using templates found on this worksheet.

Pilot Solutions:

Challenges Addressed:

1) Whole-building operations and maintenance plan

Lack of coordination between base building and tenant systems and limited O&M for shared systems

2) Energy information push notification

Lack of tenant awareness on energy consumption and energy efficiency opportunities

3) Building specification sheet

Energy efficiency not integrated into leasing conversations because of incentive to lease and fill space as quickly as possible

4) Tenant design criteria

Oversizing and/or sub-optimal design of systems in new tenant fit-outs

5) Tenant energy modeling

Oversizing and/or sub-optimal design of systems in new tenant fit-outs; tenant fit-outs rarely go above achieving minimum energy code requirements

6) On-lease financing

Tenant renovations often focus on aesthetic improvements and tenant fit-outs rarely go above achieving minimum energy code requirements

Resources for Universities

Resources for Hospitals

Resources for Commercial Owners and Tenants

Contact
CarbonChallenge@cityhall.nyc.gov

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