Policy into Practice: Exploring Tools for Complying with NYC’s New Energy Regulations for Existing Buildings

Date: February 5, 2020 5:30pm
Location: SGH New York
sgh new york

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
550 Seventh Avenue, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10018

5:30 - 6:00 p.m. Registration & Refreshments
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Presentation & Discussion
7:00 - 7:30 p.m. Networking Reception

Participants will earn 1.0 AIA CES Learning Unit (LU/HSW) for their attendance and the option to receive a certificate of completion for transfer to other continuing education credits.


The New York City Mayor’s Office of Sustainability and City Council have enacted several ambitious initiatives to reduce carbon emissions and improve energy efficiency for the city’s existing buildings. At the forefront is the new Climate Mobilization Act, which aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 through these emissions reductions and other means. In this presentation, we will review existing and proposed legislation for New York City and explore its potential effects on existing buildings. We will discuss different approaches for retrofitting existing building systems to reduce carbon emissions and review strategies for improving energy efficiency. We will also explore computer modeling tools used to assess the effects of several different approaches to improving energy efficiency and meeting code and legislative requirements. 

After attending this seminar, participants will be able to: 

  • Summarize the new energy efficiency and carbon emissions requirements for existing buildings in New York City.  
  • Identify different options for existing buildings to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions. 
  • Describe different computer modeling tools available to analyze different options for improving energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions of existing buildings.
  • Analyze penalties for existing buildings that do not meet carbon emission reduction requirements.


david artigas

David Artigas, P.E., LEED AP | Senior Project Manager 
David Artigas is experienced in managing the investigation, design, and construction contract administration of building enclosures on both historic and contemporary buildings of many types in the United States. He also performs thermal and hygrothermal modeling and assessment of building enclosure assemblies, specializing in existing and historic building enclosure systems. David is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and Association for Preservation Technology International (APT).

amarantha quintana morales

Amarantha Z. Quintana-Morales, AIA | Consulting Architect
Amarantha Quintana-Morales works on projects involving building enclosure investigation, remedial design and renovation, and design consultation of new building enclosure systems. She has presented research efforts involving managing critical building enclosure barriers, sensitive use of modern materials in preservation, building repositioning and adaptive reuse, and mechanisms of snow and ice accumulation on building facades. Amarantha is a member of the Association for Preservation Technology International (APT) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) New York.