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Low Carbon Multifamily Retrofit Playbooks – March 24th Launch Event – 9:00-10:30AM- Join NYSERDA, Steven Winter Associates, and Building Energy Exchange for the webinar launch of a set of Low Carbon Multifamily Retrofit Playbooks. This collaborative project outlines retrofit strategies for the core building systems of five common building typologies. Each playbook details the basic elements and challenges of the building type and selects an actual building to showcase the phasing of retrofit measures and resulting improvements to occupant comfort and energy use. The proposed retrofit measures support a transition from fuel-based to electricity-based heating, cooling, and hot water systems. Register here.
Brooklyn Environmentalists Sue State, National Grid over Gas Depot Expansion – The “Nonprofit Sane Energy Project, along with a group of residents, filed…suit in Queens County Supreme Court on March 18, alleging the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation wrongly determined that there would not be a significant negative impact from National Grid’s plans to grow its natural gas capacity at its Maspeth Avenue facility. Petitioners called on the state judge to stop National Grid from proceeding… until DEC can conduct a more thorough environmental review (on the project, which also include an associated) pipeline and trucking, and ensure the plan complies with the State Environmental Quality Review Act, or SEQRA. In nine separate affidavits, plaintiffs and area residents raised their concerns about the project, including emissions from the Energy Center and trucking the gas to and from the facility, which they said would further pollute north Brooklyn, adding to the area’s extensive history of pollution in the air and the soil as a result of local industry. “ See the full article from the Brooklyn Paper here.