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New digital resource launched on helping commercial buildings decarbonize

May 23, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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STATEWIDE — IN TANDEM WITH THE EMPIRE BUILDING CHALLENGE, the governor also launched a new digital resource that the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has developed. Titled, “The Retrofit Playbook for Large Buildings” — this free online resource aims to support building owners advancing carbon neutrality in large commercial and multifamily buildings. The resource includes a suite of planning guides specifically geared towards enabling the decarbonization of commercial office spaces. The Retrofit Playbook for Large Buildings capitalizes on the success of the first playbook, Empire Building Playbook: An Owner’s Guide to Low Carbon Retrofits, which was launched on Earth Day 2022 and was created through a partnership between NYSERDA, Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (ESRT) and other Empire Building Challenge real estate partners. While the original Playbook has been re-imagined including new case studies focusing on the challenges of decarbonizing multifamily buildings, the new and improved online Retrofit Playbook for Large Buildings also showcases examples of best practices in decarbonizing commercial tenant office spaces in New York City, a key sector to engage in building decarbonization.

The Playbook now includes case studies for different building types, including commercial and multifamily buildings; specifically, affordable housing, residential, and high-rise buildings.


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