Past Events

At VEIC, we continually learn from and contribute to the community of practitioners, experts, and researchers in the field of energy efficiency and renewable energy. Through participation in conferences, events, webinars, and more we share information on best practices, new methods and technologies, and latest trends.VEIC has participated in the following events:

Multifamily Buildings 2015: Building Bridges to Net Zero

333 Adams Street Brooklyn, New York New York

Vermont Energy Investment Corporation is a Sponsor.

The Association for Energy Affordability announces Multifamily Buildings 2015: Building Bridges to Net Zero, the sixth North American conference in this series devoted to multifamily energy efficiency, on October 28 – 30, 2015 at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge in downtown Brooklyn, New York.

Not just a track, or even a day, but three multi-track conference days packed full of sessions specifically tackling the issues affecting the energy and water usage of multifamily buildings of all shapes, sizes, envelope and heating system types, resident needs and incomes, and ownership structures.
On Wednesday, October 28:

 Inclusive and Equitable Pathways to Net Zero Multifamily Housing

Kathleen Smith, International Living Future Institute (moderator)

Ted Trabue, DCSEU

Jogchum Poodt, DCSEU

Ted Diggs, DCSEU

 Learn how the DCSEU has successfully incorporated social equity into its programming to ensure that the path to net zero is inclusive and equitable for all stakeholders. 

 The DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU) is the first Energy-Efficiency Utility (EEU) in the nation to incorporate energy efficiency and renewable energy generation together with numerous social equity targets, from increasing access to renewable energy for low-income communities to building the local green job workforce.  This presentation will highlight the ways in which our organization is engaging the community, supporting local small businesses, and helping to keep housing affordable in Washington, DC. 

The DCSEU is an excellent case study for a comprehensive approach to sustainability. This presentation will share successes and the challenges facing socially inclusive EEU programs in today’s competitive environment. The DCSEU will provide several examples of how it works with owners and managers of low-income multifamily housing to provide energy-efficient solutions and install renewable energy technologies that help off-set the cost of operating and maintaining the property.   

Community Solar:  Bringing the Benefits of Renewable Energy to Multifamily Building Owners and Residents

Elizabeth Chant, VEIC (moderator)

Anmol Vanamali, VEIC

Benjamin Airth, Center for Sustainable Energy

Darien Crimmin, WinnDevelopment

 Virtual net metering offers the benefits of solar energy to those who may not own their own roofs or have the rooftop space/orientation to have renewable installations on site.  Washington, DC, and California are among the leading regions to implement community solar policies and business models that answer the needs of both those who want solar but do not have the physical space or capital and those who have the physical space and capital.  The first community solar deals being structured in DC right now are both focused on bringing the benefits of solar energy to affordable multifamily buildings.  Similarly, in California, new resources appropriated through the Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing (MASH) program are ensuring that affordable multifamily buildings are taking advantage of the decreasing costs of solar energy through virtually net metered energy.

On Thursday, October 29:

Making Super-Efficiency Affordable: A Story of a Near-Zero Net Energy Multifamily Development

Ed Martoglio, RPM

Christine Liaukus NJIT

Alison Donovan , VEIC

In New Jersey, VEIC established super-efficient performance and renewable specifications for new homes as part of the NJ Clean Energy Program called Climate Choice Homes (CCH). In addition, a R&D project in partnership with NJIT was conducted to examine post-occupancy energy consumption to understand actual performance of buildings that achieved CCH.

RPM Development, one of the leading developers of affordable housing in New Jersey, built Grand Central to meet the Climate Choice Homes Standard.  The building has 70 units, is highly efficient and incorporated PV and solar thermal.

During this session, RPM will discuss their experience of building and operating a near net zero development. The energy efficiency and renewable systems will be described and post occupancy data will be reviewed to understand actual building performance. 

Agenda at
Multifamily buildings 2015; healthy, durable and sustainable