The District has taken decisive action to curb greenhouse gas emissions related to building energy use—which accounts for nearly 75% of all citywide GHG emissions—by passing innovative policies like the Building Energy Performance Standards and adopting stringent energy codes. Yet a lot of hard work is still ahead of us. Retrofitting existing buildings to meet the city’s climate vision can generate significant cost savings for building owners and tenants, but it can also represent a considerable investment of time and money. It will be particularly important to ensure all sectors, particularly affordable housing and class B and C buildings, have tools and resources to upgrade their facilities. Accessing new funding, leveraging existing sources, and convincing decision makers (internal and external) to invest in energy efficiency projects all play a critical role. Industry experts will discuss new and innovative financing options and highlight examples of successful projects. Speakers include:
- Theresa Backhus, Associate Director, Building Innovation Hub
- Cullen Kasunic, Head of Finance, BlocPower
- Marta Schantz, Senior Vice President, ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance
- Donald Walker, Director of Operations & Shyrah Kum, Equal Access Advocate, DC Green Bank
This event is part of the 2020 Green Building Professional Seminar Series.