New Improved engineering design means and methods are needed to enable and speed adoption of low carbon retrofit technologies. Efficient High performance, low carbon heating and cooling energy systems are widely available but are underused underutilized in the United States due to a variety of misconceptions and a lack of knowledge and around thermal system interactioninteractions. Few practicing engineers prioritize recycling heat and limiting heat loss. Decarbonization requires upgrading and adapting energy distribution systems originally designed for legacy thermal supply to to operate with high temperature combustion to integrate with electric and renewable thermal energy systems. The solution is engineering design industry can use a thinking framework like Resource Efficient Electrification (REE) to deliver projects that achieve more effective decarbonization.
This novel approach framework emerges from the Empire Building Challenge after one year of collaboration among real estate partners, industry-leading engineering consultants, and the NYSERDA team. REE is a design strategy a strategy that can help alleviate space constraints issues, provide optimize peak thermal capacity, optimize increase operational efficiencies, utilize waste heat, and reduce the need for oversized electrified electric thermal energy systems, which creates creating retrofit cost compression. It is a framework of building decarbonization While REE is tailored to tall buildings in cold climate tall buildings but that regions, the framework can be applied across New York’s, a wide array of building types, vintages and systems. This The approach incorporates strategic capital planning, an integrated design process, and an incremental, network-oriented approach to deliver building heating, cooling, and ventilation that:
- Requires limited or no combustion,
- Enables carbon neutrality,
- Is highly efficient at low design temperatures and during extreme weather,
- Is highly resilient, demand conscious, and energy grid-interactive,
- Reduces thermal waste by capturing and recycling as many on-site or nearby thermal flows as possible, and
- Incorporates realistic and flexible implementation strategies by optimizing and scheduling phase-in of low carbon retrofits competing with business-as-usual.