Oculus - Spring 2011 - (Page 11)
LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
Jordan Matter Photography
Sustainability: Design for a Change
he theme of this issue and of my presidential year is sustainability, and the catch phrase is “Design for a Change.” How do you design for a change? Design new buildings and rejuvenate existing ones to remedy the environmental problems the city and planet are facing. Design to change the way buildings perform. Design to save clients money. Design to make people more healthy and productive. Design to conserve our natural environment and resources. As a Sunday New York Times profile recently quoted that great contemporary philosopher will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas: “I don’t want to hope anymore…We hoped enough. Now we have to do. We all have to do now.” Mayor Michael Bloomberg is both leading and doing. He is pushing to reduce carbon emissions and slow climate change. What gets measured gets managed, he says. And so we will benchmark and start measuring our energy consumption. Let’s take every advantage of programs put in place by Bloomberg and his excellent team at the Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability. These nine actions will enable you to make essential changes in building design and performance: 1. Take sustainability from the drawing board all the way through construction. Design your buildings to go beyond the LEED checklist. Select only fully knowledgeable engineers. Push for contractors truly committed to sustainable construction methods. Work directly with manufacturers to develop better materials that use natural resources wisely. 2. Track the performance of the buildings you’ve designed to be sure they operate as designed. You’ll learn some valuable lessons about what works in the long run. 3. Keep your clients informed about new mandates. Firms should consider offering building owners additional services, such as benchmarking and follow-up corrective measures to improve their buildings’ efficiency. Smart owners will do the benchmarks and upgrades. The value of their buildings will be affected, and wise realtors know this. Energy-aligned leases are on the horizon. If the School Construction Authority can plan to build a net-zero energy school, your clients can do the same with their facilities.
4. Read through the four landmark pieces of legislation comprising the city’s Greener, Greater Buildings Plan enacted in 2009 to achieve a 30% reduction of global-warming emissions by 2030. Links to these guidelines can be found at www.nyc.gov/planyc2030. 5. Spend an hour learning what’s required to benchmark the energy and water efficiency of larger existing buildings. EPA’s monthly webinar, “Benchmarking in Portfolio Manager for Large Portfolios,” tells you everything you need to know about Energy Star’s Portfolio Manager database, which EPA developed to measure a building’s total energy and water use. Webinar dates are posted at http://energystar. webex.gov. 6. Attend one of the forthcoming series on the new New York State Energy Conservation Code. Aided by a NYSERDA grant, AIANY will offer classes around the state in concert with Urban Green, the local affiliate of the U.S. Green Building Council. Two-thirds of the classes will be at the Center for Architecture and other downstate locations. 7. Attend the course on AIA’s 2030 initiative that AIANY COTE is developing. In fact, join the committee – it’s one of the Chapter’s most active. 8. Attend the five-part AIANY COTE and ASHRAENY Integration 201 series on high-performance buildings. Or sign up for the taped webinars that are part of the AIANY/Center for Architecture’s “On Demand Webinars.” Go to www.aiany.org and click on “Education.” 9. Browse the “50to50” list of tools and techniques on National AIA’s website, where you’ll find both broad and specific design strategies towards significant carbon reduction. Go to www.aia.org/cote. COTE links to the 50to50 Wiki in the lower left corner, “Resources.” In Architect’s January 2011 inaugural issue as AIA’s official publication, design activist Bruce Mau wrote a prickly essay, “You Can Do Better.” Well, Bruce, “Design for a Change” answers your call. We New York architects are already transforming New York into the nation’s greenest city.
Margaret O’Donoghue Castillo, AIA, LEED AP 2011 President, AIA New York Chapter
Design for a Change: Buildings, People, Energy
Spring 2011 Oculus
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Oculus - Spring 2011
Oculus - Spring 2011
A Word from the Editor
Center for Architecture
One Block Over
Opener: A Critique of Pure Sustainability
Testing Green Ideas
New Life for a Boomer Building
School Back in Session After 30-Year Recess
It Takes More Than a Village
What Every Architect Should Know About NYC’s New Energy Laws
Index to Advertisers
Oculus - Spring 2011
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