The design phase of the round‑1 pilots for RetrofitNY, NYSERDA’s (New York State Energy and Research Development Authority) initiative to scale up deep energy retrofits of multifamily buildings, came to a close last December with reports on the progress of each of the six pilot projects this past August. Each pilot drew on the expertise of teams with extensive building science experience; assembling those teams was one of the key Phase 1 objectives, according to Christopher Mahase, senior project manager in NYSERDA’s Multifamily Residential program. Mahase is charged with overseeing the RetrofitNY initiative.
While team building is still a critical aspect of Phase 2, says Mahase, lessons learned from Phase 1 have informed Phase 2 goals. “We’ve added a dedicated emphasis on manufacturing,” he says. “One of the keys going forward is making sure we have manufacturers that have viable products.”
A comprehensive, compact mechanical system is a key product that so far is missing in action in the U.S. market. In response NYSERDA has issued a solicitation (PON 3519) to design and manufacture what it is calling an energy pod: “An energy pod will meet a dwelling unit’s heating, cooling, ventilation, dehumidification, and domestic hot water needs on a distributed basis in one cost-effective, compact unit.” A webinar will be held on October 29 at 10:00am ET about the submissions process. A concept paper is due to NYSERDA by December 12 to be considered for funding. More information.
For more on the RetrofitNY initiative, see Passive House Buildings Spring 2019 issue.
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