New York City is expected to pass legislation on Thursday that would set greenhouse gas emission caps for buildings — a move designed to help achieve 40 percent emissions reduction by 2030.
Timur Dogan is an architect, building scientist, and a faculty fellow at the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future at Cornell University. He researches energy modeling and climate control strategies, and says the legislation will pay off in the long run as energy costs rise and new business opportunities emerge.
“This legislation will radically change the energy footprint of the built environment and will pay off in the long run with energy costs expected to rise and new business opportunities that will be generated by this forward thinking and radical policy.
“In our lab, we are dedicated to helping and supporting this effort through our research. To achieve carbon reduction targets cost-effectively, building retrofitting must occur on a large scale. Easy to use energy modeling software built in our lab can inform this effort and thus accelerate energy transitions and reduce climate risks.
“To effectively plan building renewals, the team of architects, engineers, and building portfolio managers need an evidence-based decision-making framework using detailed, dynamic energy models to better understand how existing buildings consume energy today as well as how retrofitting scenarios and a changing climate will impact the buildings in the future.”