Breaking New Ground with Geothermal in Highrise Existing Building Decarbonization

28 Sep 2023
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Breaking New Ground with Geothermal in Highrise Existing Building Decarbonization

Breaking New Ground with Geothermal in Highrise Existing Building Decarbonization

28 Sep 2023
About the speakers
  • Jonathan Flaherty
    Jonathan Flaherty
    Global Head – Sustainability and Building Technologies at Tishman Speyer Properties, LP
    Mr. Flaherty joined Tishman Speyer in 2007 and oversees global sustainability, energy, telecom and smart building efforts for the company. In this role, he manages sustainability certifications, investor communications, worldwide performance tracking, procurement strategy and technological innovation implementation. Mr. Flaherty joined Tishman Speyer as part of the Leadership Development Program and has held various roles with the company, including in asset management and portfolio management for New York. Prior to joining the firm, he worked as a legislative aide for Senator Schumer in Washington, DC. Mr. Flaherty is the chair of the board of directors for the Building Energy Exchange and is also on the boards of the New York Energy Consumer Council and the Green Building Certification Institute. He holds a BA in political science from Kenyon College, and an MBA and MSUP from Columbia University.
  • Dave Hermantin
    Dave Hermantin
    Senior VP of Renewable Heating and Cooling at Brightcore Energy
    Dave has worked as a designer and construction administrator since 2003. Dave holds a BS and ME in civil and environmental engineering from Manhattan College and is a licensed professional engineer in NY, CT, NJ, and RI. With years of experience designing open loop, closed loop, and standing column well geothermal systems, he has designed thousands of tons of geothermal capacity in NY, New England as well as other areas in the United States. He is responsible for designing geothermal well systems on NYC landmark projects such as St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Cornell Bloomberg Roosevelt Island. Dave is an American Energy Engineer (AEE), Certified Geoexchange Designer (CGD) and International Groundsource Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) certified Geothermal System Installation Inspector. He is a past President of the CT Geothermal Heat Pump Association and previously held a chairman position of the technology committee of Yale’s Renewable Thermal Alliance.
  • Michael Reed
    Michael Reed
    Assistant Director, Advanced Efficiency Solutions at New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
    Michael leads a talented, dynamic team focused on building decarbonization. His portfolio of programs includes the Empire Building Challenge, Real Time Energy Management, Innovative Market Strategies, and the Commercial Tenant Program. Our work supports efficiency and electrification across all building sectors, with a focus on large buildings in downstate New York. We work closely with key market stakeholders such as building owners, technology vendors, engineering firms and policy makers to accelerate deployment of building decarbonization solutions. Prior to joining NYSERDA, Michael led clean energy programs at Groundswell, a DC-based nonprofit. Michael holds an MPA from NYU Wagner and served for three years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Peru
  • Griffin Teed
    Griffin Teed
    Senior Project Engineer at JB&B
    Griffin Teed is a Senior Project Engineer with the Deep Carbon Reduction Group at Jaros, Baum & Bolles. Since joining the firm in 2020, he has primarily focused on developing carbon-neutral roadmaps aligned with buildings’ capital plans. Prior to joining JB&B, he managed energy-efficiency retrofits and conducted retro-commissioning and energy audits for multi-family, commercial, hotel, cultural and industrial buildings. Within the Deep Carbon Reduction Group, Mr. Teed focuses on identifying substantial carbon emission and energy reduction opportunities in existing buildings. He regularly engages with clients to determine the best pathway for implementation within their capital plan and prioritizes practical projects that lead to carbon emission reductions. Mr. Teed holds a BS in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from New York University, is a licensed engineer in the State of New York, and is a Certified Energy Manager.

Key takeaways

- Understand and appreciate a novel approach to decarbonizing complex, large, cold-climate buildings: Resource Efficient Decarbonization (RED)

- Through a deep case study review, absorb key lessons learned from a real-life project being driven by an industry-leading real estate owner seeking to comply with lofty ESG goals

- Comprehend specific retrofit and design strategies for decarbonizing an existing highrise building

- Identify how ground source heat pumps can be implemented in an existing and occupied commercial building in a dense urban environment, and discuss the future opportunities associated with such efforts