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Our comprehensive resource library offers building professionals guidance and insights from project teams and experts to inform the development of effective decarbonization roadmaps for their properties. This living platform hosts a growing collection of invaluable resources, including case studies, technical guides, best practices, and educational materials, all geared towards promoting the adoption and success of low-carbon retrofits, and a more sustainable future in building design and operation.

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Strategic Decarb 101
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The Role of Design Charrettes in Building Decarbonization Planning

A detailed overview of design charrette workshops and how they can be used to enhance decarbonization plans.

The Role of Design Charrettes in Building Decarbonization Planning
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Empire State Building

New York City icon reaches for carbon neutrality
Empire State Building Case Study
Strategic Decarb 101
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Empire Building Challenge Overview

Learn about NYSERDA's Empire Building Challenge through their website and resources.

Empire Building Challenge Overview
Assessment Tools
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Strategic Decarbonization Assessment (SDA) Tool

This excel tool enables retrofit project teams to align asset decarbonization with strategic goals.

Strategic Decarbonization Assessment (SDA) Tool
Engineering Solutions
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Building Discovery

A guide for assessing building conditions to identify energy efficiency opportunities.

Building Discovery
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The Heritage

Fully occupied mixed-income property pursues facade retrofit
The Heritage Case Study
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ULI Tenant Energy Optimization Program

A ten-step program guiding building owners to integrate energy efficiency into tenant spaces, complete with tools and case studies for replication.

ULI Tenant Energy Optimization Program
Federal Incentives
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Federal Incentives for Decarbonizing Large Buildings 

An overview of benefits and eligibility for federal incentives for large buildings.

Federal Incentives for Decarbonizing Large Buildings 
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Case Study

660 Fifth Avenue

High-rise implements heat pumps and outdoor air systems for decarbonization
660 Fifth Avenue Case Study
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Local Law 97 Carbon Emissions Calculator

This calculator tool estimates a building's NYC LL97 carbon penalties and compliance.

Local Law 97 Carbon Emissions Calculator
Strategic Decarb 101
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High Rise / Low Carbon Event Series: Nimble Brains for Complex Systems

Webinar discussing the shift to integrated digital and natural energy systems in buildings for effective decarbonization.

High Rise / Low Carbon Event Series: Nimble Brains for Complex Systems
Strategic Decarb 101
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About Resource Efficient Decarbonization

Provides a detailed overview of the Resource Efficient Decarbonization framework with example building system typologies.

About Resource Efficient Decarbonization
Federal Incentives
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Breaking Down the Inflation Reduction Act

A list of all of the IRA, the BIL, and related federal policies and incentives.

Breaking Down the Inflation Reduction Act
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Case Study

The Victory

Energy conservation analysis at midtown tower

Energy conservation analysis at midtown tower

The Victory Case Study
Engineering Solutions
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Energy & Carbon Modeling Guide

A process guide for developing an energy model to support building decarbonization planning.

Energy & Carbon Modeling Guide
Financial Planning
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Financing Decarbonization Retrofits

This page explores financing options for decarbonization projects.

Financing Decarbonization Retrofits
Strategic Decarb 101
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Resource Efficient Decarbonization Guide

A guide outlining the resource-efficient methods for reducing emissions in tall buildings located in cold climates.

Resource Efficient Decarbonization Guide
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Case Study

PENN 1

Innovative heat recovery project for carbon emissions reduction
PENN 1 Case Study
Federal Incentives
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ULI Federal Funding Opportunities 

A resource hub for the real estate industry to leverage federal infrastructure funds.

ULI Federal Funding Opportunities 
Engineering Solutions
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High Rise / Low Carbon Event Series: Take the Heat!

Webinar featuring projects deploying breakthrough heating & cooling recovery solutions across the commercial and multifamily buildings sector.

High Rise / Low Carbon Event Series: Take the Heat!
Federal Incentives
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Federal Commercial Building Incentives

A brief on funding for commercial new construction and upgrades under recent federal laws, including the IRA.

Federal Commercial Building Incentives
Strategic Decarb 101
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Terminology & Definitions

A comprehensive glossary related to building decarbonization.

Terminology & Definitions
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Case Study

601 Lexington Avenue

Iconic midtown tower modernizes by recycling heat

Iconic midtown tower modernizes by recycling heat

601 Lexington Avenue Case Study
Engineering Solutions
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High Rise / Low Carbon Event Series: Keep the Outside Out

Webinar on high-performance envelope retrofits for maintaining quality indoor environments and reducing heating/cooling demand.

High Rise / Low Carbon Event Series: Keep the Outside Out
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Case Study

The Towers

Oldest US multifamily co-op transforms wastewater into clean energy
The Towers Case Study
Strategic Decarb 101
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A Rational Approach to Large Building Decarbonization

NESEA explores the power of incremental steps, integrated design, and strategic planning in building decarbonization.

A Rational Approach to Large Building Decarbonization
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Case Study

345 Hudson

Nordic design principles applied to New York real estate
345 Hudson Case Study
Federal Incentives
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Roadmap of Building Provisions in IRA

USGBC's presentation of details for IRA incentives.

Roadmap of Building Provisions in IRA
Assessment Tools
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Technical Barriers to Decarbonization

Discover technical questions and barriers encountered by building owners and developers during decarbonization projects.

Technical Barriers to Decarbonization
Engineering Solutions
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Low Carbon Multifamily Retrofit Playbooks

Multifamily playbooks with strategies for buildings transitioning to electric systems.

Low Carbon Multifamily Retrofit Playbooks
Strategic Decarb 101
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Seven Misconceptions About Decarbonization

NYSERDA debunks common decarbonization myths and offers solutions.

Seven Misconceptions About Decarbonization
Federal Incentives
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RMI’s Guide to Federal Clean Energy Incentives

A sspreadsheet of IRA funding programs published by the White House.

RMI’s Guide to Federal Clean Energy Incentives
Engineering Solutions
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Empire Technology Prize

This technology competition for solution providers seeks innovative heating solutions to reduce greenhouse gases in NYC's tall buildings.

Empire Technology Prize
Tenant Resources
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Guide to High-Performance Office Fit-Outs

This fit-out guide outlines key considerations and strategies for designing and implementing high-performance office spaces.

Guide to High-Performance Office Fit-Outs
Strategic Decarb 101
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10 Principles for Climate Mitigation Policies

Report for cities on engaging real estate in driving climate mitigation policies.

10 Principles for Climate Mitigation Policies
Assessment Tools
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Intervention Points and Best Practices

A ranked list of short-, medium-, and long-term decarbonization interventions according to industry best practices.

Intervention Points and Best Practices
Federal Incentives
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Guidebook to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL)

A high-level summary of available funding under the BIL.

Guidebook to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL)
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Case Study

Whitney Young Manor

Recapitalization to achieve carbon neutral affordable housing
Whitney Young Manor Case Study
Engineering Solutions
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Urban Green Council’s Grid Ready Report

A study on the impact of heat pump conversion on NYC’s electricity grid needs.

Urban Green Council’s Grid Ready Report
Tenant Resources
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High-Performance Clause for a Letter of Intent

This sample Letter of Intent clause supports the inclusion of high-performance language within a commercial office lease.

High-Performance Clause for a Letter of Intent
Assessment Tools
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Kicking Off Decarbonization Projects

A how-to guide for starting your decarbonization project successfully.

Kicking Off Decarbonization Projects
Engineering Solutions
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High Rise / Low Carbon Event Series: Sharing Heat

Webinar on hydronic systems, thermal networks, and waste heat recovery, supporting the Empire Building Challenge.

High Rise / Low Carbon Event Series: Sharing Heat
Financial Planning
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Economic & Financial Analysis Guide

A holistic tool for evaluating CO2 reduction techniques from a techno-economic perspective.

Economic & Financial Analysis Guide
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Training & Educational Resources for Building Stakeholders

A collection of educational opportunities for stakeholders interested in high-performance buildings.

Training & Educational Resources for Building Stakeholders
Federal Incentives
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Better Buildings Funding and Incentives Resource Hub

This tool helps building owners find rebates, funding opportunities, and other incentives.

Better Buildings Funding and Incentives Resource Hub
Engineering Solutions
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Thermal Energy Networks for Decarbonization Webinar

Webinar reviewing new design strategies for low carbon retrofit technologies, with a focus on thermal energy networks.

Thermal Energy Networks for Decarbonization Webinar
Engineering Solutions
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Empire Technology Prize Market Insight Report 

This report highlights technical challenges and market opportunities of heating system decarbonization.

Empire Technology Prize Market Insight Report 
Tenant Resources
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Net Zero Energy Leasing

RMI’s guidelines on green leasing for enhancing sustainability in commercial leases.

Net Zero Energy Leasing
Federal Incentives
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Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency

A comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency at the federal, state, local, and utility levels.

Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency
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