new york adopts nation leading energy goals
new york state governor kathy hochul signed the nation leading executive order 22 (eo22)to accelerate and streamline new york state’s efforts to make its operations more sustainable. eo22 streamlines the state’s sustainability and climate objectives and sets new goals for the environmental performance of state agencies and aligns with the climate leadership and community protection act (2019). the electric grid has committed to 100% renewable energy by 2040.
key goals include:
eo22 includes the following targets and goals for the built environment:
100% of the electricity used in state operations will come from renewable energy by 2030.11 trillion btus of energy savings will be achieved by 2025 through the buildsmart 2025 program.restricting new state facilities that enter design and permitting starting in 2024 from using infrastructure that can be used for the combustion of fossil fuels.climate resiliency at state facilities will be increased.
eo22 established the greenny council to be responsible for implementing this order. the council will be led by the commissioners of the office of general services, department of environmental conservation, and department of budget, as well as the presidents of nyserda and nypa or their designees. each agency or authority affected by this order will establish a sustainability team and will provide the team with the resources to implement and comply with eo22.
“i see eo22 as a comprehensive approach to previous legislation and executive orders developed to address climate change. it is a way for state owned entities to approach an action plan that meets nys’s clcpa. it includes aggressive carbon neutral goals for new buildings, green vehicles and embodied carbon for building materials,” explains jaimee wilson, phd, pe, leed ap, beap, bemp. dr. wilson is a principal at pathfinder engineers & architects and leads the firm’s energy group.
the a/e/c community can embrace this order to plan how state agencies can connect to a cleaner grid for their buildings, their vehicles and for materials selection for facilities design.
in relation to existing buildings, rather than new construction, state agencies must achieve a reduction of 11 trillion btus by 2025. prior to 2030 a new goal will be established. “it will be incumbent that state agencies coordinate their efforts to achieve these goals as facilities continue to meet their mission critical programs,” adds dr. wilson.
“higher education campuses, agencies and authorities have been early adopters to meet new york’s nation leading climate goals. now this discussion is part of design decisions for every nys design project whether a renovation or new building. as we incorporate these goals it impacts every one from the designer, to the owner to the contractor and to the end user,” says dr. wilson.
“i am excited to see new york state move in the direction of decarbonization and electrification. pathfinder is helping multiple state owned buildings including suny campuses with their clean energy master plans,” says joe maioli, cphc, leed ap, an energy engineer at pathfinder. “ultimately, we are helping building owners, operators, and leadership understand the advantages and disadvantages of achieving these mandates. there is large potential for energy and carbon reduction in our state owned buildings that ultimately save time and money in the long run. plus, the mandates help ensure that buildings are resilient and that people are safe during challenging times. it is the right thing to do.”
link to the full executive order 22: https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/default/files/2022 09/eo_22.pdf
pathfinder energy team models buffalo bills
our pathfinder energy engineers joe maioli and andy poshadel applied their talents to create this energy model in anticipation of the nfl season start tomorrow.
the buffalo bills energy model:
▪ eui: bills by a billion (kbtu/sf/yr)▪ zones: 17▪ systems: 14▪ wall construction: made entirely out of chicken wings from bar bill▪ hvac schedule: typically every sunday 1 4pm, but can vary▪ controls setbacks: no setbacks this year whatsoever▪ orientation: bound to head to super bowl lvii
employees earn certifications
congratulations to two pathfinder engineers who have earned new certifications.
michael wik, eit, chd, has become an ashrae certified hvac designer. chds demonstrate competency to design hvac systems to meet building/project requirements, including equipment, equipment sizing, load calculations, mechanical room design, duct and piping design, and plans for permit and construction. mike is a mechanical engineer.
joe maioli, leed ap, cphc, has completed the requirements to become a phius certified passive house consultant. cphcs design to the phius climate specific building standard, the leading passive building certification in north america. joe is an energy engineer.
pathfinder kicks off summer of fun
team pathfinder enjoyed a great (and hot) evening participating in rochester's 2022 corporate challenge. the event featured 3,000 runners and walkers and supported flower city habitat for humanity.
pathfinder enjoys ashrae golf outing it was a great day for golf at the ashrae rochester golf outing, and we were happy to sponsor a hole. pathfinder's matt meyer, mike wik and tim duprey enjoyed the day.
pathfinder team presents on building electrification
pathfinder's alex strasenburgh, pe, leed ap and corey wilson, pe, were joined by jon nickerson from suny alfred state college of technology for a presentation entitled: powering up your buildings: considerations for all electric design. this was presented at the suny ppaa summer conference. watch the presentation.
earth day celebrated with chocolate at pathfinder, we are all about sustainability and high performance in care of our earth. we decided to celebrate this mission and earth day with chocolate cause why not? and, we connected with another rochester woman owned business enterprise, laughing gull chocolates, which provides high quality, organic chocolates made with locally and transparently sourced ingredients.
here’s an article about the climate and chocolate. http://ow.ly/zaeh50evrjr
bill bishop to present at engineering symposium senior energy engineer bill bishop, pe, leed ap, cem, beap, bemp, will be offering two presentations at the rochester engineering symposium on april 28. some 500 engineers attend the day of learning hosted by the rochester engineering society.the two sessions are:transitioning to net zero emissions in ny – options for hvac systems and central plantsthe climate leadership and community protection act commits new york to reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions. hvac engineers will facilitate this transition with current technologies and planned retrofits.crazy? lazy? outer spacey? geoengineering techniques to counteract climate changehuman green house gas emissions are not being reduced in time to avoid dangerous climate change. deliberate intervention in earth's systems is a potential last resort.bill provides building energy simulation, comprehensive energy audits, general energy analysis, and development and implementation of ecms. he coordinates pathfinder’s participation in nyserda programs. he is a regular presenter on topics related to energy and climate change at technical conferences in new york state. he is a member of ashrae and the association of energy engineers and has a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the university of florida.sign up using this link: www.engineeringsymposiumrochester.com
energy engineer joins pathfinder joseph maioli, leed ap o m, has joined pathfinder engineers & architects as an energy engineer and will focus on comprehensive energy analysis and audits. he recently earned a bachelor of science in sustainable energy management from the suny college of environmental science and forestry. mr. maioli is a member of american society of heating, refrigeration and air conditioning engineers (ashrae).
quinn rowland earns professional license congratulations to s. quinn rowland, pe, senior mechanical engineer and associate, who recently earned her new york state professional engineer license.ms. rowland is a member of ashrae and a graduate of suny university at buffalo.
corey wilson joins pathfinder pathfinder engineers & architects announces the hiring corey wilson, pe, as a senior electrical engineer. mr. wilson has nearly 25 years of design experience in higher education, healthcare and manufacturing facilities. he has a bachelor of technology from buffalo state college.
keith ashley promoted to bim manager congratulations to keith ashley who has been promoted to bim manager. he will be responsible for bim system management and development, standards, training, project interface and staff support.he has been with pathfinder for 11 years. mr. ashley has a master's degree in strategic leadership from roberts wesleyan college, a bachelor of arts degree in studio art from suny potsdam, and an associate of science in architectural design from cazenovia college.
heather hoekstra joins pathfinder pathfinder engineers & architects announces the hiring heather hoekstra, cdt, as an architectural project designer.
she has 12 years of architectural design and project management experience for higher education, healthcare, municipal and commercial projects.
ms. hoekstra has a bachelor of architecture from roger williams university and she completed the certified graphic designer program at william patterson university. she is a construction specification institute certified document technologist.
pathfinder exhibits at ny geo visit matt meyer and bill bishop at the 2019 ny geo conferences, a premier renewable heating and cooling event. learn about pathfinder, gshp and other high performance design, our energy services...and more.
check out our project in the ashrae journal we're excited to see our award winning project, koffman southern tier incubator, featured in the ashrae journal. the high performing project received one of six technology awards given worldwide. read it here!
jennifer abraham earns certification jennifer l. abraham has earned certification from the council for interior design qualification. a senior designer at pathfinder, she is also a leed id c accredited professional. ms. abraham provides design for interior and architectural projects, as well as lighting design.
ncidq certified interior designers have distinguished themselves by demonstrating a specific set of core interior design competencies, supported by verified work experience and a college degree. through a strenuous series of examinations, they have proven their knowledge of current standards established to protect public health, safety and welfare, as well as mastery of aesthetic considerations.
ms. abraham has a bachelor of fine arts in interior design from the rochester institute of technology. she joined pathfinder in 2013.
celebrating our new logo today, after 20 years, we’re releasing an updated logo. you’ll see our new logo anywhere we’re out in public, like our website and on all of our documents.
we’ve had the same logo icon since our founding in 1998, and it was time to update our look. with this new logo we honor our past and look toward the future.
you may have noticed the path heads in a different direction. and, yes, this was intentional. our core values remain the same, yet our firm services and technologies continue to evolve.
project exceeds energy savings expectations solar outside air preheating, or solar preheat, is not a new technology. yet, when combined with high performance systems it can boost a building’s energy efficiency significantly. ashley mcgraw architecture and pathfinder’s engineering design for the southern tier high technology incubator in downtown binghamton, ny, has proven this! this project integrates the building’s facade with the hvac system to enhance energy performance.
the three story, 35,000 sq. ft. facility provides wet labs with fumehoods and shared facilities for start up companies. and, in addition to energy recovery wheels in the air handling units and a high efficiency geosource heat pump/boiler hybrid system, our whole building design for heating includes a large solar preheat system integrated into the south façade.
the collector is perforated with tiny holes and painted a dark color to absorb maximum solar radiation. solar radiation heats the air in the plenum, as the air is drawn through the collector and into the plenum by the air handling units.
commissioning of the building is underway by pathfinder’s commissioning team. and, on march 23, the team tested the heating systems. that day, at 9:30 a.m., the outside air temperature was 18 deg. f. the solar preheat wall raised the intake temperature to 29 deg. f and the energy recovery wheel further raised incoming air to 58 deg. f. fan motor heat raised the discharge air to the space set point of 67 deg. f. no additional energy was required to heat the building.
exceeding expectations: the solar preheat wall and energy recovery wheel are fully heating this laboratory building on an extremely cold day with 6,200 cfm of outside air.
pathfinder selected for new nyserda program commercial tenant program: a custom energy package tailored to the unique needs and requirements of a tenant.
building package for standard tenant space: owners and managers who wish to engage more with current and prospective tenants, may develop an energy package for a ‘typical’ tenant space in their building. the results can be shared as part of a tenant welcome package.
combined package: a modeler that has already worked with one of their tenants through this program can also work with the building owner to modify the custom package into a standard package. these designs can be used to inform lease negotiations and fit outs. nyserda will provide 100% of the cost of modifying these designs which will eliminate the need for additional tenant specific energy modeling in the building.
for more information about this program, contact bill bishop, pe, leed ap, cem. beap, bemp, at bbishop@pathfinder ea.com
project earns 100/100 energy star rating pathfinder provided design and project management for this $1 million major facility renovation, which increased the size of the building by 33% to a total of 15,000 sq. ft. the construction included two additions and renovations throughout the building. the project includes new windows and better insulation, high efficiency gas boilers for heating and domestic hot water, high efficiency air conditioning for the church office and lounge, led and t 8 lighting and significantly more and better led exterior lighting for safety. the new building is now 100% accessible including all entrances, all toilet rooms, the sanctuary chancel and alter.
energy use index (eui) is the standard used by epa and others for comparing building performance. the index is based on kbtu/sf/yr (thousand btu/square feet of building/year). the eui for the newly renovated building is 28.8. the result: a 33 percent increase in building size and a nearly 20% reduction in energy use when compared to 2006 energy consumption. according to the epa, typical worship facilities typically have an eui of 81.1. the hucc eui is a remarkable 64% lower.
"this is quite an accomplishment for an older building renovation," explains dave meyer, partner of the firm. "the energy star program compares buildings of similar type and usage to make the energy use comparisons relevant."
strasenburgh named new principal of the year the award is presented each year to a member who, as a new principal, has exhibited invigorating ideas and has made significant contributions to the consulting engineering profession and his or her community.
strasenburgh, an employee of pathfinder since 1999, was named associate of the firm in 2005 and became an equity partner in 2012. he has been key in expanding pathfinder's client list by developing relationships based on his technical knowledge and his pragmatic approach to designing sustainable and high performing engineering designs and solutions that work. alex has lead design teams for a variety of for municipal and institutional clients including dasny, suny alfred, suny binghamton, as well as industrial clients. several projects have won acec new york engineering excellence awards.
dave meyer to present at erappa conference pathfinder partner dave meyer will be presenting twice at the eastern regional association of physical plant administrators annual conference in rochester, sept. 29 oct. 1. pathfinder will also be exhibiting at the conference. come visit us at booth 68 at the rochester riverside convention center. dave's presentations are:
the organization's members represent public and private colleges and universities in the eastern us.