What developments of the last 30 years have changed the building energy field? What developments in the next 30 will transform it further? These were questions posed of the closing panel at the 15th annual symposium at the Syracuse Center of Excellence (CoE).
The panel included Chioke Harris of the U.S. Department of Energy, Chris Gorman of National Grid, and Taitem’s Ian Shapiro. Ian’s response was that the development of reliable and high-efficiency LED lighting and the drop in price of photovoltaic energy are two great examples of developments of the last 30 years. He also mentioned Aeroseal duct sealing, a development of a national lab that successfully made it to market.
And imagine in 30 years if an energy crew pulls up to a building, does an energy audit in a couple hours, reviews and chooses a scope of energy improvements with the owner the same morning, and moves right into improvements in the afternoon, completing a retrofit within a couple days, almost like washing a building’s windows. The panel moderator was Ed Bogucz, Executive Director of Syracuse CoE.