Commercial Building Electrification Pathways- (EMPOWERED Solutions Webinar Recording)

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Commercial buildings have the potential to lead the way to a decarbonized, electrified future. The passage of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) will accelerate these efforts in states and cities across the country. With this great opportunity comes the chance to learn best practices for scaling electrified building solutions safely, efficiently, and economically. In this commercial building electrification webinar, join experts from across the country to gain insights into successful strategies being adopted today.

You can expect to hear:

  • What Zero Net Energy goals mean in an age of accelerating decarbonization
  • How building codes and other policies can play a critical role in helping jurisdictions pursue carbon-neutral building policies and programs
  • Case studies of critical building-scale technology solutions and products that promise to help advance buildings toward carbon neutrality in new construction and retrofits
  • Electrification of the small and medium-sized commercial and multifamily building sectors 
  • Challenges and opportunities that can arise in cold climates
  • How do all-electric installations for large commercial buildings compare to conventional approaches from the design, installation, cost, and energy use perspectives
  • How to overcome barriers in choosing the best all-electric options
  • How the New York State Clean Heat program is helping commercial building owners adopt cost-saving solutions

Alexi Miller

Acting Director of Building Innovation and lead engineer

New Buildings Institute (NBI)

Alexi Miller is Acting Director of Building Innovation and lead engineer at the New Buildings Institute (NBI). Alexi leads a team that provides technical expertise to drive adoption of advanced building decarbonization technologies and practices. His team is the technical backbone supporting a wide variety of decarbonization, grid integration, and electrification efforts both within NBI and beyond. Alexi oversees national-scale collaborative efforts including the Advanced Water Heating Initiative and the GridOptimal Buildings Initiative.

Scott Hackel

Vice President of Research


Scott Hackel is Vice President of Research at Slipstream. Scott Hackel leads the Research + Innovation team in its mission to discover, test, and scale the strategies and technologies that impact climate and equity. As a veteran of the energy efficiency industry, he understands the challenges of unpacking climate solutions that benefit everyone. Scott earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison as well as a graduate certificate in energy analysis and policy. He is an active member of both USGBC Wisconsin and ASHRAE, where he serves on the national Task Force for Building Decarbonization and other committees.

Mark Ditch

Senior Energy Engineer

National Grid Energy Services

Mark Ditch is Senior Energy Engineer at National Grid Energy Services. Mark has 28 years of experience as an engineering consultant and construction supervisor in the HVAC and energy industries. As manager of an energy services group, he provided energy audits, central plant improvements, HVAC energy efficient design, combined heat and power plant evaluation, design, and construction administration. In addition, Mark provides commissioning services for new and remodeled mechanical, electrical, and energy management systems. 

Adam McMillen

Director of Sustainability


Adam McMillen is Director of Sustainability at IMEG Corp, where he leads the firm’s high-performance building design and project sustainability efforts. In addition to implementing technical design strategies that improve building performance, reduce energy use, and preserve natural resources, Adam leads IMEG’s energy modeling team and builds industry relationships that positively impact the built environment. Adam is a licensed professional mechanical engineer with extensive knowledge of energy and life-cycle cost analysis.


Webinar (Presentation #1) Introduction to IREC & Presentation on Expanding the Scope: Moving from Zero Net Energy Goals to Carbon Neutrality
Recorded 03/21/2023  |  27 minutes
Recorded 03/21/2023  |  27 minutes Learn about IREC's EMPOWERED program to create resources that will help those on the front lines of DER adoption—like first responders, safety officials, and building managers and owners—keep up with these rapidly emerging and advancing technologies.  The first presentation of this webinar, hear from Alexi Miller, Acting Director of Building Innovation at New Buildings Institute (NBI). Alexi sets the stage on the importance of building decarbonization and discusses the Five Foundations of Zero Carbon Building Policies.
Webinar (Presentation #2)- Solutions for electrification in commercial buildings for colder climates
Recorded 03/21/2023  |  20 minutes
Recorded 03/21/2023  |  20 minutes In this second presentation listen in as Scott Hackel Vice President of Research at Slipstream shares some system-focused applications for commercial building electrification in colder climates. Some of the challenges associated with addressing these and some of the common applications we are seeing lead the way.
Webinar (Presentation #3)- New York State Clean Heat Statewide Heat Pump Program
Recorded 03/21/2023  |  14 minutes
Recorded 03/21/2023  |  14 minutes In the third presentation, we hear from Mark Ditch with National Grid an investor-owned energy company that has had some success from the energy provider perspective offering a clean heat program for New York State homeowners and businesses. Mark will also demonstrate how this program helped one New York multifamily building save money on a heat pump retrofit, showing us how it takes a full ecosystem of actors to contribute to the energy transition.
Webinar (Presentation #4)- Electrification Strategies for Large Commercial Buildings & Closing thoughts
Recorded 03/21/2023  |  22 minutes
Recorded 03/21/2023  |  22 minutes In the final presentation of this webinar listen in to Adam McMillen Director of Sustainability at IMEG Corp as he talks through how all-electric installations for large commercial buildings compared to conventional approaches from a design, installation, cost, and energy use perspective, and how to overcome barriers in choosing the best all-electric options. Stick around to the end for a closing summary of the webinar and links to more resources.
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Certificate of Completion: Commercial Building Electrification Pathways
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