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Radio BE-Ex is a live podcast series by Building Energy Exchange that features industry leaders working at the intersection of buildings, energy, and sustainability. Radio BE-Ex is made possible across 2021 through the generous support of National Grid.

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Sustainable Restorative Development with Carlton Brown
Apr 18 2022
Sustainable Restorative Development with Carlton Brown
Radio BE-Ex welcomes Carlton Brown, Founding Partner & Principal of Direct Invest Development, and pioneer in the US green building movement, for a lively discussion on the past, present, and future of sustainable urban development, and how the impacts of better buildings can extend beyond their occupants, empowering the communities in which they stand.
Sustainable Restorative Development with Carlton Brown
Apr 18 2022
Sustainable Restorative Development with Carlton Brown
Radio BE-Ex welcomes Carlton Brown, Founding Partner & Principal of Direct Invest Development, and pioneer in the US green building movement, for a lively discussion on the past, present, and future of sustainable urban development, and how the impacts of better buildings can extend beyond their occupants, empowering the communities in which they stand.
Zeroing in on Embodied Carbon with Kate Simonen
Feb 3 2022
Zeroing in on Embodied Carbon with Kate Simonen
Kate Simonen, Professor and Chair of the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington, founder of the Carbon Leadership Forum, and leading force behind the recent Embodied Carbon in Construction (EC3) Calculator, joins Radio BE-Ex for a conversation on reducing embodied carbon in the building sector.
The Future of Heat with Don Chahbazpour
Dec 2 2021
The Future of Heat with Don Chahbazpour
Radio BE-Ex welcomes Donald Chahbazpour (Director, Regulatory Strategy — Future of Heat, National Grid) for a conversation on implementing gas decarbonization through policy, strategy, and technology.
The Power of Daylight with Susan Ubbelohde
Oct 25 2021
The Power of Daylight with Susan Ubbelohde
Hear from Susan Ubbelohde, Co-Founder & Principal of L+U Associates, speak to the importance of relying on daylight and designing sustainable, daylit buildings. Susan Ubbelohde is a leading expert in daylighting design & research, with a focus on visual comfort, energy efficiency, sustainability and delight in high-performance building design.
Social Equity and Daylighting with Lisa Heschong
Oct 17 2021
Social Equity and Daylighting with Lisa Heschong
Radio BE-Ex invites Lisa Heschong, an experienced architect, educator, and author of Thermal Delight in Architecture, as well as the recently published Visual Delight in Architecture: Daylight, Vision and View. Join us to learn more about the importance of daylight and visual access to the outdoors in buildings, and prioritizing daylight access as a human necessity rather than a luxury.
Radio BE-Ex: Passive House Design with Stas Zakrzewski
Aug 30 2021
Radio BE-Ex: Passive House Design with Stas Zakrzewski
Radio BE-Ex invites Stas Zakrzewski, AIA, LEED AP, Principal at Zakrzewski + Hyde Architects, for a discussion about decarbonizing buildings at any scale: from embodied carbon of building materials, to Passive House design, to encouraging a circular economy in the building sector.
Building Retrofits as Climate Action with Carl Elefante
May 20 2021
Building Retrofits as Climate Action with Carl Elefante
Architect Carl Elefante, FAIA, FAPT, LEED AP, highlights AIA's commitment to climate action and the central importance of retrofitting existing buildings in addressing climate change.
Investing in Holistic Climate Solutions with Jamal Lewis
May 4 2021
Investing in Holistic Climate Solutions with Jamal Lewis
Jamal Lewis (Director of Climate, Energy, and Health at the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative) joins Yetsuh Frank to discuss equitable strategies for achieving decarbonized, efficient, healthy and safe housing.
Navigating Climate Risk with Fiona Cousins
Apr 13 2021
Navigating Climate Risk with Fiona Cousins
As the risks that the climate crisis poses to physical assets becomes clearer, more and more stakeholders in the real estate sector are looking to guidelines like the Taskforce for Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD) and reporting platforms like GRESB to help them measure and reduce their exposure.  With carbon emissions emerging as a key indicator we talk with Fiona Cousins, a Director at Arup, about her work to bring solutions like carbon pricing to scale, and the emerging conversation around the impact of embodied carbon in the building industry.  A leader in the green building movement for decades, Fiona brings deep experience in the engineering of sustainable buildings as well as the digital infrastructure professions require to meet aggressive climate action goals.
Field Notes with Daniel Zarrilli
Mar 23 2021
Field Notes with Daniel Zarrilli
Daniel Zarrilli, New York City’s Chief Climate Policy Advisor and OneNYC Director, is a leading force behind the City’s fight against climate change. Responsible for the OneNYC 2050 strategic plan, Dan has been at the heart of the City’s climate action initiatives for nearly a decade. His work spans the launch of a comprehensive $20 billion climate adaptation program, aligning the City’s emissions reduction targets with those of the Paris Agreement, committing to divest the City’s pension funds from fossil fuel reserve owners, and a host of other climate resiliency and adaptation solutions. BE-Ex welcomes Dan for a conversation about his role in charting the path towards a resilient and sustainable future for all New Yorkers.
The Future of the Grid with H.G. Chissell
Mar 9 2021
The Future of the Grid with H.G. Chissell
As our buildings move toward full electrification and our grid moves toward 100% renewable sources, the interaction between the two will become increasingly complex.  Supply from the grid will fluctuate across the hours, while buildings will cease to only use energy, becoming both sources and storage for electricity.  Few individuals have as relevant experience in the interaction of these systems, and with the business side of making these relationships work, than H.G. Chissell. The founder and CEO of Advanced Energy Group, Mr. Chissell has also held senior positions as Co-Founder of GridMarket and SVP of Viridity Energy, and has a fascinating entrepreneurial background having co-founded the “first climate neutral certified coffee company”, Zero Carbon Coffee.  Join us for what promises to be a fascinating discussion on the future of building to grid interaction and other pressing issues facing our industry.
Retrofits for All with BlocPower
Feb 26 2021
Retrofits for All with BlocPower
Brooklyn-based BlocPower has delivered clean energy projects to nearly one thousand buildings since their 2012 founding. With a special focus on heat pump technology, the organization backs healthful, cost-effective, and energy-efficient building improvements, often associated with large, high-profile projects, but historically out of reach for small and mid-sized buildings in New York City’s poorest communities. BlocPower’s Founder, Donnel Baird, and Chief of Engineering, Dom Lempereur, are working to close this divide. BE-Ex welcomes our guests for a discussion on the challenges and benefits of designing, financing, and delivering high-performance building systems to the City’s neighborhoods that need them most—and what the future may hold for the building industry, and New York City at large, as these strategies take hold.
Field Notes with Ashok Gupta
Feb 9 2021
Field Notes with Ashok Gupta
For nearly thirty years, Ashok Gupta has dedicated his career at the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) to understanding policy related to global warming, energy efficiency, renewables, sustainable building design, and transportation. During the Bloomberg administration, Gupta was selected as NRDC’s representative to the Mayor’s Sustainability Advisory Board and Energy Policy Task Force to promote carbon reduction and energy efficiency. More recently, Mr. Gupta decamped to Kansas City, Missouri, where he supports the growth of building energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives across the Midwest. He holds a suite of awards for his accomplishments in the field, including the USGBC’s Leadership Award for Advocacy and, most recently, the ACEEE’s 2020 Champions of Energy Efficiency in Buildings title. Join us for a conversation with Ashok on a remarkably impactful career dedicated to transforming the U.S. energy sector and cities across the country towards a more sustainable, energy-efficient future.
Financing Deep Retrofits with Sadie McKeown
Jan 28 2021
Financing Deep Retrofits with Sadie McKeown
New York’s climate objectives cannot be met without widespread building retrofits. City and State initiatives like the NYC Accelerator and RetrofitNY are focused on accelerating the development of a self-sustaining market for scalable high-performance retrofit solutions. But what role will finance need to play in order to support the required scale and pace of this market growth?  And how will that role vary across affordable and market rate properties?
Water Efficiency with Teghpal Sandhu
Jul 7 2020
Water Efficiency with Teghpal Sandhu
Although water efficiency has been a prominent feature of green building programs for decades, the most dramatic improvements in water use have largely been relegated to regions where drought is common, like California and the mountain West.  But with the costs of water rising dramatically across the country, including New York City, our use of this critical resource is receiving increased attention.  Teghpal Sandhu, co-founder and CEO of Live Building Systems joins us to discuss how real time management of water use in buildings makes deep savings possible.  With a background as an MD, Mr. Sandhu brings a unique perspective to the fundamentals of water efficiency in buildings and what the near future brings in this increasingly important area of resource conservation.
Celebrating Daylighting with Steve Selkowitz
Jun 18 2020
Celebrating Daylighting with Steve Selkowitz
In honor of Daylight Hour 2020, we welcome one of the foremost building science engineers in the US to Radio BE-Ex, Steve Selkowitz.  As the long time Group Leader of the Windows and Envelope Materials Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab Steve has driven the advancement of high performance building envelopes for decades and was a primary force behind the creation of FLEXLAB–the Facility for Low Energy Experiments in Buildings–a test bed facility that allows for the testing of energy efficiency technologies in a highly instrumented but real world environment.  BE-Ex was honored to partner with Steve and his team at LBNL on one of our early projects, the Living Lab: Advanced Daylighting Controls Demonstration Project, in 2014.  The recipient of numerous awards and accolades, Steve will join us to talk about his long focus on daylighting in buildings, the advancements he’s seen over that time and what we can expect in the near future.
Building Passive with Ken Levenson
Jun 4 2020
Building Passive with Ken Levenson
The increasing influence of Passive House in the building industry has led to renewed interested in a host of building materials, from high performance windows to innovative air and moisture control systems, to insulation with very low embodied carbon.  Ken Levenson of 475 Building Supply joins our host, Yetsuh Frank, to discuss the application of these newly available materials and what other new materials or systems we might expect in the near future.
Passive Houses with Architects In Cho and Michael Ingui
May 28 2020
Passive Houses with Architects In Cho and Michael Ingui
Although Passive House has been successfully applied to a huge variety of building types, it all started with small residential projects looking to push the envelope on interior comfort and energy efficiency.  What is it that makes Passive House such an ideal lens for small residential projects?  And how is this appeal different for architects, owners, and other stakeholders? In Cho of ChoShields Studio and Michael ingui of Baxt Ingui Architects join our host, Yetsuh Frank, to discuss the residential applications of Passive House and the various ways this progressive building performance standard can transform how both professionals and lay people experience buildings.
New York’s Path to Decarbonization with Janet Joseph
May 21 2020
New York’s Path to Decarbonization with Janet Joseph
New York State has one of the most progressive climate action plans in the country– a commitment to 100 percent carbon free electricity by 2040, and carbon neutrality across all sectors of the economy by 2050.  Achieving these mandates will be a major challenge, with the building sector impacted as much as any other component of our highly industrialized economy. As Senior Vice President, Strategy and Market Development, Janet Joseph is a critical member of the executive leadership team at NYSERDA, with direct responsibility for the decarbonization of the building sector across the State.  We will discuss what the coming year holds for NYSERDA,  the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis and the challenges and opportunities it presents to advancing our clean energy priorities, and the new landscape for promoting high performance buildings across the 4th most populous state in the nation and it’s third largest economy.
Healthy Buildings in the Age of COVID-19 with Joanna Frank
May 14 2020
Healthy Buildings in the Age of COVID-19 with Joanna Frank
As communities across the globe look to emerge from the COVID-19 crisis the role of the built environment will be paramount.  How might the buildings we live, work and recreate in improve the transition back to a world not dominated by sheltering in place?