Retrofit Now!

Retrofit Now! will provide you with a comprehensive overview of New York’s suite of building efficiency laws, telling you how to comply with them, and how you can make deep energy and carbon reductions for Local Law 97.


Building owners expect architects and other designers to have the expertise to help them meet the code, avoid fines, and get good letter grades. An estimated $21 billion will be spent on building retrofits to meet the carbon caps through 2030, and even more will be spent through 2050, representing a huge business opportunity for skilled designers and a chance to help solve the most pressing issue of this century. Designers without expertise may instead face legal liabilities, should their work result in carbon fines or low grades.

Cost: $395
Duration: 14 hours (four 3.5-hr sessions over two weeks)
Continuing Education Credits: 14 CES LU|HSWs or 11.9 PDHs
Location: Online

This course includes multiple weekly class sessions.

Upcoming Offerings

All dates 9:00 am – 12:30 pm; virtual via Zoom

  • Wednesdays & Thursdays: May 8, 9, 15, & 16

What We Will Cover

  • Regulatory and existing building stock context
  • Retrofits, deep retrofits, and capital asset planning
  • Typical architectural renovations that can be leveraged
  • Engineering strategies for energy-use reduction
  • Financial and technical assistance


Laurie Kerr, FAIA, LEED AP, President, LK Policy Lab
Wolfgang Werner, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, CPHC
Paul Reale, MSME, LEED AP

Class Sessions

Virtual courses will be conducted via Zoom and a link will be sent to all participants at least one day prior to the first session.

In-person courses only: Proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination with photo ID is required to attend. Coffee will be served. Face masks are optional for those vaccinated. Read our full Health and Safety Protocol. There will be a one-hour lunch break. Meals are not provided.

This course is brought to you by the CUNY Building Performance Lab in partnership with AIA New York.

What Prior Course Attendees Have Said

“Well organized and logical progression through the topics…provide a comprehensive and easy to understand deep dive into a very complex technical, legal and sociological minefield.”

“Very informative, confirming what I knew and learning what I did not know”


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