Get Smart: The Business Case for Grid-Interactive, High-Performance Buildings


2023-07-12T13:00:00 - 2023-07-12T14:00:00

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    "Optimize building energy consumption and carbon emissions with ULI's expert webinar on grid interactivity."  

    Buildings account for almost 40% of global greenhouse gas emissions, and there is growing pressure on the real estate industry to optimize building performance through grid connectivity to achieve net zero carbon emissions.    

    Join ULI for “Get Smart: The Business Case for Grid-Interactive High-Performance Buildings,” an in-depth exploration of the benefits of incorporating grid interactivity and energy efficiency interventions into buildings for decarbonization toward net zero. This webinar will delve into success stories, lessons learned, and specific interventions for optimizing building system operations, integrating distributed energy resources, creating and capitalizing on utility demand response capacity, and incorporating EV charging for more efficient, cost-effective, and broadly, more sustainable buildings.  Panelists will introduce attendees to the business case for grid interactivity and will help attendees identify paths towards cost-effective implementation within their respective industry sectors.   



    Anish Tilak

    Manager, Carbon Free Buildings, RMI

    Anish Tilak is a manager with RMI’s Carbon-Free Buildings program where he manages projects in the Pathways to Zero initiative. Anish applies a depth of industry experience and subject matter expertise to develop scalable approaches to decarbonize the built environment, with a current focus on building electrification and grid-interactive technologies. Prior to joining RMI, Anish worked as a sustainability consultant at Atelier Ten, an international environmental design consultancy, developing robust decarbonization measures for buildings and masterplans. He has worked extensively with project teams in the commercial and institutional sectors, managing analysis that supports net-zero energy design, building electrification, low-carbon concrete, mass timber construction, and renewable energy microgrids. Anish is a licensed architect and leverages this skillset to maintain a grounded, technically driven approach to building decarbonization.


    JP Flaherty

    Global Head - Sustainability and Building Technologies, Tishman Speyer

    Mr. Flaherty joined Tishman Speyer in 2007 and oversees global sustainability, energy, telecom and smart building efforts for the company. In this role, he manages sustainability certifications, investor communications, worldwide performance tracking, procurement strategy and technological innovation implementation. Mr. Flaherty joined Tishman Speyer as part of the Leadership Development Program and has held various roles with the company, including in asset management and portfolio management for New York. Prior to joining the firm, he worked as a legislative aide for Senator Schumer in Washington, DC. Mr. Flaherty is on the board of directors for the Building Energy Exchange and is a team leader for the ACE Mentor Program. He holds a BA in political science from Kenyon College, and an MBA and MSUP from Columbia University.


    Jake Elder

    Vice President, Research and Innovation, Energy Impact Partners

    Jake Elder is a Vice President of Research and Innovation at Energy Impact Partners (EIP), focusing on sustainability and resiliency solutions in the built environment. In this role, he operates at the nexus of utility customer solutions, energy end-users, and the next generation of technologies transforming building energy systems. He is responsible for leading research activities, supporting strategic LPs with their decarbonization strategies, surfacing new insights for EIP’s investment processes, and working with EIP’s portfolio companies on commercialization. Jake brings over a decade of experience advising public sector clients on their sustainability strategies, with a focus on infrastructure innovation and technology adoption. Most recently, he advised organizations on climate-related infrastructure efforts and led operations for ClimateView, a series A stage startup offering a data platform to help local government leaders develop evidence-based climate strategies. Previously, he was the senior lead for sustainability at Bloomberg Associates, where he advised Mayors in some of the world’s largest cities on climate, infrastructure, and clean energy initiatives. Jake began his career in Accenture’s Public Sector Strategy Consulting practice. Jake holds a B.S. in economics from Trinity College (CT) and is wrapping up an Executive Msc in Cities at the London School of Economics. He lives in Atlanta, GA with his partner and son.


    Sarah King

    Senior Vice President, Sustainability, Kilroy Realty Corporation

    Sarah King is Senior Vice President of Sustainability at Kilroy Realty, working to advance the sustainability performance of all new and existing buildings in the Kilroy portfolio. She leads the sustainability team and its efforts on operational & embodied carbon, energy efficiency, renewable energy, health & wellness, water use & waste reductions, and positive social impact. Sarah has been working in the sustainability field for over 20 years. Prior to joining Kilroy, she held sustainability roles at Skanska USA Commercial Development and DuPont. She has also worked for several NGOs, including Climate Mayors and the Environmental Law Institute. She holds a BA in economics from Carleton College and an MBA from The George Washington University School of Business. Sarah is a LEED Green Associate, Fitwel Ambassador, and WELL AP. She volunteers on the Net Impact Advisory Board at the University of Washington Foster School of Business and as an Advisory Board Member for the Carbon Leadership Forum (CLF). Sarah is an Aspen Institute Catto Fellow.