Webinar: Rise of the Regulations -- How Emerging Climate and Energy Regulations Could Shape Real Estate

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July 17
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Online DC United States
ULI Center for Sustainability


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A part of series of webinars coordinated by the ULI Responsible Property Investment Product Council, this webinar will explore how the rise of climate and energy regulations might shape the future of real estate.

In the last year, the states of California, New York City, and Washington, D.C. — plus more than a dozen U.S. cities — announced bold new plans to reduce energy use, require new construction to be “net zero carbon,” and transition to 100% renewable energy. Eight EU countries have called for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. And the UK will be the first major economy in the world to legislate a 2050 net zero emissions target into law, with an amendment to the Climate Change Act introduced earlier this month.

Are these ambitious goals even possible for the real estate industry? Is there a strategy for new construction and existing buildings that can cost-effectively get all buildings to these ambitious energy and sustainability standards? What will new building codes, new penalties for non-compliance, and new incentive programs to help finance these goals mean for the real estate industry?

In this session, our panel will unpack these new goals and regulations, and highlight strategies that can help owners and developers effectively navigate these new regulations in their real estate operations.



Brenden McEneaney
Integral Group

Brenden brings over a decade of green building and policy experience to the Integral Group team, where he leads work on public policy and city-scale innovation. Prior to joining Integral Group, Brenden served as Pacific Region Director for the US Green Building Council. At USGBC, he ran all programs for the organization’s largest market. Before that he was the Director for Urban Resilience at the Urban Land Institute, where he oversaw the organization’s work helping communities to prepare, plan for, absorb, recover from, and more successfully adapt to impacts from climate change.

Earlier in his career, Brenden established the City of Santa Monica as an internationally recognized leader in sustainability and high performance building practices. At the City, he developed green building codes, policies, incentive programs, and educational programs and acted as the City’s primary technical consultant for over $400 million in capital projects. He served as Board Chair of the USGBC-Los Angeles Chapter for two years. In addition to his public policy background, Brenden ran operations for the largest green building materials retailer in Southern California and has extensive experience with environmental cleanup and remediation projects at top engineering firms. Brenden is a LEED AP (BD+C) and has lectured internationally on sustainability, green building, and environmental policy.  He is a graduate of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and of Yale University.


Katie Bergfeld
Branch Chief for Building Performance and Enforcement
D.C. Department of Energy & Environment

Katie Bergfeld is the Branch Chief for Building Performance and Enforcement at the Department of Energy & Environment in Washington, DC. Coming to the agency with 10 years of experience in green building, she currently oversees all facets of the District’s benchmarking program, as well as the development of the District’s new building energy performance standards that were set forth in the Clean Energy DC Omnibus Act of 2018. Prior to joining DDOE, Katie worked as a Program Specialist with the U.S. Green Building Council, where she worked in the LEED Certification Department.  Katie has an M.A. in Natural Resources & Sustainable Development from American University and B.S. in Environmental Studies from Emory University. She is both a LEED Accredited Professional (BD+C) and Project Management Professional (PMP).


Nils Rage
Sustainable Design and Innovation

Nils leads sustainable design and innovation in planning and construction at FTSE 100 real estate leader Landsec. Representing over 3 million sq ft of new commercial office destinations and a development cost of over £3bn, these developments are future landmark assets of Central London.

One of the UK’s largest real estate companies and strong climate change advocates, Landsec aims to lead its industry on sustainability. Increasingly recognised for its sustainability programme, it ranked first in 2018 in the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark and is the only UK real estate company on the CDP (Climate Disclosure Project) A-list for climate action. Landsec owns and manages over 24 million sq ft of property, worth £14bn.


Byron Stigge
Level Infrastructure

Byron is the Founder of Level Infrastructure, an engineering and sustainability consulting firm based in New York City.  Level’s specialism is sustainable urban planning and their work spans from master planning to legislation and policy.  Their collaborative approach seeks technical solutions that strike a balance between the social, environmental, and financial goals of their clients.

Byron has taught at Harvard, Columbia, MIT, Yale, Washington University in St. Louis.  He has engineering degrees from Washington University in St. Louis and MIT, and a planning degree from Harvard Graduate School of Design.   He is the co-author of Infrastructural Ecologies published by MIT Press in 2016.