Robert Berninger

Track E: Healthy and Efficient Buildings
Wed/PM 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Director - Plant Operations, Energy & Eningeering
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
United States
Hospital Campus Efficiency and Preparing for Future Policies

New York City has implemented the most ambitious building emissions legislation by any city in the world. Local Law 97 implemented in 2019 will create a system that fines buildings based on the total carbon emissions per square foot of building space starting in 2024 and becoming more stringent over time. As a large hospital with strict air change requirements, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center has a significant energy demand for their campus in Manhattan. In order to create a more sustainable design and avoid large fines from the city of New York, this hospital just finished its largest infrastructure project in the history of their organization. As a 137-year-old campus with hundreds of expansions/infrastructure projects, this campus wide steam elimination project was a massive undertaking. Through this presentation we will highlight the challenges and the successes of the completed design, including an LED lighting strategy that created a local code change, unique co-generation implementation, and other important design strategies. Efficient

Robert (Bob) Berninger is the Director of Plant Operations, Energy and Engineering at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). In his 15 years with MSKCC, Bob has held various positions, first as the Energy Manager, overseeing and implementing energy conservation projects, to Plant Operations Manager and currently as a Director managing the day to day operations of the HVAC systems and staff, overseeing the energy management systems and energy budgets, exploring and implementing energy conservation measures. Prior to this position he was the Assistant Manager of the Physical Plant at Columbia University. He holds a B.E. in Marine Engineering from SUNY Maritime College. Robert is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Certified Energy Auditor (CEA) and a Certified Sustainable Development Professional (CDSP). He also holds a United States Coast Guard Chief Engineer’s Steam and First Engineer Motor License. He is a member of the Association of Energy Engineers and is a past President of the New York City Chapter of AEE. Bob was awarded the International Energy Manager of the Year in 2016 by the Association of Energy Engineers.

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