Session Number 311

Thursday, October 29, 2020

11:00am - 12noon

Watch the Program & get CEUs

There is no handout for this session.

Panel Discussion: How EnergieSprong Partnership is Leveraging Net Zero Homes in New York's Pilot Study

Bob Krell - Indoor Environmental Consultant & Trainer, CIEC, CMRS, LEED-AP, NYS Mold Assessor, Publisher

Healthy Indoors/IAQnet LLC, Syracuse, New York

Jasper van den Munckhof - Director

EnergieSprong, Netherlands

Greg Hale - Senior Advisor, Energy Efficiency Markets & Finance, NYSERDA - 

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

James Geppner  - Executive Director,


New York State Energy Research and Development Authority


About this program:

This panel will discuss NYSERDA is implementing the EnergieSprong NET-Zero retrofit concept for a pilot program in New York State. Some older building stock will be updated to enhance both the energy efficiency and occupant comfort and indoor environmental quality. One of the goals of this program will be to valiate the effectiveness and scalability of these significant upgrades.


1. Attendees will gain an overview of the principles of EnergieSprong for NET-Zero retrofits.

2. Examples of how these concepts can be incorporated for multi-unit complexes to leverage scalability and cost savings will be discussed.

3. This program will offer one way that New York is seeking to reduce state-wide carbon emissions by upgrading older energy-inefficient buildings via a systemized approach.

4. How this project may serve to validate the need for similar programs around the country.

About the Presenter:

Bob Krell is president of IAQ Technologies, Inc., a Syracuse, NY-based indoor environmental and building performance firm he founded in 1990, offering consulting, mitigation and training services to a variety of clients throughout the country and abroad.


He was the co-founder of IAQNET, LLC in 2013, and serves as publisher of its Healthy Indoors Magazine and online information site,


Bob was named Publisher of Home Energy magazine and took over those duties for the Building Performance Association (BPA) in the summer of 2019. The inaugural issue of Building Performance Journal was released in March 2020.

Jasper van den Munchkof has been one of the key people in setting up Energiesprong from the very beginning and has been the Director of the program since 2012. Energiesprong has been recognised as one of the best energy transition approaches for the build environment in Europe and is seen as a best practice world wide. Jasper has been overseeing all the activities of the Energiesprong team in the Dutch market, which include programs on social housing, private houses, office buildings, care centres and schools. As of 2013, he also oversaw the international expansion of the Energiesprong approach into France, UK, Germany and New York State. This has resulted in the first net zero retrofit projects in France and the UK and the deployment of market development teams in all these countries to scale the market in social housing. He also has been key in setting up Stroomversnelling and has been leading this initiative in 2015 and 2016. 


Currently he is one of the directors of Factory Zero A start-up he set up en got funded in 2016 to provide net zero retrofits in a truly industrial manner. He also continues his efforts to scale net zero retrofits into a truly international market. Jasper set up a new non for profit in 2016 to further the international expansion in Europe and North America and acts as it’s director.


Jasper holds an engineering degree (MSc) in physics and a master degree in Sociology (MA). He has held senior management positions in the energy and telecom sector.

Greg Hale is Senior Advisor, Energy Efficiency Markets & Finance, NYSERDA. Greg Hale joined the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) in February 2018, as Senior Advisor for Energy Efficiency Markets and Finance. Greg is leading an effort to create a policy roadmap to achieve a statewide carbon neutral building stock. This work includes strategic co-leadership for RetrofitNY, an initiative aimed at developing scalable high-performance existing building retrofit solutions that achieve or approach net zero energy. Greg also provides oversight of NYS policy efforts related to energy efficiency financing, including an ongoing role as strategic advisor to NY Green Bank. Prior to joining NYSERDA, Greg served in Governor Cuomo’s administration as Senior Advisor to the Chairman of Energy & Finance, where he focused on the development and execution of the Governor’s signature energy policy– Reforming the Energy Vision (REV). Greg was responsible for overseeing the establishment of the $1 billion NY Green Bank, and was the lead author of NY’s 2015 State Energy Plan. Prior to joining the Governor’s Office, Mr. Hale was the Director of Efficiency Finance at Natural Resources Defense Council’s Center for Market Innovation. Mr. Hale is a founding board member of the New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation, where he currently chairs the HR & Governance committee, and he served on the steering committee of the PACENow Coalition. Prior to NRDC, Mr. Hale spent 17 years in the real estate industry, first as a real estate lawyer at Skadden, Arps, et al., and then as co-owner and general counsel of Cirque Property L.C., a real estate investment company based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Mr. Hale is a graduate of Dartmouth College and The University of Michigan Law School.

James Geppner

Executive Director,

Following his years in Project Finance, where he evaluated companies and studied markets, James advised small and large companies on what’s shaping a market or a behavior. Recently, he started to increase demand for passive buildings using behavioral science. He is currently developing tools to help architects and builders in their interactions with home buyers and developers—so they can be better at identifying likely buyers and get prospects to place a higher value on the attributes of passive and other high performance buildings. He is a graduate of NYU and of SGIB’s investment banking program.

Program Level: Intermediate

Content Area(s): Building Design & Construction (including Green), Energy Efficiency, High Performance Buildings