Case Study

Deep Energy Retrofit: Multi-Use Building

Continuing Education Credits

GBCI:
Approved for 1.5 CE Hours
AIA CES:
Approved for 1.5 HSW/LU Hours
Event Prices: 
Non-Member
$20
Urban Green Council Core Member
$10
AIA NY Member
$10
ASHRAE Member
$10
Leadership Level Member
Free Admission
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Learn how a midcentury 320,000 sf mixed-use building in downtown Manhattan cut energy use more than a quarter by retrofitting its heating/cooling systems and building controls, while fully occupied. Hear how the building owner avoided upfront costs and helped finance the project through an Energy Services Agreement with a third-party investor, as well as the benefits of a 10-year performance contract that requires aggressive measurement and verification of savings.  

The project's developer, engineering consultant, and technical assurance partner will discuss in detail how the work was financed, permitted, modeled, implemented, and verified—highlighting key lessons for building owners, architects and developers interested in retrofitting existing mixed-use buildings.

Deep Energy Retrofits: NYC is a series of presentations focusing on deep retrofit strategies for existing buildings that will help achieve NYC's 80x50 GHG reduction targets. Each session showcases a retrofit project of an existing building representing a specific New York City typology. Participants can use these case studies as tools to meet reduction targets in other existing buildings.

Series sponsored by ConEdison.

                              

Thank you to our event partners AIA New York and ASHRAE.

                                                

 

speakers
Landon Bevan
Director, SCIenergy

Steve Gossett Jr.
CEO, SCIenergy

Cameron Talbot-Stern
Senior Consultant, Arup

SU+RE HOUSE: A Model of Resiliency

Continuing Education Credits

GBCI:
Approved for 1.5 CE Hours
AIA CES:
Approved for 1.5 HSW/LU Hours
Event Prices: 
Non-Member
$15
Urban Green Council Core Member
$10
AIA Member
$10
Urban Green Council EP Member
$5
Urban Green Council Student Member
$5
Leadership Level Member
Free Admission
Sponsor Member
Free Admission
New School Faculty, Staff or Student
Free Admission
Stevens Institute Faculty, Staff or Student
Free Admission

Registration is now closed. Walk-ins are welcome. 

What uses 90% less energy than its conventional cousins, serves as an emergency power hub for the neighborhood after a storm, and has custom fiber-composite flood proofing integrated into the wall, floor, and roof assemblies, plus an off-grid, direct DC solar hot water system? The SURE HOUSE, designed by students of the Stevens Institute of Technology, won last year's US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. It’s a home designed to mitigate climate change and prepare inhabitants—and neighbors—for rising seas and increasingly severe storms. See a special presentation from the project's student team leads on its resiliency features and what elements of the design may be scalable for larger buildings.

The SURE HOUSE team took first place overall in the October 2015 contest, after an unprecedented streak of winning first in seven individual contests, including Architecture, Market Appeal, Engineering, Communications, Commuting, Appliances and Home-Life.

Thank you to our event partners Parsons The New School and AIANY COTE and our co-host Parsons School of Constructed Environments.

           

 

speakers
AJ Elliott
Student Electrical Engineer, Stevens Institute SURE HOUSE

AJ is a second year Master’s student at Stevens Institute of Technology in the Product Architecture and Engineering program. Within his role of the Solar Decathlon team, AJ developed an islanding solar system for blackouts, integrated a disaster-ready community charger, and implemented a system for home energy monitoring.

Chris Hamm
Student Energy Engineer and Construction Manager, Stevens Institute SURE HOUSE

Chris is a second year Master's student at Stevens Institute of Technology and is studying to become a Certified Passive House Consultant as well as a LEED Green Associate. His undergraduate research on adapting the Passive House standard to U.S. climate zones helped him to successfully direct the energy modeling and construction of the SURE HOUSE.

Tom King
Student Fabrication Specialist, Stevens Institute SURE HOUSE

Tom is a Master’s student at Stevens Institute of Technology in the Product Architecture and Engineering program. He worked heavily in the research, design and fabrication of floodproofing prototypes on the SURE HOUSE including the waterproof sheathing layer and storm shutter systems.

Elizabeth Lamb
Student on the Energy Modeling Team, Stevens Institute SURE HOUSE

Elizabeth completed her undergraduate work this past spring as a Mechanical Engineer at Stevens Institute of Technology. She coordinated the operation of the SURE HOUSE and worked on the energy modeling team with a focus on appliances.

A Skyscraper That Breathes: PNC Tower

Continuing Education Credits

GBCI:
Approved for 1.5 CE Hours
AIA CES:
Approved for 1.5 HSW/LU Hours
Event Prices: 
Non-Member
$15
Urban Green Core Member
$10
AIA NY Member
$10
NYPH Member
$10
Urban Green Council EP Member
$5
Leadership Level Member
Free Admission
Sponsor Member
Free Admission

For more information, check out our event preview.

Registration is now closed for this event. No walk-ins will be accepted due to limited space.


Touted as the greenest skyscraper in the world, PNC’s new $400 million, 33-story corporate headquarters in Pittsburgh (completed in October, 2015) employs an array of impressive sustainability strategies including multiple façade systems and a solar chimney. For approximately 42% of working hours throughout the year, the building will rely on operable windows and flaps in its sophisticated glass skin to bring in fresh air, rather than on mechanical ventilation.

Hear architect Doug Gensler (Gensler), mechanical engineer Denzil Gallagher (BuroHappold Engineering), and sustainability consultant Tom Paladino (Paladino and Company) speak about the design team’s methods for combining natural and mechanical ventilation, and how extensive energy modeling and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) studies were used to predict system performance—and create a tower that is projected to use half the energy of a typical tall office building.

Thank you to our event partners Con Edison, New York Passive House, and AIA New York.

                                                                                                    

Photo © Connie Zhou/Gensler

speakers
Denzil Gallagher
Principal, BuroHappold Engineering

Doug Gensler
Managing Director, Principal, Gensler

Tom Paladino
Founder, CEO, Paladino and Company

Deep Energy Retrofit: Row House

Continuing Education Credits

GBCI:
Approved for 1.5 CE Hours
AIA CES:
Approved for 1.5 HSW/LU Hours
Event Prices: 
Non-Member
$20
Urban Green Council Core Member
$10
AIA NY Member
$10
ASHRAE Member
$10
NYPH Member
$10
Leadership Level Member
Free Admission
Sponsor Member
Free Admission

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Learn how an 1899 Brooklyn row house became NYC's first Passive House-certified home through renovations that relied on energy modeling, integrative design, air tightness, and performance metrics. The architect, builder, and passive house consultant will speak in detail about how the work was accomplished and how this case study has informed subsequent projects.

Deep Energy Retrofits: NYC is a series of presentations focusing on deep retrofit strategies for existing buildings that will help achieve NYC's 80x50 GHG reduction targets. Each session showcases a retrofit project of an existing building representing a specific New York City typology. Participants can use these case studies as tools to meet 80 x 50 reduction targets in other existing buildings.

Series sponsored by ConEdison.

                           

Thank you to our event partners AIA New York and New York Passive House.

                               
speakers
Julie Torres Moskovitz, AIA, LEED AP, CPHT
Founding Principal, Fete Nature Architecture, PLLC

Julie Torres Moskovitz is principal architect at FNA and was lead designer on Tighthouse, the first certified passive house in NYC, and a retrofit of an 1899 rowhouse. She is author of Princeton Architectural Press’ The Greenest Home, which features 18 Passive House case studies. She recently formed a joint venture with Belgian Architect Sebastian Moreno-Vacca, an architect who is at the center of Belgian’s sustainable success story—an initiative that has resulted in millions of square feet of passive house buildings in just five years.

Jordan Goldman
Founding Principal, Zero Energy Design

Jordan Goldman is a specialist in energy modeling, mechanical engineering, and manages the HVAC design practice for ZeroEnergy Design. He is fluent in building envelope strategies and energy efficient construction systems, building science design principles, as well as mechanical system design, specification, and sizing for enhanced energy performance. Jordan has been recognized by the EPA for his achievement in systems design for green buildings and has been featured on NPR. He is a Certified Passive House Consultant, LEED Accredited Professional, and HERS Rater.

Kevin Brennan
Building Science Consultant & Trainer, Passive House Academy

Kevin Brennan is a PHI certified passive house tradesperson, BPI retrofit Installer, ABAA auditor and ABAA self adhered / fluid applied air barrier installer. For the past 3 years, Kevin has been delivering the PHI certified passive house tradesperson courses in the bronx at AEA's hands on passive house training facility. Kevin is an instructor for the Air Barrier Association of America.

Cornell Tech: Passive House Reaches New Heights

Continuing Education Credits

GBCI:
Approved for 1.5 CE Hours
AIA CES:
Approved for 1.5 HSW/LU Hours
Event Prices: 
Leadership Level Member
Free Admission
Sponsor Member
Free Admission
Urban Green Council Core Member
$10
AIA NY Member
$10
NYPH Member
$10
Urban Green Council EP Member
$5
Urban Green Council Student Member
$5
Non-member
$15

Read the event summary on our blog, Points of View.


What will it take to bring the largest residential Passive House in the world from conception to completion? Join project leads from Related, Hudson Companies, Handel Architects, and Steven Winter Associates for an in-depth presentation on Cornell University’s high-rise residential tower, designed to Passive House standards and currently under construction on Roosevelt Island. Part of their new tech campus, the 26-story building will house students and faculty members in 350 apartments, making it both the largest and tallest PH building in the world upon completion.

Thank you to our event partners AIA New York and New York Passive House.

speakers
Lois Arena, PE
Senior Mechanical Engineer, Steven Winter Associates, Inc

Ms. Arena has over 20 years experience in building science, including work with both new and existing buildings. She holds both US and international Passive House consultant certifications and is currently consulting on multiple Passive House projects.

Luke Falk
Assistant Vice President, Related

Mr. Falk supports the implementation of Related’s corporate sustainability strategy, which includes enhancing the energy performance and resilience of new and existing buildings, incorporating innovative technologies into Related’s development portfolio, and managing the LEED certification process for new developments.

Deborah Moelis, AIA
Senior Associate, Handel Architects

Ms. Moelis currently serves as Project Manager for Cornell University’s new residential tower under construction on the Roosevelt Island campus. Previously, she oversaw construction of Millennium Place, a 256-unit residential building in downtown Boston, as well as design and construction of Aire, a 42-story 315-unit residential tower on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

Arianna Sacks Rosenberg
Senior Project Manager, The Hudson Companies, Inc.

Ms. Rosenberg has over 9 years of experience in real estate development and design, and oversees a broad range of residential and commercial development projects in Manhattan and Brooklyn, including the development of the Cornell Tech residential building.

Stacking Up: Modular Housing

Continuing Education Credits

GBCI:
Approved for 1.5 CE Hours
AIA CES:
Approved for 1.5 HSW/LUs
Event Prices: 
Urban Green Council Student Member
$5
Urban Green Council EP Member
$5
Urban Green Council Core Member
$10
Non-Member
$15
Sponsor Member
Free Admission
Leadership Level Member
Free Admission

Read the event summary on our blog, Points of View.


NYC Emergency Housing prototype in Brooklyn, NY.
NYC Emergency Housing prototype in Brooklyn, NY.
 

Addressing a rapidly growing population and a changing climate, Mayor de Blasio's OneNYC aims to create 240,000 new housing units by 2025, reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050, and end long-term displacement from homes. Modular and prefabricated construction could be a critical piece in achieving these goals.

Join us in exploring two pre-fab, modular projects: FC Modular’s B2 BKLYN (set to be the world’s tallest modular apartment building) and Garrison Architect’s NYC Emergency Housing Prototype (post-disaster, multi-story, multi-family units that can be deployed in less than 15 hours). Learn the benefits and challenges of their construction methods, specifically in dense urban areas, and how these structures will help NYC adapt for the future.

SCHEDULE
6:00 - 6:30 PM  Registration and Reception
6:30 - 8:00 PM  Presentations and Discussion

speakers
James Garrison, AIA, RA, NCARB
Principal, Garrison Architects

Mr. Garrison is an architect and educator whose work expands the boundaries of sustainability, demonstrating how modern architecture can address the ecological realities of our era. He believes that teaching and practice reinforce one another; in addition to leading his own firm, he is a professor at the Pratt Institute.

Roger Krulak
Senior Vice President, FC Modular

With over 25 years in the construction industry and 12 years with Forest City Ratner Companies, Mr. Krulak has extensive experience in both the construction and development sides of real estate. He received the Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award for his work on the creation of the high-rise modular construction process.

Seal it Tight, Make It Right

Continuing Education Credits

GBCI:
Approved for 1.5 CE Hours
AIA CES:
Approved for 1.5 HSW/LU Hours
Event Prices: 
Urban Green Council Member
Free Admission
AIA NY Chapter Member
Free Admission
Non-member
$10

How air tight are our buildings really? Whole-building air leakage can result in up to 40% energy losses, not to mention increased risks for moisture migration, corrosion, and unhealthy interior environments. How can we deliver better performing designs for something we can’t even see––the air?
 
Validating air infiltration during construction beyond visual inspections is an emerging energy code imperative (proposed for the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code) but is already a cornerstone for meeting the Passive House Energy Standard. Case studies will feature commercial and institutional projects, including P.S. 62, New York’s first Net Zero School.

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This program was organized by AIANY Committee on the Environment (COTE) and Urban Green Council.

moderator
Stefan Knust
Director of Sustainability, Ennead Architects

Mr. Knust is a certified U.S. Passive House Consultant and has over twenty years of experience in the design and construction of complex institutional projects that serve the community and student learning.

speakers
Terry Brennan
President, Camroden Associates Inc

Mr. Brennan brings 30 years of experience in building related research including envelope commissioning, building design, policy analysis, development of standards and codes, and curriculum development.

Nicholas Holt
Technical Director, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Mr. Holt serves on the Board of Directors for the Urban Green Council, is a Senior Fellow with the Design Futures Council, and is a Principal at the Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE).

John Pachuta
Partner, Heintges & Associates

Mr. Pachuta's expertise includes research in sustainable and resilient envelope performance, design of innovative enclosure systems, development of performance specifications, and on-site testing.

Think Bigger, Dig Deeper: Scaling Up Energy Conservation Measures

Continuing Education Credits

GBCI:
Approved for 1.5 CE Hour
AIA CES:
Approved for 1.5 HSW/LU Hour
Event Prices: 
Urban Green Council Member
$10
AIA NY Chapter Member
$10
ASHRAE NY Chapter Member
$10

Read the event summary on our blog, Points of View.


There seems to be an endless array of retrofit options to choose from when considering ways to improve energy conservation for a single building. Which strategies continuously and systematically improve energy efficiency throughout an entire portfolio? Come hear how leading market property owners and managers have implemented innovative solutions to reach deeper savings across multiple buildings.

SCHEDULE

6:00 - 6:30 PM  Registration and Reception
6:30 - 8:00 PM  Presentation and Panel Discussion

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This Integration Series presentation was organized by AIANY Committee on the Environment (COTE), ASHRAE NY Sustainability Committee, and Urban Green Council.

Special thanks to our event sponsor:

speakers
Eric Duchon
Director of Sustainability Strategies, Cushman & Wakefield

Mr. Duchon manages Cushman & Wakefield's environmental initiatives, including their LEED for Existing Buildings certifications and their Energy & Sustainability Taskforce.

Jonathan Flaherty
Director of Sustainability, Tishman Speyer

Mr. Flaherty manages energy efficiency projects, environmental compliance, corporate sustainability strategy, and other activities related to sustainability throughout the company.

Sukanya Paciorek
Senior VP of Corporate Sustainability, Vornado Realty Trust

Ms. Paciorek oversees Vornado’s corporate strategy, goals, programs and policies, and reporting and disclosure related to energy efficiency, management and sustainability.

Biophilia: Transforming Industrial Spaces

Continuing Education Credits

GBCI:
Approved for 1.5 CE Hour
AIA CES:
Approved for 1.5 HSW/LU Hour
Event Prices: 
Urban Green Council Member
$10
Non-member
$15
Sponsor Member
Free Admission
Leadership Level Member
Free Admission

Online registration for this event is now closed, but walk-ins are welcome.

Biophilia: Transforming Industrial Spaces
Kickstarter’s headquarters in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Join us for a panel discussion on biophilia and the concepts of Terrapin Bright Green’s recently published report, 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design. After a brief introduction of the report, speakers will review the patterns' practical application in two case study projects:

  • Kickstarter’s new headquarters in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, which transformed a derelict factory into a remarkable office space
  • Clif Bar’s plan for an industrial bakery in Twin Falls, Idaho, that aspires to be a healthy, biophilic, 24-hour workplace for several hundreds of employees

Schedule

6:00 – 6:30 PM  Registration and Reception
6:30 – 8:00 PM  Presentations and Panel Discussion


moderator
Chris Garvin
Partner, Terrapin Bright Green

Mr. Garvin has over 20 years' experience in the sustainable design community. His work spans a range of building types and includes innovative biomimetic product development, building systems integration, and large-scale planning.

speakers
Elysa Hammond
Director of Environmental Stewardship, Clif Bar & Company

Ms. Hammond oversees Clif Bar’s efforts to reduce its environmental impact, green their supply chain, and expand their support of organic, sustainable food and agriculture.

Catie Ryan
Senior Project Manager, Terrapin Bright Green

Since joining Terrapin in 2008, Ms. Ryan has worked with several clients on biophilic design strategy and implementation. She co-authored Terrapin's 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design.

Ole Sondresen
Principal, Ole Sondresen Architect

A native of Norway, Mr. Sondresen has spent his career in the sustainable building and design realm. He recently completed the adaptive reuse of an abandoned manufacturing building for Kickstarter.

EnerPHit: The Passive House Standard for Energy Retrofits

Continuing Education Credits

GBCI:
Approved for 1.0 CE Hours
AIA CES:
Approved for 1.0 HSW/LU Hour
Event Prices: 
Urban Green Council Member
$10
Non-member
$15
Sponsor Member
Free Admission
Leadership Level Member
Free Admission

Read the event summary on our blog, Points of View.


New York City’s building stock represents a significant investment of natural resources, both in construction and operation. And, as new construction projects strive to achieve the Passive House Standard, many look to how similar energy-saving strategies can apply to our existing buildings. For some, the answer is EnerPHit; the passive house energy retrofit standard launched by Passive House Institute founder, Dr. Wolfgang Feist.

Join us to learn how EnerPHit requirements differ from the Passive House standard and how wide application in NYC can help us reach larger emission reduction goals. Speakers will also examine an EnerPHit case study in Brooklyn, discussing the challenges and opportunities.

EnerPHit House Interior & Exterior
Interior and exterior view of EnerPHit case study project.

Thank you to our event partners AIA New York and New York Passive House.

speakers
Jane Sanders, AIA, CPHD
Principal and Owner, Jane Sanders Architect

Ms. Sanders is an architect and Certified Passive House Designer in Brooklyn, NY. Before starting her own business, she spent 12 years at Jan Hird Pokorny Associates, a firm specializing in Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse. She is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design.

Jeremy R. M. Shannon, AIA, LEED AP, BPI
CEO and Principal Architect, Build with Prospect, Inc. and Prospect Architecture

Mr. Shannon is a Certified Passive House Consultant and Tradesperson. He is a founder of the National Passive House Alliance and serves on the Board of Directors of NY Passive House. With Build with Prospect, Inc., he has designed and renovated eight townhouses to the EnerPHit standard.

Cramer Silkworth
Chief Engineer, Baukraft Engineering

Cramer founded Baukraft Engineering, which provides consulting and mechanical system design for architects and homeowners on low energy residential projects. He also teaches at Rhode Island School of Design and City College of New York.

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