Zone Greener | Part 1: Thicker, Better Insulated Walls

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In 2012, the City of New York adopted a package of revisions to the NYC Zoning Resolution, collectively called “Zone Green,” in order to facilitate more sustainable and energy-efficient design. Zone Green addressed impediments to building thicker, better-insulated walls and installing solar panels, solar shading systems, green roofs, greenhouses and more.

Fast forward 6 years: Zone Green has successfully solved the problems anticipated at the time, but there are now new technologies and new barriers. Last fall, Urban Green convened a Task Force of over 40 stakeholders to develop a roadmap for additional upgrades to the Zoning Resolution, which would further facilitate the next generation of green building. These are detailed in our new report, Zone Greener.

Part 1 of this two-part series focuses on building better walls; the second will focus on solar. The Task Force identified several major new wall-related issues, which expert panelists will address: high-performance curtain walls, thermal bridging, the re-cladding or over-cladding of mid-century modern buildings and super-efficient walls. They will also discuss the successes of Zone Green in facilitating new masonry walls and the addition of exterior insulation. 

Zach Craun
Associate, COOKFOX Architects

For the past 5 years, Zach Craun has been heading the COOKFOX Green Team, an internal team of employees responsible for implementing sustainable practices in their office. He recently led the WELL Certification efforts for COOKFOX's new office and is helping to organize the firm’s AIA 2030 Commitment. He is currently working on a gas-fired combined cycle power plant in Salem, MA, a 70-unit residential building at 100 Vandam Street in Manhattan, and two urban development blocks in a new 50-acre mixed-use, waterfront neighborhood in Tampa, FL.

Laurie Kerr
Senior Policy Advisor, Urban Green Council

In addition to serving as a Senior Policy Advisor for Urban Green, Laurie Kerr FAIA, LEED AP is the President of lk POLICY LAB and the former Director of Policy at Urban Green Council. A licensed architect with over 15 years of experience, Kerr is a national leader in the development of green building and urban sustainability policy. As Deputy Director of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability, she was responsible for developing the city’s signature green building policies, including the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan, the NYC Green Codes Task Force, the Mayoral Challenges to Universities and Hospitals, and the Energy-Aligned Lease. Kerr has been awarded the AIANY’s Public Architect Award and the NYS AIA’s DelGaudio Award for outstanding service to the profession and was named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. She serves on the board of the Global Cool Cities Alliance and the Cornell Alumni Advisory Board for Sustainability and is the inaugural Director for Sustainability at AIANY.

Adrian Tuluca
Senior Principal, Vidaris

Adrian Tuluca leads the energy/green group at Vidaris Inc., a consulting firm specializing in building envelope, sustainability, energy efficiency and code advisory. His extensive knowledge of envelope sciences includes calculations of heat loss, from manual to THERM to three-dimensional. He investigates moisture transport through walls and roofs, leads CFD studies of air movement and comfort and performs site investigations. He has been providing technical input into the current and proposed NYC Zone Green legislation.

Gina Bocra, AIA, LEED Fellow
Chief Sustainability Officer, New York City Department of Buildings

Stephen Rizzo
Principal, RizzoGroup