New York Passive House Conference to Highlight NYC Mayor’s Plan, One City: Built To Last


The New York Passive House Conference & Expo set for June 11th, 2015

New York City, NY (PRESS RELEASE) May 06, 2015


The annual New York Passive House Conference & Expo is set to take place June 11, 2015 in Manhattan at 125 West 18th Street and promises to make the case that Passive House is uniquely suited to helping achieve New York City’s low-carbon future.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s policy to reduce city-wide carbon emissions 80% by 2050 in his plan One City: Built to Last, has set the course for effective climate change mitigation and resilient adaptation. Passive House is only building standard mentioned in the plan and the one standard that reliably and affordably delivers deep cuts in energy use proportionate to our climate challenge, while providing increased comfort, indoor health, and climate resilience – including net-zero and energy-positive buildings.

NY Passive House president Ken Levenson notes, “as New York City embarks on its ambitious journey to dramatically reduce carbon emissions, Passive House is the one proven methodology to deliver, not just the needed carbon reductions, but improved health and economic activity for all New Yorkers.”

The event is curated for building professionals interested in the low-energy building future. Presenters and vendors of leading specialized high-performance products and services from around the world will demonstrate how Passive House is being successfully implemented.

A highlight of the day will be the keynote address by Sebastian Moreno-Vacca, an architect instrumental in making Passive House a requirement for new construction and substantial retrofits in Brussels, Belgium. Organizers expect more than 500 participants including architects & engineers, property developers & managers, policy officials, and regulators.

Topics to Include:

A2M project photo      – Retrofitting buildings to Passive House performance

      – Net-Zero and Energy Positive Passive Houses

      – Passive House and Resiliency

      – Large scale new and retrofit projects

      – Commercial, institutional & residential projects

      – New Passive House certification standards

Presentations Include:

      – A Revolution in Retrofits: From Brussels to NYC, Keynote presentation by Sebastian Moreno-Vacca, A2M. The Story of Brussels’ adoption of mandatory Passive House construction is as much about retrofits as it is new buildings. Learn how they are doing it in Brussels and then doing it right here in NYC’s Meatpacking District.

      – Passive House Standards meet Positive Energy Building and step-by-step Retrofits: New paradigms in future-proof building. Jessica Grove-Smith, Passive House Institute. Find out the details of the new certification standards for net-zero and energy positive buildings, including new primary energy calculation methodology, that are designed to allow your building optimization to have the best climate change mitigation potential.

      – Retrofitting Brownstone Brooklyn to Passive House. Michael Ingui, Baxt Ingui Architects. Cramer Silkworth, Baukraft & Passive House Academy. Kevin Brennan, Association for Energy Affordability. With a dozen Passive House retrofits complete or in progress, this presentation will show the methodology, details and results of this team’s transformative efforts in historic New York.

      – University of Chicago Field Laboratory Building: Certified Passive House. Matthew O’Malia, GO Logic. High internal load buildings like laboratories pose specific challenges in reaching Passive House performance. Find out how this architect made it happen.

      – Passive House 2.0: It’s the least we can do. Dieter Herz, Herz-Lang. Passive House is the new baseline for buildings. With Passive House performance in place we can economically fight climate change and deliver energy neutral and energy positive buildings. Real world examples will include a chain of hotels, big non-residential buildings and retrofits of existing buildings. See the assemblies, the systems and the results. Resiliency has never felt so good.

      – Policy, Passive House, and a Resilient New York Future. Alex Wilson, Resilient Design Institute. Jessica Grove-Smith, Passive House Institute. Sebastian Moreno Vacca, A2M. Others to be announced. An exposition and discussion on the role Passive House can and should play in the meeting Mayor de Blasio’s 80 x 50 carbon reduction goals and making a more resilient New York.


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