Green Building Conference Sets Its Sights High
June 17th, 2014 in New York City
Passive House is a building standard that promises 90% reduction in heating and cooling energy usage compared with existing building stock. Proponents of the standard cite energy savings, comfort, health, and affordability among the reasons Passive House is gaining traction among green building and energy specialists.
Translated as “Passive House” in English from the German “Passivhaus”, the name conjures an image of a wood-framed home. Though most U.S. certified Passive Houses are homes thus far, the NY14 Passive House Conference and Expo seeks to add a new perspective to this image.
New York Passive House in cooperation with the Passive House Academy has announced a one-day conference and expo for June 17, 2014 at the Metropolitan Pavilion at 125 West 18th Street in New York City. The focus of the conference will be big buildings such as multi-family, schools, stores, and office buildings.
Presentations will showcase completed projects from around the world by leading practitioners. The event will also serve as an expo of leading products and service providers that cater specifically to the U.S. Passive House market. Both the conference and expo are focused on delivering information to building professionals.
The conference program offers 10 educational sessions running from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm. The international character of this global building standard is represented with presentations by practitioners from Austria (Lang Consulting), Belgium (Architectes Associes), Ireland (Kavanagh Tuite Architects), the UK (Architype), New York (Steven Winter Associates) and other US regions (PassivScience). Conference organizers anticipate 15 speakers in total, bringing a broad array of expertise within Passive House building field, focusing on in-depth analysis of the obstacles and opportunities Passive House building provides. Over 30 manufacturers or service providers are expected to be represented in the expo, providing a comprehensive overview of specialized products and knowledge essential for low-energy Passive House building. The expo will run from 8:00 am to 6:30 pm with an open bar cocktail reception beginning at 5:30 pm.
For building designers, builders, and owners, the NY14 Passive House Conference and Expo promises the practical context necessary to go passive.