Three Sustainable Design Questions for MAP’s Sara Bayer

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Article courtesy of MAP Architects While the work of sustainable development is a year-round pursuit, Earth Day gives us an opportunity to reflect on our progress and advocate for more. So, we asked our Director of Sustainability, Sara Bayer, three quick questions to talk about where we stand. In the last couple of years we’ve signed the AIA 2030 commitment and won 7 NYSERDA Buildings of Excellence awards, what are…


Faster Facade Installation with Dextall, Work Has Began NY – Queens Project Dwall

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We cant wait to see the building ready! And since its built with our DWall 2000, the building process will be fast. Here are the details: 80% Faster Installation No onsite scaffolding Better injury protection Fire-proof wall panel systems Plug-and-play panels 80%-plus faster to install Snap-fit precision eliminates wet-seal Repeatability and low variability First-time installation accuracy 10-15% less expensive than site-built exterior wall 5X-to-10X through-put capability increase Drastically reduced onsite…


Vancouver To Be Home To World’s Tallest Passive House Building

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Canadian developer Brivia Group has selected downtown Vancouver as the location of its newest and most sustainable project yet. CURV, a 60-storey residential development between Burrard and Thurlow Streets, will be the world’s tallest passive house building – a modern, low carbon and energy efficient building that contributes to a healthier planet, mirroring the environmental ethos of the city of Vancouver. Passive House is the highest standard for energy efficiency in commercial…


Earth Day 2022 is coming!

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Earth Day Initiative is excited to bring a focus on sustainability solutions to Hudson Yards in partnership with Volkswagen this spring. The climate community and the broader public are clamoring to see the path forward on tackling climate change and our environmental challenge. Earth Day Initiative wants to illustrate that path by highlighting some of the solutions being developed in sectors like transportation, energy, and fashion. We invite attendees to…


Using Passive House to Fast-Track Building Electrification

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A growing body of research tells us achieving deep carbon reduction targets of 75% or more will require electrification, including all furnaces and water heaters across the country, and powering those buildings with 100% renewable energy. Nationally, approximately 27% of the total natural gas consumption occurs directly in residential and commercial buildings. This has led policymakers in many U.S. jurisdictions to consider building electrification policies and incentives as a way to meet climate goals. And with research…


New York pension leaders back calls for less fossil fuel financing

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(Reuters) -New York pension officials on Monday said they will support shareholder resolutions filed at major banks seeking quick cuts to the financing of new fossil fuel development, pushing climate issues to the fore of another springtime shareholder meeting season. Shareholders should support resolutions filed at Bank of America Corp, Goldman Sachs Group Inc and four other banks "in order to mitigate the systemic risks posed by unfettered climate change,"…


Gov. Hochul Announces Federal Funding for Homes

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Awards Through New York’s Weatherization Stimulus Program Will Reduce Energy Costs for Low-Income Homeowners and Renters; Advance Governor's Target of Two Million Electrified or Electrification-Ready Homes by 2030 Governor Kathy Hochul today announced $34 million in federal funding awards for over 1,000 homes to become more energy-efficient and climate-friendly. Awarded through the state’s Weatherization Stimulus Program, the funding will support electrification and electrification-ready upgrades that will lower energy costs and improve health…


Let’s save fossil energy! NOW!

Passive House Institute: #EfficiencyNOW shows ways towards independence from fossil fuels Darmstadt, Germany. The call of the hour is to save fossil energy. To achieve this goal quickly, the Passive House Institute has started the #EfficiencyNOW campaign. The research institute explains how each one of us can contribute towards becoming more independent of fossil energy, and ultimately phasing it out altogether. On Passipedia, the Institute provides guidelines on how to…


Empire Building Challenge

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Empire Building Challenge A New Era for High-Rise Buildings The Empire Building Challenge will spur economic growth and renewal in New York by attracting best-in-class manufacturers, solution providers, and entrepreneurs from around the world to help transform our existing building stock into the buildings of the future. Investing in the most promising novel approaches to retrofitting our tallest buildings will transform the high-rise building market and position the State as…


Check out the New York Passive House Podcast!

New York Passive House has published its first episode of the NYPH Podcast on Spotify and RSS.com on Tuesday, April 5. The first episode of the pod features Sarah Bayer and Matt Scheer of MAP Architects discussing the role sustainable building plays in their role as architects. Click here to listen


Blown-In Havelock Sheep Wool Insulation Is A Breeze

Installing blown-in (loose-fill) wool insulation at a professional level just got a whole lot easier. Havelock Wool is changing the game by offering blower rentals directly from Havelock. This is important because the blower they recommend most highly is not the standard model used by cellulose installers. The best part? The rental is free for the first 10 days (a refundable deposit is required.) Why Blown-In Wool? Sheep wool is a great…


THE CHESTNUTS ENERPHIT CASE STUDY – A SCALABLE APPROACH TO RETROFITTING

It is no secret that retrofitting an existing structure to a high standard is more challenging than building a new one. In part, retrofitting is challenging because of the diversity of obstacles faced by designers when considering insulation, airtightness, and thermal bridge mitigation strategies – every house is different. With unprecedented retrofit targets outlined by both Irish and UK governments, it is important to develop scalable retrofit approaches, that can…