September 29, 2018
Passive House (German: Passivhaus) is an international high-performance building standard, which results in the most energy efficient buildings in the world. While the standard was conceived in 1988, by 2010 there were only 13 certified structures in the U.S. (compared to over 25,000 across Europe). As of 2017 though there were over 1200 certified structures in the U.S. and that number is growing rapidly. In a time where the energy landscape is shifting towards more sustainable practices and consumers increasingly see the value in using less energy, the Passive House standard stands as a shining beacon, guiding builders towards a better way.
Passive House buildings are designed and built in accordance with these building science principles:
- Continuous insulation throughout the entire building envelope
- Extremely airtight building envelope
- Energy recovery from building ventilation
- Minimal space conditioning
This month GreenHomeNYC plans to move beyond just discussing how these buildings are designed though and jump into conversation on how and why they are built.
Please join GreenHomeNYC on October 17th to learn about the challenges of implementing these principles in the building process!
Refreshments will be served
Date: Wednesday, October 17th, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Place: Hafele America Co., 20 West 22nd Street, 2nd floor, New York, NY 10010
September 28, 2018
By Pamela E Berns
On August 23, 2018, in partnership with the Bard MBA in Sustainability Program, GreenHomeNYC proudly presented global sustainability pioneer and founder and president of Natural Capital Solutions, Hunter Lovins. Dubbed a “green business icon” by Newsweek, Lovins is a renowned author and has been a champion of sustainable development for over 35 years. She has consulted on business, economic development, sustainable agriculture, energy, water, security, and climate policies for scores of governments, communities, and companies worldwide, and now teaches Sustainable Management at the Bard MBA. Her keen ability to both grasp the biggest picture and dissect the smallest components of that picture with laser precision have made her what Time magazine has called “a millennium hero for the planet.”
September 12, 2018
Hosted by New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, 1359 Broadway
Recap by Curtis Morrow
Photo by Mark Lin
On Wednesday, September 12, GHNYC Careers Transitions hosted our Career Tracks “Environmental Science” where GHNYC volunteer Michelle Andry supplied our venue at New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Our guest panelists included:
George Jackman, PhD, Habitat Restoration Manager at Riverkeeper
Wayne Swenson, Energy Engineer at Steven Winter Associates
Vinicius De Paula, Staff Engineer at Langan Engineering & Environmental Services
Eric Auerbach, Environmental Engineer and Resource Recovery Specialist at ARCADIS
September 5, 2018
This year’s elections will be key in determining the fate of environmental and climate change policy, and New Yorkers will have a lot to weigh in on. The NY State Attorney General’s race could even impact nation-wide policy. In what could be a pivotal election year, it’s crucial that we become educated voters before we head to the polls in November.
Please join GreenHomeNYC, the New York League of Conservation Voters, and WE ACT for Environmental Justice on September 20th for an election-focused environmental forum.
- The results of the September 13th New York State primaries
- Which offices are up for election and who is running in November
- Where all the candidates stand on the environment
- Environmental legislation that is before the New York City Council and New York State Legislature
- How YOU can get involved in local environmental justice initiatives
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