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August Forum: Building Science 101

August 7, 2017

Building Science is the study of how a building reacts to the physical phenomena surrounding it; in short, it is how a building responds to science. The collection of information from these studies might include temperature and moisture, building envelope and leakage, heating and ventilation, and building materials. These aspects must function together to create a well oiled machine. In this August forum, come join us to hear an international expert in this field speak on his experiences in building science, how he uses this information to optimize a building’s performance and minimize its environmental impact, and how he has learned from past mistakes.

Our speaker this month will be:

Foster Lyons, Building Science and Construction Specialist, Charles Hilton Architects


Foster is a well known and detailed speaker with great experiences and a self deprecating style that is required in the Building Science field.

His firm specializes in the design of single family homes and works, primarily, in the New York and New England area. Foster’s day-to-day functions include the design development and review of building details for improved energy efficiency, weatherization, efficiency of material use and constructability.  In addition, he has considerable interaction with the inspection and review of construction of the completed designs.

Prior to joining Charles Hilton Architects Foster was the New York regional manager for Horizon Builders, a Maryland based contractor specializing in the construction, addition, renovation and repair of single family homes. Previous career experiences included six years as owner of Coastal Point Construction in Greenwich, CT, specializing in architect designed, commissioned custom home construction, six years as a project manager with Hobbs, Incorporated in New Canaan, CT managing the construction of numerous custom residential projects and over ten years as a construction manager with Adler/Valentine Associates in Rye, NY completing many residential, commercial, and institutional buildings.


Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Time: 6:30-8:00pm
Place: Knoll Showroom, 1330 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10019


Click here to register.


We highly encourage attendees to register in advance, as fees increase at the door. If registering at the door, credit/debit card is strongly preferred.

Posted by Sean Amundsen in Blog, Monthly Forum

{Green Careers} Guide to Starting a Green Career in NYC Launch Party, Recap

by Peter Dietrich

On Tuesday, August 1st, GreenHomeNYC released the Guide to Starting a Green Career in New York City, written by Sam Yost, and hosted a release event at NYSERDA with career development professionals (and guide contributors) John Crant and Celia Currin. The guide, long in the making, is the result of an agglomeration of experiences and tips from GreenHomeNYC members and staff. We all know that job hunting is rarely fun, so this guide should help take some of the pain out of the process. It features advice for the gamut of the job search, including interviews, resumes, cover letters, networking, finding a mentor and more. Some tips that apply especially to the green job space are that you should get relevant certifications or accreditations, you should join local green groups (oh hey, you’re already reading this at the GHNYC site) and you should volunteer with groups doing what you want to do. You can download it free from the GHNYC website.


Posted by Samantha Yost in Blog

{Green Careers} proudly presents: Guide to Starting a Green Career in New York City

July 27, 2017

GreenHomeNYC’s Green Careers team is proud to present our new Guide to Starting a Green Career in New York City–a 24-page e-manual that tells you all the things we wish somebody had told us when we were trying to get our own careers off the ground!


We will be making this guide publically available on our website on August 1st, and to mark the occassion we are having a release event, featuring career development professionals John Crant and Celia Currin!

Posted by Samantha Yost in Blog

July Forum Recap: Spotlight on Parks – Bigger and Better

July 26, 2017

By Sunitha Sarveswaran


One of the classic New York City tourist destinations is Central Park, a landmark of innovation in landscape architecture and engineering. However, most tourists and maybe a few residents may not be aware of other equally inspiring parks located in New York City. During the GreenhomeNYC July Forum, Eloise Hirsh, President of the Freshkills Park Alliance, and Noreen Doyle, Executive Vice President of Hudson River Park Trust, spoke about two large revitalization projects in New York City that are transforming abandoned infrastructure into natural havens for communities. Hirsh and Doyle spoke about the history of these parks, detailing the journey, challenges, and upcoming projects.


A Transformative Park to Inspire the World

Fresh Kills Landfill. Image: DSNY Photo Archive

Eloise Hirsh and her seven-member team have worked with limited resources and tough environmental challenges to reshape the terrain and public image of Freshkills in Staten Island. Formerly the world’s largest landfill during its time of operation, Fresh Kills was an eye sore and a spot of heartache in the aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attacks. The sight that most people recall when hearing the name Fresh Kills is the image to the right. However, in 2001, the Municipal Arts Society of New York went to then Mayor Rudy Giuliani with a brighter image. With approval from the Mayor and a draft plan from James Corner Field Operations, a team was assembled in 2006 with Hirsh at the helm.


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