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A Green Community Facility in New York, NY.

  • ABC NO RIO, New Construction. A Collectively Run Community Center for Art and Culture. A NYC DCA/DCC Project. Facilities include Exhibition and Performance Spaces; Digital Arts Technology Center; Educational Facilities; Darkroom; Print shop; Zine Library.

    The ABC No Rio Project is being designed to meet the Passive House Certification Requirements. Passive House is a Sustainable Design Certification that emphasizes a comprehensive energy use reduction approach, utilizing super-insulated/triple glazed windows- high performance building envelope; virtually air-tight building; limitation of thermal bridging balanced energy recovery ventilation; heat from passive solar gains and internal heat gains (people and equipment)to create an extraordinary reduction in energy use and carbon emission.
    The Passive House approach integrates PHPP (Passive House Planning Package), an energy model which sets a limit on energy use. PHPP provides multiple methods to limit energy use and meet the Passive House Minimum Requirements. The Passive House Standard has been verified to result in buildings that are 90% more efficient than standard construction methods.
  • Construction Start Date. Spring 2012
  • Construction year
  • 2012
  • Size in sq. ft.
  • 9000
  • No. floors
  • 4
  • Certification
  • USGBC LEED (Include rating system and level under ""Other"" below), Passive House Certified
  • Green Energy Features
  • PV 5KW. Multicrystaline
  • Energy Efficiency Features
  • 74% more Efficient than Code.
    High Performance Building Envelope.
    High Performance Windows and Doors.
    Thermal Breaks Minimized.
    Energy Recovery Ventilation.
    Virtually Air Tight Building. 0.6 Air Changes per Hour[@50pascal]
    Heat from Solar and Internal Gains
    High Efficiency Lighting.
  • Green Products
  • Low VOC Materials. Paints, Adhesives and Finishes.
    Increased Ventilation.
    Use of Recycled Building Materials.
  • Water Conservation Features
  • Low Flow Fixtures. 0 Flow Urinals.
    Rain Water Collection System for Irrigation.
    Green Extensive Roof 1100sq.ft.
  • Transportation
  • Access to Mass Transportation.
  • Window brand
  • Passive House Certified Window. Mfr. to be selected.
  • Amount and type of insulation
  • Walls R-43
    Roof R-81
    Slab R-20
    Windows/Doors R-9
    Air Sealing to 0.6 Air Changes per Hour. [@ 50Pascal]
  • Type of building (home, school, commercial, etc.)
  • Community Facility
  • Designer
  • Paul A. Castrucci, Architect
  • Builder
  • to be determained
  • Building Style
  • Modern
  • Fuel Type
  • Natural Gas/Electric
  • Annual heating fuel consumption
  • 20.5 MMBTU
  • Annual electricity use
  • 45,640 KWH
  • Company Public
  • www.castrucciarchitect.com
  • Benchmark Score
  • 4.75 kBTU/sq.ft./Year
  • Expected or actual energy savings
  • 74% Better than Code.
  • Owner/Developer
  • Building energy consultant/MEP
  • Zero Energy, Jordan Goldman
  • Green roof consultant/installer
  • Paul A. Castrucci, Architect