October Forum: Passive House High Rise

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   Register here!   Speakers will include:   Mike O’Donnell, Steven Winter Associates   Mike O’Donnell is a Senior Energy Consultant at Steven Winter Associates, Inc. with ten years of energy efficiency and building science experience. He provides consulting, certification support, site inspections, and performance testing for new construction multifamily projects in the New York City region. Project types include Passive House (PHI and PHIUS), ENERGY STAR Multifamily High Rise, Enterprise Green Communities, and NYC Energy Code TR8 inspections with sizes ranging from smaller four-story buildings to large high-rise towers. He currently holds the Certified Energy Manager, Certified Passive House Tradesperson, PHIUS+ Verifier, and BPI Multifamily Building Analysis certifications.   Gahl Sorkin Spanier CPHC CPHT LEED AP BD+C, Association for Energy Affordability, Inc. (AEA)   Gahl is the AEA project manager for the HANAC Corona Passive House Project. He works with the design team and owner to assure the project achieves its Passive House and sustainability goals. At AEA he works on maximizing sustainability and energy efficiency in affordable new construction and in Integrated Physical Need Assessment (IPNA) projects. Gahl is a Certified Passive House consultant and tradesperson, a LEED AP and holds degrees in architecture and business. Gahl is a founding member of Passive House New Jersey (NJPH).   Zoe Kaufman, PHIUS & PHI Certified Passive House Consultant, Bright Power, Inc.   Zoe is a Project Manager at Bright Power, Inc. where she consults with builders, developers, architects, and engineers on energy-efficient multifamily new-construction projects. She has guided projects into compliance with various ambitious local and international programs, including the PHIUS+ Standard, Passive House Institute, NYSERDA Multifamily New Construction Program, Enterprise Green Communities, EPA ENERGY STAR, and DOE Zero Energy Ready Home. At Bright Power, Zoe continuously strives to make high performance practical for even the most challenging sustainability goals by taking advantage of all opportunities to further her knowledge and apply lessons learned.