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Mon 06.18.2012

NYC's Net Zero School - The Collaborative Process

AIA CES: 1.5 LUs | 1.5 HSW | 1.5 SD 1.5 GBCI CEUs Anticipated

When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM MONDAY, JUNE 18

Where: At The Center   

P.S.62 Richmond will be the first net-zero energy school in New York City and the Northeast and one of the first of its kind world-wide. The 66,000-square-foot, two-story school will serve 444 pre-kindergarten through fifth grade students. When completed, the cutting-edge building will harvest as much energy from renewable on-site sources as it uses on an annual basis.
Designed to comply with the SCA Green Schools Guide in lieu of LEED certification, the project will be NYC School Construction Authority’s first “sustainability lab”. This exploration into ultimate sustainability and the subsequent evaluation of SOM’s exercise will provide substantial benefits to the City’s School Design Program and help achieve PlaNYC goals for significant reductions in global warming emissions. SOM’s design offers an energy-use reduction of 50% over a SCA standard public school.
Since Net Zero Energy success can only be verified from the occupation of the building after construction, it is based on the real-world data collected from the building over the course of one year and differs significantly from LEED and other similar measures.

Laurie Kerr, AIA is a Senior Policy Advisor for the New York City's Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability, where she helped develop PlaNYC, including the city's greenhouse gas reduction plan, the existing building energy legislation, and the greening of the city's codes. She is a NYS licensed architect with over fifteen years experience practicing architecture, and her architectural criticism has appeared in The Wall Street Journal,Slate, and Architectural Record. Prior to receiving her M. Arch. from Harvard, Laurie earned degrees in engineering and physics.

Bruce Barrett, AIA is Vice President for Architecture & Engineering at the New York City School Construction Authority. The department, which includes approximately 200 technical staff, is responsible for the Scope and Design of all Capital Improvement and New School projects funded in the NYC Department of Education's Five-Year Capital Plan. In support of these efforts, the A&E Department develops and maintains the Design Standards used on all SCA projects, maintains an archival database of plans for the over 1,200 buildings in the school system, and manages the Public Art for Public Schools Program.

The Authority’s design standard focused on sustainability is the NYC Green Schools Guide and Rating System, a LEED-based system developed and adopted in 2007 in response to New York City’s first Green legislation.Prior to her career in architecture, Ms. Barrett taught young children for 12 years. Ms. Barrett has an undergraduate degree from Sweet Briar College, a Masters degree from Bank Street College of Education in NY, and an Architecture degree from the City College of New York.

Christopher McCready, AIA is the Director of SOM Education Lab, and focuses on creating high quality learning environments for higher education and K-12 clients. Since joining SOM in 1988, Chris has managed education projects on a wide variety of scales and has been associated with the Education Lab since its inception. He works with public and private institutions in the United States and overseas and is an expert with the full range of education building types. As both an architect and a planner, Chris has a broad perspective on how an individual project can improve the aesthetic and functional organization of the campus as a whole and support the institution’s unique program, site and mission. He optimizes teaching and learning environments by providing high-quality lighting, air, acoustics, and technology as well as informal spaces that extend learning beyond the classroom. Chris is currently working on a Net Zero Energy school for the New York City School Construction Authority, the New School’s University Center and various projects for the Horace Mann School.

Rob Diemer, PE LEED AP is founding partner of In Posse LLC and has over 30 years of experience in building systems engineering and design. Mr. Diemer is an expert in the design and integration of high performance mechanical systems with a specialization in net-zero energy buildings. Mr. Diemer is Past-Chair of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council and is adjunct professor at Philadelphia University where he teaches the Masters of Science in Sustainable Design, Sustainable Systems course. He has a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering degree from The Pennsylvania State University. He is a licensed professional engineer in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania

Free For AIA and USGBC NY Members
$10 For Non Members

Organized by the AIANY Committee on the Environment (COTE) and Urban Green Council the New York Chapter of the USGBC

COTE programs in 2012 are made possible by the generous support of:


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