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Mon 06.01.2015

Seal it Tight, Make it Right

AIA CES: 1.5 LU | 1.5 HSW

When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM MONDAY, JUNE 1

Where: At The Center   

How air tight are our buildings? Whole-building air leakage can result in up to 40% energy losses, not to mention increased risks of moisture migration, corrosion, and unhealthy interior environments. How can architects help deliver better performing designs for something they can’t even see - the air - until it is too late?

Validating air infiltration during construction beyond visual inspections is an emerging energy code imperative (proposed for the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code). It is already an underappreciated cornerstone for meeting the Passive House Energy (and construction) Standard. Only a blower door test is able to demonstrate proof of air-infiltration performance.

Our speakers will describe lessons from the field for new construction and retrofits, including how to establish a clear basis of design, how to document air barrier systems and performance mock-up criteria in drawings and specifications, and how to develop an envelope commissioning process that does not result in a well-documented failure. The presentation will also include a blower door.

Mayor DeBlasio has set New York City on an ambitious carbon footprint reduction path, adopting Passive House Standard principles to meet 80x50 goals as outlined in One City Built to Last. Come hear how to make your building envelopes perform the way you want them to.

Speakers: Terry Brennan, President, Camroden Associates Inc
Nicholas Holt, AIA, Technical Director, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
John Pachuta, AIA, Partner, Heintges & Associates Building Envelope and Curtain Wall Consultants

Moderator: Stefan Knust, Director of Sustainability, Ennead Architects

Terry Brennan is the president of Camroden Associates, Inc. Brennan brings 30 years of experience in building related research including envelope commissioning, building design, policy analysis, development of standards and codes, and curriculum development. Brennan is Chair of the Whole Building Pressurization Test committee for the Air Barrier Association of America and has evaluated air leakage test protocols, including Passive House Standard criteria and procedures for large scale buildings.

Nicholas Holt is a Technical Director at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill/New York. Holt serves on the Board of Directors for the Urban Green Council, is a Senior Fellow with the Design Futures Council, and is a Principal at the Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE). Holt oversees the detailed development and documentation for more than 30 projects including PS62, New York School Construction Authority’s first Net Zero site-energy school.

John Pachuta is a partner with Heintges & Associates Building Envelope and Curtain Wall Consultants. His expertise includes research in sustainable and resilient envelope performance, design of innovative enclosure systems, development of performance specifications, and on-site testing. Pachuta is also an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, teaching courses in building technology.

Organized by: AIANY Committee on the Environment (COTE) and New York Passive House (NYPH)

Price: Free for AIA, NYPH, and Urban Green Council members; $10 for non-members


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