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Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th Street New York, NY 10011

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NY15 Passive House Conference & Expo
Thursday 11th June



Registration & Expo open


North Room

South Room


Ken Levenson, NY Passive House



9:05 - 9:15am


NY Passive House Pioneer Award:  presented to Chris Benedict, Chris Benedict RA and Henry Gifford, Gifford Fuel Saving Inc.

NY Passive House Hero Award: presented to NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYC Mayor's Office of Sustainability.  Accepted by Nilda Mesa, Director of NYC Mayor's Office of Sustainability.

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9:15 – 10:15am

A Revolution in Building: From Brussels to NYC. 
Sebastian Moreno-Vacca, A2M
The story of Brussels' adoption of mandatory Passive House construction is as much about retrofits as it is new buildings. Sebastian Moreno-Vacca's firm A2M has not only been leading the charge in both retrofits and new construction but also insisting on making great architecture of beauty.  Learn how they are doing it in Brussels and then doing it right here in NYC's Meatpacking District.

10:15 – 10:30am


10:30 – 11:30am

The Passive House Institute Steps into the Future: The tools and pathways to reach our low-carbon future.
Jessica Grove-Smith, Passive House Institute:
As New York pushes to dramatically reduce energy demand while switching energy production to renewable sources - economic, resource and resilience questions abound.  How can a building constructed or renovated today be optimized for 2050 and beyond?  Find out how with the new certification classes for Passive Houses with on-site renewable energy and more.   Find out how to future-proof your building.

Passive House Feeling Higher: What it takes to make a high-rise Passive. 
Lois Arena, Steven Winter Associates,
Ilana Judah & Daniel Piselli, FXFOWLE Architects:
Luke Falk, The Related Companies.
New York is synonymous with high-rise building.  To complete New York's low-energy puzzle we need to demystify how we can make high-rises Passive.  This panel will identify obstacles and strategies to make high-rise Passive work for NYC development, including curtain wall and mechanical systems design and construction.

11:30 – 11:45am


11:45 – 12:45pm

Retrofitting Brownstone Brooklyn to Passive House.
Michael Ingui, Baxt Ingui Architects.
Cramer Silkworth, Baukraft & Passive House Academy.
Kevin Brennan, Association for Energy Affordability:

New York's low-energy transformation rests on retrofitting its many existing masonry buildings.  With a dozen Passive House retrofits complete or in progress, this presentation will show the methodology, details and results of this team's efforts to remake historic New York, and how you can do it too.

Panelized Passive House: How pre-fab high-insulation structural panels deliver Passive House performance. 
Chris Corson, EcoCor:
Factory made building components can dramatically improve the quality and efficiency of construction.  Learn about how this leading U.S. Passive House design/build company is bringing panelized construction Passive House building.

12:45 – 2:00pm


2:00 – 3:00pm

Passive House Grows Up: Herz-Lang unlock the world of big buildings.
Dieter Herz, Herz-Lang:
A multitude of building uses fill our city buildings, and Herz-Lang has successfully completed many of those types.  Real world examples will include a chain of hotels, office buildings, governmental buildings, medical centers, even a prison.  See the assemblies, the systems and the results.

Wood Frame Retrofit: re-making our existing wood buildings into high-performance structures. 
Grayson Jordan, Paul Castrucci Architect
Andreas Benzing, a.m. Benzing Architects:
Existing wood frame buildings like their masonry neighbors can also be optimized to Passive House Standards. Walk-through these real world examples: a retrofit in progress located in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, and a completed and Certified EnerPHit house in Mamaroneck, Westchester.  See the processes.  See the details.

3:00 – 3:15pm


3:15 – 4:15pm

Developer Roundtable: Views from the leading edge of market rate and affordable housing.
New York City is embarking on an ambitious goal of building 200,000 units of affordable housing, while a hot market pushes prices into the stratosphere and a huge existing housing stock requires upgrading.   Hear from leading developers about why Passive House is a compelling solution across our housing spectrum.
Steve Bluestone, The Bluestone Organization
Timothy McDonald, Onion Flats.
Michael Levey, Grosvenor.
Stewart Osborne, Nava Companies
Stuart Brodsky, NYU SCHACK Institute of Real Estate

High Internal Load Buildings Case Study: University of Chicago Field Laboratory.
Matthew O'Malia &

Timothy Lock, GO Logic:
From trading floors to medical centers, our high internal load buildings introduce added challenges in reaching low-energy Passive House performance.  Find out how this architect met the challenge and produced a Certified Passive House for the University of Chicago.

4:15 – 4:30pm


4:30 – 5:30pm

Policy, Passive House and a Resilient New York Future.
The 80 x 50 carbon reduction goals adopted by New York City and New York State are very ambitious and necessary. And reducing building energy demand is correctly made a cornerstone of the Mayor Bill de Blasio's policy One City: Built to Last.  Passive House can help achieve these goals and make a more resilient New York.  But what is politically possible?  What is happening now?   What can we learn from places like Brussels and Frankfurt?  How does New York compare with efforts in other North American cities?  What is likely to happen?  Join this important discussion.
John Lee, NYC Mayor's Office of Sustainability.
Costa Constantinides, New York City Council.

Alex Wilson, Resilient Design Institute.
Jessica Grove-Smith, Passive House Institute.
Sebastian Moreno-Vacca, A2M.
Laurie Kerr, Urban Green Council.

Albert F. Appleton, The Cooper Union.





5:30 – 6:30pm


Cocktail reception & expo


Expo closes


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