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NY15 Conference and Expo - Built To Last: Passive House.

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This one day event will demonstrate how Passive House can help you make a New York that is built to last.

The conference will begin with the presentation of two awards: The NY Passive House Pioneer Award to Chris Benedict, Chris Benedict RA ( Henry Gifford, Gifford Fuel Savings Inc ( for their deep commitment to low-energy building, demonstrating the significant potential of Passive House building in New York; and the NY Passive House Hero Award to Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Mayor's Office of Sustainability ( for building awareness of, and support for, the dramatic energy efficiency measures of Passive House. The awards will be presented by Josh Fox, director and producer of the award-winning documentary, GASLAND (, a film that demonstrates the perils of gas hydrofracking and argues the need for a fossil fuel free, low-energy future.

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s policy to reduce city-wide carbon emissions 80% by 2050 in his plan One City: Built to Last (, has set the course for effective climate change mitigation and resilient adaptation.

Passive House is the one building standard that reliably and affordably delivers deep cuts in energy use proportionate to our climate challenge, while providing increased comfort, indoor health and climate resilience - including net zero and energy positive buildings.

If you’re a stakeholder in our low-energy building future find out how Passive House is being successfully implemented and ask questions that relate directly to your situation.


Presentations Include:

· 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. Learn how they are doing it in Brussels and then doing it right here in NYC's meat-packing district.

· The Passive House Institute Steps into the Future: The tools and pathways to reach our low-carbon future. Jessica Grove-Smith, Passive House Institute. Find out the details of the new certification standards for net-zero and energy positive buildings, including new primary energy calculation methodology that are designed to allow your building optimization to have the best climate change mitigation potential.

· Retrofitting Brownstone Brooklyn to Passive House. Michael Ingui, Baxt Ingui Architects. Cramer Silkworth, Baukraft & Passive House Academy. Kevin Brennan, Association for Energy Affordability. With a dozen Passive House retrofits complete or in progress, this presentation will show the methodology, details and results of this team's transformative efforts in historic New York.

• 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.

· High Internal Load Buildings Case Study: University of Chicago Field Laboratory. Matthew O'Malia, Timothy Lock, G-O Logic. High internal load buildings like laboratories pose specific challenges in reaching Passive House performance. Find out how this architect made it happen.

· Passive House Grows Up: Herz-Lang unlock the world of big buildings. Dieter Herz, Herz-Lang. Passive House is the new baseline for buildings. With Passive House performance in place we can economically fight climate change and deliver energy neutral and energy positive buildings. Real world examples will include a chain of hotels, big non-residential buildings and retrofits of existing buildings. See the assemblies, the systems and the results. Resiliency has never felt so good.

· Policy, Passive House and a Resilient New York Future. John Lee, NYC Mayor's Office of Sustainability. Laurie Kerr, Urban Green Council. Alex Wilson, Resilient Design Institute. Jessica Grove-Smith, Passive House Institute. Sebastian Moreno-Vacca, A2M. Moderated by Albert Appleton. An exposition and discussion on the role Passive House can and should play in the meeting Mayor de Blasio's 80 x 50 carbon reduction goals and making a more resilient New York.

The conference is also an Expo of over 30 of the leading component and service providers crucial to making Passive House buildings a reality. These include :

Platinum Sponsor: Klearwall ( windows and doors.
Gold Sponsors: Pro Clima (, European Architecture Supply ( and Yaro Windows (
Silver Sponsors: Zehnder America (, Steven Winter Associates (, Built with Prospect (,Cosella Dorken (, Logix (, NYSERDA (, The Association for Energy Affordability (, SIGA (, PBDW Architects ( and BuildForward (

AIA HSW continuing education credits will be available to qualified attending professionals.

Find our more and register here (

The cost is $225 for general admission, $155 for NYPH members (become a NYPH member here (, $75 with a student ID. Register here (