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Seal it Tight, Make it Right - AIA Event

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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.

The 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.

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

Stefan Knust, Director of Sustainability, Ennead Architects (

Organized by: AIANY Committee on the Environment (COTE)

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