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AIA NY Hosts a Passive House Discussion Celebration to End the Year

By Josephine Minutillo
December 02, 2013
Photo © Satpal Kaur Panesar
Construction photo of 424 Melrose Street in Brooklyn with solar thermal panels on roof.

Ever wonder how Santa visits a passive house? (Hint, it's not through the chimney). The folks at AIA New York’s Center for Architecture wanted to know. They’ve invited Chris Benedict to spill the beans about that and other passive house secrets – including how to pitch the project to clients and working out the economics, DOB requirements and construction process – for their last event of the year this Wednesday. A pioneer of passive house design, Benedict’s firm, Architecture and Energy Limited, currently has two multi-family residential buildings rising in Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighborhood. Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council, the owner of both buildings, sought Benedict out for her expertise in designing energy efficient buildings, and was quickly convinced to go for passive house certification, which is achieved following air tightness testing. “In a passive house, the enclosure is very much improved, and mechanical systems are very much reduced,” says Benedict. “The secret sauce to bringing its construction in at the same price as conventional construction is playing on the interrelation of those two elements.” The festive session will end with a casual holiday party.

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Ho, Ho, Ho, Merry Passive House with Chris Benedict: NYC Passive House Projects Summary and BEC Holiday
The Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Place 
NY, NY 10012
1.5 LU | HSW

When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Wednesday, Dec. 4

Price: Free for AIA Member; $10 for non-members

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