Big City Adventures in Building Science: The Secret Life of High Performance Buildings

High-performance buildings are more than low-energy buildings: they are comfortable, durable, and functional. The methods and strategies that make a big difference in the energy use of office, residential, and retail occupancy buildings are fairly well known, if not widely practiced. The energy benchmarking report created as result of New York City Local Law 84 in August 2012 provides solid and factual information that current design and construction approaches are not resulting in the energy performance expected. Energy use reported for some landmark large “Green” buildings such as 4 Times Square, Bank of America, and Solaire show little improvement. Other real-world buildings examples, with less effective marketing, are demonstrating energy use that is 1/4 to 1/2 that of the more famous examples, often at lower construction cost. The difference is in the design. This seminar will explore the reasons for the poor performance, and outline techniques and strategies required to get to high performance in both building enclosures and HVAC systems.


Event Details:

  • When: 

    Thursday, September 12, 2013
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

  • Where: 

    Center for Architecture
    536 LaGuardia Pl
    New York, NY

  • More information: 

    Event website.

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