New York Passive House Days : Clifton Residence Open House by Paul Castrucci

On Friday Nov. 10, 2017 New York Passive house and Paul A. Castrucci Architect participated in International Passive House Days. From 10 – 12 November 2017, the International Passive House Open Days, put on by iPHA and its international Affiliates, took place for the 14th year in a row. By visiting a Passive House home, office, or even construction site, you can experience the benefits of Passive House first hand!

 

Open House

Sawkill Lumber and Paul A. Castrucci Architect opened the recently completed townhouse in Bedford-Stuyvesant Brooklyn. The open house tours are great places for builders, engineers, architects and green building enthusiasts to learn about the project, and network with many experts in the field. The tour started on the first floor (garden level apt was not open to the public) in the living room area and then migrated to the kitchen and dinning area. Paul Castrucci was on hand with David White of Right Environment .   A few topics covered were thermal break issues, passive house detailing for timber frame retrofits, working with reclaimed wood, and custom double pane windows. Over 50 people were in attendance. 

Tour of First Floor

 

Passive House Family Zone

Paul A. Castrucci Architect is committed to community and families. The firm worked with it's host partner SawKill Lumber to create a Passive House Family Zone where children are welcome to play puzzle games and read children's books on sustainability. The firm wanted to create an environment that would be welcoming for working families interested in learning about Passive House Design. The open house was from 4-6pm a prime time for family time. 

 

Second and Third Floor Tour

Paul Castrucci and David White invited participants to tour the second and third floors. The third floor is an educational space dedicated to AIA, passive house and sustainability events. The room was organized to show a slide show of passive house projects from the firm's portfolio, SawKill Lumber samples with information, and reception area for networking.

Instagram Update: Tadelak and Kitchen area at Warehouse for Artist Studio Project by Paul Castrucci

#architect inspects the #tadelakt . . . too many cracks . . . #tbc at #warehouseforartiststudio

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#cabinates have arrived #kitchendesign and installation next for #warehouseforartiststudio in #yonkersny

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Room by room #tadelakt #warehouseforartiststudio in #yonkersny

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Instagram Updates: Main Living Area and Entrance Way for Warehouse for Artist Studio by Paul Castrucci

Debates : to #paint or not to #paint the #exposedwoodenbeam . . . client says #nomore #white for #warehouseforartiststudio ceilings

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#skylights and new #flooring last details for this #mainliving #space for #warehouseforartiststudio #passivehouse project

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#warehouseforartiststudio grand #livingroomspace exposed wooden beams

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#peekaboo view from #livingroom into the entrace area on the left is the cut out window of the entrance for #warehouseforartiststudio

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Two level view of #mainliving #livingroom area for the #artists in their #warehouseforartiststudio in #yonkersny

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View from #industraldoor entrance of #mainliving space for #warehouseforartiststudio at #yonkersny this weeks #sitevisit

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Clifton Residence - BLOWER DOOR TEST “PASSED!” by Paul Castrucci

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Sawkill Passive House passed the critical passive house blower door test on Friday, conducted by David White of Right Environments, working with Castrucci Architect and Blueline Construction. The house passed within just 1 CFM (Cubic Foot per Minute) of the test standards cut-off – a cliffhanger by building energy standards. Two days earlier, the reading hovered three points higher and out of reach. At that time, all the scouring for micro-leaks in the envelope of the house seemed exhausted; window gaskets were tightened, ventilation hoods tuned, electrical penetrations plugged; each step circling closer, but still short. It was unclear what to do.

But Mother Nature stepped in. Readings can vary slightly from successive tests at the same site. Within that natural range, it is also possible that varied weather conditions account for the difference. As they say, “You can’t step in the same river twice”. On Friday, with lower winds and higher temperatures, the indoor and outdoor environments were unseasonably equal, and that raised a prospect for a new and passing measure. David thought it was worth a try.

David White lives down the block from Prospect Park, and about a fifteen minute bike ride to 158 Clifton. His retro-fitted eight foot bicycle could haul the morning produce of a restaurant, but it’s more regularly strapped down with equipment from “Minneapolis Air Blower”. The bike and its cargo are easily managed by the 6’2” cyclist.

The air blower apparatus is a simple device – supported by a mountain of research. It pressurizes the entire house, but outside of a fan humming, you’d never know the blower door test was even happening. Within minutes, a computer registers dots along an axis; and then it stops for a moment, and the fan is flipped around, with air removed; and de-pressurizing, resulting in an average reading from multiple points of the  building envelope. If there are ghosts in the Victorian era row house, as an older resident on the block claimed early on, they would have certainly caught wind of the air blower test.

The computer graphic – a grid with round and square dots – often tells the story. But it was too close to call on Friday. David clicked through to the precise numerical data and paused, searching the numbers and then said “we passed.” It was just one-quarter-of-one-percent within range, and that was enough.

If it wasn’t. the alternative – which could have produced a passing number for the house months ago – was to “pressurise the neighbours”. This involved setting up similar systems that would flank the row house with pressurised volumes, and act like a headwind against microscopic air loss. Pressurizing just one adjacent house would blow the door off the standards firm threshold, lopping off 100 cfm’s, and it would be completely within the bounds of test procedure. But it was a last resort, and the neighbours of course were already a help, simply living with a party wall in a row house.

The Passive House Certification process prompted a systematic check for air and energy leakage, and a fine tuning process of actions, and it added up to real performance gains. But it was the attention to detail in the construction phase that made the difference. Going back to the bones of the 1880’s building, the old growth softwood joists; each was retained and sistered, and then subject to a thoughtful sealing sequence, with ‘no turning back’. Any energy leakage would be locked in, maybe for generations. All along the way, similar issues were encountered in a structure that was “….in as bad shape as any that I’ve encountered.” said Jim Hartin of Blueline.

Castrucci, Right Environments and Blueline have transformed an old building into one that is, 130 years later, in as good shape as any they’ve encountered. The PHI energy numbers alone may back that up.158 Clifton may also be a first wooden row house to reach certification in New York, and is part of the growing movement to retro-fit across the city.

As David was breaking down the blower door, he noticed one small part of the unit unclamped. “Hmm, that could have been another cfm or two.”

Instagram process and updates: Flooring done for main living space for Warehouse for Artist Studio Projec by Paul Castrucci

Grand #industraldoor and #entrance to #main living space at #warehouseforartiststudio in #yonkersny

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#skylights cleaned and uncovered

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#ledlight strip #lighting details for #warehouseforartiststudio in #yonkersny

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#flooring done in #mainliving space for #warehouseforartiststudio

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#architectural cutout details in bilevel #mainliving space at #warehouseforartiststudio in #yonkersny main space nearing completion

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#flooring and #handforged #rails done in main #livingroom at #warehouseforartiststudio in #yonkersny

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#stairway view from top level #rooftop to lower level space at #warehouseforartiststudio in #yonkersny #architect #sitevisit reviewing completed railing

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#architect #sitevisit #walkthrough of completed #stairway from #basement level to #rooftop at #warehouseforartiststudio in #yonkersny this week

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#stairway to lower level space at #warehouseforartiststudio in #yonkersny railing done!

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Instagram Updates: Main Living Room Area Flooring Complete by Paul Castrucci

#warehouseforartiststudio in #yonkersny #woodflooring complete for #mainliving room area

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#warehouseforartiststudio in #yonkersny #woodflooring complete for #mainliving room area

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#warehouseforartiststudio in #yonkersny #woodflooring complete for #mainliving room area

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Instagram Updates: Public Entry Details and Earthroom by Paul Castrucci

Entrance to #warehouseforartiststudio #yonkersny

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The mysterious #petrock has found a place in the entrance to #warehouseforartiststudio #yonkersny

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Detail work and inspection of Entrance to #warehouseforartiststudio #yonkersny

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Lastest walkthrough with #architect examines beam issues in the entrance to #warehouseforartiststudio #yonkersny

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#earthroom gets a coat of #freshpaint the interior is next for #warehouseforartiststudio in #yonkersny

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#earthroom gets a coat of #freshpaint the interior is next for #warehouseforartiststudio in #yonkersny

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#earthroom gets a coat of #freshpaint the interior is next for #warehouseforartiststudio in #yonkersny

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#stairway to #rooftop and #mainliving spaces at #warehouseforartiststudio in #yonkersny

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#windowscreen and grates installed #architect walkthrough of #warehouseforartiststudio in sunny crip #yonkersny

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Blow door demonstration with David White and Paul Castrucci Architect by Paul Castrucci

A blower door is a machine used to measure the airtightness of buildings. It can also be used to measure airflow between building zones, to test ductwork airtightness and to help physically locate air leakage sites in the building envelope.

Demonstration was part of Open House New York Weekend Open House. 

Instagram Update: Open House New York at Clifton Residence by Paul Castrucci

David of #rightenvironment preparing for #blowdoor #demonstration after question and answer session in #bedstuy #rowhouse

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@zamboni_i and Alan of #sawkilllumbers during the question and answer segment at @openhousenewyork in #bedstuy #brooklyn

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#kitchen tours at #clifton #residence for @openhousenewyork with grayson the #projectarchitect

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@openhousenewyork in #bedstuy #brooklyn with david of Right Environments talking about #mechanical #systems

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@openhousenewyork grayson the #projectarchitect with @riseboronyc

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Open House New York - Question and Answer segment during the open house. by Paul Castrucci

During the open house the public got a chance to ask the team questions about the row house and the passive house process. Afterwards the audience got a chance to see a demonstration of a blow door test machine.

About The Clifton Residence

The 158 Clifton Residence is a two family row house in Brooklyn, New York. The structure is being gut-renovated to the Passive House New York EnerPHit standard and supplemented with a Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Array to achieve near Net Zero energy capability.

The building is a wood frame structure, which is rare in New York City. Some of the typical Passive House details used in other projects needed to be modified to account for different thermal and moisture conditions of the structure.As a retrofit, special consideration was required to air seal the building. Paul Castrucci, Architect developed air sealing details specifically for this project and followed up with contractors’ training and inspections to ensure proper installation.

About OHNY
For two days each October, Open House New York Weekend unlocks the doors to New York’s most important buildings, offering an extraordinary opportunity to experience the city and meet the people who design, build, and preserve New York. From colonial to contemporary, residential to industrial, hundreds of sites across the five boroughs are open to visit, with tours, talks, performances and other special events taking place over the course of the weekend. Through the unparalleled access that it enables, OHNY Weekend deepens our understanding of the importance of architecture and urban design to fostering a more vibrant civic life and helps catalyze a citywide conversation about how to build a better New York.

Instagram Updates: Warehouse for Artist Studio by Paul Castrucci

#kitchen cutout and #design at #warehouseforartiststudio

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New #plaster samples for #tadelakt #black or #white for #warehouseforartiststudio

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#livingroom #skylights and kitchen cut out #warehouseforartiststudio

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Updating #balcony area #warehouseforartiststudio in #yonkersny

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#handforged #handrail from the tea room to #Rooftop at #warehouseforartiststudio in #yonkersny

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Instagram Update: Industrial Door Gets Final Adjustments and Panels by Paul Castrucci

#indutrialdesign front #door to residence

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#indutrialdesign backside of the front #door to residence #warehouseforartiststudio

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International presentation for Net Zero architecture and ABC No Rio at Paul Castrucci Architect by Paul Castrucci

Wendy Brawer is one of this year's TED fellows and co-developer for award winning R951 Residence. She invited an international group to tour top GreenMap sites.  Wendy Brawer is the creator of the Green Map, a tool that uses distinctive iconography to denote green-living, natural, social, and cultural resources. Locally led in 65 countries, GreenMap.org will soon relaunch with a new, open approach to inspire greater action on climate health and environmental justice among residents and travelers alike.

The presentation focused on basic passive house principles, net zero projects and ABC No Rio as one of the first Passive House art spaces.

Instagram Update: Water Filtration System and Energy Recovery Ventalador by Paul Castrucci

Flooring and roller shades where also delivered and reviewed/tested during the architect's site visit to Yonkers 

#waterfiltrationsystem it cost the same as a really good #expressomachine #thatswhathesaid

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#warehouseforartiststudio in #yonkersny laying #woodflooring for #herstudio

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#waterfiltrationsystem and #energyrecoveryventilation in the 2nd foor of the main #livingspaces #warehouseforartiststudio #yonkersny

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#shade #test for #warehouseforartiststudio in #yonkersny

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Instagram Update : New lighting Installed at Warehouse for the Artist Studio by Paul Castrucci

LED and Energy efficient spot lights.

#sawtooth #skylights with new lighting installed #warehouseforartiststudio in #yonkersny

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#sitevisit to #warehouseforartiststudio in #yonkersny light meeting with crew leaders

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#warehouseforartiststudio flooring progress in the studio space

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Instagram Updates: Black Tadelakt Installation at Warehouse for Artist Studio by Paul Castrucci

In the kitchen and restroom areas the Paul Castrucci Architect used a black Tadelakt  for walls and cement sink surfaces. Tadelakt is a waterproof plaster surface used in Moroccan architecture to make baths, sinks, water vessels, interior and exterior walls, ceilings, roofs, and even floors. It is made from lime plaster, which is rammed, polished, and treated with soap to make it waterproof and water-repellant.[1]Tadelakt is labour-intensive to install, but durable.[2] 

#tadelakt #waterproof #plaster #moroccan #architecture influence #warehouseforartiststudio in #yonkersny

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more more more #tadelakt #waterproof #plaster technique and design #warehouseforartiststudio #yonkersny

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Paul Castrucci Architect at 2017 Open House New York by Paul Castrucci

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For two days each October, Open House New York Weekend unlocks the doors to New York’s most important buildings, offering an extraordinary opportunity to experience the city and meet the people who design, build, and preserve New York. From colonial to contemporary, residential to industrial, hundreds of sites across the five boroughs are open to visit, with tours, talks, performances and other special events taking place over the course of the weekend. Through the unparalleled access that it enables, OHNY Weekend deepens our understanding of the importance of architecture and urban design to fostering a more vibrant civic life and helps catalyze a citywide conversation about how to build a better New York.


Site Name - 158 CLIFTON RESIDENCE

Site Address - 158 Clifton Pl Brooklyn New York 11238

October 14th | 2pm to 6pm

 

Website URL -  https://www.castrucciarchitect.com/clifton/

Architect - Paul A. Castrucci

Project Architect - Grayson Jordan 

Contractor - Blue Line Construction, Inc. 


About the Site

Recently completed, 158 Clifton is a two family timber framed row house in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. The row house is a unique showcase of reclaimed wood and built to Passive House EnerPHit standard.   It is a modern interpretation of a traditional wood clapboard row house.The row house was easily adapted to meet passive house retrofit ultra low energy use, with an expected 70% reduction in heat and cooling load. Because of the reduction in energy use no fossil fuel is being used on site.


The renovation was an extensive use of reclaimed wood from New York. The front façade is an old growth Douglas Fir utilizing the traditional Japanese art of charring exterior siding, Sho Shugi Ban. The rear façade is recycled Ipe from the Coney Island boardwalk.  The use of Coney Island boardwalk creates a modern rain screen and stark contrast to the front. This renovation reduced the energy demand of the building to the extent that the planned rooftop solar installation brings the Owner’s unit into Net Zero capability.


The woods in the triplex of the house generally follow the geographical area where they were originally harvested. The parlor floor us made of Southern Long-leaf Pine and this wood follow through the common areas. The second floor bedrooms include a mix of mid-Atlantic hardwoods. The top floor loft is antique Eastern White Pine. The homeowner is developing the top floor loft is dedicated to hosting sustainable salons and educational programming.

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Instagram Updates : Minor adjustments to entrance ways at Warehouse for Artist Studio by Paul Castrucci

Miner adjustments to #door #warehouseforartiststudio in #yonkersny

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Front entrance minor details and intallation updates #warehouseforartiststudio in #yonkersny

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Living area door #joice detail #warehouseforartiststudio. In #yonkersny

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#warehouseforartiststudio in #yonkersny #rectangle cutout

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Instagram Updates : Art gallery floor polish at Warehouse for Artist Studio by Paul Castrucci

Main exhibition space #concretefloor sanding . . . epoxy begone!

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Main #artgallery space floor polish almost done at #warehouseforartiststudio #yonkersny

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Her #artstudio sitevisit #warehouseforartiststudio #yonkersny

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Secondary #galleryspace #cementfloor just #polished #warehouseforartiststudio #yonkersny

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