Paul A. Castrucci Architect at NYPH18 Conference & Expo and Open House / by Paul Castrucci

This year's conference was focused on a combination of innovative approaches and technologies involving passive house process and issues from the perspective "From Small to Extra Large - Beyond the Envelope". The passive house standards have been proven to "reduce building energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90%" according to New York Passive House. Every year the conference becomes a nexus for professionals and practitioners working on energy efficiency initiatives and high performance buildings to come together.  This year Paul A. Castrucci, Architect was a supporter and participant delivering two presentations. During the Expo Paul A. Castrucci, Architect meet with project partners and suppliers: Klearwall, NYSERDA, 475 High Performance Building Supply, Bright Power, and Rockwool.

During the New York Passive House Conference & Expo weekend architects were invited to participate in the International Summer House Days. Paul A. Castrucci, Architect and ZeroEnergy Design joined New York Passive House (NYPH) for the Summer International Passive House Days. NYPH tours offers the public and industry experts a first hand interaction with Passive Houses. Paul A. Castrucci, RA and Sissily Harrell guided the open house tour on Friday, June 8 from 4-6pm. The architects also held a discussion and educational event on site for builders, engineers, architects, developers, affordable homeowners and green building enthusiasts to learn more about the project. This open house is notable because it will be the first Passive House in Sunnyside Gardens project.

The Sunnyside Gardens Residence is a 1000 sqft single family row house located in the Sunnyside Gardens Historical District in Queens, New York.  Built in 1925, this compact 3 bedroom row house was design by Clarence Stein and Henry Wright in the Art Deco style. The structure will undergo an extensive renovation that carefully incorporates Passive House EnerPHit standards with the building elements that contribute to the special architectural character of the district, including siting, style, scale, material and detailing. Link to full press release