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Site Tour : Full Stack Modular by Paul Castrucci

Paul Castrucci Architect is an award winning architecture firm when it comes to passive house and net zero construction. The firm’s process is the driven by continuing education and site visits that help inform design. The firm is always looking to the latest technology to create additional value for clients as well as adhere to its mission of creating sustainable design.

Impact of an Energy Efficiency Regulation in Northern Canada by Paul Castrucci

Think about building a net-zero energy home with all its challenge except in remote regions with temperatures dropping to - 60 F for extended periods of time? As part of a graduate research, at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, Asok proposed a protocol that uses delivery of prefabricated homes to build affordable net-zero energy homes for Canada’s northern regions. As part of the research,  1200 homes built in the North since the 1950s were evaluated to study its impacts of energy policies on home. The findings were presented at the 7th International Building Physics Conference in September 2018 in Syracuse, USA.

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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.

#NotOurWall : Paul Castrucci Architect firm is against the Southern Border Wall by Paul Castrucci

Wednesday morning the firm quickly and unanimously voted to take the firm pledge proposed by The Architecture Lobby.  The firm's philosophy is contrary to the spirit of the border wall as the firm consists of design professionals committed to sustainability, equity, and community.

The Architecture Lobby is calling for a national day of action on March 10th, 2017 at 4pm EST, 3pm CST, 2pm MST, 1pm PST in opposition to the building of the southwestern border wall proposed by the Trump administration and the Department of Homeland Security. While there are innumerable reasons to stand against the immigration policies of the current  administration and this project specifically, this call is motivated by the belief that the fields of architecture, and engineering are fundamentally rooted in a goal to improve our societies by producing structures that render them more just, more equitable, and more beautiful. The southwestern border wall stands in clear and direct opposition to this goal.

By participating in this day of action, architects and engineers will make clear not only to the current and future administrations, but also to themselves and each other, that their agency will not be exploited in the service of xenophobia, discrimination and racism. Link to full press release

FIRM PLEDGE

If your firm is against the Southern Border Wall, publicly pledge that they will not work on this project or pursue any contracts from the DHS.

Download and print the Firm Pledge and declare your firm’s commitment to  your civic and social principles!

See below to view those who have taken the firm pledge and have publicly affirmed their ethical convictions.

Lecture Series : Andy Vann for Paul Castrucci Architect at Storefront for Art and Architecture by Paul Castrucci

Manifesto Series: At Extremes

With Jordan Carver, Mitchell Joachim, Janette Kim, Lola Sheppard, Andy Vann, and Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss

Job Captain, Andy Vann (along with colleague Jordan Carver,) presented a provocative and compelling manifesto linking contemporary architectural and political acts with the social space of dissonance and violence.  Vann questioned architects’ own complicity in the unequal shaping of the modern metropolis and invited those in attendance to reflect on relevant and effective ways of confronting and fundamentally altering our speculative and exploitative urban economy.

Excerpt from press release - The condition of extremes suggests a tipping point: a moment in which a system shifts from one state to another (often unpredictable) state. 

Manifesto Series: At Extremes discusses how architecture, infrastructure, and technology negotiate limits and operate in conditions of imbalance. Do the risk/reward models prevalent on the trading floors of global financial markets and in speculative real estate projects hold up in disciplines related to design?

How can the entangled relationship between risk and extreme conditions be leveraged in a new and productive model; one that emphasizes speculation as a way to test scenarios, outcomes, and tools? What is the role of design in such contexts? To document? To redress? To mitigate? To capitalize on new opportunities? Does the progressive destabilization of political, social, and environmental conditions render design more relevant, or less so?  Link to more information

About Andy Vann

Andy Vann is an organizer, educator, parent and architect based in Brooklyn. He has taught at City Tech, City College and Columbia GSAPP.

Brooklyn Community Groups Co-Sponsor Town Hall Meeting by Paul Castrucci

Two important non-profit community groups, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration and Bridge Street Development Corporation, co-sponsored  the Mayor's first town hall meeting in Bed-Stuy. Brooklyn's Community Board 3 also co-sponsored and various representatives of city agencies also attended and give opening remarks or where on hand to address audience questions.  A representative of Paul A. Castrucci Architect attended to support the community groups an to ask critical questions on the state of affordable and sustainable housing in Brooklyn. 

 Mayor Bill De Blasio with Council member Robert Cornegy Jr as moderator

Mayor Bill De Blasio with Council member Robert Cornegy Jr as moderator

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Networking + Educational Event : New York Passive House EnterPhit Meet-up by Paul Castrucci

Meet the Expert Series: EnerPHit Session

At the Urban Green Council

Meet the Experts is a new series by NYPH to promote the exchange of much needed knowledge and expertise on topics related to the high performance building standard. Some topics that will be explored include passive house retrofits, passive house performance, HVACs, passive house financing, etc. 

This session provided an in-depth look into three different EnerPHit projects in NYC. Speakers will share their experiences certifying to EnerPHit, discuss available feedback from occupants, and share biggest hurdles and creative solutions. A Q&A session will follow after the panel presentation.

Speakers:

• Amy Shakespeare (Redtop Architects) 

• Michael Ingui (Baxt Ingui Architects) 

• Stas Zakrzewski (zh-Architects)

The firm enjoys partnering with New York Passive House. In the fall (date to be determined) Paul Castrucci Architect will participate in a Meet the Experts Series.

Forum: GreenHome NYC Sustainable Affordable Housing Rehabilitation | Sept. 17, 2016 by Paul Castrucci

Trespa Design Center, 62 Greene St, New York, NY 10012 | Wednesday - September 21, 6:30 - 8:00PM

 

Most of New York City’s affordable housing stock was constructed over thirty years ago, before better insulated, ventilated, and resilient buildings became a requirement. Other city properties may date back a hundred years or more and are subject to incomplete renovations. Compounded by sometimes inadequate maintenance and lack of funding, many of these properties are in need of significant rehabilitation. Additionally, given the economic challenges that many affordable housing tenants face, reducing energy expenses is of high significance. There is an imperative need to rehabilitate these buildings for better energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, resiliency, and affordability.

In this month’s Forum, we’ll discuss the unique New York City challenge of sustainable affordable housing rehabilitation. Our speakers will share their experiences in meeting this challenge, from making the rehabilitation feasible, designing it, and then demonstrating results.

SPEAKERS:

Christoph Stump – Vice President of Design and Construction at Trinity Financial

Sofia Palha de Melo – Senior Energy Engineer at Steven Winter Associates

Andrea Mancino – Project Manager at Bright Power, Inc.

Jaime Alvarez – Project Manager at Paul A. Castrucci, Architect