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09.29.2020

Tighthouse vs Standard Annual Energy Use

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FNA team idea session for model iterations on our passive house retrofit project in Brooklyn that will have a new rear facade, vertical addition, and interior stairs. Team from left to right - Christian, Olivia, and Karina. Safely meeting in our outdoor meeting 'room' at FNA.

FNA has several brownstone 2-family buildings undergoing retrofits this summer and we are implimenting passive house strategies. Riding our bikes during the pandemic to our weekly site meetings.

FNA collaborated with developer Seydina Fall on a campus for the Lac Rose region in Senegal. We entered the United Nations World Travel Organization's competition to relook at tourism during COVID-19 which "...is a unique opportunity to restart tourism in a more balanced, innovative, and sustainable way."

Different plan layouts for an environmental center that is flexible and can become an office, a gathering space, an exhibition space, a dj party,etc.

Detail of resurfaced brownstone and new passive house windows on this landmarked Brooklyn brownstone. FNA's project completed construction this summer. In this project we improved the energy performance, added an ERV for fresh air ventilation, new passive house windows, doors, and skylights, continuous insulation at front and rear facade, and solar pv on the roof - for improved comfort and energy performance.

Thermal imagery of FNA's Tighthouse project - photographed on a cold winter night in 2012 soon after its completion. Image speaks a 1000 words to tell the story of high performance building vs standard construction (see neighbor building's leaking heat from fossil fuels to the outdoors through leaks in windows, doors, and facade).

Julie speaking on a panel with Ing Cho and Paul Castrucci about Enerphit and Deep Energy Retrofits at Building Energy Exchange near City Hall.

Lecture on our Tighthouse - first certified Passive House project in NYC - after we won a 2015 AIA NY COTE Award. Asked to speak by the COTE Committee at the AIA at the Center for Architecture in NYC. Photographed with engineer Jordan Goldman - who we often collaborate with on passive house projects. Link to more: https://www.aiany.org/news/row-house-retrofit/