Seal it Tight, Make It Right

Continuing Education Credits

Approved for 1.5 CE Hours
Approved for 1.5 HSW/LU Hours
Event Prices: 
Urban Green Council Member
Free Admission
AIA NY Chapter Member
Free Admission

How air tight are our buildings really? Whole-building air leakage can result in up to 40% energy losses, not to mention increased risks for moisture migration, corrosion, and unhealthy interior environments. How can we deliver better performing designs for something we can’t even see––the air?
Validating air infiltration during construction beyond visual inspections is an emerging energy code imperative (proposed for the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code) but is already a cornerstone for meeting the Passive House Energy Standard. Case studies will feature commercial and institutional projects, including P.S. 62, New York’s first Net Zero School.


This program was organized by AIANY Committee on the Environment (COTE) and Urban Green Council.

Stefan Knust
Director of Sustainability, Ennead Architects

Mr. Knust is a certified U.S. Passive House Consultant and has over twenty years of experience in the design and construction of complex institutional projects that serve the community and student learning.

Terry Brennan
President, Camroden Associates Inc

Mr. Brennan brings 30 years of experience in building related research including envelope commissioning, building design, policy analysis, development of standards and codes, and curriculum development.

Nicholas Holt
Technical Director, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Mr. Holt serves on the Board of Directors for the Urban Green Council, is a Senior Fellow with the Design Futures Council, and is a Principal at the Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE).

John Pachuta
Partner, Heintges & Associates

Mr. Pachuta's expertise includes research in sustainable and resilient envelope performance, design of innovative enclosure systems, development of performance specifications, and on-site testing.