ECOBUILDING REVIEW's Vision 2020 initiative engages green building visionaries and thought leaders in an exclusive dialogue throughout the year, which includes a select offering of webinars in the key Vision 2020 focus areas.
Suburban office parks and corporate campuses are closing in record numbers due to shifts in the location, nature, and space needs of the workplace. Can communities retrofit these large properties to recover lost tax base, repair prior ecological damage, and reduce auto-dependency? This presentation of case studies shows how strategies of reinhabitation, redevelopment, and regreening are being employed to retrofit out-of-date office parks into more sustainable places.
When Superstorm Sandy made landfall in the New York City region on October 29, 2012, It brought with it a storm surge that inundated many low-lying coastal and riverfront locations. Damage in the NYC has been estimated as high as $19 billion, with 305,000 housing units damaged or destroyed. Vulnerabilities remain, but so do solutions and opportunities. This webinar will explore how multifamily retrofits can improve building resiliency, reduce or eliminate the need for post-storm clean up and repairs, and sometimes even contribute to overall energy efficiency. Resiliency objectives will be discussed, along with implementation strategies, and examples of proposed solutions.
Comparing Passive House to Passive Solar -- Evidence of Efficacy Learned from the Hudson Passive Project
Dennis Wedlick will present the research his firm BarlisWedlick Architects, in partnership with NYSERDA, is conducting using the Hudson Passive Project. This case study examines Passive House design compared to Passive Solar design techniques to determine which strategy will save the most energy and how they contrast from commonplace construction. The research is ongoing, but the evidence from the energy models and subsequent energy monitoring of the completed building is conclusive—one strategy resulted in 96% to 99.9% percent improvement over the other.
Recent decades have witnessed the increasing popularity of nature-focused movements such as sustainability, biophilia, biomimicry, biodesign, and emergent design. These movements are dramatically altering the relationship between the designed environment and the natural world, and although overlaps exist, there is no common discourse that unites these areas of study. A holistic framework is therefore needed to address these disparate areas of inquiry, the full spectrum of their operations, and their common goals and methodologies. Hypernatural addresses the ways in which design increasingly works directly with natural processes—rather than against them—in order to amplify, extend, or exceed natural capacities.