“Passive House Design and Construction” Workshop Will Demonstrate Benefits of Sustainable Projects

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – SUNY Orange’s Continuing and Professional Development department and the Hudson Valley Branch of the U.S. Green Building Council will jointly offer a program on designing, constructing and retro-fitting structures to meet passive house energy standards from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, May 4.

“Passive House Design and Construction” will be held in the Gilman Center for International Education, located at the Library on the College’s Middletown campus. The passive house standard embodies today’s highest benchmark for energy efficiency and conservation. A cutting-edge approach to design and construction, the passive house standard drastically reduces the amount of energy required to operate a building (for instance, it can result in a 90 percent reduction in energy required for heating).

Originally developed in Germany, the passive house energy standard is being implemented with ever-greater frequency in the United States. Architect Dennis Wedlick, whose firm Dennis Wedlick Architect LLC is LEED accredited and a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, will discuss how the passive house concept can be applied with equal success in urban centers, where projects are likely to be renovations, and in rural settings where new construction is more common.

Wedlick will discuss the implementation of passive house principles in his newly-built certified passive house in the Hudson Valley (the Hudson Passive Project) and a passive retrofit of a brownstone in the historic district of Park Slope, Brooklyn, designed by architect Jeremy Shannon.

The course registration fee in advance of the event will be $10 for Hudson Valley USGBC members and students, and $20 for all others. Registration fees at the door will be $15 for members and students, and $20 for all others.

Registration can be completed online, via e-mail or by phone (Emma Gonzalez-Laders, RA, LEED AP, at 845-294-4206).

For more information, please call (845) 341-4380 or e-mail Linda Gramm Ferris. CAPE at SUNY Orange offers many other vocational and enrichment courses. For the current course schedule, visit the CAPE web site.


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Mike Albright
Communications Officer
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940