Last week New York City hosted the 2019 North American Passive House Network Conference (NAPHN). Dedicated to sharing the latest Passive House innovations with an international audience, this year’s conference encouraged presenters and attendees to discuss low carbon solutions.
On the second day of the conference, Dattner Architects’ Principal John Woelfling AIA, LEED AP, CPHT joined the multi-disciplinary panel “Multifamily Towers: MEP Integration and Operation”. Alongside co-panelists Mark Ginsberg, Lois Arena, and Ryan Lobello, John examined the intersection of architectural design and MEP Systems within the context of Passive House buildings, and explored the potential benefits of a more complete system integration between the disciplines.
John presented lessons learned from several Dattner Architects Passive House projects, including Chestnut Commons, a mixed-use, 275-unit affordable housing development in East New York, and 425 Grand Concourse, a mixed-use development with 277 units of affordable housing, community facility space, retail, and healthcare space.
Dattner Architects’ Senior Associate David Levine AIA, CPHC, LEED AP BD+C also joined the conference. David moderated the panel “Technical Relatives: Making Accessibility and Acoustics Work in Passive House Buildings”. The panelists examined Passive House design and the integration of ADA components as well as the importance of noise regulation and acoustics design within the famously quiet housing typology.