Wednesday September 12th, 2018
9:00 am to 10:30 am

Celebrate NYC: EnerPHit Showcase

Join Building Energy Exchange for Celebrate NYC: EnerPHit Showcase. This panel event will feature presentations from three architecture firms that have completed Passive House retrofits that meet EnerPHit, the rigorous Passive House standard for retrofits. Panelists will include Julie Torres Moskovitz of Fete Nature Architecture, Paul Castrucci of Paul Castrucci Architects, and In Cho of ChoShields Studio.

Julie Torres Moskovitz will present on Tighthouse, the first certified Passive House project in NYC. The pre-war brownstone underwent a gut renovation in 2011, adding a third story, new rear facade, and roof terrace. The project went on to win a 2014 International Passive House Design Award and a 2016 AIA COTE honorable mention.

Paul Castrucci will speak to the gut renovation of a two-family home in Brooklyn at 158 Clifton Place, completed in 2017. The Passive House renovation features extensive use of reclaimed wood and other recycled materials throughout, high efficiency mini-split units that heat and cool the apartments, and the installation of energy efficient appliances, LED lighting, and a rooftop photovoltaic array.

In Cho will present on the gut renovation of Gramercy Townhouse, a now 4,500 square foot multi-unit building that includes a luxury vacation rental home and Manhattan’s first Passive House apartments. The preexisting four story, two family townhouse with a brick shell and and wood joists was renovated to provide increased floor to floor heights and become a five story, multi-apartment vacation residence, including a garden-level apartment along with a second and third floor duplex.

Following presentations, Ken Levenson, of 475 High Performance Building Supply will lead a moderated discussion.

This program will be offered in conjunction with Celebrate NYC: Tour of Gramercy Townhouse on September 18th, featuring the luxury vacation home retrofitted to the EnerPHit standard by ChoShields Studio.

Ken Levenson, 475 High Performance Building Supply

Paul Castrucci, Paul Castrucci Architects
In Cho, ChoShields Studio
Julie Torres Moskovitz, Fete Nature Architecture

Celebrate NYC is a program series sponsored by National Grid, showcasing some of the most prominent energy efficient building renovations and retrofits included in the Celebrate NYC exhibit, currently on display at the Building Energy Exchange.

Sponsored by


  • Forum
  • Residential
  • Passive House / High Performance
  • Celebrate NYC
  • Passive House

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