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Zone Greener: Higher-Efficiency Wall Systems

April 3, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


In 2012, the City of New York adopted a package of amendments to the NYC Zoning Resolution, collectively called Zone Green, to facilitate more sustainable and energy-efficient design. Zone Green addressed barriers to building thicker, better-insulated walls. It also covered the inclusion of sustainable design strategies, such as solar panels, solar shading systems, green roofs, and greenhouses.

Fast forward six years: although Zone Green successfully solved the problems anticipated at the time, new technologies and new barriers have since emerged. Last fall, Urban Green convened a Task Force of over 40 stakeholders to develop a roadmap for Zone Greener, a set of potential upgrades to the Zoning Resolution that would unlock further opportunities for the next generation of green building.

Part one of this two-part series focuses on building better walls; the second will focus on solar. Expert panelists will address several major wall-related issues identified by the Task Force: thermal bridging, high-performance curtain walls, super-efficient walls, and the re-cladding or over-cladding of mid-century modern buildings. Panelists will also discuss the successes of Zone Green in facilitating the construction of new masonry walls and the addition of exterior insulation.

Member: Free
General Public: $10
Student with Valid ID: Free


April 3, 2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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AIA New York
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AIA Center for Architecture
Hines Gallery, 435 LaGuardia Place
New York , NY 10012 United States
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