GreenHome NYC is a fantastic resource for anyone â€“ amateurs and experts â€“ interested in green/sustainable building practices. Their monthly forums are free, and feature expert speakers with lots of great knowledge to share. This month’s speakers, Chris Benedict and Henry Gifford, are reknowned for their expertise in designing buildings and systems for energy-efficient heating and cooling. Highly recommended!
Join us for our May Forum, Energy Efficient Heating & Cooling with Henry Gifford & Chris Benedict
When: Wednesday, May 16, 2007, 6:30-8:00 pm
Where: The Hudson Companies, Inc.
826 Broadway, 11th Floor NYC 10003
Speakers: Henry Gifford & Chris Benedict
For the last ten years Chris Benedict, Architect and Henry Gifford, Mechanical Sytem Designer have been working as a team designing and monitoring the construction of buildings that are extremely energy efficient, healthy and durable. Their current new construction jobs use 15% of the energy for heat and hot water of typical apartment buildings in New York City and 50% of the electricity. All of their projects are built for the same cost as typical construction.
Within the last few years, green building has become a hot topic for consumers and the media. Several disturbing trends have taken on mythological status. Chris and Henry will examine these trends, they include:
Lots of glass to “connect” with the outdoors
Geothermal heat pumps
Chris and Henry will show how one of their current projects would have turned out if they hadn’t been hired, and instead, current trendy items were used to make the building “green”. They will show the number crunching necessary to see that these trendy items add to construction cost with questionable benefits and compare the trendy items to their design approach.
The Green Building Forum is held on the third Wednesday of each month (except December) @6:30 PM and features presentations by green building practitioners followed by discussion. The events are always free and open to the general public.