Aßmann and Schuster Present on Passive House and Living Building at NYS Green Building Conference

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Project Architects and Certified Passive House Consultants Christina Aßmann and Nicole Schuster presented "Passive House + Living Building: Combining Rigorous Building Standards for Maximum Benefit" at the 16th Annual New York State Green Building Conference on Friday, April 6. 

Ashley McGraw Architects and Binghamton University are currently collaborating to design and construct a 2,800 square foot research station. The project is located proximate to campus on a 70+ acre nature preserve called Nuthatch Hollow, and is being designed to become certified as a Living Building by the International Living Futures Institute. The project team chose to overlay the Passive House Standard with the Living Building Challenge as a methodology to achieve rigorous energy use reductions in a high performance building. 

The project team is learning many valuable strategies through this challenging process. Collaboration is crucial to understand the building use and schedule in order to reduce loads as much as possible. Binghamton University faculty and students are engaged through integrated course curriculum in the vast amount of materials research required. In the face of all of the challenges, the team continues pushing the limits of what can be accomplished, to reach our climate goals for the future of people and planet. 

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Derek Goodroe