Thursday, March 6, 2014 from 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
and Historic Architecture
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Today, historic preservation sits at the forefront of cities’ sustainability initiatives. In most cases, it is more environmentally friendly to renovate an old building than to construct a new one. In historic neighborhoods, such as downtown Yonkers, developers seek ways to reuse the rich history and facades of older structures while updating them to accommodate current standards of living and uses.
German architect Kay Künzel will address issues of adaptive reuse and sustainable design. In his lecture, “Reinventing Buildings: Passivhaus Design and Historic Architecture,” Künzel will focus on renovations soon to take place at 40 Warburton Avenue, Philipse Manor Hall’s 130-year old neighbor. Künzel will describe how Passive House design, a five step method of increasing comfort and reducing energy consumption in structures, will be used as the guidelines for reconstruction while maintaining portions of the historic structure. Kay will discuss:
1. Embodied Energy in existing building stock
2. 5 principals of Passivhaus design
3. Benefits of Passivhaus design
4. Challenges presented renovating historic structures to meet Passivhaus standards
5. Examples of Passivhaus construction in Europe
Kay Künzel is a lecturer at Danube University, Krems, Austria - Future Building Solutions - International Sustainable Design Master, owner and principal architect at Raum für Architektur, and an expert in Passivhaus design.
Reinventing Buildings is part of Philipse Manor Hall’s series, Preserving Our Past. From March to May 2014, Philipse Manor Hall will host a series of lectures, movies, and conversations to engage the public in thinking about historic preservation, including its role in communities, whom it serves, and what it achieves.
A beer and pretzel reception will follow the lecture. Many thanks to Yonkers Brewing Co. (yonkersbrewing.com) for their generous donation!
Lecture and reception sponsored by Friends of Philipse Manor Hall, $5 for members, $10 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door, but seating is limited.