Join the conversation on Thursday, March 25 as we discuss the Passive House construction standard: the most rigorous, energy-efficient set of performance-based building technologies currently available.
The Passive House concept—which can reduce heating and cooling energy consumption of buildings by up to 90 percent—represents today’s most compelling option for counteracting climate change in the built environment.
We'll be chatting with local architects and builders about the principles, benefits, and designs of Passive House, as well as what incentives are available and how to determine if retrofitting your house is the right fit for you.
Moderated by Chronogram editorial director Brian K. Mahoney.
James Hartford AIA, LEED AP, CPHC—Principal, River Architects, PLLC
James Hartford’s work is rooted in technical expertise and design sensibility.In addition to his excellent design skills, he contributes his building envelopeexpertise and leads the sustainable design process for each of the firm’s projects.He is currently working on several Passive House projects that range from singlefamily new construction and retrofits, mid-rise multi-family over commercial newconstruction, and a high-rise Energie Sprong-style Net-Zero building re-cladding.
Stephanie Bassler, RA, Certified Passive House Consultant—North River Design Build LLC
Stephanie is an expert in energy-efficient building design and a Certified Passive House Consultant. As North River’s principal Architect, and a founding member of North River Design Build, her work has included large-scale master planning and development projects, numerous net-zero and Passive House residential designs, the Passive House-certified Women’s Leadership Center at the Omega Institute, and a LEED-Certified multi-floor renovation for Eileen Fisher, Inc. in New York City. Stephanie is currently Vice President of the Passive House Alliance - Hudson Valley chapter.
In Cho, R.A., C.P.H.D.—Choshields Studio
In Cho is a Registered Architect, Certified Passive House Designer, and co-founder of architecture firm ChoShields Studio. For over twenty years, she has integrated environmental resiliency into her practice of creating and transforming people’s spatial experiences to bring joy and well-being to their lives. Her wide-ranging focus encompasses the aesthetics of architectural design, technical aspects of energy efficient construction, policy support, and designing & teaching educational initiatives that convey building sustainability knowledge with the goal to empower everyone in addressing climate change so that we can together ensure a positive and equitable future for all.
John Loercher, Principle Consultant—Northeast Projects LLCJohn Loercher is an Educator and Building performance consultant specializing in the Passive House method. He is the co-director of the Building Science program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as well as an instructor for the Passive House Institute US. His consulting firm, Northeast Projects, specializes in zero energy building design, passive house design and advanced energy modeling and to date has worked on over a dozen certified Passive House projects throughout the East Coast of the United States. He is currently the secretary of the national chapter of the Passive House Alliance and the Northeast representative.
More panelists to be announced.
There are 12.3 million women-owned businesses in the US and there are 114 percent more female entrepreneurs than there were 20 years ago. While the glass ceiling may not have been shattered, women have been starting their own companies in ever greater numbers, and 40 percent of US businesses are women-owned. These national statistics are reflected in the Hudson Valley business scene, which is driven by innovative female entrepreneurship across all sectors of the economy. We talk with some of the region’s business leaders on how they get it done, from the boardroom to the storefront.
Moderated by Chronogram Media digital editor, Marie Doyon.
Panelists to be announced.