Monthly Archives: March 2014

CSI and Pratt CMFM Workshops!

Check out the upcoming workshops from Pratt CMFM and CSI! 

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LEAP Sustainability Crash Course!

Join LEAP for a Sustainability Crash Course on March 29, 1:15pm – 2:45pm at the Engineer Building!

Be sure to register HERE

Passive House Panel:

The Passive House concept represents today's highest energy standard with the promise of slashing the heating energy consumption of buildings by an amazing 90%. Widespread application of the Passive House design would have a dramatic impact on energy conservation. The Passive House panel will discuss applied concepts of the passive house design throughout the speakers' career. We will have two insights of the entrepreneurship path of the building performance industry from the architect, founder of 475 High Performance Building Supply and President of the NY Passive House, Ken Levenson; and the civil-environmental engineer and certified passive house designer Marty Rowland.

 

Ken Levenson:

Ken is president of NY Passive House, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting the Passive House standard, and a founding volunteer of the American Passive House Network. Ken regularly lectures on the Passive House standard and building science. Ken is also the COO at 475 High Performance Building Supply, a company dedicated to providing those products that help transform green building into high-performance building across the US.

 

Marty Rowland:

Marty Rowland is a certified passive house designer, currently working with the NYC Dept of Parks & Recreation, and as an adjunct professor of environmental science at Pace University.  He is also a licensed professional civil and environmental engineer who worked in the aerospace industry for 28 years.  Dr. Rowland is an expert in collective use of common natural resources, having researched water management in Tampa and Baton Rouge.  The point of view he will be expressing today concerns how the passive house movement necessarily needs to become the rule rather than the exception in the American construction industry; he has ideas on how that could happen.

Brooklyn Biogas Workshop

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Interested in Anerobic Digestion?

Then Be Sure to Check Out the

Brooklyn Biogas Workshop

Date/Time: Saturday April 26 (9-5) & Sunday April 27 (9-3)

Location:

Holstee Work/Shop, 98 4th St, #106, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Description:

Biogas is “the original natural gas”. Put together materials similar to those used in making a compost pile, keep the stuff warm, wet, and away from the air, and bingo: a burnable gas is produced. Use it anywhere you might use fossil natural gas, but without the fracking.

On the weekend of April 26th-27th, in Brooklyn NY, David House, the author of The Complete Biogas Handbook (referred to by some as “the bible of biogas”), will be offering a biogas workshop. The first day of the workshop offers complete information about how to understand, successfully make and properly use biogas. David will show you examples of and provide plans you can use to make any of the four most common types of small scale biogas digesters (the sealed containers used to make biogas).

New laws and a changing approach to the environment in NYC (see information below) will mean that more of those who generate the kind of waste useful to make biogas— food waste from restaurants, for example— will need to be prepared to make changes. What if you knew how to build a digester and generate biogas from that food waste? David will show you the example of a small resturant in Oregon where, from food they are presently throwing away, they could generate perhaps 18,000 cubic feet of biogas every month!.

The second day will be mostly hands-on, but first you will learn the astonishing benefits of biogas, worldwide. Then those who have purchased a $30 kit will build their very own (it’s-yours-so-take-it-home) core for a very low-cost biogas digester. (If these digester cores are kept warm and well fed, they can produce enough gas for a family of 2 or 3 to cook all their meals, but the kits do not include insulation, a gas storage unit, stoves or other appliances.) Everyone who attends will get a copy of the Complete Biogas Handbook, and a CD containing the world’s best free information on biogas. Zero to biogas in two days!

Finally, at this workshop, a new, inexpensive, well insulated, 2 cubic meter digester design will be shown, and every participant will be given plans showing how to build it from widely available low-cost materiasl: a $175 value! (Kits will also be available.)

For further details or to sign up, please visit the complete biogas web site, at completebiogas.com/workshops.html. (Or if you wish, you can sign up by using the buttons, just below.)

Cost: $215 for two days, going from zero to biogas. Do you think that's too much? Well, here’s the thing. We are offering a satisfaction guarentee. If you're not satisfied that everything we have given you and that you are learning are worth the cost, then simply return all items to us by lunchtime on the first day, and we will refund your money.
Registration:
 

Use this button to register and pay for the two-day workshop!

Kit:
 

Use this button to buy a digester core kit (limit 20 for the whole workshop!)

Meet Pratt’s Spring 2014 Green Infrastructure Fellows

Meet our Spring 2014 Green Infrastructure Fellows here!