Carbon Neutral Mixed-Use Building In the Hudson Valley

Zero Place

Event Date: 

Friday, May 13, 2022




New Paltz, NY

CEU Information: 

AIA (4 LU), PHIUS (4 credits). All attendees will also receive a certificate of attendance to use in self-reporting other credits.


$25 (includes lunch)

Thanks to generous sponsor support, all attendees are being given the member price of $25, which will include the tour, CEUs, and lunch.

NESEA returned to the Hudson Valley for a tour of Zero Place, an award-winning mixed-use building, poised to bring the town of New Paltz 6 commercial and 46 residential units. 

After an opening presentation from our event hosts, attendees of the May Pro Tour split into small groups to tour the building. They rotated through several stations around the building, each featuring a member of the interdisciplinary project who spoke to their specific work. After visiting each of these stations on site, we reconvened as a large group for a Q&A and to discuss lessons learned.

More About the Project

This four-story, 63,280 square foot building has been constructed with insulated concrete form (ICF) walls. The rooftop PV array is designed to offset 100% of the onsite energy demand from the residential apartments and associated common areas, to achieve a net-zero performance target for the building's residents and owner. Under the building, the 15 geothermal wells act as a heat sink or "thermal battery" for the ground-water loop running through the building, with separate heat pump units for all residential, common area, and retail units. 100% of the domestic hot water for the building is provided by the integrated geothermal system, specifically designed for ultra-efficient performance.

The building is also served by energy recovery ventilation (ERV) systems and automated demand-controllers to enhance ventilation when it’s needed most. The rooftop PV array will run in 4 bands across the south wall, and cover the flat portions of the roof, excluding the rooftop terrace.

The project also recently received a LEED-HOMES Platinum certification.

This project was recognized as a Round One Winner in NYSERDA’s Buildings of Excellence Award competition. The Buildings of Excellence Competition, administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), was launched in March 2019 and has awarded over $31 million to over three dozen exemplary new construction projects. Click here to learn more about Buildings of Excellence, the only competition of its kind.

Note: Attendees of this Pro Tour are required to wear masks except when eating or drinking. Vaccination or a negative PCR test is also required. Rapid testing is recommended.


12:30 PM

Doors open, registration, networking and lunch, provided by Title Sponsor NYSERDA

1:00 PM

Welcome by NESEA; opening presentation from sponsors

1:25 PM

Overview of the project by the host

2:00 PM

Group heads to project site

2:15 PM

Tour of project begins; attendees rotate through content-specific stations

4:15 PM

Attendees head back to meeting point

4:30 PM

Q&A Panel with members of project team

5:00 PM

Event Concludes


If you have questions about this event, you can contact Florence at or 413-774-6051 x10.



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