NZE Living in the Hudson Valley

Cold Spring, NY
Friday, December 6, 2019

CEUs: 3.0 AIA LU/HSW; certificates of attendance provided to all attendees

$25 Members/$35 Non-Members

This Pro Tour featured a two-family, NZE residential project located within walking distance to the Cold Spring Metro-North stop!

The hosting teams from The Figure Ground Studio and Third Floor Corporation gave attendees a detailed look into the process for designing and building these two structures, which include open floorplans with passive solar heating, compact and efficient design, a green roof, landscape integration, and accessible design. The project experts described strategies for simultaneously meeting goals around materials, energy, ecology, and budget. During the opening presentation, special emphasis was be given to energy use monitoring.

Because this project is striving for Living Building Petal certification, attendees were also given insight into the process of selecting materials with low toxicity and lower environmental impact at point of manufacture, point of use, and point of disposal. Site considerations, including site water, native and naturalized plantings, and pollinator and habitat creation, were also covered.

Project Details

  • Units:  2
  • Square Footage:  3,000
  • Type of Construction:   New - Still Under Construction (Estimated completion December 2019)
  • Onsite PV array estimated to offset 100% of on-site energy demand,  including all-electric heating cooling, ventilation and plug loads
  • Recycled puffed glass beads to create lightweight recycled content insulative concrete walls (~R0.5/in)
  • Zero Red List materials used in project
  • Designed for Living Building Challenge Petal certification
  • Sustainable site features include green roof, rainwater harvesting and landscaping for native habitat, food forest, and stormwater detention

Tentative Schedule

12:30 PM

Doors open, registration, networking and coffee

1:00 PM

Welcome by NESEA

1:10 PM

Overview of the project by the host

2:00 PM

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

3:45 PM

Group Reconvenes back at initial meeting point

4:00 PM

Reception with light refreshments

4:15 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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