In 2012, the City of New York adopted a package of amendments to the NYC Zoning Resolution, collectively called Zone Green, to facilitate more sustainable and energy-efficient design. Zone Green addressed barriers to building thicker, better-insulated walls. It also covered the inclusion of sustainable design strategies, such as solar panels, solar shading systems, green roofs, and greenhouses.
Fast forward six years: although Zone Green successfully solved the problems anticipated at the time, new technologies and new barriers have since emerged. Last fall, Urban Green convened a Task Force of over 40 stakeholders to develop a roadmap for Zone Greener, a set of potential upgrades to the Zoning Resolution that would unlock further opportunities for the next generation of green building.
Part one of this two-part series focuses on building better walls; the second will focus on solar. Expert panelists will address several major wall-related issues identified by the Task Force: thermal bridging, high-performance curtain walls, super-efficient walls, and the re-cladding or over-cladding of mid-century modern buildings. Panelists will also discuss the successes of Zone Green in facilitating the construction of new masonry walls and the addition of exterior insulation.
Zach Craun, Associate, COOKFOX Architects
Laurie Kerr, FAIA, LEED AP, Director of Policy, Urban Green Council
Adrian Toluca, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Principal, Vidaris
Gina Bocra, AIA, LEED Fellow, Chief Sustainability Officer, New York City Department of Buildings
Stephen Rizzo, Principal, RizzoGroup
AIANY Committee on the Environment (COTE) and Urban Green Council