Welcome to Retro:fit with Michael Ingui. In this first episode, Michael is joined by esteemed air sealing expert Kevin Brennan for a unique walkthrough of an active deep energy retrofit of an historic carriage house in Brooklyn Heights, NYC. Witness firsthand their process and gain insights into the art of retrofitting a historic carriage house to the EnerPHit Passive House retrofit standard of the Passive House Institute.
A seasoned hand in sustainable architecture, Michael provides a detailed narrative as he navigates the evolving space. With each step, he highlights the key considerations and decisions made to ensure the integration of Passive House design while preserving the historical character of the carriage house. Meanwhile, Kevin elaborates on the significance of effective air barrier systems and the impact they have on energy efficiency and occupant comfort and health.
Throughout the walkthrough, Michael and Kevin offer in-depth explanations of the construction methods, materials, and strategies employed to optimize energy performance and indoor environmental quality, as well as how those retrofit interventions free up the architect to maximize the use of interior space.
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Architect: Michael Ingui and Marc Fabris (Principal) along with Ashley Griffith, Baxt Ingui Architects
Interior Designer: Meghan Laky and Sohui Kim, BIA Interiors
Contractor: Robert Taffera, Taffera Fine Building and Finishes
Passive House Consultant: John Mitchell, bldgtyp
Insulation Contractor: Kevin Brennan, Brennan Brennan Airtightness and Insulation
Mechanical Engineer: RJD Engineering LLC
Structural Engineer: D’Huy Engineering
Certification body – Passive House Institute
A/V Consultant: SoundSight Technologies .
Zola Windows and Doors
AO Smith, Heat Pump Hot Water Heater
Whirlpool, Heat Pump Clothes Dryer
Pro Clima, Membranes and Tapes
Owens Corning, under slab and above roof rigid insulation
Rockwool, insulation between joists and other areas
Cellulose dense pack insulation
Artistic Tile & Stone
Grand Central Plumbing