The Net Zero Energy Greenhouse and Sustainable Local Food: Learning from Building Science

Date: August 14, 2013

Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Host: AIA New York

Type: Lecture/Presentation


Interest in greenhouse technologies as a means of food production has grown significantly over the past few years, particularly as relates to urban agriculture. But what are the core technologies required to create an appropriate building enclosure in sustainable greenhouse design, and how can building science principles enable effective sustainable strategies?


Architect Michael McDonough has been working under a grant from NYSERDA to research, develop, and commercialize new greenhouse types for a variety of sites and climates. Project goals include the facilitation of local and hyper-local agriculture with an emphasis on job creation and sustainability in the context of net-zero energy design. McDonough will discuss his ongoing work in this area as a means to understanding performance goals.
Topics will include energy conservation, integrated building systems, and materials selection in net-zero energy greenhouse design in net-zero energy greenhouse design, as well as local food economics, crop selection, and processing in greenhouses as they relate to the building enclosure.


Speaker Bio
Michael McDonough AIA, NCARB is an award-winning architect, inventor, and author specializing in net zero energy technologies. His work includes buildings, furniture, and other objects; he lectures internationally. Widely published, he has exhibited worldwide, and collaborated with painters, sculptors, writers, designers, filmmakers, and scientists. In energy research McDonough has designed net zero energy buildings, invented new air conditioning technologies, and developed high performance greenhouses.
Educated at the University of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of Pennsylvania, he cofounded the Bamboo Research Initiative at RISD, and runs e-House, a design and building science laboratory, dubbed “the most sustainable building in the world” having “the coolest rooms on the planet.”


Organized by: AIANY Building Enclosure Council


Price: Free for AIA members; $10 for non-members


AIA CES: 1.5 LU | 1.5 HSW