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Architecture Students Tour Resilient Design Prototype Home in Long Branch

Students from NJIT’s College of Architecture and Design recently visited a Hurricane-Sandy damaged house in Long Branch as part of their studies in a graduate-level design studio focused on resilient design solutions and public architecture taught by Assistant Professor Matt Burgermaster.

A tour and presentation was given by homeowner Shawn Torbert, LEED AP, a sustainable building envelope expert and Certified Passive House Consultant, which focused on the transformation of a small storm-damaged home into a prototype for sustainable, high-performance design and construction. This “deep-energy retrofit” project uses the German PassivHaus (Passive House) Standard, low-cost resilient building materials, and technologies currently available in the U.S. market to develop a prototype for similar “fisherman shacks” throughout coastal New Jersey. Upon completion, this ultra low-energy home will be able to operate normally and completely off-the-grid by using a small generator or a small amount of renewable energy.

Additionally, through careful selection of building materials and attention to details, the walls and floor of the house can be quickly disassembled, dried, and re-assembled to avoid having to demolish and rebuild in future floods. The house, which is currently under reconstruction, will be featured in an upcoming public open-house tour as part of the non-profit New York Passive House (NYPH)’s “International Passive House Days” on November 9 from 12 – 5 p.m. For details and to RSVP, please visit http://www.meetup.com/NYPassiveHouse-NYC/events/212470362/.