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Old School Meets New School: Transforming an 1849 Schoolhouse into a 21st Century High-Performance, Low-Carbon Residence

August 29, 2019 at 3:00pm4:30pm EDT

Syracuse Center of Excellence, 203

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This Stone Schoolhouse lies on the outskirts of Syracuse, just off State Rt. 92 in Fayetteville, New York. Constructed in 1849 with 22” local limestone walls and heavy timber framing, the structure has stood the test of time through maintenance and neglect, hot humid summers and bitter cold winters.

Looking forward through the 21st century, how do we shepherd buildings with historic character into the future using healthy, safe and comfortable design modifications… all the while with minimal energy use and net zero aspirations?

Designed to the guidelines of the Passive House EnerPHit standard, we strive to achieve all of the above! As a precedent to historical masonry deep energy retrofits in cold climates, join us as we embark on this endeavor of simultaneously incorporating high quality historic building principles in practice with the analysis and scrutiny of Passive House building science. The new residence has systems in place for energy use monitoring, real-time wall system analysis and CO2 sensing to ensure this structure endures another 170 years, at least.

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This event was published on August 14, 2019.

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Parking is located on site and can be accessed via the Forman Avenue entrance, east of the building. Syracuse University Parking Services patrols the SyracuseCoE Parking lot and will issue tickets for those parking without a Syracuse University parking permit. Hourly or daily metered passes may be purchased from one of the two parking kiosks in the lot – one near the pavilion on East Washington St and the other near the eastern edge of the lot. Cost for a pass is $2.25/hour, up to a maximum of $7.75 valid through midnight of that same day.