april, 2021

02apr2:33 pm2:33 pmVirtual Pro Tour: Historic NYC Firehouse to Modern Passive House

Event Details

Virtual Pro Tour: Historic NYC Firehouse to Modern Passive House

Engine 16 internal

Event Date:

Friday, April 16, 2021


$20 members/$25 non-members

CEU Information:

CEUs: AIA (pending)

This virtual Pro Tour will offer participants a behind-the-scenes look at a unique renovation currently underway in Manhattan: the transformation of a historic firehouse into 4 units of PHI-certified passive housing. The project team is aiming for PHI EnerPhit certification and will detail some of the specific challenges and opportunities associated with bringing a DER to an urban building of this scale.

About the Event

Through a mix of presentation and small group breakout rooms, we’re using a format that preserves the interactive, behind-the-scenes vibe that has made NESEA’s Pro Tours so popular.

Unlike a traditional webinar, attendees will come with their mics and cameras on: as a participant in this event, you’ll be able to see and hear other attendees, ask content experts questions directly, and meet new people in the NESEA community

About the Project

Once home to the Metropolitan Steam Fire Engine Company No. 16 in Manhattan’s Kips Bay area, this historic firehouse building was converted into a church in 1974, whereupon the building was only partially used and fell into disrepair. Now this beautiful masonry rowhouse will be brought back to life with a full scale, passive certified renovation and conversion into a multifamily residence with a community facility on the ground floor. Engine 16’s façade is completely intact from its cast iron base and ornate terracotta brick details, to its unusually deep cornice and a cast iron firehose shed on the roof. The team is also using many of the original interior features such as stair railings, interior windows and doors, tin ceilings, flooring, and floor joists.

This alone makes for an interesting building, but as a certified Passive House with renewables, Engine 16 becomes a potential beacon project. New York City is replete with buildings similar in scale, making this a project a model for future building transformations. Baxt Ingui Architects and their partners are pleased to be able to share the approach they have implemented on 15 rowhouses into  passive housing. Their goal in hosting this event is to share their progress, replicate the adaptive reuse process, and help educate others on resilient, energy efficient building strategies.




Event begins! Welcome and introductions from NESEA


Opening remarks from representative from series sponsors ZipSystem & NYSERDA


Project overview presented by event hosts


Breakout groups. Participants are split into virtual breakout rooms, each hosted by a member of the interdisciplinary project team. Team members will go into depth about their specific work on the project. Speakers rotate through breakout rooms – all attendees get small group time with each speaker.


Participants all brought back as a full group for Q&A panel with all speakers


Event concludes

If you have questions about this event, you can contact Florence at fmacgregor@nesea.org.


(Friday) 2:33 pm - 2:33 pm



Online presentation