Hatzolah Central is the largest private ambulance dispatch in New York City. To be housed directly adjacent to the elevated subway tracks – noise pollution was a primary concern for this 7,000 sf historic masonry retrofit and adaptive reuse of an existing warehouse.
With noise reduction requiring airtightness and triple glazed windows, the decision was made to seek Passive House EnerPHit Certification – to provide optimal thermal comfort and performance as well.
To achieve this, consulting architect and Passive House consultant Gregory Duncan of Duncan Architect PLLC, is empoying mineral wool insulation batts, with INTELLO membrane for interior airtightness and vapor control. The INTELLO is integrated with triple-pane Passive House type windows with TESCON Profil split back air sealing tape. The exterior masonry provides a windtight and vapor open assembly. In most instances an interior insulated service cavity is being provided while at other locations outlets are sealed as they penetrate the airtight layer.
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