Alum’s New Paltz-based architecture firm gets feature treatment in Net Zero Buildings

The July 2018 issue of Net Zero Buildings includes an eight-page feature on Alfandre Architecture, the firm led by SUNY New Paltz alumnus Rick Alfandre ’80 (Communication Studies), headquartered on Main Street in the Village of New Paltz.

The article focuses on the firm’s office building, which was designed by Alfandre Architecture and is shared by a number of locally owned businesses.

The building, which opened in 2014, is notable for being energy net-positive – meaning, it generates more electricity (primarily through rooftop photovoltaic panels) than it consumes.

The story highlights successes not only with energy production, but in smart design of insulation, HVAC, natural and artificial lighting, and water sourcing and usage.

It positions Alfandre Architecture as a leader in green construction, with his building serving as a roadmap for fellow architects, owners and builders for how to achieve net zero or net positive energy usage in future projects.

“Net zero is totally doable,” the article quotes Alfrandre saying, “and smaller-scale projects like this are everywhere in the U.S.”

The complete text can be viewed online, on pages 10-17 of the July 2018 issue of Net Zero Buildings.