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3R Living is Back in Business!

I was sad when my favorite eco-friendly store 3R Living closed in Park Slope due to the recent economic downturn (downturn? it feels more like a relentless chokehold…but I digress).
The Owners, husband and wife team Samantha Delman-Caserta and Mark Caserta and Samantha’s sister Tracy Ferdinand set up a lovely little shop in Montclair, NJ.
I guess [...]

Energy Audit = Money in Your Pocket

We weatherized our house last year.  You can read all about it here.
So far, in the 11 months since we completed the work, we have saved approximately $900 on our annual heating bill.  Assuming energy prices remain constant (which they won’t – all projections indicate rising energy prices), we will payback the insulation and air [...]

Teaming Up To Do More Comprehensive Energy Audits

We have some exciting news!
Ellen Honigstock Architect has teamed up with The Chartier Group to provide energy audits for existing buildings large and small!
Is your building overheated in the winter?  Does the air feel too dry?  Is there a lot of dust on the surfaces of your living space?  These could be signs [...]

Recycled Envelopes

I received this lovely letter today made from an envelope recycled from a magazine page.
It was sent from a parent-friend I met at the Parents for Climate Protection event last Sunday.
We did an experiment to see if it would actually get delivered and it didn’t seem to have any problems along the way.  The letter [...]

Neighborhood Energy Forum – Saturday March 20th

Energy Efficiency and Affordability Where We Live!
All I can talk about lately is that 95% (or so) of buildings that will be standing in NYC in 2030 are already built!
That and the fact that 86% of NYC’s energy use comes from those buildings.
What this tells me that reducing energy consumption in our existing buildings needs to be [...]

Obama Announces Details of “Cash for Caulkers” Today

President Obama announced the details of the Homestar Program today.
Rebates would be sent directly to Homeowners.
There are 2 categories for rebates:  Silver Star and Gold Star.
Silver Star rebates would reimburse 50% up to $1,500 to make simple efficiency upgrades such as insulation, duct sealing, water heaters, HVAC units, windows, roofing and doors.  The Homeowner can [...]

March 7th – Come to Parents for Climate Protection Event in Park Slope

Join Parents for Climate Protection and Beth Elohim Environmental Committee for our 4th Annual Family Gathering (free and open to the public) in support of climate protection. We have planned exciting activities for children, teens and grown-ups.
For young children: Tiffany Threadgould of RePlayGround will show kids how to turn scrap materials into fun and [...]

Have you been wanting to see The Greening of Southie?

If you have always wanted to see the movie The Greening of Southie, now’s your chance.  I’m moderating a post-movie discussion on March 5th at the Park Slope United Methodist Church – 6th Ave and 8th Street at 8pm.   Come for the potluck dinner beforehand at 7!  I haven’t seen the movie yet either so [...]

Bicycles are required to be allowed in office buildings in NYC

This week is green buildings policy week at the Toeprint Project!
Yesterday, the City Council passed the Greener Greater Buildings Plan including 4 new laws requiring Energy Audits and Retrocommissioning for buildings over 50,000 SF, Benchmarking, the creation of a NYC Energy Code and new requirement about lighting upgrades and submetering.
More about this in detail tomorrow.
Tomorrow [...]

If you prefer your invitation to the Chelsea event in comic format…

Check out the latest version of Green Queen!  Click here for a .pdf format.
Details are:
October 14th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
One Jackson Square 122 Greenwich Avenue, NYC
$10 at the door to cover costs.
Thanks to our sponsor, Susan Singer, SVP, The Corcoran Group, NYC’s first Eco-Broker.

Green Queen – Chapter 10

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Established in 1999, Ellen Honigstock Architect PC is a full-service architecture and energy auditing firm based in DUMBO, Brooklyn.

Our solutions are environmentally conscious and the criteria we use are based on national standards developed to bring long-term saving, efficiency and well-being to our clients. Over 35 years combined experience building in New York City gives us an edge in meeting tough schedules and navigating the city's complicated requirements.

About Ellen:

As the Residential Green Building Advocate for the Urban Green Council since 2007, Ellen has been promoting sustainability in the residential marketplace in NYC.

In the position of Chair of the Homes Subcommittee the NYC Greening the Codes Task Force, Ellen has been heavily involved in recommending new green policy in NYC as related to updating building codes, rules and regulations.

Ellen teaches Building Science, Building Envelope, Water Conservation, Indoor Air Quality, Quantifying Energy and Green Building Plans at the 1,000 Green Supers program for The SEIU Local 32 BJ Thomas Shortman Training Fund.

Registered Architect, NY, NJ, CT
LEED Accredited Professional
BPI Certifications:
Building Analyst
Energy Efficient Building Operator
Multi-Family Building Analyst

Ellen Honigstock, LEED AP
Ellen Honigstock Architect PC
45 Main Street #806
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(212) 228-1585


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