New York City has over 960,000 buildings.
Only 9,000 of them (less than 1%) use the dirtiest heating oil (grades #4 and #6). But those 9,000 buildings are responsible for over 86% of the soot and ozone pollution in the air.
These particulates contribute to the failure of New York City’s air to meet the National Ambient Air [...]
At this year’s Friends of Greenwood Playground Spring Flea Market, the Toeprint Project will kick off our Green Brooklyn Energy Audit Campaign to make the buildings in our neighboring communities of Kensington, Windsor Terrace, Flatbush, Ditmas Park Sunset Park and Park Slope more energy efficient! Come see us at our vendor table.
If you own a 1-4 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Check out the latest version of Green Queen! Click here for a .pdf format.
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. www.susansingerspaces.com.
Green Queen – Chapter 10
This is a post from Green Architecture Notes published by Feldman Architecture out in San Francisco. It describes an energy-neutral house proposed to be constructed next year.
With all the building trends moving towards sustainability here in New York City, it is still SO MUCH more difficult to do a net-zero house here than in the [...]
Radiant flooring (also called warm floors or underfloor heating) is a method of providing heat via a series of tubes that carry hot water and are installed just below the surface of the floor. The Romans used this technology in their baths 2000 years ago by heating fires below their stone floors.
The main benefit [...]
So how’s your tracking going?
After 2 months, we have reduced our electric usage by 7% and water use by 16%! Although tracking adjacent months or quarters is not particularly accurate, it’s like stepping on the scale and seeing that you lost 10 pounds unexpectedly! We’ll take it! The proof will be when we [...]