Reduce your environmental footprint one strategy at a time.

Insulation – Part 1

With the Obama Administration’s increased focus on energy conservation, we turn our attention to some of the more easily achievable strategies we hear being bandied about.
Well, the lowest of the low-hanging fruit is the insulation and weatherization of our homes and buildings.  Simple enough, right?  It’s achievable, measurable, not terribly complicated and it’s a potential [...]

How much energy do you really use?

Have you ever wondered how much energy you are really using?
Sure, you can check your electrical bill every month. I always intend to keep track but then I pay the bill and throw it out with the rest of the junk mail.
Besides, what I really want to know is: When was most of [...]

Three Ways To Save Resources: Tracking, Tracking, Tracking

Let’s get started.
You can’t lose weight without a scale, you don’t know if you’re speeding without a speedometer, how in the world are you supposed to reduce your energy consumption without some tracking devices. We’ll highlight some more sophisticated tracking methods in future weeks but for now let’s get some baseline information.
Download this tracking sheet [...]

Launching Toeprint Project.

Welcome to the Toeprint Project.
Toeprint definition: a very tiny footprint; a small part of your larger footprint.
Project definition: a temporary collective endeavor involving research and design, carefully planned to achieve a particular aim.
The Toeprint Project will be a year-long process meant to bridge the gap between the desire to make our homes and businesses [...]

Energy Audit

Just about one year ago, we embarked on a project to weatherize our house.
It’s one year later and we have done all the construction work, we just need to do the final blower door test in order to receive the incentive money.
Around last September, I heard about a free energy audit available from National Grid.  [...]

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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
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Brooklyn, NY 11201
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