green renovation

Settling In to My Renovated Cottage

Posted on May 06,2015 by CarlSeville in green renovation

I’ve been living in my renovated house for about two months now, and, with the exception of my hot water issue and ice on my windows, everything is working pretty well.

Bringing Passivhaus to Harlem

Posted on May 06,2015 by Fretboard in green renovation

There are many remodeling and restoration opportunities in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood, and so it seems fitting that it is the setting for one of Manhattan’s first Passivhaus projects. Underway since spring of this year, the restoration of a burnt-out Harlem brownstone, led by Brooklyn-based designer and builder Eco Brooklyn, combines the company’s preference for using reclaimed materials and its ambition to complete the project to the Passivhaus performance standard.

Building Retrofit Proposal Shaved from NYC’s Green Plan

Posted on May 06,2015 by Fretboard in energy retrofits

With its abundance of high-density residential and commercial buildings, New York City already operates with a relatively high degree of energy efficiency. But many of us who regularly visit the place sometimes struggle with the notion that it could someday be a green-building showcase.

Market Shifting

Posted on May 06,2015 by Rob Moody - Organic Think Inc in green renovation

Last month I had the great fortune to meet with Ethan Landis of Landis Construction Corp., a leading design/build firm in Washington, D.C. The company was founded in 1990 by Ethan, an MBA, and his brother Chris, an architect. They specialize in home renovations in the greater Washington area, and over the last few years, the Landis’ company has defined its commitment to green building. As Ethan explains, that definition is dynamic. I traveled up the Red Line to the Tacoma Park metro stop to spend a couple of hours talking to him about it.

How Big Should a House Be?

Posted on May 06,2015 by CarlSeville in green renovation

I am in the process of planning to build myself a new house. I currently live in a 700-square-foot cottage built in 1925 that I have determined is ready for replacement. While it functions fine, the basic design does not lend itself to renovation, and, considering the scale and design of other homes in the neighborhood, investing in the structure would not be wise.

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