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July 19, 2013

New York Times Building

By engaging Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the foremost experts on daylight, and with financial assistance New York State Energy Research and Development Authority( NYSERDA), The New York Times Co was able to create a very advanced dimmable lighting system and dynamic shading system with real saving of 50%. The lighting system is the first of its kind in the world. By use daylight harvesting, it maximizes use of natural light so that electric lighting is used just as a supplement. Each of the more than 18,000 electrical ballasts (a the amount of current flowing in as electric circuit)in the lighting system contain a computer chip that allows it to be controlled individually. this means that lighting levels can be adjusted to meet the needs of different spaces operating at maximum efficiency with varying levels of light. The shading system is programmed to use the position of sum and input from an extensive sensor network to act as determinants to raise and lower shades, either blocking extreme light to reduce glare or allowing light to enter at times of less direct sunlight. The Daylight and shading system work in connect to ensure that the building efficiently uses natural light whenever possible. This is the first time this type of double-skinned curtain wall has ever been used. By deflecting the heat, the double curtain wall allow use- of floor-to-ceiling ultra-clear glass that maximizes views and light for occupants of building while allowing people outside the building to see the moments within. The ceramic rods also enhance the design by gently reflecting light and color change throughout the day.

February 10, 2013

Earth Pledge Foundation

Eco Depot

Eco Depot provides the new construction and remodeling industry with building/interior design material and home products that are green, environmentally friendly, ecologically safe and non-toxic. We supply alternative materials that are researched and obtained from sustainable, natural, hypo allergenic, and recycled sources. We offer the means for the consumer to obtain quality materials and products at a competitive cost that are safe and healthy for the home and office through mail-order and our stores. We specialize in the greening of homes and work places for those people with chemical sensitivities, allergies, asthmas, cancer and other related illnesses, so they can live or work in a non-toxic environment. We make available to the developer, architect, designer, contractor, and homeowner alternative materials that comply with the LEEDS program of the U.S. Green Building Council.

Monti Building

The Monti building was built in the 1880’s as part of the Budwiser brewery. The name was soon changed to the Nassau brewery after a law suit from another more established Budwiser brewery. At 45,000 square feet the building was adapted though the years for several different users including Hienz (57 varieties), locker and metal work fabrication and a moving and storage company. In 2007 the “green ” renovation of the building was completed and currently it houses 25 different small businesses ranging from artists to architects to software designers. The renovation was designed by Benton Brown and constructed by Big Sue Inc. the construction firm he runs with his wife Susan Boyle. The building has a 39 Kw solar array (soon to be net metered) on the roof which provides for the entire daytime electricity demands of the building. It is heated by radiant heat -run by highly efficient condensing boilers and has a 4000 square foot extensive green roof. All of the floors of the building as polished concrete – most were poured with a high concentration of flyash mixture. All of the windows are double pane argon filled with low e coating and are wood frames with aluminum cladding. The future plans for the building include an 11,000 cubic foot rainwater catchment system plumbed to service the toilets and the continuation of striving to minimize the building’s impact on our planet’s diminishing resources.


Greenbelt will be the first mixed-use commercial and residential building seeking LEED certification in Brooklyn, New York, an urban borough of 4 million. Greenbelt seeks to demonstrate that green development can be sensitive to the environment through energy effiiciency, water conservation, less toxic materials, recycled and rapidly renewable materials. Greenbelt also wishes to show sensitivity to the community and cultural space in which it operates by working with local artists to develop and purchase the ground floor for dance rehearsal and performance. Greenbelt hopes to show that even a relatively small project can have a majorly positive impact through careful planning, design and big ideas. Site is still under construction. Steps must be climbed. As a result, pets and persons with disabilities may have a hard time accessing the upper floors.NY 1