November 2, 2015
by Shari Baitcher
In New York, a city with one of the highest population densities in the U.S., every
square foot is valuable. In recent years more thought has been given to the space on top of buildings. With 840,000 square feet of exhibition space occupying 6 city blocks, the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center has recently introduced the second largest green roof in the United States.
Rick Brown, Chief Engineer for the Javits Center, exuded passion for the recently implemented sustainability project as he took GreenHomeNYC volunteers and community members behind the scenes of the convention center. We stopped at the IT office where he explained how they capture the heat generated by the computers and servers to help offset the building’s heating demand. Sensors have been installed all over the building to monitor efficiency, revealing a 26% reduction in energy consumption since the renovations have been completed. Additionally, water consumption has been reduced by 2.9 million gallons. Efficiency measures such as these contribute towards the Javits Center’s goal of earning LEED Silver certification.
June 18, 2015
What do the world’s largest landfill restoration project and New York City’s first net-zero energy school building have in common? They are just two of the notable projects currently in development on the borough of Staten Island. Join us at our July forum to learn more about the exciting green initiatives taking place in the borough as our speakers present a snapshot of the endless possibilities of sustainable projects underway in New York City.
Freshkills Park, Staten Island
This forum is free and open to the public!
Date: Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Place: Hafele America, 25 East 26th Street, New York, NY 10010
Click here to register!
Our speakers will include:
Mariel Villeré, Manager for Programs, Arts and Grants, Freshkills Park
, NYC Parks
Jon Cicconi, Associate Director, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Adrian Wilton, Project Director, Living Restoration
, The Living Roof
May 28, 2013
This year the Lower East Side Ecology Center will open its office and learning center at the East River Park Fireboat House.
The site will contain an aquarium connected to the river to prove that “there are actually things living in the East River.” Through initiatives such as environmental education programs, greening, and composting, The Lower East Side Ecology Center
works to promote a more sustainable New York City.
As part of GreenHomeNYC’s SustaiNYC Spring tours
, Daniel Tainow, Education Director, led a tour of three sites affiliated with LESEC.
On top of the Fireboat House is a Xero Flor Green Roof, made up of squares of sedum for insulation, absorption of rainwater, as well as other benefits of a green roof. “We will cut holes in the tower in order to install a spiral staircase that will make the green roof more accessible. This will also encourage passive air movement throughout the tower.” In the past the tower was used to hang hoses to dry after use. Solar ivy (tiny solar panels designed to mimic the appearance of ivy) will be hung to generate solar energy.
September 30, 2010
Join David Seiter of Future Green Studio
, 2pm for a Green Roofing Demonstration and Presentation as he walks you through his green roofing lot. See for yourself local and adapted vegetation suited for the harsh conditions of rooftop living, and learn the basics of what is need to install your own green roof.
Meet at the Future Green Green Roofing lot, middle of the block, across from the picnic tables, first come first serve.
Below is a sneak peak of David’s work in action, and the pet plants growing on Third Street.
New green rooftop video.
Thanks to Melissa Friedling of Slouch Productions
, for her enthusiasm and effort in the creation of our Video Action Clips.
October 6, 2008
Hello Everyone! My name is Adam Szlachetka. I’ll be blogging on regulatory and legislative issues that impact green building in New York City, interesting issues related to green home design in the City, and other related topics. Just to get started, there were a few notable items from this summer (more…)
August 31, 2008
The Green Building Forum is held on the third Wednesday of each month (except December) @6:30 PM and features presentations by green building practitioners followed by discussion. The events are always free and open to the general public.
Wednesday, Aug 20, 2008
Reception: 6:00pm (refreshments courtesy of Hafele Americas)
Presentation 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Hafele Showroom at Madison Square Park (25 E. 26th St.)
The August 20th forum presented by GreenHomeNYC will focus on water issues in New York City, such as stormwater run-off and combined sewer overflows. NYC’s leading umbrella organization on stormwater infrastructure, S.W.I.M., will frame the discussion with an overview of water issues, followed by a more detailed review of Local Law 5 of 2008 and the green roof tax abatement. Local Law 5 requires the City to adopt a stormwater management plan by the end of the calendar year. The green roof tax abatement, also known as SO7553, passed the State Assembly and Senate in June 2008. It provides for an abatement of $4.50 per square foot, up to $100,000. Following the review of these legislative changes, EDAW’s Ecological Design division will present on their cutting edge research and design endeavors in the metro area. AIA Continuing Education Credits will be available for this session.
The forum presenters will be representatives of NRDC, Sustainable South Bronx, and EDAW.
To understand key stormwater infrastructure issues facing NYC, including policy preventing or supporting best management practices.
To understand Local Law 5 of 2008, which requires the City of New York to approve a stormwater management plan by the end of the year; particularly to review the technical requirements to be included in the plan.
To understand the Green Roof Tax Abatement passed by the NY State legislature in June 2008, in particular the definition of green roof, the amount of the abatement, the requirements to obtaining the abatement.
To engage in discussion and review of cutting-edge urban experimental ecology research.
To broaden understanding of stormwater infrastructure issues such as stormwater run-off coefficients, green intensive and green extensive roofs, blue roofs, tree pits, combined sewer overflows, etc.