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Eco Brooklyn Inc. is an innovative green contracting and design firm in Brooklyn with one simple focus: to Turn New York Green!

Our background is in green real estate, development, renovation and sustainable energy. Led by Green Builder Gennaro Brooks-Church, Eco Brooklyn is passionate about using old and new technologies to increase the quality of living while reducing costs and benefiting the environment.

Depending on the need, Gennaro Brooks-Church draws from a wideΒ circleΒ of fellow green builders, whether it be a certified a green roof installer, a green real estate broker, a radiant floor specialist, a green real estate manager, a solar thermal installer, a Solar PV installer, a high efficiency boiler specialist, and a green educator.

We focus these skills on building high quality and energy efficient structures that are durable and low cost. Attention is put on using salvaged, sustainable and local materials.

Our design skills encompass architectural design and structural engineering, allowing us to provide the entire service from idea to a finished product. We integrate intelligent green techniques with aesthetic design and use passive solar strategies to maximize natural heating and cooling as well as visual aesthetics. Our intelligent ventilation techniques, both natural and mechanical, create fresh air homes that are comfortable and healthy. We build along the Passive House standard from Germany.

Our heating design is centered on maximum comfort and minimum cost. Whether it is a split system heat pump, radiant flooring, geothermal, solar thermal, high efficiency boilers or a combination, our heating and cooling systems are precisely fitted for the space and budget.

Eco Brooklyn is fully licensed and insured to do home improvement work in the state of NY. Insurance includes: Liability, Disability and Workers Compensation. Liability is up to $2 Million.

 

Eco Brooklyn adheres to the ethics outlined in our membership with Sustainable Business Network New York City. The ethical sustainable business practices are specified in the triple bottom line – People, Planet, and Profit. Every decision we make considers whether all the people involved, the planet as a whole and the bottom line of everyone involved benefits from the action.

As a continuation to this we build along the Build It Forward criteria where all building must be made to last at least one hundred years, be a desirable gift to future generations and not drain existing resources.

With this strategy we hope to turn Brooklyn green!

 

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  • Dan Barry

    am a new lurker on the Greenbuilder list.
    Not sure if its too simple but here goes. A friend from L.A. was talking about old day jobs, Donny is a studio musician now thoroughly expatriated to Germany. His speciality was sheetrock. Talked of the underside of domes, stairways and lots of other things. As he was taught sheetrock was to be put up in overlaping horizonals like bricks. Didn\’t sink in very far to my feeble brain at the time. For special expensive clients he would make sure that there was never more then 1 vertical seam in a line with another. He claimed with this technique the stud lines were less obvious.
    I remember reading on dual envelope houses and realised the real concept was to keep the studs from transmitting heat/sound all the way thru the wall. I was recently jarred into realising that even wood in attics will transmit some heat. If the sheet rock was always horizonal there would be less transmission thru the seams as they would either span the studs or only make those tiny pathways up the studs for a short distance. I have torn down sheetrock and noticed that there are always voids in the seams. The mud seldom goes more then halfway into the seam. Donny the muscian even did something with multiple layers of thin sheet rock to decrease the transmission of sound. He had build numerous studios that way in his continuing 50 career as a rock an roll musician
    You struck me as the only one who might have backround in sheet rock. I am willing to bet that even the sheetrock seams will show up brilliantly to an infrared camera. My house project is in Texas circa 1965 and carefully enlarged without the benifit of any building code by guaranteed non professionals. Has driven the electricians mad and they thought the 50% aluminum wiring was the only problem. The plumbing is finally fixed up with enough ball valves to fix anything that could ever break without drivng my experienced plumber, plumbing inspector totally insane. IT was a great price for the house on the two lots and will be nice after the new double panes and siding are completed and I can start on air leaks. Exact north-south exposure with plenty of wind. Its 45 minutes from downtown Austin but basically a waterless house on the top of a mountain.( waterwell coop is non potable water and closed to additional members) There is enough rain to take collect from the roofs for our retirement but not enough to mist the roof to cool it. I am there 3 months a year and then back to the Alps til my wife retires. Definitely a contrast. Lots of masonry and masonry stoves in these parts. And the locals here in Garmisch wanna know how Americans can live without roladens. I said remember these are people that think enclosed hub brakes and 7 speed internal hubs on bicycles are new and high tech! [both are more maintence free then anything I have ever seen on bicycles]

    Anyway if you know anything about the history of sheet rock and wether it was supposed to be hung that way let me know.

  • Gennaro Brooks-Church

    yes you want to lay sheet rock in a staggered way for the following reasons:
    the seam is less visible.
    the wall or ceiling is held together better.

    i’m not sure how important it is to make sure that no seams from the opposite wall line up with seems from the other side. i guess if two seems ran parellel you could have more bridging of heat and sound but not sure if it is that large.
    insulation in the wall will stop most of that.

  • scott

    Hello Gennaro

    Very interesting idea you’ve got going here. I’m a 23+year builder of many different projects all around the world and would love some videos of your projects.
    To read on how your reusing everything and selling this as “affordable”, I would love the industry to see everything you speak of.

    great job,

    Scott

  • Financing your green building with 203k mortgages is easy when working with a knowledgable consultant and mortgage person, who are you with?
    Mike

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