About

Eco Brooklyn Inc. is an innovative green contracting and design firm in Brooklyn with one simple focus: to Turn New York Green! We used to do this by recreating natural environments that a healthy and happy.

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. Attention is put on using salvaged, sustainable and local materials.

Eco Brooklyn is fully licensed as a NY General Contractor. 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.

The Eco Brooklyn team sees the home as a living being with inner organs, lungs, a skin and a body. We attempt to build the home so that it will remain healthy and safe for many years to come. We specialize in what we call the “green aesthetic” or Wabi-Sabi design, which incorporates the use of natural materials, like wood and clay, and provides a home that is soothing and invigorating. We combine these elements with attention to the overall Feng Shui of each microcosm and macrocosm in the home.

Our clients are forward thinking Brooklyn and Manhattan property owners seeking to make the world a greener place through innovative green building techniques. Our renovations push the envelope of and redefine green building for Brooklyn and NY brownstones.

Eco Brooklyn’s green renovation strives for three goals for deconstruction, rebuilding and the finished home:

  • Zero or negative waste created
  • Zero or negative new materials used
  • A home that requires zero energy to run and actually generates extra energy.

We call this  the Zero Brownstone and achieve it through salvage, green roofs, gray water and other methods. Part of our technique is the Passive House standard – a green brownstone that requires little or no heating and cooling.

 

5 Replies to “About”

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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