At the Das Haus Net-Zero House Symposium in White Plains on July 17th, 2012, Guy Slicker, Director for Renewable Energy Resources and Technology of the New York Power Authority gave the keynote address. The speech focused on energy efficiency measures that the New York Power Authority was taking to retrofit tax payer support facilities such [...]
By now you’ve probably heard extensive details about the EcoBrooklyn show house including our rooftop garden, bee colony, and the natural pool. Visitors are always welcome to come and check it out, but if you can’t make it to the neighborhood, check out this mini-documentary we made about the house. It has information and clips [...]
Yelp can be a helpful website to find reviews of local businesses from real people. The site goes to considerable lengths to ensure that the reviews posted are from actual people who have built a sincere relationship with the company they are reviewing. The only problem is that their “review filter” algorithm has mistakenly filtered [...]
Here are two articles relevant to lead remediation in New York garden soil. Eco Brooklyn gets a lot of calls from clients with a child on the way and a recently purchased house. They intelligently tested the soil in the garden to be sure it is safe for toddlers and to their dismay they often [...]
Eco Brooklyn’s latest project was developed for our client in Williamsburg. The client was looking to renovate their distressed backyard and create a beautiful space to sit and relax. We first develop a design and render it for the clients approval. This deck is perfect for small gatherings, allows access to the yard, [...]
“If you’re looking to have your garden landscaped I would highly recommend Eco Brooklyn. We’ve been renovating our brownstone working with general contractors and subcontractors over the period of about 2 years, Gennaro Brooks-Church and his team have by far been the most reliable and efficient we have worked with so far. Thanks to Gennaro [...]
Eco Brooklyn recently attended and donated money to a fundraiser helping the Paititi Institute raise money to buy 2000 acres of endangered forest in Peru. Being a New York contractor, we understand a lot of the impact we have is not actually local but often thousands of miles away. When we refuse to build a [...]
FEMA reveiled updated flood zone maps two weeks ago, which doubles the previous estimated number of at risk New Yorkers to 400,000 residents and 70,000 buildings. These numbers are still proposed, and will take up to two years of reviews to become official, after which building regulations will be affected.
Installing Living Walls and Green Roofs not only provide a refreshing natural aesthetic in a concrete jungle, they also reduce electrical costs and help combat the heat island effect. The heat island effect is an urban phenomenon in which a bubble of heat surrounds a city. The bubble is caused by the development of urban populations [...]
As a Green Builder we are always looking at the newest developments in green design. Today the folks from Siga were kind enough to come by and show us their energy efficient air sealing products.
We recently finished a Passive House renovation of a Harlem brownstone and worked closely with the air sealing supplier 475. [...]
New York’s Largest Anti-Fracking Rally is just around the corner. Join us at the event to help limit the hold of fossil fuels and save New York from a dangerous practice. Details at the bottom of the post.
Fracking is a corrosive practice of sequestering more carbon deposits from the earth’s surface in the form [...]
An Eco Brooklyn blog reader recently brought up the June 1st deadline for comments on the Brownfield Cleanup Program application submitted by Lightstone Group for their proposed 12-story, 700-unit development at 363-365 Bond Street, right on the edge of the Gowanus Canal. This reader shared with us that they are very much against building such [...]
As New York passive house builders, Eco Brooklyn gets approached by many distributors offering Passive House products. Recently Klearwall, a PH window company located in Ireland, informed us of their intended expansion in New York City. Klearwater offers thermal bridging calculations, which shows how much energy will be conserved by the instillation of their triple pane windows. [...]
Inhabitat recently posted an article exemplifying innovative underground houses around the globe. As a green contractor Eco Brooklyn is continually using cutting-edge ideas to improve upon Passive House designs. Underground housing can provide New York State with low energy housing at reasonable prices without sacrificing the aesthetic appeal of living above ground.
Here is a cool little site that highlights everyday trash, that stuff we throw away without thinking much about it. They gave Eco Brooklyn a mention the other day. We build all sorts of things from garbage, from garden patios out of salvaged bricks to entire brownstones. Nice to be recognized for our green contracting work,
We are building a native habitat at the Eco Brooklyn show house, inspired by the Mannahatta Project - what NY was like in the 1600′s before white settlers. The ecosystems on the property are full of native plants, animals and layouts. This week we went upstate and collected two Garter snakes. We hope the trauma of [...]
Eco Brooklyn was recently commissioned to insulate a new development in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant. As a specialist in insulation and air sealing we have seen an increase in business from the many new multi unit apartment buildings that have shot up – not during construction, but AFTER construction. As housing demand has continued [...]
Bangladesh Building Collapse Kills at Least 70
Texas Fertilizer Explosion Kills at Least 16
Boston Bombing Kills 3
All three of these events happened this week. Most people see the third as very different from the first two. I don’t. To me they are all part of the massive hidden cost of cheap stuff produced by the [...]
We are earthship enthusiasts here at Eco Brooklyn, and are currently speaking with a client who wants to build an earthship in New York State. Here are some ideas being thrown around between Michael Reynolds, Eco Brooklyn, and the client, that we may be able to help turn into reality. The schematic of this global [...]
Hey all you Eco Brooklynites, Gennaro is speaking at an Earth-ship event this coming Sunday. Come enjoy a free community seminar with multiple speakers and videos.
Here is all the details:
Perpetual Brooklyn Resiliency (PBR) Presents… Perma Sunday!!! At the dZong: 778 Bergen Street, 2nd flr. Prospect Heights, Brooklyn NY 11238 Here is the FB event page https://www.facebook.com/events/116401015214522/ [...]
Natural swimming pools or living spas are much more common throughout Europe, but are increasingly becoming more popular in the United States. Now that the spring weather is beginning to surface, it’s time for Eco Brooklyn to open up our Natural Pool for the swimming season. We use it as a showcase pool for clients [...]
If you are interested in green building, environmentalism, or architecture, chances are that you have seen some of the chic structures coming out of the shipping container building movement. These structures range from the Redondo Beach container home, which won an award for innovative design from The American Institute of Architects in 2007, to the [...]
This New York Times article (posted below) on the disappearing coral reefs voices my opinion on the planet’s direction, not only for corral but for most other major ecosystems too. The Anthropocene era, a time where human activity has significantly changed the planet’s ecosystems, has entered it’s full and irreversible swing.
All that I have seen and read of [...]
When people buy a home the bank usually requires an independent appraisal. Unfortunately the current appraisers don’t take into consideration green building. A classic example in Brooklyn is a back yard with concrete is valued the same as a back yard with extensive landscaping.
Obviously the one with extensive landscaping is more valuable to most people, but [...]
In 2012 Eco Brooklyn Inc. made a conscious choice to NOT grow. As a for profit corporation this may seem a bad business choice. But ironically we see this as thinking BIG. Peoples’ obsession with growth is such a massive part of us and it is illogical and suicidal.
Especially in speed crazed NY is [...]
Here is a great film on planned obsolescence – the business model where a company deliberately makes products that don’t last, causing people to consume more. Clearly this is not sustainable. We’ve been doing it for just over 100 years and pretty much destroyed the planet in the process. Very worth watching.
If you are a fan of living sustainably you have most likely felt the urge to reduce your waste and begin composting. But living in New York City often leaves residents without much outdoor space. A large part of Green Building in Brooklyn involves meshing innovative techniques with salvaged materials, which is why do-it-yourself composting [...]
Here is a great compilation of the many shipping container structures that have been built.
As a green builder I am always looking for ways to reuse garbage. For example I have used Gaia Soil for green roof medium, which is crushed Styrofoam waste and compost. In this process of recycling I need to know how long the particular material will last. Here is an informational list of items and [...]