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The Art of Shipping Containers

Recently a group approached Eco Brooklyn to help build a cool project involving shipping containers. The project is ambitious: three walls of containers arranged around a central triangular courtyard. The walls are six levels of shipping containers high totaling 84 shipping containers overall. This is a second attempt to get such a project going. Their [...]

The Living Building Challenge- Winner of the 2012 Buckminster-Fuller Challenge

Green building and eco-sensitive design is currently at the forefront of our modern ethos. What this means for the green builders, contractors and architects of NY, and the world, is a period of dramatic change and challenge is ahead if not already begun. A change in the way we think about new buildings and construction, [...]

Urban Decay of the Past, A Model for Future Design? A Look into Kowloon’s Walled City

The now extinct Kowloon Walled City, also known as the City of Darkness may be a perverse prototype for green, sustainable living. Eco Brooklyn is constantly searching for green building alternatives applicable to New York City living, so when we came across Kowloon we almost fell off our seats.

It was Gotham City on cheap [...]

Get Your “Passport to Green NY” and Celebrate Earth Day Early!

As NY Green Contractors, we work hard to turn NYC green and we love any opportunity to share our labors with the public because it spreads awareness of green building. The Earth Day New York organization has created a great way for New Yorkers to celebrate Earth Day as well as learn more about green [...]

(In Historic Districts) All Signs Lead to the Landmark Preservation Commission

We are renovating a Yoga studio in Brooklyn Heights, one of New York’s many historic and wonderfully preserved landmark neighborhoods. This beauty is preserved thanks to the diligent work of the Landmark Preservation Commission (LPC).

Eco Brooklyn, Inc., a green contractor, renovating a new yoga studio in Brooklyn Heights, NY.

You could almost say [...]

New Green City: A key element to Green design and construction.

On a beautiful fall day in early October, Eco Brooklyn, a New York City green contractor, took to the South Plaza of Union Square in downtown Manhattan to check out New Green City, an event hosted by GrowNYC. The event hosted many contributors, ranging from non-profits and schools to entrepreneurs, government agencies, and corporate sponsors. [...]

Eco Brooklyn 2010-2011 Annual Report

The year has ended and a new one has begun. I have prepared a state of the union statement for where Eco Brooklyn has been and where it is going.

Here goes….

2010 was a turning point for Eco Brooklyn: we became too successful for our size. Up until last year our love for green [...]

Wood, Cancer and Boiled Frogs

When most people think of wood they don’t think cancer, but studies have shown that wood workers have a higher level of respiratory cancer.

This was brought to my attention when a local lumber supply sent me the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for wood . At first I thought, ” Why do you need [...]

Formlua: find your passion, apply green

I love the way people are so inspired by green. The great thing about it is that it can pretty much be applied to anything in your life and make it better. For example as a green contractor in Brooklyn I’m putting a green perspective on Brownstone renovations.

It is such simple yet powerful [...]

Quality is tied to quality and no longer tied to price

Our budget for the Brooklyn green show house got decimated with this banking crisis. So we don’t really have a budget any more. It is basically as cheap as we can make it.

For our kitchens for example we were going to buy salvaged kitchens, make them in house out of salvaged wood or [...]

Brownstones are ripe for green renovations

I think the New York and Brooklyn brownstones are ideal candidates for green renovations. They have all the ingredients that make for an easy and powerful green overhaul. I can’t list them without sounding like a sales pitch, but it’s more pride of Brooklyn than me trying to sell anything.

Firstly the greenest thing you [...]

Green Training Materials

Here are some good PowerPoint from different trainings from the NYC Dept of sustainable Design. You can get a pretty good idea of the course from the slides.

Last time I checked they had interesting material on:

Energy Efficiency in New York City Energy Efficient & Quality Lighting Architectural Daylighting in New York City Commissioning [...]

Eco Brooklyn Featured at MNN.com

Above: A tomato plant growing out of the sidewalk at the green show house. You can’t get more local than that!

MNN.com, a pretty cool “Mother Nature Network” featured Brooklyn as a green destination of the week. Eco Brooklyn was mentioned in the article:

“Brooklyn residents can now stretch out in new green-friendly living [...]