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. [...]
The process of building green is different than normal building. There are new considerations to include in the mix.
Here is an example. Solar PV is a smart choice in NY I think. NY gets a lot of sun and although a Californian electrician might scoff at it, most NY professionals think it is a [...]
Above: Facade with planter and recycled joists.
Originally the top facade of the building had a lot of rotted wood. And there was a great view. So in the heat of the summer I tore down the wall and planned on adding a wall of glass. It would have been magnificent.
But then [...]
I have relationships with the contractors in the neighborhood. These oak floors were perfectly fine but the owner wanted to replace them with cherry wood floors. Instead of put them in the dump I got them.
The lower floors of a brownstone are dark so I like light floors to maximize the light.
The American Solar Energy Society has been around since 1954, way before most people even knew what solar was. Visionary is the word.
They also put out a very useful magazine.
Now of course they are huge and respected.
More at ases.org
After a disastrous few weeks on Wall Street, the renewable energy industry has come out a winner. It seems there’s always a silver lining in even the worst developments.
The long-awaited extension of the Production (PTC) and Investment Tax Credits (ITC) were finally passed as part of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (H.R. [...]
Jack Johnson shows off his solar studio.
JACK JOHNSON – TRAILER SLEEP THROUGH THE STATICby Jack-Johnson
We’re entering a new era of solar energy.
Congress just passed historic solar legislation that will increase the use of solar energy all across US, and the President signed it into law. HR1424 extends the 30% solar tax credit for eight years and removes the $2000 monetary cap for residential solar electric installations.
This is [...]
Solar Panels for creating home electricity have come a long way. They are cheaper and last longer than before.
Photovoltaic systems now have expected lifetimes of 20 years and more, with manufacturers offering system and individual component warranties. Contractors are also offering warranties on installation and extended service agreements.
Even in the absence of additional [...]