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The end of summer is near so we have to take advantage of last minute beach time!
Our lovely home during the week! @greenfestival #asheville
Check out this lending library/book exchange! Created out of an old phone booth, people are allowed to simply take a book, if they drop one off! How great is that! #SharingIsCaring #Recycle #Ecofriendly #BookShare #CreativeThinking
@littlemittenvintage growing some greens in an old bed frame. _____________________________ Grow something and share with us what you are growing using #growsomethinggreen
Lots of special things this week :) for those of you that saw our mechanical cufflinks in the Sun Herald on the weekend here are some very limited edition versions, made by our amazing Sydney artisans Juan & Olivia, they're pretty amazing! These ones definitely won't make it online before fathers day so if youre interested email us on sales@upcyclestudio.com.au Silver ones are $199 and the gold ones are $299, we still have a few sets of the Sun Herald ones available too, these ones are $149 #reclaimed #watchparts #upcycle #upcycled #cufflinks #fathersday #upcyclestudio
Irish whiskey barrel bottle openers, for the dad that has everything, comes with a personalised number to track the history of the barrel. Limited qty available, $49 each, not online yet so email us on sales@upcyclestudio.com.au to claim one #upcycle #recycled #upcycled #reclaimed #whiskey #barrel #fathersday #upcyclestudio
Looks what arrived in time for Fathers day!! Cufflinks made from reclaimed Irish whiskey barrel timber :) complete with barrel number to research the history of where they came from! $49 per set, not online yet so email sales@upcyclestudio.com.au if you want to secure a pair in time for Dad! #upcycle #upcycled #Irish #whiskey #barrel #reclaimed #timber #cufflinks #fathersday #upcyclestudio

Best Urban Space Remodels: Our Instagram Claim to Fame

In the spirit of awards season, we’re pleased to announce that our green building Instagram account has been awarded an Instagrammy! Improvement Center evaluated the top ten home contractors to follow and we’ve been recognized for having the best urban space remodels.

Our feed features images from our Manhattan and Brooklyn ecological construction projects including [...]

Praise for Siga high-performance tape

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. [...]

Earthship Project in New York

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 [...]

Chemical vs. Natural Swimming Pools

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 [...]

Fun Built with Salvaged Material

The growth in sustainable and green living has given rise to a movement of eco-tourism in a variety of forms across the country. Specifically the use of salvaged materials is making a breakthrough in the realm of practical and/ or novel green construction.

Across the country salvaged building trends and communities are blossoming and their [...]

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 [...]

Recap of Panel Discussion on Green Design as (Un)usual

NYC sustainable design

On June 7th, Van Alen Books hosted a panel discussion on architect David Bergman’s book Sustainable Design: A Critical Guide. Susan Szenasy, Editor-in-chief of Metropolitan Magazine, moderated the panel, which was made up of architect and professor David Bergman, Terreform ONE co-founder and Planetary ONE partner Mitchell Joachim, and NYC Department of Design and Construction [...]

Squibb Park, Brooklyn: Prototype for a New Generation of Sustainable Bridge Design:

Bridge connecting Squibb Park to Brooklyn Bridge Park

After receiving a generous amount of funding, Brooklyn has commissioned a pedestrian walkway to connect Squibb Park and the Brooklyn Bridge Park. The 4.9 million dollar bridge will be designed by Ted Zoli, a MacArther Genius Award-winning structural engineer, he is not only one of the nation’s “it” engineers but also among the nation’s foremost [...]

Green Building Checklist

Here is a good general check list to keep in mind when building:

Sustainable Site

Results Stormwater run-off reduced Alternate transportation nearby Urban Heat Island Effect mitigated Nighttime light pollution reduced

Strategies Native drought-resistant plantings; permeable paving Light-colored, high-reflectance, low-emissivity roofing Skylights and windows screened to limit bothersome light escape at night Urban setting near [...]