Category Archives: Environment

Hudson Development on Track for LEED-GOLD

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Lori Rafael, director of Real Estate for the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Alison Novak and David Kramer of Hudson Companies, and Karen Auster, marketing consultant for the project and head of Auster Events.

David Kramer, of Hudson development, held an open house November 12 for members of the Brooklyn Chamber’s Real Estate Development Committee at the firm’s new green, luxury residential project in Brooklyn–third + bond.

Third + bond, which is expected to receive LEED-GOLD and Energy Star designations, will be completed in the Spring of 2010. Prices range from $311,500 for a studio to $1,381,000 for a three+ bedroom with three baths. The development is approved for FHA and SONYMA mortgages, and offers mortgages with as little as 3.5% down and interest rates as low as 4.75%. Corcoran is the exclusive sales and marketing agent. Continue reading

Zero Waste in New York City?

An “anti-garbage” movement called “zero waste” is sweeping the country, according to an article by Leslie Kaufman in the NY Times on October, 20, 2009.

The article states, “The movement is simple in concept if not always in execution: Produce less waste. Shun polystyrene foam containers or any other packaging that is not biodegradable. Recycle or compost whatever you can.”

It turns out that communities don’t want landfills located near them; even residents of rural areas are balking.

So how can we cut down on garbage in an urban environment like New York City?

Vandra Thorburn has found a way in Brooklyn by offering Vokashi™, a product developed in Japan that enables residents to dispose of waste without depositing it in landfills. Landfills contribute to nearly 34 percent of all man-made methane released in the U.S., according to the Vokashi™ fact sheet.

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Here’s how it works. Thorburn provides a 5 gallon, airtight, Vokashi™ container in which the following can be collected:
fresh fruits and vegetables
prepared foods and leftovers
cooked or uncooked chicken & fish bones
cheese, eggs, and eggshells
coffee grinds and teabags
dried leaves and wilted flowers
biodegradable paper products Continue reading

Seeing is Believing: LEED Buildings Grow in Brooklyn

DSC00282Seeing is believing. Lori Raphael, director of Real Estate & Development for the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, led Chamber members on a tour of three LEED certified buildings that received Building Brooklyn Awards this year–Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Galapagos Art Space, and the Perry Building at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Stuart Leffler and Con Edison provided bus transportation for the October 7 tour.
  
Brooklyn Children’s Museum
 The Brooklyn Children’s DSC00294Museum, built in 1977, was renovated and expanded by Rafael Vinoly Architects PC and Skanska USA Building. It is now New York City’s first LEED certified museum.

The museum, which doubled in size, features natural light pouring through energy efficient windows, solar panels, recycled materials, a heating and cooling system that uses less energy because it’s drawn from the water table underground, and bright yellow tiles on the exterior that will never require painting.  DSC00290The museum also added a roof deck (right) and dining area to better accommodate families, camp and school groups, and kids participating in the museum’s extensive  after school activities. 

 

 Galapagos Art Space
Galapagos Art Space

Galapagos Art Space

The Galapagos Art Space, 16 Main Street in DUMBO, (right) is the city’s first LEED certified arts space. Robert Elmes, director, said Galapagos doubled the space it had when it was located in Williamsburg, but the utility costs are comparable to what they were in the old building.

The 9,000 square foot building was originally a horse stable and is now used by Galapagos to promote emerging artists.

DSC00284 The steel is 100 percent recycled and tables and stools are placed around a 1,600 square foot lake of well water, which also warms the building. The space features a sustainable wood stage, low lighting, and radiant heating inside the walls.

Perry Building

DSC00314Richard Drucker, of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, hosted the group at the 89,000 square foot Perry Building, which will be home to SurroundArt.  The building features mounted wind turbines, solar panels (photos below) , recycled building materials, and skylights for natural light. It is the nation’s first multi-story, multi-tenanted, green industrial building.  Beginning in 2007, all new buildings constructed in the Navy Yard were required to be built to the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Silver or greater standards.
DSC00303Solar panels on the roof of the Perry Building.