Since 2007 Natural Home has been working on converting a Brooklyn located dilapidated multi-use building into a stunning green example of building. They planned on completing the work within the year, but because of the recession and New York's complex building restrictions, it's taken almost 4-years to complete the rehab. While this may seem like a bad thing, the building has actually benefited from the extensive advances in green building technology over the last few years and used many products and technologies that didn't even exist in 2007.
The developers, Rolf Grimsted of R&E Brooklyn and Emily Fisher of Halstead Property, had originally planned to green the building by rehabbing it, adding solar panels and using sustainably harvested materials. But at the urging of their architect, Tony Daniels, they went much further with the green upgrades. "The team examined every material in terms of cost, benefits, location, carbon emissions and toxicity. 'It was a constant weighing of choices,' Grimsted says."
Here are just a few of the green elements used in the town homes:
&bull Rooftop herb and vegetable garden.
&bull Low-maintenance and local landscaping.
&bull Evacuated tube solar collector (hot water).
&bull Radiant floor heating.
&bull SunPower solar electric system with rooftop photovoltaic panels.
&bull BioBased spray-foam made from agricultural waste.
&bull Salvaged and recycled content interior and exterior materials.
&bull Salvaged rain barrels and stormwater retention tanks.
Read more about the show house and see more images over at NaturalHome.com.
(Images: Stephen Ang/Natural Home)