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  • Services Provided by a New York City Architectural Firm

    Services Provided by a New York City Architectural Firm

    New York City is the most populated city in the United States and one of the economic centers of the world. The stability and strength of its real estate is one of the many reasons why so many buyers from around the U.S. and the world have chosen to purchase homes and invest in properties throughout the city. For those that own real estate, maintaining the property and making sure it looks its best can be very important. There are several services that are provided by a New York City architect that can provide a lot of value to you and your property.

    Renovation and Preservation

    If you own an older property, it could be considered a classic building or even a historical landmark. In these situations, making sure it is properly preserved can greatly improve its value over time. A New York City architect will be able to provide you with a range of different services to ensure the property is renovated to accommodate modern amenities while also preserving its historical charm. This will involve working with you to develop specific design plans while overseeing all aspects of the renovation and preservation.

    Approval Process

    The New York City real estate market is required to abide by a wide range of different laws and zoning requirements. Those that do not follow these laws could be subject to fines and other penalties. When you hire a New York City architect that is familiar with these processes and regulations, you can be assured that your project will be approved without any issues. The architect will be able to handle all applications and other processes that are necessary to ensure your project is approved quickly and stays on the initial timeline.

    If you are a New York City real estate owner and are considering a renovation of any kind, contact us to learn more about the services that we can provide to you.

  • Sustainable Roof Designs: First Steps

    Sustainable Roof Designs: First Steps

    Retrofitting a roof can be challenging in New York City, especially when it comes to the city’s goals to reduce urban heat island effects. Each roof retrofit brings its own goals and challenges. Building owners may be presented with several ways to maintain their roof or go green with photovoltaic panels. The City of New York encourages building owners to go for net-zero, so what are the first steps in a sustainable roof project?

    The first steps in a feasibility study includes determining a building owner’s top priorities. What opportunities are they hoping will come out of this roof redesign? Maybe they want their roof to be able to perform energy collection functions, or to capture energy with an array of solar panels. There are many options that can help a building owner meet requirements for net-zero energy use. Producing a feasibility study will help in considering several factors such as the building’s location, orientation, surrounding buildings, zoning, historic designations, and engineering requirements. 

    If the goals for a roof retrofit are more centered around reducing urban heat island effects and the building’s carbon footprint, you might want to consider a green roof to absorb heat or perhaps something less expensive such as white paint to reflect solar energy. But even these systems require feasibility studies which evaluate whether a building is able to incorporate these aesthetic changes, especially if building is within a landmark district.

    New construction is a different process, and plans for buildings with carbon neutral or net-zero energy use roofs are standard. New roof construction can provide systems for energy collection, decreased energy use, light, and water collection. While new systems can be more expensive initially, the energy savings are significant over the life of the building. These sustainable roof designs are also essential for certifications such as LEED, Passive House, NYC 80x50, and other healthy building certifications.

    Feasibility studies for new construction, while less onerous than retrofitting, still need to take location and orientation into account, as well as the immediate environment of other buildings that can cast shade. The majority of energy systems on roofs are solar-based, so assessment of orientation, zoning, and the immediate neighborhood are critical for success.

    For more information about first steps in a retrofitted or new sustainable roof design, please contact us



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