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  • Chanel Boutique Façade by MVRDV

    Chanel Boutique Fa├žade by MVRDV

    MVRDV has recreated a façade for a Chanel boutique in Amsterdam made of glass brick. In attempt to revive the local character of the neighborhood, MVRDV used the glass bricks to create a literal and a symbolic transparency between the interior and the exterior with an unconventional material.

    Working with researchers from Delft University, the engineering firm ABT and the contractor Wessels Zeist, MVRDV developed the specially designed and recyclable bricks, which utilized:

    • high tech lasers
    • lab-grade UV lamps
    • high-strength transparent glue

    Despite its lightness in appearance, this unconventional structure’s strength is comparable to concrete, allowing the architects to seamlessly transition from glass bricks at the storefront to traditional terra cotta brick at the top. With its innovative mix of old and new technologies, the design seeks to restore the local character of the shopping district while providing the individuality expected in such high-end flagship retail stores.

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  • Solar Power and Renewable Energy Roof Design Doesn't Need to be Unattractive

    Solar Power and Renewable Energy Roof Design Doesn't Need to be Unattractive

    “I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.” Thomas Edison, 1931

    New York City is following Edison's lead and putting its money on the sun and solar energy. One City Built to Last is a plan to reduce New York City's emissions by 80 percent below 2005 levels by 2050. New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation (NYCEEC) offers innovative financing options for energy efficiency and resiliency measures, including green mortgages and direct lending products that underwrite energy savings into the loan. The City will also explore modifications to the J-51 housing tax credit and the use of Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds (QECBs) to encourage additional investments in efficiency measures.

    We've all seen the pictures of solar panels sticking out on rooftops, today solar power and renewable energy roof designs don't have to be unattractive. A source book from the NREL shows buildings with different styles and colors of solar arrays. Most panels are blue, brown, and black, but some PV manufacturers can fill special orders for colors such as gold, green, and magenta. Imagine a vegetated roof with jewel-tone solar panels among the greenery. Solar shingles are available in New York too. And yes, New York City gets enough sun for solar roof systems. New York City receives more sunlight than Germany, which has the highest solar penetration per-capita in the world, and is on pace for a record-breaking year of installed solar in 2016. There is even a solar map that shows solar installations the city.

    New York City's higher electricity costs and the City's property tax abatement for solar means investments in solar energy pay back more quickly in the City than the rest of the state. Scott Henson Architect believes preservation and adaptive re-use of historic buildings is an effective tool for sustainable stewardship.

    Scott Henson Architect can design a beautiful energy-efficient roof for your building that will not only look great but will save you money.

    Contact us today to learn more.

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