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  • New York City's Renewable Roof Design

    New York City's Renewable Roof Design

    As part of the 2015 State Energy Plan, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo mandated that by 2030, 50 percent of the state's power shall come from renewable sources, such as wind, solar, and hydroelectric. Cuomo's mandate echoes a similar policy in Germany, a nation that has implemented renewable policies and has gotten as much as 85% of the nation's energy from renewable sources. 

    New York City is poised to be a leader in such initiatives. The opportunities to source renewable solar energy on the rooftops of New York City's buildings is immense. According to the Encyclopedia of New York City, the borough of Manhattan alone is estimated to have about 60,000 unique buildings. 

    Solar panels and green spaces help a building owner comply with the Mayor's Office of Sustainability Benchmarking Law, which requires owners of large buildings to submit an annual energy usage report through the US EPA online tool. 

    Rooftop design is a cost effective and practical way for a business to achieve the benchmarks, in addition to receiving tax incentives and rebates. A well-designed green roof can improve overall air quality, increase property values, and reduce storm water run-off. A professional architect's expertise ensures a business not only complies with local sustainability measures, but also improves the property value for future owners, while maximizing the tax benefits for today's owner. 

    Rooftop gardens offer several benefits, including temperature regulation, pollution control, and local vegetation. Solar panels provide additional benefits, including tremendous local incentives that encourage use of solar collection. An online calculator helps the business owner research the savings and benefits by location. 

    Utilizing the opportunities provided through sustainable roof design in NYC, companies that adapt have the chance to earn LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. LEED certified buildings qualify for additional benefits and incentives, including cost-effective utilities, less impact on the environment, and international recognition as an environmental leader.   

    To learn more about adding a renewable roof design to your building, contact Scott Henson Architect.

  • Historic Building Preservation Is Technically Feasible

    Historic Building Preservation Is Technically Feasible

    Many people are concerned about historic building preservation because they're under the impression that all historic buildings can't truly be restored. People are often used to the notion that buildings need to be constantly replaced rather than updated. This is a mindset that is very common in many cultures, and it is very much a cultural construction. There are buildings that have lasted for centuries, and the right firms can make sure that more recent historic buildings will last for a similarly long period of time. 

    It's certainly true that firms that are equipped to perform historic building preservation work will need to have many resources available. Each project is unique; therefore, an architect’s work will need to involve many different teams of talented individuals, including tradespeople and artisans. Many teams involved will need to have knowledge about the challenges that individual project can present.

    Those who believe that historic building preservation is impractical will often be surprised by what experts can accomplish with roof repair, vault and foundation reconstruction, and the replacement of windows and doors. People who worry that the process of preservation will change the appearance of an older building might not have seen successful results performed by a good preservation architect.

    In fact, many cases have proven that renewed historic buildings will have a more genuine appearance than before. After all, the buildings certainly looked new at one point, and this updated look will reflect the way they would have appeared to people before our time.

    Contact us in order to get questions answered related to historic building preservation. 



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