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  • The Benefits of Renewable Energy Roof Design in NYC

    The Benefits of Renewable Energy Roof Design in NYC

    Raising awareness of the harmful effects of using our natural resources in the large amounts that we do has become the norm in today's society. People have changed the way that they use energy--including how they design buildings. Renewable energy roof designs are incredibly beneficial to both the environment and to property owners. Areas like New York City have been taking advantage of these roof designs and the effects of doing so are proving to be endless.

    Renewable energy roofing is typically constructed with solar panels. These panels collect the sunlight throughout the day, which drastically cuts the cost of using electric lights in houses, stores, office buildings, and even hospitals. Studies have also shown that this method has improved the general mood of humans as a result of the vitamin D produced by the sun. This, of course, stimulates productivity in the workplace and improves the overall quality of living for all people.

    It is no secret that the use of solar panels drastically reduces carbon footprints, as well. This renewable energy has also proven to reduce the heat island effect experienced in urban areas. This effect is when urban areas are significantly warmer as a result of human activities. Reducing the effect allows areas to remain populated and busy without further harming the environment.

    Financially, this style of roofing saves property owners heating and electric costs, which is crucial in snowy, rainy New York City. Renewable energy roof designs also increase property value and are generally appealing in all aspects.

    For more information on green roofing, renewable energy roofing, or our other services, please contact us today.

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  • The preservation of historic structures - Saving our connections to our past

    The preservation of historic structures - Saving our connections to our past

    Throughout the centuries, man's story has been represented in many aspects. Whether it is through his ancient writings, artifacts or in archaeological sites, man's imprint is undeniable.  With each new discovery, another chapter unfolds shedding more light on the everyday lives of our ancestors. 

    History has, for the most part, dictated the styles, construction modes and uses of homes throughout the world. Each building, from our past, has a story to tell. Commercial buildings can represent the industry that was prevalent during a particular era, while residential homes can portray the wealth or poverty of the region or time.  During the early periods of history, timber was a common use for constructing homes. As time went by, new means of construction material came into use, such as, brick, stone, steel, etc. The introduction of these materials meant man could rethink the building process and construct even more structures suitable to his current needs.

    Through the preservation of historic structures, we can study the different periods of our history and allow ourselves a look into our past. These structures are used as a time capsule in order for us to learn the techniques and materials utilized by the craftsmen of the time. These invaluable lessons are essential when it comes to the preservation of historic buildings.

    It is extremely important that we preserve our old buildings. They truly are our connection to our past, and here at Scott Henson Architect, we are committed to preserving the historical integrity of historic structures.   

    Please contact us if you have any questions about our services or if you are ready to take on a historic building project. 

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