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  • Roof Repairs in New York City: What You Should Know

    Roof Repairs in New York City: What You Should Know

    When you live in New York City, every little bit of space you can use is important. This includes rooftop spaces, and when you entertain frequently on your roof you need to be mindful of what could go wrong. So if you are in need of roof repairs in New York City, you should contact the professionals.

    Understand Your Roof's History

    It's important to know whether or not the roof of your building was ever designed for people. For example, when the building was originally designed, it may not have accounted for 20 or more people standing on it at the same time. This means that over time, the roof may be compromised by the excessive wear and tear from people.

    Protect Your Roof

    If the roof is used as a social space, be sure to implement a plan in order to keep it clean and protected. This means that you shouldn't leave bottles, cans, or other kinds of trash on the roof. By removing any trash or even furniture that sits on the roof, you can help to prevent it from clogging any drains, getting stuck in any vents, and from simply damaging the roof itself.

    Finding Damage

    When on the roof, it's also important to look around. If you notice any damage, such as separation of materials, trash stuck in places where it should not be, you need to get it fixed. By finding problems when they are small or just starting, you can save your money in the end, because you keep the problem from becoming too big and expensive.

    Roofs are not only functional as part of your building, but can add additional entertaining space. In order to fully enjoy the space, you must be responsible and take care of it. To learn more about how we can help you if your roof is in need, please contact us.

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  • Globally Supported Sustainable Architecture is Environmentally Responsible

    Globally Supported Sustainable Architecture is Environmentally Responsible

    The purpose of sustainable architecture is to: "eliminate negative environmental impact completely through skillful, sensitive design." 

    Considerable thought about how the project will affect the environment begins the sustainable design process.  Beyond eliminating adverse environmental impact, any sustainable design must create projects that are meaningful innovations that can shift behavior; a dynamic balance between economy and society, generating long-term relationships between user and building, which is respectful of the environmental and social differences.

    Relieving over-stressed resources requires reducing pressure on them, not continually increasing them, whether more efficiently or not. Best is a greater reliance on natural materials that are compatible with the environment.

    Sustainable applications and principles require the use of:

    • Non-toxic, energy-efficient and sustainably produced materials.
    • Emotionally durable architecture to reduce the consumption and waste of resources which increases the relationship durability between people and the design.
    • Design influence measures for total carbon footprint and life-cycle assessment of the resources based on sustainable standards.
    • The Constructal Law, which is a physics principle that urges the use of sustainability and evolutionary design in general.

    Globally supported, the concept of sustainable design is the ultimate environmentally responsive goal. Any person looking to construct a building from the ground up or remodel an existing building should seek out the advice of a professional architect. Not any architect, but one who is respectful of sustainable design. The interdependence between human design and the impact on the natural world demands co-existence in a healthy, supportive and lasting way.

    Scott Henson, a full-service Architectural firm, knows sustainable design. Ask how he can update your environment in a responsible way. Contact Scott Henson today.

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