Author: Nick Barto

The Benefits of Incorporating Sustainable Building Strategies into Mixed-Use Designs

The Benefits of Incorporating Sustainable Building Strategies into Mixed-Use Designs

As our awareness of natural resource limitations continues to grow, the advantages of sustainable building strategies and their incorporation into mixed-use designs becomes increasingly important. Mixed use design fosters integration and density with two or more residential, commercial, cultural institutional, and/or industrial uses. Efficient building strategies are those that make highly productive use of natural resources and drive benefits for...

What is the Green Plot Ratio?

What is the Green Plot Ratio?

The green plot ratio, known as GPR, is a powerful metric in urban design and development. GPR is an architectural metric utilized for assessing and planning the inclusion of greenery in cities and buildings. This metric was devised by Singaporean landscape architect Dr. On Boon. GPR was developed with the intent of optimizing the amount of green space, or plant coverage,...

Has Your Facade Been Inspected in the Past 5 Years?

Has Your Facade Been Inspected in the Past 5 Years?

NYC Department of Buildings law requires that all big buildings (6 stories and higher) must have their facades professionally inspected every five years. This law was formerly known as Local Law 11 and was renamed as Facade Inspection Safety Program (FISP). The current filing window for Cycle 8 has closed as of February 2019. The upcoming five year Cycle 9...

Why the Prices of Houses in Historic Districts are Higher Than Most

Why the Prices of Houses in Historic Districts are Higher Than Most

The New York City Independent Budget Office (IBO) published a study detailing how the designation of historic districts in the city has affected home prices. The IBO found that prices for homes in historic districts have been consistently higher than those outside historic districts. In the report's introduction, the IBO evaluates the relationship between historic districts and the correlation of higher...