Author: Nick Barto

How Having a Green Roof Can Reduce the Effect of Heat Islands

How Having a Green Roof Can Reduce the Effect of Heat Islands

Changes in temperatures can be driven by the development of roads, infrastructure, and large buildings in a small area. Did you know that a “heat island” can be formed by replacing natural vegetation with concrete and urban structures, making a metropolitan area warmer than its surrounding areas? These elevated temperatures during warmer seasons create an increased demand for cooling solutions...

The Economics of Saving Old Windows

The Economics of Saving Old Windows

A common mistake when performing repairs on historic properties has been to replace the original windows with modern windows. Because of this, it is rare to find properties that still have their original windows. When someone goes to purchase a property and they see that the windows are replaced, it takes away from the beauty and character of the historic...

Holding Buildings Accountable for Their Sins

Holding Buildings Accountable for Their Sins

New York City is at the forefront of the movement to build green communities and New Yorkers are proud of their efforts to build smarter, more sustainable neighborhoods. As part of ongoing efforts, a group of progressive and far-reaching bills, designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, has been passed in early April of 2019. This group of ten bills is collectively...