Sustainability

Make an Impact with the Zero Net Carbon Collaboration (ZNCC)

The Zero Net Carbon Collaboration for Existing and Historic Buildings (ZNCC) is looking for new partners in the fight to reduce the carbon footprint of existing and historic buildings. The ZNCC currently includes organizational representatives and individual members who are working to develop strategies to reach the zero net carbon goals being established by government entities and to reduce the...

Two New Certified Passive House Projects

SHA’s Director or Sustainability, Jane Sanders, just achieved Passive House EnerPHit certification on two of her Brooklyn rowhouse retrofit projects, the State Street Passive House and Windsor Terrace Passive House. Passive House is a rigorous international building standard for energy efficiency, and EnerPHit is the certification for retrofits of existing buildings. Passive House buildings achieve energy efficiency, comfort, and superior...

New York Building

Compliance With Building Regulations in New York City

Buildings larger than 25,000 square feet that are higher than 6 stories need to comply with two sets of regulations in New York City. The new Building Emissions Law that is part of the Climate Mobilization Act requires buildings larger than 25,000 square feet to reduce their emissions 40% by 2030 and 80% by 2050. This will drive the overall reduction...

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...