Sustainability

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...

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,...