This is the second time in a matter of weeks that I’ve caught wind of interesting, eco-minded building/remodeling projects coming to life in my ‘hood, the first being Conover Cottages, a Small House Movement-inspired design contest/restoration project. The 4,000-square foot Red Hook Green live/work space is remarkable in the fact that it will be New York’s very first zero-energy building (ZEB), defined by the US Department of Energy as being “a residential or commercial building with greatly reduced energy needs through efficiency gains such that the balance of energy needs can be supplied by renewable technologies.”
Here's what developer Jay Amato has to say about the project in a press release:
I’m thrilled that Red Hook Green will become a very visible symbol of the continuing reinvention of one of New York City’s oldest neighborhoods. But I’m even more excited that I could practically illustrate the movement towards zero-energy building to the world’s greatest city. Bringing to bear exciting new building materials, improved wind and solar technologies and more energy-efficient HVAC and home appliances, as well as state of the art sustainability strategies, Redhook Green will be a powerful answer to the question of what urban centers can do to reduce our dependency on foreign oil via renewable resources and to significantly reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.
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