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Eco Brooklyn Green Show House Green Building Tour


Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Eco Brooklyn Green Show House Green Building Tour

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Join GreenHomeNYC on Saturday, October 13th as we tour the Eco Brooklyn's Green Show House. 

The Green Show House is a brick row house in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, originally built around 1900. The last renovation performed in the 1950′s was cheaply done. Gutting the house made the most green sense. The upper portion of the house features a triplex and the lower portion a duplex. It was rebuilt using the strictest green concepts. The goal was to meet three criteria: no waste, no materials, no energy. Eco Brooklyn didn’t achieve the goal but they came close.

Here are a few of the features you will see on the tour:
  • 100-year old wood, which otherwise would have been sent to landfills. Joists, studs and other wood materials were recycled from the structure or salvaged from previously gutted houses. 
  • Windows made from fiberglass frame, arranged to maximize solar gain on the house’s southern side, and minimize heat loss on the northern side. 
  • An old fire escape has been reused as walkways and stairs.
  • A green roof and bee hive. The roof and south wall are also equipped with solar PV and hot water panels. Rainwater is strategically routed to water the gardens located on the roof and also in the front and back of the house. These gardens will have all the required flora to recreate a wildlife sanctuary and attract local fauna. As much as possible the garden will be an edible one, both for humans and animals. 
  • Radiant heat installed in all floors, in some bathroom walls and in the concrete slab beneath the ground floor. Floors are comprised of many materials, including buffed and colored concrete, salvaged stone and slate, salvaged wood, or from salvaged beams. The bathroom floors are recovered steel tiles, which produce maximum heat conductivity, perfect for bare feet.
  • All electrical is being laid out to minimize the magnetic exposure to the occupants. Main shut off switches are located near the entrance doors to minimize usage when tenants are out. Lights are LED and a lot of the wiring is low voltage. We use LOTS of high R value insulation to make the house air tight and warm. All exterior wall insulation is salvaged Poly ISO board. The exterior walls are R40 and the roof is more than R70.
  • All interior walls and floors are hard packed cellulose insulation for both insulation and sound proofing benefits. Walls have various surface applications. Some have clay. Others have home made paints with natural pigments. The kitchen and bathroom counters are a mixture of techniques all made in-house. We have cement and salvaged glass, resin and salvaged glass, cement and coloring, and wood.
  • Stones from the cellar were dug out and bricks from walls were removed and re-used as retaining walls and patios; the chain link fence from the yard was used instead of rebar. Additionally, all appliances including the boiler are the most energy efficient that could be obtained. We use a gray water collection tank to collect water from showers and bathroom sinks. The water is then used to flush toilets.
The tour will be guided by Gennaro Brooks-Church. Gennaro holds several certificates, and is a Certified Passive House Tradesperson, NY Licensed Real Estate Broker, Certified EcoBroker®, National Sustainable Advisor Program and LEED AP. His is also an educator, lifetime builder and author of the Build It Forward green building concept.

About the NYC Green Buildings Open House

The Green Buildings Open House is GreenhomeNYC’s semi-annual guided tour of green buildings all over New York City, taking place in the Spring and Fall of every year.

The event gives New Yorkers a chance to get inside Green buildings and hear about their inner workings from the owners, architects, and engineers who designed, built and operate them. Visitors will come away with new expectations of comfort, livability, energy and environmental benefits.

Since 2003, GreenHomeNYC has organized the NYC Green Buildings Open House as a part of Northeast Sustainable Energy Associaion’s (NESEA) Green Buildings Open House and the American Solar Energy Society’s (ASES) National Solar Tour.

Have questions about Eco Brooklyn Green Show House Green Building Tour? Contact GreenHomeNYC

When & Where

22 2nd St
New York, NY 11231

Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 2:00 PM

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A community-oriented, volunteer-run organization, GreenHomeNYC’s mission is to facilitate the adoption of sustainable building methods and materials by owners of small residential and commercial buildings in New York City.

GreenHomeNYC aims to be a hub of resources for small building owners, to promote the understanding of green building issues, and to connect building owners with local green building service and materials providers.

GreenHomeNYC is also a long time affiliate of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), the nation’s leading regional membership organization focused on promoting the understanding, development, and adoption of energy conservation and non-polluting, renewable energy technologies. To find out more, visit www.nesea.org.

GreenHomeNYC is a registered 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit corporation.

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