Thursday, December 3, 2009

NYC's First ‘Zero Energy Building’ Coming to Red Hook

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Redhook Green (their website here) has just distributed this press release for their innovative new project - a live-work, "net zero energy building" to be constructed on the corner of Dikeman and Conover Streets in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

From Redhook Green's website -

" The first floor consists of large live/work loft areas arranged on either side of an exterior court. Glass walls adjoining the court can be opened to allow the complete integration of the garden, living, and work areas. The form of the house is inspired by the shipping containers stacked along the adjacent waterfront. Modular units, proportioned similarly to shipping containers are stacked and shifted to create a variety of terraces and overviews."

Redhook Green is the brainchild of New York technology and media entrepreneur, Jay Amato. Mr. Amato states in this press release that this will be a project "that can serve as an example of how we can live and work responsibly."

Live and Work responsibly .... sounds good to me.

From the release, Mr. Amato states that -

Redhook Green "will become a very visible symbol of the continuing reinvention of one of New York City’s oldest neighborhoods,” and will "practically illustrate the movement towards zero-energy building to the world’s greatest city."

Additionally, explaining how this is to be acheived,

"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.”

This project seems like an excellent example of how a neighborhood such as ours, with a mix of industry and residential use - something local artist and resident John P. Missale apparently dubbed "Residustrial" - can retain its character, build on its residential stock and increase economic activity, without adding further to the burden of pollution - locally or globally.

To quote Mr. Amato again -

An example of how to "live and work responsibly".

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