Roosevelt Island, a sliver of land wedged between the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn, is home to one of NYC’s greenest residential buildings. Dating back to 1841, the Octagon now houses condos and apartments with an array of luxurious, eco-friendly features.
This spectacularly renovated 1950s home perched above the Pacific Ocean isn’t just easy on the eyes – it’s also easy on its coastal environment. The Vicino House in Pacific Palisades, CA, is a stunning demonstration of some seriously eco-friendly architecture and design, which have earned it a LEED Platinum rating.
Windows are literally huge holes in the side of your house – so ensuring they’re well sealed and insulted is essential for an energy-efficient home. Serious Windows are aptly named, combining glass/film panes and fiberglass frame construction to create some of the most efficient windows around.
Once a common feature of American architecture, metal roofs are making a comeback. Metal is one of the most durable and most energy-efficient roof materials available, easily outperforming asphalt shingles, wood shakes, or tiles. It’s lightweight and impervious to fire, water, rot, and insect damage, and forget the airplane-hangar aesthetic – – new products offer […]
Finding sustainably produced building materials for your next project just got a little easier. Forest Stewardship Council certification has become the industry standard for responsibly produced wood, and the good folks at Dwell Magazine have put together a handy directory of certified distributors.
Two key elements of green building are energy efficiency and longevity (since rebuilding and replacing materials is a waste of time and resources). DuRock’s Tiocoat is an easy-to-apply roofing material that extends the life of a roof while dramatically reducing heat absorption.
Traditional gypsum drywall requires quite a bit of energy in its manufacturing process, which translates to pollution and a substantial carbon footprint. A truly “green” alternative is EcoRock, an environmentally friendly wallboard that delivers exceptional performance as well.
The most energy-efficient light source in a home isn’t a high-tech bulb or fixture – it’s natural daylight. Solatube skylights can help homeowners minimize their need for electric lighting and maximize the use of daylight throughout their homes.
When you think of cork, you probably think of wine stoppers and bulletin boards. But what about floors? Cork flooring is an extremely user-friendly option for homeowners, and it’s produced from one of the most sustainable materials around.
Who says environmentally friendly architecture can’t be stylish and luxurious too? The Macallen Building in South Boston, which integrates some innovative design features with high-tech creature comforts, recently became the city’s first LEED-certified residential property. [Click title image to read more…]
At a glance, PaperStone looks like any modern, stylish solid countertop surface. But this unique material is not only extremely functional, it’s also extremely environmentally friendly. As the name implies, paper is a key ingredient in the material… [Click title image to read more…]