It’s free. Use it. Design with it in mind. Natural light = equity. More natural light = less artificial light. It feels good. Workers appreciate it. Light chases away inhibition. Natural light does not have to be hot. Natural light is from the sun. The sun moves. Design with natural light is more advanced than design with artificial light. Artificial light is fake. CFLs + incandescents are artificial light. Artificial light requires electricity. Electricity can be used for other things during the day besides artificial lighting. Artificial light is man made. Natural light is not man made. Animals are cognizant of day and night. The day/night distinction is irrelevant to humans. Natural light comes from one source. Artificial light radiates from countless sources. Natural light = gift. Artificial light = debt. Image via.
Riverhouse, or One Rockefeller Park, is slated to open in late 2007 in Manhattan, and the word on the street is that it could be one of the greenest, most stylish residential developments on the East Coast. The developer, Sheldrake Organization, is planning on LEED Gold certification for the building. To do that, Sheldrake has enlisted the help of Polshek Partnership Architects for the exterior design and Ismael Leyva Architects for the interior design. In addition, the famous Rockwell Group is working on interior design for the one-, two-, and three-bedroom residences and other aspects of the building.
Here’s a list of some of the things the developer will do: use recycled wastewater for cooling the tower and landscaping; generate electricity from solar photovoltaic panels on the roof; draw in natural lighting without heat gain by using low-E, double-pane glass; use Energy Star appliances to save energy and Toto dual-flush toilets to save water; construct the building with about 20% recycled materials and recycle over 80% of the construction waste; and acquire over 40% of the building materials locally.
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