Passive House Going Up in New York


The scaffolding is down and progress is being made on what could be the first Passive House in New York, according to Curbed NY.  The mixed-use project is located in the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn at 174 Grand Street and designed by Loadingdock5, an architectural studio from the same neighborhood.


By |October 26th, 2010|Energy Efficiency, Passive House|0 Comments

Ice Energy Gets Cash to Cool Buildings


Colorado-based Ice Energy today announced an infusion of Series C financing in the form of $24 million, according to a press release.  The company will use this money to support the deployment of utility-scale distributed energy storage products and a 53-megawatt project in California.  Ice Energy also wants to explore new products and expand to a wider set of customers. 


By |October 18th, 2010|Energy Efficiency, Green Tech|0 Comments

Ecooler Hollow Ceramic Cooling Screen


Mey and Boaz Kahn, Studio Kahn, submitted this ecooler screen for iida 2010 and took home third prize.  Ecooler is a concept hollow tile that connects with other tiles, creating a wall of water-filled ceramics.  It's intended to provide an alternative option for cooling internal spaces by seepage and evaporation during the day, according to DesignBoom


By |October 7th, 2010|Energy Efficiency, Green Tech|0 Comments

Passive House: Brighter Shade of Green


Today, the most viewed and emailed article on the NY Times is one on Passive House, “Can we Build in a Brighter Shade of Green?”  The concept of Passive House has been growing in popularity over the last eight years or so, especially in green building circles.  These homes are ultra energy-efficient and, with some on-site energy generation, can be energy neutral or energy producing.


By |September 26th, 2010|Energy Efficiency, Passive House|1 Comment

How to Insulate an Uninsulated House

The folks at GreenovationTV and Old House Web are working on a net-zero energy renovation of a 100-year-old home.  Through the process, they’re posting helpful videos, including this one on insulating uninsulated spaces.  This kind of information is on the money for anyone living in an existing home, especially if you’re like me and you own an old house from 1958!


By |September 22nd, 2010|Energy Efficiency|1 Comment

How to Weatherize Your Home for Fall

A guest post by Anne Maertens from

Have you started closing your windows at night? That’s a good sign that it’s time to start getting your home ready for fall. An important part of your fall preparations should be weatherizing your home so you can enjoy a comfortable abode without having to sign over your paychecks to your natural gas, propane or oil providers.


By |September 20th, 2010|Energy Efficiency, News|4 Comments