Archive for the 'Green Buildings' Category

Jen’s Community at Wildcliff

Our latest project… a new LEED certified restoration of an 1850′s Alexander Jackson Davis Gothic Revival manor house overlooking Long Island Sound. It’s the future home to Jen’s Community at Wildcliff; a new sustainable, nature-based nursery school.

Check out our facebook for more images; vintage photos and current conditions.

Stay tuned for updates and progress.

Residential CHP Fuel Cell

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Read more about residential CHP fuel cells here.

Green Project Signs

If you’re a local, you may have seen a Fivecat Studio project sign highlighting one of our many projects throughout Westchester County.

What you may not know, is that all of our project signs are constructed using recycled and salvaged materials.

The signs are printed on recycled corrugated polyethylene and the white frames are fabricated using salvaged douglas fir lumber rescued from our project dumpsters.

So, next time you see one of our blue and white signs, keep in mind that they’re also very green.

FLOAT House by Morphosis

Problem: Provide housing in flood prone regions.

Solution: Homes that float, when necessary.

From Morphopedia:

The FLOAT House optimizes the efficiency of mass-production, while respecting New Orleans’s unique culture and context. The Ninth Ward’s colorful vernacular houses, which local residents have traditionally modified and personalized over time, reflect the community’s vibrant culture. The FLOAT House grows out of the indigenous typology of the shotgun house, predominant throughout New Orleans and the Lower Ninth Ward. Like a typical shotgun house, the FLOAT House sits atop a raised base. This innovative base, or “chassis,” integrates all mechanical, electrical, plumbing and sustainable systems, and securely floats in case of flooding. Inspired by GM’s skateboard chassis, which is engineered to support several car body types, the FLOAT House’s chassis is designed to support a variety of customizable house configurations.

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Progress at Hays Hill

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I posted some new photos from our Hays Hill project over at Westchester Green.

5.4.7 Arts Center

Architectural Record has posted a very interesting video about the new 5.4.7 Arts Center constructed in Greensburg, KS.

Read more about Greensburg’s plans for being the nation’s first green city over at Westchester Green.

Centerbrook Architects

Ever since my days in architecture school (its been a few years now), Centerbrook has always been one of my favorite firms. They design few homes these days, but I still love what they do. Their whimsical design style and attention to detail is always inspiring.

And they were green, way before it was cool to be green.

Centerbrook uses its own office as a laboratory for sustainable design. Hydro power and solar power generate approximately 30% of its annual electrical needs, a green roof covers a portion of its office, and the building itself was recycled from a nineteenth-century mill building.

Favorite Firm: Centerbrook Architects

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