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Articles about "Green Condos"

  • The Ozone’s Savior: Wood Construction By Samantha Martinez | March 10, 2015

    On the search for more environmentally friendly materials - canadian architect, Michael Green, has taken the movement to the next level with wood-based construction.

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  • All Is Well: Dicaprio's New Wellness Pad By Peter Black | November 15, 2013

    Apparently the only thing more important to Leonardo Dicaprio than “going green” is “going well.” The environmentally conscious superstar—who has been probing NYC’s luxury condo-scape for the last several months—recently purchased a home at 66 East 11th Street in Greenwich Village.

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  • Go Green in Your NYC Home By Angela Richardson | April 22, 2013

    Happy Earth Day! While the green movement is going strong and shows no signs of backing down soon, we still have a long way to go. Here are five simple ways to make your living space eco-friendly while reducing your carbon footprint and thereby helping fight global warming.

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  • Celebrating Earth Day in New York City By Tim Sheehan | April 22, 2013

    Today, and every year on April 22nd, we observe Earth Day, where events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection and sustainability. With its relatively low level of emissions per capita, commitment to green initiatives, and some of the country’s top LEED certified buildings, New York City is often considered to be one among the leaders in sustainability in the urban environment.

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  • An Overview of NYC Green Initiatives By Thomas Faddegon | February 20, 2013

    Last week, Mayor Bloomberg unveiled the latest of his environmental initiatives. A new wave of efforts has begun, signaling an infrastructural overhaul.

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  • NYC Unveils New Environmental Benchmarking Systems By Yuan Feng | August 03, 2012

    We’ve previously mentioned how Bloomberg’s plans for increasing urban sustainability have somewhat stalled in trying to generate high standards for a green NYC. While every facet of the city from public transportation to the food we eat make impacts in one way or another, a huge contributor are the standards found in our housing. The energy usage of NYC residences, especially through heating and cooling, can contribute up to two-thirds of emissions in the city. So what exactly are the specific reasons for NYC apartments being unable to live up to beneficial energy standards, and more importantly, what efforts are being taken to steer the city back on the right path?

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  • Bloomberg and NYC Sustainability Evaluated By Yuan Feng | July 31, 2012

    In Manhattan, sustainability and green technology have become a leading focus in the minds of residents throughout the city. Now more than ever, NYC has become concerned with living practices in terms of new construction residences, energy usage as a whole, and the transportation running through the city.

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  • Energy Efficiency in the Summer: What to Look for in a Condo By Andrea Garcia-Vargas | July 27, 2012

    For a few weeks now, temperatures have reached the high 90s, broiling Manhattan blacktops and making it humanly impossible to sit on the red TKTS stairs of Times Square. Although there is little New Yorkers can do about the weather, there is much that can be done to choose an apartment building that will both accommodate a resident and use energy efficiently. Here are the top 5 features that help keep a condominium building cool, calm, collected – and green.

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  • LEED Certification Proves its Worth By Yuan Feng | July 23, 2012

    An emphasis on sustainability and green technology has become a leading trend and concern in the modern era. In particular, sustainability in New York apartments is now a pressing issue for developers and buyers alike. However, this begs the question: does LEED certification actually brings about higher prices? LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a ranking system for sustainability which judges everything about the design and features of a building to the way in which it was constructed. Though expensive, LEED certification means that a building is conforming to the highest standard of eco-friendliness. After all, would homebuyers really pay more for green technology in their homes or apartments during hard economic times? As it turns out, a green certification label truly is worth more than just the sake of a title; LEED certification has actually been proven to add selling value to Manhattan apartments.  

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  • Passive Houses Give 'Green' New Meaning By Daniel Muhlenberg | December 09, 2011

    The term ‘green’ gets thrown around a lot these days, but, as with any catchphrase, its meaning is questionable. One could say that they’re ‘green’ because they unplug their cellphone charger when they leave their apartment in the morning, and they wouldn’t necessarily be wrong (although they would be pushing it). When we’re honest with ourselves, most of us recognize that we think of being ‘green’ as a matter of small concessions here and there, but nothing drastic. Leave it to the Europeans to change that: the passive house movement is the first green technology that radically alters the way we consume energy.

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