Eco-Brooklyn's Green Show House highlights the best green building practices for brownstone renovations in the NY metropolitan area, and is the real home of Gennaro Brooks-Church. Gennaro is the founder of an innovative green contracting and design firm, Eco-Brooklyn, and he aims to turn New York green. I recently got to visit this very cool home located in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, and learn more about green building practices. Keep reading to see more pics of the space - including the amazing roof garden and luscious backyard with a 2-story treehouse!
I asked Eco-Brooklyn founder Gennaro Brooks-Church for a few tips on how to do a green building renovation, and here's what he suggested:
1. LET THE LIGHT SHINE IN
Big windows will bring in lots of natural light, and save you money on your electricity bill. Southern light is most desirable as it is warm and uniform throughout the day. You can also add skylights and clerestory windows to bring more light into the house.
2. SAVE ENERGY, SAVE MONEY
Gennaro Brooks-Church built his home with energy-efficiency in mind. He was inspired by the Passive House movement in Germany - a rigorous standard for creating super-efficient, ultra-low energy homes that reduce your ecological footprint and require little energy for heating and cooling. The walls are super thick and filled with reclaimed polyiso insulation. The windows are double-glazed and have a high R-value, which means they are very energy efficient and won't let air leak in and out.
3. ONE MAN'S TRASH IS ANOTHER MAN'S TREASURE
In an effort to minimize waste, all of the furniture and building materials used in Gennaro's home were reclaimed or salvaged from a variety of sources like Craigslist, Build It Green, dumpsters and surplus warehouses.