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Best Protection From Storms, Winter, and Natural Disasters: Extra Insulation and Fixed Windows

Posted: November 17th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: architecture, green building, New York | Tags: , , , | No Comments »


The other day I was driving from New York to Boston while listening to news about the freak storm that hit the North East 10 or so days ago.  The complaints were about how long it took to get power back after the storm.  And yet, North America is the location of the cheapest power in the world.  As a NYC commercial architect, this surprised me.

This reminds me of the relationship between citizens and their government; we want everything our way, but never want to pay for the staff and services that make the system more robust.

One simple solution for the best protection from storms is having twice the code insulationCode insulation is a generation behind what is useful now and in the future.  Therefore, insulation that is merely up-to-code is less than ideal.

Solar panels, wind generators – local or school district-based ones – geothermal heat and cooling, heat and AC recovery ventilators for fresh air are all important.  This is especially true for Westchester NY.

With the proper insulation, a NYC home could come across any storm or natural disaster without any loss of comfort at home.  An NYC office is the same way. Transportation is another issue, but at least it’s an issue that does not cause us to freeze in the winter and boil in the summer.

Lighting in NYC homes can now be LED lighting, therefore directly fed from batterys or PV solar panels.

Geothermal Architect NYC

Try putting extra insulation in place along with a few primarily fixed windows (there is only a need for so many operable windows). Fixed windows are much more efficient and do not leak air.  The placement of these windows in your NYC home can lead to a great decrease in the loss of heat or AC.

Geothermal heating and cooling–which uses the free energy from the earth’s crust–coupled with solar electricity, has been around for decades (most people gasp at this due to amazement) .  The technology can be compared to that of a hybrid car.  Yet, it is the least utilized technology, as normal NYC architects, contractors, heating and cooling engineers, and suppliers do not want to change.

The end result is that a small wood burning fire place in the winter will suffice for heat and some cooking when all else fails. In the South, solar panels take care of electricity and hot water 90% of the days, providing cooling and hot showers – both of which are the most expensive items on the utility bill.

Welcome to the 21st century in style!

Tapani Talo, AIA


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Posted: November 7th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: architecture, green building | No Comments »

Green Architecture

Green Architecture Produces Green PROFIT – 85% More Efficient Than Current Buildings

Posted: November 7th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: architecture, green building, New York | Tags: , , | No Comments »

From a very green architect’s desk:


Today’s architectural income was not dependent on market gyrations, or the usual fluctuations in stock evaluations– just smart bottom line directive. “Green” as it is called these days, was called smart, and just plain savvy in the past. One thing for sure, this type of investment returns profit many times over when compared to the return on Wall Street.

Today the press their publications are too open, glossing over an overused term in US.  While the name has changed, the services have not.  Green is not always what companies claim it is. Instead of 15 to 20% improvement, those of us in the architecture and engineering field want to see and provide an 85% improvement.  We truly wish to create HIGH return on investment now and in the future.

Most corporations lack an overall view, which combines health, lessening absenteeism, diminishing the hiring of new people (hugely profitable but almost never included in building design evaluation) efficiency in all buildings (easier to quantify without the health aspect), transportation, and production (which is the most scientifically studied aspect). The Bank of America tower in NY City is perhaps one of the only buildings trying to it all.

I propose to give a short overview evaluation in about one month’s worth of hours.  This means 150 or so spread over 4 months time.  This leaves a decent amount of time to think things through thoroughly (very economical to say the least).  This can then be followed by precision consultants in each sector identified as potential for both immediate and long-term profit.

From my website one can see a few green architectural projects ranging from 1000 sq ft to 10 million, all of which I have single-handedly been in charge of in terms of high designer and project architect. What cannot be shown are the professional services that I have done during and before these architecture projects.  Those professional services have enhanced my ability to understand and provide a quality green architectural service to my clients, with the consistent approval of each client.

Many of the high-end architectural projects (even when done with a tight budget) were ended right at the time of full documentation due to markets collapsing.  Of course, that is something that is beyond our control.

Tapani Talo, AIA