Sustainability

Gentrification of New York Neighborhoods

What does gentrification mean for New York renters and low-income communities? The answer is indefinite as the term “Gentrification” may mean different things to different people and can be misinterpreted. Ingrid Ellen defined it as the increase in rents and house values prompted by an arrival of more affluent residents into low-income neighborhoods. Consequently, the process causes difficulties for lower-income homeowners and renters to remain in their neighborhoods.

Gentrification of New York Neighborhoods

A Study on the Effects of Plant-Focused Biophilic Design

Today’s blog post , we will be focusing on effects of planting and greenery at workplace. Previous environmental psychology research tells us that being connected to nature, is in fact, an adaptive human function that allows for, and assists with, psychological restoration. 

A Study on the Effects of Plant-Focused Biophilic Design

BIOPHILIA & BIOPHOBIA

Research shows that incorporating the natural environment into buildings can have a positive influence on psychological, physical and social well-being. Various studies show, for instance, that window views of natural landscapes reduce stress, trees and outdoor gathering spaces are associated with increased social interactions and sense of community, and recovery from surgery is aided by natural sunlight and nature views...

BIOPHILIA & BIOPHOBIA

Part 2: A Deeper Green, Takeaways from Living Future 2015

New Sustainable Design Strategies, Regenerative Design

Earlier this month, Susan Kaplan, CCS, LEED AP BD+C, HLW’s Managing Director of Sustainability & Specifications, and Michele Neptune, LEED AP, BD+C, HLW’s Director of Sustainability, attended the Living Future unConference 2015 in Seattle, WA. Kaplan presented at an affiliated event, the Declare Summit, sponsored by the Living Product Challenge.

Part 2: A Deeper Green, Takeaways from Living Future 2015

Part 1: A Deeper Green, Takeaways from Living Future 2015

New Sustainable Design Strategies, Regenerative Design

Earlier this month, Susan Kaplan, CCS, LEED AP BD+C, HLW’s Managing Director of Sustainability & Specifications, and Michele Neptune, LEED AP, BD+C, HLW’s Director of Sustainability, attended the Living Future unConference 2015 in Seattle, WA. Kaplan presented at an affiliated event, the Declare Summit, sponsored by the Living Product Challenge.

Part 1: A Deeper Green, Takeaways from Living Future 2015

Panasonic Headquarters: First New Office Tower in Newark to Receive Coveted Environmental Certifications

HLW’s Interior Architecture for Panasonic Corporation of North America Achieves LEED Platinum

Panasonic Corporation of North America announced this month that its headquarters at Two Riverfront Plaza, a state-of-the-art, 340,000 sf, 12-story Class A office tower, was awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Certification for Commercial Interiors by the U.S. Green Building Council. Panasonic’s headquarters building was jointly developed by SJP Properties and Matrix Development Group. HLW designed the interior architecture. The facility is the first new office tower in Newark to receive both LEED Platinum and Gold environmental certifications.

Yes, It’s Possible, LEED Certification for a Broadcast Studio

Home of ESPN SportsCenter is Featured in gb&d Magazine

ESPN’s Digital Center 2, the second of two broadcasting facilities designed by HLW for the sports network’s Bristol, Connecticut campus, was featured in gb&d magazine this month. The publication, which covers sustainable architecture, development, planning and policy, focused on the project’s “green” achievements, which are notable considering the significant energy requirements of media technology and data centers. “Yes, it’s possible to do a LEED certified broadcast studio and production facility,” said Keith Hanadel, HLW’s Director of Broadcast Design. The sustainable design solutions often complement the human solutions. “Our design provides the necessary technical isolation, the redundancy, and the production requirements,” Keith continued, “but we addressed these essentials while also meeting the needs of those individuals working in facilities that produce 24/7. People need sunlight once they exit a technical environment.” John Gering, Managing Partner at HLW, refers to this as “avoiding the bunker mentality.” Joe Calabrese, HLW’s Director of Engineering, elaborated, “We delivered the necessary power, but along the way we developed innovative ways to meet the LEED benchmarks ultimately leading to certification.”

Sustainable Benchmarking Systems

Is Green Still the New Black?

What is the point of sustainable benchmarks? Do they really contribute positively to a construction industry that accounts for around half of all the non-renewable resources mankind consumes, do they contribute to the long term survival of our planet or are they just best practice making the industry feel better about itself and a nice marketing one liner?